General Note: Part of the CWA Pioneer Interviews Collection. Consists of a short essay relating the life of William Shaw Hadfield, an early-day settler in Logan County, Colorado. Born in Derbyshire, England, in 1838, Hadfield came to the United States in 1863. Coming West as a freighter, Hadfield homesteaded on land near present-day Sterling, Colorado in 1871, and became a sheep herder shortly thereafter. His homestead became well-known in the region (known as "Hadfield's Island"), and he was purported to be friends with the Sioux chiefs Sitting Bull and Red Cloud. Many of the settlers of this region suffered predations by the Ute Indians, including Hadfield. In later life Hadfield married Charity A. Sanders, moved to Sterling, and became involved with the Logan County National Bank. He died in 1927.
Web Location: https://www.historycolorado.org/oral-histories