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Biographical Sketch of H. C. Tuchsen

It is probably true that the real estate operator has the opportunity as well as the responsibility of doing more actual good ‘for the county that he represents than any other profession. He brings settlers and home seekers and builds up the county in more ways than one. This is particularly true of Mr. Tuchsen whose election to serve as President of the Redwood City Board of Trade and San Mateo County Development Association as well as City Trustee of Redwood City, amply testifies. Mr. Tuchsen was born on February 11, 1864 in Germany. He came to America when comparatively a young man and has resided in California the last thirty-four years. Twenty-one of these years were spent in San Mateo County. Before settling in this county he tried successively San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Alameda Counties, but found none so much to his taste as the county of his choice. On March 31, 1897 he was married at Redwood City where his home is now located. There are two children to this union: Elena and Valentine. Mr. Tuchsen entered the real estate business in Redwood City and San Mateo County at a comparatively early period and participated in the substantial profits accruing therefrom to almost all who had the foresight to see the opportunities in this field of activity. He enjoys a most enviable reputation as an appraiser of real estate values and his opinion hats been accepted in difficult cases by the leading men in banks of San...

Hessemer, Eva R. – Obituary

Eva R. Hessemer, 94, of Tacoma, died Mon., June 28, 1993. She was born in Union, OR. Her grandparents settled in Oregon’s Grande Ronde Valley after journeying from Independence, MO over the Oregon Trail. She resided in Montesano, WA until 1960 when she moved to Goleta, CA following her husband’s retirement. After his death, she made her home in Los Osos, CA where she lived until moving to Tacoma in 1991. Survivors include a daughter, Doris Brown, Tacoma; a son, Robert A. Hessemer, Jr., Green Valley, AZ; 2 brothers, Gerald Spencer, Los Osos and Fred Spencer, Fresno, CA; a sister, Cleo Spencer, Port Angeles; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private graveside services will be held in Goleta. Arrangements by Lynn Funeral Home. 227-2131. Tacoma New Tribune Wednesday, June 30, 1993 Page B-4 Contributed by: Tom...

Biography of William Studabecker

William Studabecker was born in Allen County, Indiana, in 1851; he is the son of David and Elizabeth (Wilt) Studabecker. His father was a native of Pennsylvania and his mother of Maine. When Mr. Studabecker was two years of age his father moved the family to Van Wert County, Ohio, and there engaged in farming until his death in 1858. The subject of this sketch was reared to the labor attending a life upon a farm, and after the age of ten years was deprived of any schooling facilities; at twenty years of age he learned the shoemaker’s trade and followed that calling until 1873. In that year he came to California and located at Galt, Sacramento County. Here Mr. Studabecker worked at his trade and other occupations until 1876, and then came to San Luis Obispo, where he remained until 1881, and then located at Santa Barbara, where he was employed by Emerson & Co., in their boot and shoe store until 1883, when he came to San Bernardino County. Shortly after his arrival in the county he settled in Riverside, and in partnership with his brother, John A. Studabecker, commenced the publication of the Valley Echo. They sold out this journal in April, 1884, and Mr. Studabecker then went to Los Angeles and established the Commercial Printing House, which he conducted until sickness compelled him to suspend his business labors. In May 1885 he sold out his business and returned to Riverside, and after a partial recovery of his health again entered the newspaper business, in connection with his old paper, the Valley Echo, with which he...

Biography of Edward Lester

Edward Lester was born at Covington, Kentucky, in 1829. His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Holmes) Lester, were natives of Yorkshire, England. They came to the United States in 1818 and settled in Indiana and later located in Covington. There his father was engaged in building, and later as an employee in the first cotton factory that was ever erected west of the Alleghany Mountains. In 1830 Mr. Lester’s parents settled in Hamilton County, Ohio, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. There the subject of this sketch was reared and schooled. His schooling was such as could be obtained in the common schools of that date, and from early life he was inured to the hard labor of an Ohio farm. In 1852 Mr. Lester decided to try his fortune in the El Dorado of the West, and in the spring of that year he went to New Orleans, thence to Brownsville, Texas, and across Mexico to Mazatlan, and from there via sail-vessel to San Francisco. From San Francisco he proceeded at once to the mining districts. Not meeting with success in that calling, he turned to farm work and was for some years engaged in Marin, Yolo and Sonoma counties. In 1855 he went to South America and located at Lima, Peru, and there established the first American brickyard in that country. He successfully conducted his enterprise until 1858. In that year he returned to the United States and located in Lavaca County, Texas, where he engaged in the farming business. In 1859, while on a visit to his old home in Ohio, he married Miss Ellen Clegg, a native...

Sterling, Robert H. “Bob” – Obituary

Robert H. “Bob” Sterling, 91, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo, CA. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo. Bob and his twin sister; Ruth Sterling Wirshup, were born March 10, 1913 in Gresham, Oregon where they were raised and graduated from high school. Their parents were James H. and Gertrude (Conkle) Sterling. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1935, Bob was employed by the Forest Service in Baker County, where he met and married Donna Holcomb from Richland. They were married for 68 years. Beginning in 1936 Bob was employed as a County Extension Agent in various communities throughout Montana. Later he rejoined the Extension Service in Oregon where he was employed by Oregon State University for 21 years and also earned an MS in Agricultural Economics. Before moving to Baker in 1972 he also served as a County Extension Agent in Dallas and Redmond. Bob finished his career in Baker and retired from the University as a Professor Emeritus in 1975. During World War II Bob joined the US Army in 1942 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1943. He was discharged from the service in 1946 after spending his last year as a Captain assigned to the Supreme Allied Command in Tokyo, Japan.Throughout his career. Bob was active in various farming and civic organizations. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1938 and he became active in Toastmasters International starting in 1957. While living in Baker...

Salinan Family

Salinan Family. A linguistic stock of California, named by Latham (1856) and Powell (1891) from Salinas river. The Salinan Indians inhabited parts of San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and perhaps San Benito Counties, their territory extending from the sea to the main ridge of the Coast range and from the head of the Salinas drainage to a short distance above Soledad. Little is known about them; no name for themselves as a body, for their language, or for any division, either in their own or in any other Indian language, is known; nor is it known what any such divisions may have been. The name of the place at which the mission of San Miguel was established was Vahia, or Vatica, and that of the mission of San Antonio, Sextapay. The Tatche (Tachi) or Telame Indians, mentioned by Duflot do Mofras as at San Antonio, are Yokuts tribes that were brought to that mission. Cholame Creek and town in San Luis Obispo County possibly take their name from a Salinan word, and the same may be the case with Jolon in Monterey County. The missions of San Antonio and San Miguel were established in Salinan territory in 1771 and 1797. The total baptisms at these missions reached 4,400 and 2,400 respectively, and it appears that these numbers included Yokuts. Like all the other tribes, the Salinan Indians decreased rapidly during mission times, the number, at each mission having fallen to fewer than 700 by 1831, and more rapidly after secularization. At present their total number is perhaps 20, most of them near Jolon. The Salinan language is very irregular in...

San Luis Obispo County, California Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries (hosted at San Luis Obispo County California Tombstone Transcription Project) Arroyo Grande District Cemetery A – L | M – Z Cemetery Map Halcyon Cemetery Shandon Cemetery St. Patrick’s Cemetery Saint Patrick’s Cemetery Following Cemeteries (hosted at Interment.net) Arroyo Grande Cemetery  ...

Hutton, Billy Joe “Bud” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Billy Joe “Bud” Hutton, 69, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 14, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a family gathering later. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory. Mr. Hutton was born Jan. 16, 1932, at Lebanon, Mo., to Claude and Gertie Caffey Hutton. He graduated from Phoenix High School in Phoenix, Ore. He was a member of the Honor Society and served as student body president. He received the Elks scholarship for “Most Valuable Student.” He attended Southern Oregon University at Ashland, where he played freshman and varsity football. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on Dec. 4, 1952. He attended Southwestern Signal Regional Training Center at San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he received the highest score ever obtained on the final exam. He then served as a repeaterman until his discharge in June of 1954. He married Jane Cooper in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 3, 1956. They made their home in the Rogue Valley until July of 1974 when they moved to Baker City. Mr. Hutton worked for the Fountain Lumber Co. and Norman Lumber Co. at Phoenix, and Gardner’s Machine Shop in Medford. He was a partner with Bob Ferns in the auto tuneup business named Checkpoint. After moving to Baker City he owned and operated Hutton Machine & Supply, H&M Machine and Baker City Machine & Supply Inc. In October 1986 he began working for Marvin Wood Products. He would have retired at the end of January 2002 with a perfect attendance record. Mr. Hutton was a former member of the Salvage Creek Archery...

Mattocks, Betty Ruth Shropshire, Mrs. – Obituary

Betty Ruth Shropshire Mattocks, 80, died May 12, 2009, at San Luis Obispo, Calif., where she had lived since 1951. She was born in Ashland, Kan., on Feb. 2, 1929, to Robert David Shropshire and Hazel Viola Fox Shropshire, the fifth of six children: Byrdie Opal, John Otis, Mildred Louise, Bonnie Lee, who died at birth, and Kenneth Ray. The family lived on a farm northeast of Mount Jesus on the road to Lexington. Toward the end of World War II, the family moved to Baker to be near Betty’s sister, Opal Shropshire Dielman and her two children (Opal’s husband, Ray, was in the military). After the war, the family returned to Kansas, while Betty remained in Baker City, where she graduated from Baker High School in 1947. After graduation, Betty moved to the Los Angeles area, where two siblings, John Shropshire and Mildred Louise Shropshire Shanks, lived. In 1950, Betty was briefly married to Gene Martinez. Two years later she married Howard Bello, a marriage of 21 years that ended with Howard’s death in 1973. In 1976, Betty married George S. Mattocks, a life-long resident of San Luis Obispo, Calif. She worked in a dental clinic in Los Angeles, but after a few years settled in San Luis Obispo, where she worked 12 years as secretary for the AAA Auto Club of Southern California. From about 1964 until 1981 she was secretary for the Laborers International Union of North America, Local #1464, where she met her husband, George, who was the union’s secretary-treasurer. Betty was preceded in death by her parents and all five siblings. She is survived...

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