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Ithiel B. Nason

Ithiel B. Nason  (credit: BC Archives #A-02362) Ithiel B. Nason (credit: BC Archives #A-02362)

Born in Maine, USA, of Scottish parents, Ithiel Blake Nason travelled to California while still a boy, and mined quite successfully. There during the 1849 Rush. As one of the thousands in the Cariboo Goldrush of 1861, he mined at Mink Gulch with a partner W.A.Meacham, where in 1866 they set up a sawmill and sold lumber . By the 1870s he was married to Mary Watson, and together they raised a large family at Richfield. In 1889 Nason became a Member of the Legislature for Cariboo, a post he held for 4 terms, until 1893, when he passed away.


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