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changing experiences that have come into his existence in a larger
measure than into the lives of many have given to Mr. Strachan a
knowledge of different parts of the world and, being a man of keen mind
and careful observation, he has accumulated a broad and valuable fund of
general information. Although scarcely eight years of age when he left
his native Scotland, where he was born September 2, 1875, he recalls
vividly many events associated with that country and remembers the
scenes of picturesque and rugged beauty in the vicinity of the old home.
After he came to the new world he had the advantages of the schools of
Pullman, Ill., and Detroit, Mich., and while acquiring a thorough
education he also was learning much concerning the great middle-west
region, of America. Subsequent experiences in California filled him with
a deep affection for this great state, the chosen home of his maturity.
In addition he has enjoyed varied experiences as a traveler on the
Pacific ocean and an employe of the United States government on the
Philippine Islands, with whose material and political condition he has
become thoroughly conversant.
Immediately after the immigration of the family to America in 1883 the father, Hugh Strachan, entered the employ of the Pullman Palace Car Company in a suburb of Chicago. For three years he continued with the same firm, after which he removed to Detroit, Mich., to enter their shops at that point. The year 1895 found him a new- comer in Sacramento, where he entered the motive power department of the Southern Pacific Railroad, having continued with them ever since. Meanwhile the son, Hugh M., had finished his education in Detroit, Mich., and had entered the service of the Southern Pacific Railroad as clerk in the motive power department, where he remained until 1898. This position with its fair prospects for the future he relinquished in order that he might volunteer for the war with Spain, enlisting in the Eighteenth Company, U. S. V. Signal Corps. Ordered to the Philippine Islands early in 1898 he remained there from July of that year to October of the following year, also participating in the stirring events leading up to the capture of the second largest island in the group. Upon his return to the United States in October of 1899 he continued in the government employ, but was transferred to the position of ganger, continuing as such from 1899 to 1906. During the following year he served as deputy collector of internal revenue for the state of Nevada. The head offices were in Sacramento and the office in this city was given jurisdiction over the Nevada office in Reno. October 15, 1910, he was promoted to the position of cashier of the internal revenue office and since then has been stationed at Sacramento, where he makes his home with his parents. His association with the government service has reflected great credit upon himself and has evidenced the possession of tact, education and precision of judgment in the many details over which he has control. While never exhibiting any partisanship in his views, he upholds Republican principles and never fails to cast a ballot for the party nominees in all elective contests. The Sutter Club of Sacramento has his name enrolled among its active members and he also takes an interested part in the activities of the Episcopal Church of his home city.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011