1825 --1899
1830 --1872
1822 --1901
Pleasant Dixon Logan was a Quaker; his Scotch-Irish family came to Pennsylvania in 1699 with William Penn, then moved through Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri to the Arkansas Territory where he was born March 16, 1825. After the early death of his father, Robert Allison Logan, a property owner and magistrate; PD, as he was known, and his brothers were raised by their uncle, Col. James B. Logan.

P .D. served in the Mexican-American War --1847-1849 before becoming a 49er. Records show he was mining with brothers and cousins on the Trinity River in 1850 and arrived by ship in San Francisco in 1852. An ardent abolitionist and friend of John Brown. he returned to Arkansas Territory where he married Cynthia Ann Pettit. During the next six years he was active with Brown. With one son and another on the way, anticipation of the Civil War caused PD and Cynthia to migrate to California; their second son was born in the Wyoming Territory. The other
three boys were born after their arrival in California:

Alfred Jefferson  b. Nov 16, 1855 d. Feb 13, 1928
Richmond Clayton b. 1860 m. Lillie Bowser
Robert Allison b. 1863 d. 1898 m. Ella Victoria Parsons
Pleasant Dixon Jr. b. 1865 Cattle rancher
David Lattimer b. 1867 Cattle rancher and
barber shop in Red Bluff

Pauline had agreed to marry PD and raise the boys if anything happened to Cynthia. When Cynthia died in 1872, Pauline divorced Richmond Scott and married PD.

After his arrival in California, PD invested in land in Tehama Co. and started a school on the property In 1868, he started a harness and saddlery in Cottonwood and purchased land along the Sacramento River in Shasta Co. and acquired the Adams Daingerfield Ferry later known as the Logan Ferry. PD invented the world's first traction engine to bring logs to the Sacramento River and to power the ferry. R.R. Wise invested in the business; they built the engines for five years; then Holt and Gregg who had the brick-works in Anderson became involved. They took the machinery and patents to Stockton and started Caterpiller Tractor. After a flood wiped out his ferry and other equipment PD returned to ranching with his sons, taking part in community activities and his men's service clubs. He lived in the family home on Cow Creek until his death in Cottonwood Feb 28, 1899. Pauline survived another two years.

Source: Shasta Historical Society - May 2000

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