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Biography of Job Francis Dye

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Among the figures who stand prominently forth on the pages of western history is the gentleman whose name introduces this review. His was a marvelous record of long connection with the events which go to make up the annals of the Pacific coast. He was one of those honored pioneers who blazed a path for future cavalcades to follow; who bravely turned their faces from the cities of the east, with all the advantages of wealth and civilization, and cast their fortunes with the western frontier, in all its wildness and primitive modes of life; who, rather than enjoy the comforts of their former homes, chose to endure the hardships of a wider and freer country; and who made out of those very obstacles, which, to a weaker class of men would have been stumbling blocks, the stepping stones to wealth and renown, none of these great men are more noted for untiring perseverance and steady progress which have resulted in the acquirement of wealth and the well merited esteem of their fellow men than the gentleman whose name heads this memoir. He realized with great prophetic foresight the magnitude of the prospects of the west, and that at a time when this section of the country gave but slight signs of her future greatness. If,...

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Spencer, Gerald Elroy – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Gerald Elroy Spencer, 97, of Los Osos, died Monday July 27, 1998, at his home. A memorial service will be held in the middle of August at Trinity Methodist Church in Los Osos. Mr. Spencer was born in his grandmother’s log house in La Grande, Ore., on Dec. 31, 1901. His mother died when he was 3 years old and his mother’s sister cared for him until his father remarried. During high school he played the trumpet and saxophone in the high school band. He kept up with his music while he was attending Oregon State University, not only in the school band but in a small dance band he organized. He majored in general merchandising but continued to play music all his life. After college he was offered a position with a small merchandising chain store in La Grande. In Union, Oregon he became reacquainted with a high school friend, Zelpha Beach. They were married on June 29, 1924, and recently celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary. Mr. Spencer was sent to Wenatchee, Wash., to work as the manager of the company store. He left there to work in the only large department store in Wenatchee as the assistant manager of the shoe department. He soon became manager but left a short time later for an...

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Babb, James Harrison – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Professor emeritus James Harrison BABB of San Luis Obispo died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1990, at his residence. He was 79. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo. The Rev. Deane Keller of Grace Church in San Luis Obispo will officiate. Burial will follow at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. Mr. Babb was born July 5, 1920, in Macomb, MO. He moved to Exeter in 1929, at the age of nine. He graduated from Exeter High School. He was in the Navy from 1942 to 1946 and served as a torpedo man mate in the South Pacific. He married Barbara Tenycke June 7, 1946. During the 1950s, the young couple were missionaries to the Tully Indian Reservation in the San Joaquin Valley. They founded the Visalia Printing Company in 1953 and sold it in 1959. They moved to San Luis Obispo in 1959. Mr. Babb was a professor at Cal Poly for 23 years, teaching printing in the Graphic Communications Department from 1959 to 1982. He was an active member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Grover City, serving as deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of Gideons and the Civil Air Patrol of San Luis Obispo. He enjoyed woodworking. Mr. Babb is survived by two...

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Babb, Barbara Irene – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now BABB, Barbara Irene, of Pismo Beach died Wednesday [December 30, 1982] in a San Luis Obispo hospital. She was 55. Services will be held Monday at 10 am at Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo. The Rev. Roland Gustafson of Bethel Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. Mrs. BABB was born Independence Day, 1926 in Sebastopol. She married James H. BABB in Visalia and they lived there until moving to San Luis Obispo. James is an instructor at Cal Poly. Mrs. BABB was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Grover City where she sang in the church choir. She was president of the Women’s Missionary Society and a member of the 5-Cities Christian Women’s Group. She was very active in child evangelism and offered a foster home for teenagers in the community for 15 years. She is survived by her husband, James and sons, James of Grover City and Michael of Portland, Oregon; 3 daughters, Vicki GREABY and Carol MANN, both of Portland, Oregon and Kathy BABB of San Jose; and 6 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to World Vision for Hungry Children, c/o Bethel Baptist Church, 1935 Newport, Grover City, CA Telegram Tribune, January 2, 1982 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of Capt. John Harford

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now CAPT. JOHN HARFORD. – This distinguished captain, whose portrait is given here, is now a resident and one of the principal owners of the townsite of Pataha City, Washington, and was born in Westchester county, New York, February 14, 1828. In 1842 he removed to Kendal county, Illinois, and in 1850 journeyed westward to the city of San Francisco. In 1852 he located in Placer county, California, on a ranch where now stands the little city of Lincoln. He removed thence to Marysville, where he engaged in the butcher business until 1855. There he purchased a band of sheep at ten dollars per head which had been driven from Ohio. After the investment, he again became a rancher, and soon afterwards married Miss Maggie Harris, a woman who has proved herself a model wife and mother, and whose kind and winning ways have ever made for her household a home of happiness and love. In 1862 the captain removed to San Louis Obispo, where he erected the first wharf and the first warehouse building in that now Port Harford. He also became a member of the firm of Schwartz, Harford & Co., lumber dealers. With a capital of but five hundred dollars each, the partners retired in nine years with a nice little fortune. Captain Harford...

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