Pioneer History by Richard C. Schmal

(from the June 25, 2002, Lowell Tribune, page 5)

In May 2002 "The Pioneer History" column featured Part One of the autobiography of Melvin Halsted, founder of Lowell 150 years ago. Halsted wrote about coming to West Creek Township to farm in 1845, moving to Lowell in 1848, building a saw mill, burning bricks, and building the first brick house in 1850. This month he tells an interesting tale on the trail to the west during the Gold Rush.

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Part three of Mr. Halsted's autobiography will appear in July's "Pioneer History" column with more interesting stories about his many travel adventures and business enterprises in many states, including a story about capturing sea lions.

Last updated on August 3, 2007.

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