Location: Butte County CA

Biographical Sketch of E. W. Florence

Mr. E. W. Florence who holds a responsible position with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in the county, is one of its foremost men. Mr. Florence is a native son, being educated in the public schools of Chico, and then graduating from Heald’s Business College in San Francisco. On February 2, 1901 he entered the employ of the P. G. and E. Company. He represented this Company in Chico for eight and a half years; and was then transferred to Fresno as their representative where he remained for two years. From there he came to Redwood City where he has been for the last four years and a...

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Biography of Hon. James B. Reavis

Much interest attaches to the life and work of an attorney such as Mr. Reavis, whose chief endeavor both privately and professionally has been to realize a high degree of public justice. He is a man whom the people feel safe in having by; for they can trust his sagacity and integrity, knowing that he is thoroughly incorruptible by any influence, corporate or otherwise. He is one of the men of whom both unscrupulous politicians and monopolies have a wholesome fear. Glancing at his ancestry, we observe that he came honestly by these rugged qualities, being in lineal descent from among those who have subdued and civilized America. He was born in Boone county, Missouri, in 1848. His parents were Kentuckians, his grandparents Virginians, and on the maternal side were descended from the colonial Lee family of Revolutionary fame. Mr. Reavis received his education at Lexington, Kentucky, and studying law was admitted to practice at Hannibal, Missouri, in 1872. He also began to exert a wide influence in that state as the editor of the Appeal, at Monroe; but his prospects in journalism were voluntarily relinquished in view of his removal to California in 1874. In that state he engaged in the practice of his profession, making his home at Chico. His characteristic and hereditary restlessness, however, led him to seek a new field, and in 1880 he came...

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Biography of Samuel P. Cox

Samuel P. Cox was born in Williamsburg, Whitley county, Kentucky, December 16, 1828. In 1839 his parents, Levi and Cynthia Cox, removed to Missouri and located in the eastern part of Daviess county, now known as Jackson township, and the subject of this sketch lived at home and worked upon the farm until 1847. In the spring of that year he enlisted in company D, Captain W. H. Rogers, Oregon Battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Powell, commanding, for the war with Mexico. He served until November, 1848, when he received his honorable discharge at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Returning to the old homestead he engaged in work upon the farm during the years 1849 and 1850. In this latter year, on the 7th of July, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ballinger. In the spring of 1851 the removed to Gallatin and entered the mercantile business with George W. Poage as a partner, under the firm name of Cox & Poage, and transacted general business until 1853, when the firm closed out. The next enterprise we find Mr. Cox engaged in is the taking of cattle to California, and he left Daviess county for his drive across the plains in the spring of 1854, and arrived in the “Land of riches,” settling in Grass Valley, Nevada county, where he continued to reside until the fall of 1855, when he removed to...

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Biographical Sketch of Martin V. Smith

A veritable pioneer of the pioneers is Mr. Smith, having come to the Pacific coast in the early fifties and continued here in worthy labors in various lines since that time, ever displaying the same courage, capabilities, tenacity of purpose, and integrity, that have made the pioneers such a noble class of people. Mr. Smith was born in Kennebec county, Maine, on January 10, 1833, being the son of James and Hannah Smith, natives also of Maine, the father being born near Portland. His death also occurred in that state. Martin V. received a good schooling and remained with his parents until 1853, when he went to New York and stepped aboard of one of the Vanderbilt ships, that took him to Nicaragua, whence he went to San Francisco and soon we see him in the mines delving with the vigor and strength of young manhood for the hidden gold. Five years he labored there and then went to Yuba county and took up farming and raising stock. The hard winter of 1861-62 killed all his stock and he went to freighting from Marysville to various points in California and Nevada. In 1873 he went to Butte County and settled on one of Judge O. C. Pratt’s grants and went to farming. His landlord was the first territorial governor of California. Mr. Smith was successful in this venture and...

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Biography of Andrew B. Anderson

Mr. Anderson, who is president of the Weiser Bank, at Weiser, and chairman of the board of commissioners of Washington County, dates his residence in Idaho from 1869. He is a native of Kentucky, his birth having occurred in Louisville, February 21, 1846. He is of Scotch-Irish ancestry, the family having been founded in America by Thomas Anderson, the grandfather, who crossed the Atlantic in early manhood, taking up his residence in Kentucky. He aided his adopted country in the war of 1812, and also participated in the battles with the Indians during the early settlement of the “dark and bloody ground.” He married a Miss Henry, a native of that state, and their son Joseph, father of our subject, was born and reared in Kentucky. He married Miss Rachel Henry, a distant relative of his mother, and in 1848 removed with his family to Missouri. They continued their westward journey in 1860, when the father, accompanied by his wife and four children, started across the plains to California. He took up his abode in Butte County, and there resided until his death, which occurred in the sixty-fifth year of his age, while his wife lived to be fifty-five years of age. Three of their children still survive, two being residents of the Golden state. Andrew Bradley Anderson was only two years of age when the family went to...

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Biography of Isaac F. Smith

Isaac F. Smith, of Weiser, who is serving as clerk of the district court and ex-officio auditor and recorder of Washington County, was born in Butte County, California, on the 28th of July, 1854. His father was born in Ohio. July 27, 1823, and married Miss Josephine C. Whitaker. In 1849 they crossed the plains with ox teams to California, bringing with them their firstborn. Walter W. Smith, who is now a resident of Washington County, Idaho. The father engaged in mining on Feather River for a time, and in 1854 removed to Nevada and thence to Utah, remaining in the latter territory for nine years. In 1880 he took up his abode in Weiser, Idaho, where he spent his remaining days, his death occurring in the home of our subject in 1896, when he had reached the age of seventy-three. He was an honorable and worthy citizen, respected by all who knew him. His wife had died in Silver City, Nevada, at the age of forty-one years. Isaac F. Smith, the younger of their two children, was educated in the public schools of Virginia City, Nevada, and in Oakland. California, and has been prominently identified with the development of the mineral, mercantile and agricultural resources of this section of the country. He engaged in mining in Utah for six years, was a clerk in a general mercantile establishment...

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Smith, Florence – Obituary

1912 – 2004 Florence E. Smith, 91, died Jan. 7 at her home in Elgin. A celebration of her life and memorial service will he held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Elgin with Elmer Yoder officiating. A private vault interment was held Jan. 10 at the Elgin Cemetery. Ms. Smith was born in Gridley, Calif., to Henrietta Cruikshank and Ira Smith on Sept. 17, 1912. As a small child, she moved to Elgin, where she attended Gordon Creek Grade School and Elgin High School. Teachers considered her an outstanding student; she received top grades. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School with a teacher’s certificate. She taught school and later worked at Birnie’s Jewelry in L Grande. She belonged to a number of clubs including Business and Professional Women. She returned to Elgin to take care of her mother and was very active in the Elgin Methodist Church, where she was an officer for many years. Even in her 90s she helped serve meals at the Elgin Senior Center. She enjoyed gardening and sharing her vegetables. Her flower garden brought many compliments. She was a good cook and entertained at many family dinners. She loved to read. She was a kind, generous person who will be missed, family members said. Survivors include her brothers, tom Smith and his wife, Orlena, of Ontario, and George...

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Smith, Henrietta Esther – Obituary

Henrietta Esther Smith, 99, of Elgin, died Wednesday, May 6, at her home. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Peters officiating. Committal and vault interment will follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Friends may call at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel Friday afternoon and evening. Mrs. Smith was born on February 25, 1893, in Jackson, Minn., the fifth of eight children to William Henry and Louisa (Brandt) Cruikshank. In 1902, she moved with her family to a farm 20 miles from Elgin. In 1911 she married Ira Smith and they lived for several years in Gridley, Calif., before coming to the farm on Gordon Creek Road where she spent the rest of her life. They had five children. She enjoyed homemaking, gardening and helping her husband on the farm, as well as being an active member of the Elgin United Methodist Church as long as she was able. Survivors include sons Thomas of Ontario and George of Elgin; daughters Marie of Portland and Florence of Elgin; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Her husband, a stepson, Harry; a daughter, Beulah; four sisters; three brothers, and a great-grandson died earlier. The family suggests that those who wish may make contributions to the Shriner’s’s Hospital for Crippled Children or the Memorial Fund of the Elgin...

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Smith, Thomas – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Aug. 9 — Thomas Smith, memorial service, 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, Elgin The Observer – August 4, 2008 ___________________________________ Thomas Ira Smith, 93, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died July 10 in McMinnville. Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at the United Methodist Church at Fifth and Birch Street in Elgin. Autumn Crematorium in Tigard was in charge of arrangements. Tom was born Sept. 22, 1914, to Ira Arthur and Henrietta Esther (Cruikshank) Smith in Gridley, Calif. The family soon moved to Elgin where Tom graduated from Elgin High School in 1932. Joining the Navy in November 1941, Tom served on a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean for the next four years. Tom reached the rate of chief petty officer before being discharged in November 1945. While on leave, he and Orlena Belle Roberts married in La Grande on March 17, 1945. They moved to San Diego for the balance of Tom’s enlistment. The couple moved to Pendleton, living there from 1945 to 1956. They moved their family to Halfway until 1960. Eventually settling in Ontario, they raised four children while running the family electrical business. Tom enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his wife and children in the outdoors. He learned to fly small aircraft. He and Orlena would fly back and forth visiting their children while they attended colleges...

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Alexander, Susan – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Susan Alexander, 57, of Elgin, died Oct. 25 at her home. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 26, 2009 ________________________ Susan L. Alexander Elgin 1952-2009 Susan Lorraine Alexander, 57, of Elgin, and formerly of Wallowa, died Oct. 24 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wallowa Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande is in charge of arrangements. Susan was born Sept. 3, 1952, to Ardeth and Patricia Spruill in Oregon City. She was raised in California and graduated from Oroville High School. She married Doug Alexander Aug. 30, 1974. In 1977 they moved to Wallowa from California. In 1993 they moved to Elgin. Her children consider her an “awesome Mom.” She enjoyed cooking and loved having turtles and collecting turtle memorabilia. Survivors include her husband, Doug of Elgin; children, Doug Alexander of Maryland, Tammy Garwood of Mississippi and Brandy Alexander of Mississippi; three grandchildren; sister, Sandra Schultz of Missouri; brothers, Zane and Shawn Fallon of Alaska and Quinn Fallon of California; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by brothers, Danny and Flynn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Lung Association in care of Daniels-Knopp, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande. La Grande Observer – October 29,...

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Bathurst, Hazel E. Magoon – Obituary

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Brusie Funeral Home for Hazel E. Bathurst, 69, a former Chico resident who died in McKinleyville Thursday [November 23, 1972]. Services will also be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Paul’s McKinleyville Chapel. She was born in Gaston, Ore., Jan 16, 1903, and came to Chico as a child. She was in business here for many years and then for 25 years at Clam Beach and later in McKinleyville. She is survived by her husband, A. J. “Slim” Bathurst of McKinleyville; a brother, Lowell Magoon of Chico; and a sister, Tyna Rimbey of Westhaven. Interment will be in the Paradise Cemetery with Orville Rist, Keith Straughan, Don Cummings, Ernest Smith, Clyde Bowman and Gil Venos as pallbearers. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Ormsby, Morris – Obituary

Rev. J. W. Kennedy will preach a memorial sermon at Morrice, Sabbath morning, July 8 for Morris Ormsby who was recently drowned in California [June 5, 1888], and whose body has not yet been recovered. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bathurst, Effie Imogene Franklin Lee – Obituary

Mrs. Effie Imogene Bathurst, who had resided in Chico for the past 49 years, died at the Taylor’s Nursing Home Monday following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Bathurst was born in Marion County, Oregon, on July 14, 1878, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Franklin. From 1920 until 1946, Mrs. Bathurst was employed at Richardson Springs and in 1926, was married to William J. Bathurst, Sr. She was a member of Josephine Chapter No. 104, OES of Chico, the WBA of Chico and the Pioneer Club of Chico. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bathurst is survived by the following children: Charlie Lee [son of her first husband Leonidas Lee] of Chico; William Lee [son of Leonidas] of Redman, Ore.; Mrs. Florence Hatch [stepdaughter] of South Portland, Maine; William J. Bathurst, Jr. [stepson], of Chico, and Angus Bathurst [stepson], of Arcata; 12 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and a brother, Oscar Franklin, of Portland, Ore., and two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Warner, also of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Viola Looney of Mollola, Ore. Funeral services will be conducted in the Brusie Funeral Home Thursday at 11 a.m. and interment will be in the Chico Cemetery. Rev. Wendell Ensor, pastor of the Trinity Methodist Church officiated at the funeral services conducted in the chapel of the Brusie Funeral Home this morning for Mrs. Effie Imogene Bathurst, who died Monday. During the service...

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Biography of Marshall F. Price, M. D.

Among the prominent physicians of Colton, and of San Bernardino County, mention should be made of the subject of this sketch. Dr. Price was born in Portage County, Ohio, in 1834. His father, Dr. George Price, was a native of Pennsylvania, but was reared and educated in Ohio. Dr. Price remained in his native State until fourteen years old; his parents then moved to Illinois and settled in Knox County. He was given a good education, and in his young manhood he entered upon the study of medicine. In 1861, when the war of the Rebellion broke out, he was pursuing his medical studies in Philadelphia, and early in 1862 he passed an examination before the Pennsylvania State Medical Board, and was commissioned an Assistant Surgeon, and assigned to the First Regiment Pennsylvania Light Artillery for duty. His regiment was assigned with the historic Army of the Potomac. In April 1863, he was promoted to a full Surgeon’s position with the rank of Major, and served with the First Army Corps until September of that year, when he found himself so broken in health as to be unfit for field service. He accordingly re-signed his commission, and went north seeking a restoration of health. As soon as he had so far recovered as to be able to enter upon hospital service, he again tendered himself to the Government, and...

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