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Ship's Owner/Captain, Sawmill Owner, Farmer and Community Servant
June 26, 1837 - December 28, 1895
Amos Greenlaw was the son of Captain Isaac Case Greenlaw and Mary Bartlett. He grew up in two worlds and two countries. His mother's family operated various types of water-powered mills and his father was Master of his own ship. Other Greenlaw family members had become timber men in both Maine and New Brunswick, Canada and supplied trees to mills in both countries. Amos learned to successfully operate a saw mill and became Master of his own ship at an early age.
At age 23, Amos equipped with several complete plans for various types of houses, loaded sawmill equipment onto his ship, most likely a brigantine-rigged schooner, commonly known as a Cape Horner. He sailed from Maine in 1860 with his wife, the former Gertrude Giles, around Cape Horn and up to Puget Sound finally reaching the town of Tumwater, Washington Territory at the mouth of the Deschutes River more than four months later. Settlers had come to the Deschutes as early as 1845, to exploit the power of the falls at the river's mouth.
After off-loading the mill equipment, Amos setup a
water-powered sawmill in association with David A. Rice. Mr.
Rice came to the area several years earlier. He settled in Arcadia, Mason
county and controlled large tracks of timberland in both Mason and Thurston
Amos Greenlaw and Alice Greigg were married on July 20, 1868, Pierce County, Washington Territory at the home of her father, William Greigg. Amos' friend and business associate, David A. Rice and Alice's sister, Latitia Greigg, acted as a witnesses. Alice's destiny has not been determined.
Amos Greenlaw married
Meyer, the daughter of
Frederick Meyer and
Frances Louise Relyea,
on March 16, 1870.
Photograph of Greenlaw Farm -Frederickson (Courtesy of James Clark and Stan R. Lee)
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