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In 1880 James Cowan, a bachelor, filed on a homestead seven miles above Hoquiam on the West branch of the river. As far as can be learned now, he was the first settler in what was later known as the New London area. Doubtless he availed himself of a preemption and a timber claim as well. he received his patent from the Government on February 7, 1885.

In December of that year he sold a portion to W. Loveless, and another portion to Wilinerding & Co., of San Fancisco.

In 1886 Loveless sold to W.D. Mack.

In 1889 W.D. Mack and wife sold to Geo. C. Allman.

George Allman in 1890 sold to Amund Ellingson.

In 1892 Ellingson sold a portion to Peter Egge.

Another parcel of the original Cowan claim was sold to Jerry McGillicuddy, July 9, 1886.

McGillicuddy, in turn, sold portions to Alex and Robert Polson.

Polsons sold a portion to Dan Dineed.

(This information was taken from the patent of Dick and Ida Trough.)


In 1881, Jerry McGillicuddy, with his wife and daughter Agnes, left the California redwood country for Olympia, Washington Territory. Jerry said later that he never thought there was so much big timber in the whole world as he saw in western Washington. He was so eager to file on a homestead that soon after his arrival he walked to Black Lake and hired an Indian to canoe him to Hoquiam. After looking over claims, he selected one at the head of tidewater on the West Hoquiam River, and moved his family there.

Five more children were born to the McGillicuddys after they came to Washington. They were: Jerry, Jr., Eveleen, Blaine, Daniel, and Cornelius.

Later the family moved to Aberdeen. Eveleen did Red Cross work for some time. Jerry, Jr. was County treasurer, then went to Boeing in Seattle, then organized the Greenwood Logging Company. At the time of his death he was Oregon Manager of Logging Operations for West Coast Plywood. Blain was a logging engineer in Eugene, Oregon. Cornelius was log buyer for the Harbor Plywood.