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Description: Horace Holden Dead After Strange Experiences, Came to Oregon 60 Years Ago Suffered Two Years' Torture Among Pelew Island Savages

Date: March 15 1904

Newspaper published in: Portland, OR

Page/Column: 7

Horace Holden Dead After Strange Experiences, Came to Oregon 60 Years Ago Suffered Two Years' Torture Among Pelew Island Savages

Salem, Ore., Mar 14. Horace Holden died at Tillamook today, aged 94 years. He was an Oregon pioneer of 1844, and a man whose experiences included two years of torture among savages in the Pelew Islands.

Holden was born in Hillsboro, N. H., in 1810, and at the age of 21 listed as a sailor on the Mentor, bound for the Indian Ocean. The ship was wrecked on one of the Pelew Islands, and Holden and a few companions escaped a watery grave. They fell among savages, who stripped them, tattooed them, and employed them with slaves. After two years of this life, Holden was the only survivor of the party. He finally induced the savages to place him on board a passing ship and he was brought back to America. In 1836 Mr. Holden married Miss Mary Millin of Boston, who died eight years ago. In 1837, he went to the Sandwich Islands for the purpose of introducing the silk-growing industry. Seven years later he came to Oregon, settling on a donation land claim about a mile south of Salem, where he lived until 12 years ago, when he moved to this city.

In the last four year he has lived alternately at Salem and Tillamook, and although nearly a century old, his strength was such that he could walk a considerable distance without exhaustion. He left three sons: Horace F. Holden of Tillamook, Eugene Holden of Wardner, Idaho, and Theodore Holden of New Jersey. The remains will be brought to Salem for burial.

Submitted: 06/24/14

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