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Warren Wasson

  • Born: 25 Dec 1833, Harpursville, Broome County, New York
  • Died: 26 Jun 1896, Edwardsville, Wyandotte County, Kansas at age 62

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General History. COL. WARREN WASSON

Warren Wasson (1833 - 1896) he was one of the earliest of the pioneers, and prominent in the Indian wars of Nevada. Colonel Wasson was born at Harpersville, Broome County, New York, December 25, 1833, a "Merry Christmas " gift. When but three years of age, his parents moved with him to Illinois, and of the Prairie State are his earliest recollections. In 1849 he crossed the plains in company with his father and Judge John H. McKune, now of Sacramento, California. In 1851 he returned to the East by water, and again made the journey overland the following year. In 1857 he came to the eastern slope, then a part of the Territory of Utah.

About the first of December, 1858, he located Big Hot Springs, about five miles from Beckwourth's Pass, claiming, by location, two miles of Long Valley, being one mile each way from the spring. In the following January ho occupied his new ranch with 100 head of cattle and twenty horses, having with him one hired man named William Harley. Here he met and made friends with Numaga, also mentioned in the Indian history, and on the twentieth of February, 1859, bargained with him for all the rights the Pah-Utes had to the valley for a distance of nine miles of its length. In the following month, Deer Dick, chief of the Washoe tribe of Indians, came and demanded pay for the land, denying the Pah-Ute jurisdiction and his right to cede the land of the Washoes. Another purchase was therefore made, and peaceful occupation followed.

On the twentieth of June, 1859, James Morgan, with three others, moved into the valley and settled fifteen miles below Hot Springs, thus making six settlers, and these were the first inhabitants of Long Valley. On the twenty-fifth of the same month, Wasson was elected a delegate to the Genoa Convention, which met on the eighteenth of July to organize a provisional government. In August, 1859, he sold his Long Valley property to J. Hood, and moved to Genoa. The following September, Wasson received the appointment of Deputy United States Marshal from Judge Cradlebaugh.

In the winter of 1859 and spring of 1860 he visited Mono, Walker and Pyramid Lakes, making the acquaintance of the Pah-Ute Indians and becoming familiar with the country, which knowledge was afterwards of great service to him in the Indian difficulties which followed. He also purchased a ranch near Genoa which he held vi et armis, as elsewhere related.

Colonel Wasson has held several public positions, beginning with that of Deputy Marshal above referred to, followed by Acting Indian Agent for a long period, although others held the commission. March 6, 1862, he was appointed United States Marshal of Nevada Territory by Abraham Lincoln, which position he resigned December 25, 1864, being succeded by Edward Irwin. August 29, 1862, he was appointed and confirmed Assessor of Internal Revenue for Nevada, thus holding two important positions at the same time. He continued as Assessor until June 1, 1869, being succeeded by Warren F. Myers. He has also held three military commissions, twice as Lieutenant Colonel on the Staff of Governor Blaisdel, and once the same rank as aid to Governor Bradley.

Colonel Wasson was married May 29, 1867, to Miss Grace Adelaide Treadway, of Carson, a lady of superior beauty, intellect and refinement, and a family of seven daughters and one son bless the union.

After a residence of twenty-four years in Nevada, the Colonel declares his intention of moving to Oregon and there making his future home.

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