Location: Chico California

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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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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Ritsch, Lulu M. Steelman Mrs. – Obituary

Lulu M. Ritsch, 85, of Chico, Calif., died June 3, 2003, at the Chico Creek Care and Rehab Center. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations were Friday at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Lulu was born March 21, 1918, at Vale to Melville E. Davis and Mary Jessie Dee Steelman. She started school at the White Star School in Vale and then transferred to Muddy Creek School in 1924. She then started the 11th grade at Baker High School and graduated in May 1937. Mrs. Ritsch was baptized in 1957 at the Baker City Christian Church. She met her husband, Henry Ritsch, at Pondosa where they were working for Collins Pine. The couple were married at Boise and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Feb. 23, 2002. Collins Pine transferred Henry to Chester, Calif., as a logging supervisor until he retired after 36 years. They lived in Butte County, Calif., for 28 years. Lulu was a homemaker and loved cooking, sewing and the outdoors. She will be missed greatly by her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends. Survivors include her daughter, Mary M. Stout of Baker City; brothers, Carl Davis, and his wife, Illa, of Joseph and Melville Davis Jr. of Sacramento; sisters, Valeta Lammert of Portland, and Vina Schulz and her husband, Elmer, of Gladstone; grandsons, Vernon Stout and his wife,...

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Ritsch, Henry – Obituary

Henry Ritsch, 88, of Chico, Calif., died May 24, 2002, at a Chico care center. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Henry was born May 7, 1914, at Potlatch, Idaho, to Valentine and Maria Ritsch. He married Lulu Davis on Feb. 23, 1940, at Boise. Henry worked for Collins Pine Co. for 36 years and received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature for his dedicated service as a logging supervisor. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Douglas; his sister, Anne; three brothers, Ed, Carl and Frank; grandson, Dean; brother-in-law, Bert Peterson; and son-in-law, Denver Stout. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lulu of Chico; a daughter, Mary Stout of Baker City; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Shirley Ritsch of Grants Pass; a sister, Elizabeth Patterson of Tigard; a brother-in-law, Sherrill Bushnell of Merlin; sisters-in-law, Fern Ritsch of Susanville and Gloria Ritsch of Grants Pass; grandsons, Vernon Stout, and his wife, Myra, and Damien Ritsch; granddaughter, Tami Fetter; great-grandchildren, Joe, Melissa, Dallas, Ray, David and Stephen; and daughter-in-law, Beverly Ritsch. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 7, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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St. John, Glenn Orville – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Glenn Orville St. John, 81, of Baker City, died July 28, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. At his request, Glenn was cremated and will not have a formal funeral service. Glenn was born April 10, 1921, in Chico, Calif., to Orville and Myrtle St. John. The family moved to Southern Oregon soon after. After his schooling, he drove log trucks. He served his country in World War II, spending 2 years in the South Pacific in the 1881st Aviation Engineers. The 1881st built landing strips in New Guinea and the Philippines where he witnessed the famous return of General MacArthur. After Glenn’s discharge, he was married to Anna Lorraine Nail of Spokane, Wash. He worked in the logging industry, driving truck and running a sawmill until he was injured in a logging accident in 1950. In spite of a permanent disability he farmed, cut electric poles, built another sawmill and sold real estate. He and his wife bought and sold property, building seven house and log cabins throughout Oregon. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1968 and lived in the Granite and Sumpter areas until ill health mandated a move to Baker City in 1993. Glenn is survived by his wife, Anna Lorraine of Baker City; a and daughter-in-law, Alan and Jan St. John of Bend; grandsons, Matthew St. John Bend, and Shawn St....

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Ingram, Thomas Fredrick “Tom” – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Thomas Fredrick “Tom” Ingram, 78, of Halfway, died Oct. 28, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral was Friday at Halfway. Mr. Ingram was born on Feb. 13, 1923, to Earl and Pearl Gerberding Ingram in Eugene. He began his schooling at Burns, but finished his education in Baker County, graduating from Baker High School in 1941. In his youth, he lived in Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho. After high school, Mr. Ingram worked at Yuma Army Air Base at Yuma, Ariz., during the war years. On June 25, 1945, Tom and Ann met. They didn’t see each other again until July 22. They were married on Sept. 2, 1945, at Reno, Nev. They had two children: Tanna and Connie. During Mr. Ingram’s life, he enjoyed ranching in Nevada County, Calif., and also attended college at Chico. For quite some time, he worked for Cal Trans, Department of Highways in California, retiring as a supervisor. On May 6, 1984, the Ingrams moved to Halfway. Mr. Ingram enjoyed working with and riding for Darrell Thomas. He served as mayor of Halfway for two terms, from 1987 to 1991. He had also been the chief coordinator of the Pine Haven Cemetery, having a vast knowledge of who, when and where. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ann Ingram; daughter, Tanna Ingram of St. Helens; two sisters and...

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Anderson, Berlyn Audrey – Obituary

Berlyn Audrey Anderson, 2-year-old daughter of Caleb and Toby Anderson, died July 5, 2006. Her graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. Visitations will be from 7 o’clock to 9 o’clock tonight at the Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Berlyn was born on April 9, 2004, at Chico, Calif. Her mother, Toby, is a former Baker City resident. Survivors include her parents, Caleb and Toby Anderson; brother, Cole Anderson; grandmother Debra Anderson; grandparents, Ruben and Joan Montoya, Paul and Sheila Anderson and Kelly and Georgia Brown; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends who loved and treasured her in life and are now grieving her loss. Memorial contributions may be made in Berlyn’s name in care of the funeral home. View Berlyn’s obituary with additional pictures and send condolences online at nbcfh.com. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 14, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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