The quartermaster of the troops who built the fort was Colonel George Davenport. George Davenport was soon discharged from the service, and immediately set up a trading post to trade with the local Indians.
George Davenport from Wikimedia Commons
George Davenport was a man of considerable talent, energy, and ability. Some suggested that he was also helped by the fact that he was born in England and had an English accent–the natives having a more favorable view of the English than of the Americans.
George took as a partner fur trader Russell Farnham. Mr. Farnham worked for the American Fur Company, and soon Colonel Davenport was working for them as well.
Russell Farnham had an unusual history himself. Prior to his partnership with Mr. Davenport, and while in the employment of the American Fur Company, Mr. Farnham travelled by foot from Fort Astoria (now Astoria, Oregon) to Saint Petersburg, Russia. One account has him travelling across ice sheets to get to the island of Kamchatka, but another has him going by ship. Most of the trip was on foot, however.
Russell Farnham from Wikimedia Commons.
It is reported that Mr. Farnham got so hungry on his trip that he had to eat parts of his shoes.