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LYMAN BEECHER BRENT - 1889

By Margery Healey

His parents were early settlers of the state of Indiana. His father, John W. F. Brent, was born January 31, 1834, in the log house of William T. and Mary Brent. His mother, Mary Ellen Gullion was born June 3, 1840 of pioneering parents, William and Mary Gullion.

John Brent and Ellen Gullion were married October 7th, 1859. To this union were born six children - the oldest being Lyman Beecher. He was born July 8, 1860, where the town of New Ross, Indiana, now stands. In 1879, the Brent family moved "out West" to Iowa.

Five years later, on March 24, 1884, young Beecher started to the "far West" with a group of neighbors traveling by rail, and landing in Wirton, eastern Oregon. Here they settled and engaged in wheat raising for a time. Later he joined his family in Olympia residing there until 1891.

In company with Cap Johnson, he then visited Grays Harbor and settled at Humptulips, taking a homestead. For many years he worked in logging camps, felling and bucking timber. On Sept 8, 1900, he was the victim of a serious accident which left him lame for the balance of his life.

He was felling a tree for Williams and Johnson, and was endeavoring to reach safety when he was struck down, breaking his right leg and injuring his back. Fellow workmen carried him over a trail a distance of two miles, after which a hack with a stretcher conveyed him over the corduroy road to New London. The remaining distance was by boat, which was a bit easier. After some eighteen or twenty hours he reached Hoquiam's first hospital where George Allman (brother of Lee Allman) and his wife (the former Mrs. Haley) were in charge. Dr. J. A. McIntyre rendered medical aid.

After leaving the hospital, Beecher, in company with his sister who had been staying in Hoquiam to visit him in his convalescence, went to the home of his parents in Eugene, Oregon. The following two years he spent there, during which time he met his wife-to-be.