Biography of Hubert L. Hasbrouck
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Hubert Luther Hasbrouck, a prominent optometrist and orchardist living at Hood River, is a descendant of Abraham Hasbrouck, or Broeacq, as the name was written in French. This Abraham Hasbrouck, with his brother John, or Jean, came to America in 1673, becoming the founder of the branch of the family in the new world. They were natives of Calais, France, and were of the Huguenot faith, which caused them to flee from religious persecution in their native land. Abraham Hasbrouck was one of a company of twelve who received a donation from Governor Andros, a plot of land purchased from the Indians, the major part of which was situated in Ulster county, New York. This grant was made to them in 1677 and they established the settlement of New Paltz, in which many of the descendants of Abraham Hasbrouck still reside. As early as 1689 he was a captain of foot at Ye Paltz, Ulster county. His son, Solomon Hasbrouck, was born in 1686 and had a large family of children, among whom was Petrus, who during the Revolutionary war was a lieutenant, serving in Colonel Hardenburgh's Regiment from 1775 to 1782, during which time he participated in much of the hard fighting. Among the sons of Petrus was Solomon Hasbrouck, who in turn left a son, Luther, who was born in 1826 at New Paltz, New York, where his great great grandfather Abraham had founded the family in the new world in 1673 and where the Huguenot Society has erected a tablet in his memory in the Huguenot Museum, which is the old Hasbrouck home, thus honoring the memory of the twelve men who had established the settlement.

Luther Hasbrouck at the age of twenty one years went to California, making the trip in May, 1849, by sailing vessel around Cape Horn and arriving in July of the same year. He became one of the pioneer settlers in the land of gold and after prospecting in California for a little more than a year he made his way to Oregon, being the first man to pan gold in this state, securing the precious metal at Josephine in July, 1850. Later he turned his attention to merchandising, which he followed for twenty seven years. In 1860 he returned east and was married to Miss Lucinda M. Ingalls of Batavia, New York, who was a descendant of the Lee family of Virginia. Luther and Lucinda Hasbrouck were the parents of Hubert Luther Hasbrouck, who was born in Lane county, Oregon, in 1865. In 1875 he went with his parents to Michigan, where the family decided to remain, and he therefore acquired his education in the public schools of North Leslie, that state. He initiated his business career by securing employment in connection with the lumber trade. He thus worked for three years and then went to Jackson, Michigan, where he became an apprentice at watch making, completing his apprenticeship with a course in the Parsons Horological College, from which he was graduated as an optometrist in 1889. After following his profession in Indiana and Illinois for three years he determined to return to his native state and in 1890 settled at Pendleton, Oregon, where he remained for sixteen years. In 1906 he located at Hood River, where he has since practiced and has won substantial success in his chosen field of labor. Like the great majority of the residents of the Hood River country he also purchased an orchard, which contains twenty two acres and is situated three miles south of the city, on which he raises apples and pears, producing some of the fine fruit for which the Hood River valley is famed throughout the world.

Mr. Hasbrouck was married in 1892 to Miss Lottie Lee Mack, a daughter of a well known vineyardist of California They have three children: Maude Evelyn, who is the wife of H. B. Pritchett of Detroit; Hubert L., Jr., who, true to his Hasbrouck blood, volunteered for service in the World war and rendered valuable aid to his country in the Radio Corps aboard submarine chasers, while now he is associated with his father in fruit raising; and Evelyn, who has taken up the profession of teaching.

Mr. Hasbrouck is a well known Mason, becoming one of the charter members of Hood River commandery and is now one of its past eminent commanders. He is likewise a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. Though a stalwart republican he has never sought public office but the voters of Hood River, seeking a candidate for county judge in 1920 who would in all respects be one hundred per cent American, persuaded him to accept the nomination. Throughout his life he has measured up to the highest standards of American manhood and citizenship and enjoys the unqualified regard of all who know him.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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