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George Lovelock.
Biography

GEORGE LOVELOCK, pioneer, the founder of two towns which bear his name, honored and respected as the patriarch of the town of Lovelocks, Humboldt county, Nevada, has had, during his life of eighty years, a career of varied experience, passed in different climes, and of successful effort and accomplishment. He is a native of England, born March 11, 1824, and was reared and educated in that country. He married Miss Mary Forest, and shortly after their marriage they took ship to Australia, being four and a half months on the voyage, and their first child. Fred Lovelock, was born on the passage. In Australia he was employed in the copper mines for over two years, after which he and his family embarked for the Sandwich Islands. When seven miles from the islands they were wrecked on a reef, and during the storm their infant daughter died, but was buried on land.

Leaving his wife and child on these islands of the Pacific, Mr. Lovelock set sail for San Francisco, in the schooner Starlin. In the course of the voyage he chanced to overhear the plot of some pirates, stowed away on board, to capture the ship, throw the passengers overboard and sail away on their freebooting enterprise. Mr. Lovelock revealed this information to the captain during the night, who took measures to frustrate their plans by battening them down under the hatches, whence they were allowed to come forth one by one and surrender, being kept under guard all the rest of the way. On arriving at San Francisco, on April 3, 1850, the pirates effected their escape.

Mr. Lovelock had learned the carpenter trade, and for the first few weeks he was engaged in building houses in Happy valley. In May he went to Sacramento, where, in June, he was joined by his wife and family, after which they removed to Brown's valley, and thence to Feather river, where he built the second house in what is now the city of Oroville, and his son Thomas was the first child born there, in September, 1851. In 1852 he moved to Marysville. California, for a more healthful location for his family, and thence to Butte Creek, cutting out the pine trees to make a road thither. He built a little store there, and the place was named Lovelock in his honor, so that this little California village still exists as a memorial to his efforts there. He remained there until the spring of 1855. when he made the wagon road over the mountains to Honey Lake valley, where he was engaged in placer mining at Meeker's Flat, above Rich Bar, and had fine luck, taking out from eighty to one hundred dollars a day. He was also engaged in teaming. He removed to Butte, California, in 1859. He also built a sawmill at Lovelock, but at the beginning of the Civil war the demand for lumber ceased and he abandoned his California enterprises and struck out for Nevada.

He was located at the mouth of Rocky canyon. Humboldt county, until 1866, when he removed to where the town of Lovelocks has since been built, and bought the squatter's right of two old men, three hundred and twenty acres, for $2,250, and got with it the oldest water right on the river. When the Southern Pacific Railroad was being built in 1867 he gave eighty-five acres for a town site, which the company named Lovelocks, and they also promised to give him a block in the town; but this agreement was not kept, and he had to pay five hundred dollars for half of the block. Also, in return for giving the road the right of way he was to receive a free pass, but he had only one free ride; and as the company now has no title to the right of way, he intends to make them pay for it.

Besides his extensive real estate interests, Mr. Lovelock has always continued bis prospecting and mining, and is a thoroughly posted mineralogist. He now owns in Churchill county, near the Humboldt county line, three claims, a mile and a quarter long, which contain a high per cent of cobalt, nickel and copper, and this property is now bonded at fifty thousand dollars to parties who are developing the mines.

Eight children were horn to Mr. and Mrs. Lovelock in Nevada, and five of them are living. Fred resides in Tonopah. and the daughters and their husbands all live in Lovelocks, on lands of which Mr. Lovelock was the owner at an early day. In 1882 his first wife died, and Mr. Lovelock then married Mrs. Evans, who lived with him happily for three years, when she was drowned in the river near at home, where she had been fishing.

Mr. Lovelock has a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and has had a happy family life, being beloved and honored by both relatives and his many friends. He has never joined any society, and has made his own way in life, his career being its own justification and eulogy. In politics he has always voted the Republican ticket, and is a member of the Episcopal church.

Source:
A History of the State of Nevada: Its Resources and People
By Thomas Wren, Lewis Publishing Company
Published by The Lewis publishing company, 1904

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