Location: Santa Cruz County CA

Biographical Sketch of William Alexander Moore

The subject of this sketch was born July 19, 1851 on his father’s ranch north east of the village of Pescadero. His father Alexander Moore was one of California’s earliest settlers, coming to California from Jackson County, Missouri, in 1847 and making the trip over the plains with ox teams, arriving at Johnson’s ranch on Bear river, October 2, 1847, where he remained until he removed to Santa Cruz, Nov. 15, 1847. The early life of Moore was spent in farming and stock raising with such success that he has continued to follow this vocation. On April 9, 1883 he was married to Hattie Huff. The couple have one son, James Alexander, who is now with his father on their ranch of 117 acres, on Pescadero creek. Mr. Moore is a member of the Native Sons, and the Ancient Order of...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph B. Gordon

Few men owe their success more to their own efforts than Joseph B. Gordon, junior member of the law firm of Kirkbride & Gordon of San Mateo. His path was not strewn with roses. It was one over which only sheer pluck, courage and perseverance can take the traveler. Mr. Gordon had had only a high school education when he aspired to be a lawyer. After preliminary study he became a law clerk with Mr. Charles N. Kirkbride in 1904. While so engaged Mr. Gordon took a four year law course at the San Francisco Law School. Before its completion he was elected city clerk of San Mateo. Still ambitious to acquire a more profound knowledge in his chosen profession, Mr. Gordon enrolled for post graduate work, so for years we find him filling the position of city clerk in a splendid way, acting as law clerk in Mr. Kirkbride’s office and attending law school at night. After completing his law study, he was admitted to the bar and in 1912 with Mr. Charles N. Kirkbride formed the law firm of Kirkbride & Gordon. In spite of the demand that Mr. Gordon’s large practice makes on his time, he interests himself in all public movements. He is an active member of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo County Development Association. He also belongs to the...

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Biography of John Brodbeck

One of the representative businessmen of Boise, Mr. Brodbeck, is a pioneer of Idaho, having come to this state in 1865. He is a native of Switzerland, where he was born April 4, 1833, and was reared and educated in his native land and there learned the brewing business. His parents were Nicholas and Elizabeth (Hagler) Brodbeck, the former of whom was a miller by trade, and he and his wife were members of the Lutheran church and were people of high respectability in the old country. He died in his fifty-third year and his wife survived him until attaining the advanced age of eighty-five years. They had five sons and two daughters, one of the latter and our subject being the only ones now living. After leaving school Mr. Brodbeck entered a commercial house, remaining there four years and then became connected with a brewing house. Subsequently he came to America, landing at New York, whence he journeyed to California in 1857 and settled at Scott Valley, where he had a brother living near Fort Jones. General Crook was then a second lieutenant at the fort and Mr. Brodbeck became intimately acquainted with him. Our subject was engaged in farming for a few years, but hearing of the silver discoveries in Nevada he sold out and went to that state, where he remained a year and then decided...

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Biography of Job Francis Dye

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, as is maintained, the history of a country is best told in the...

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March, Nellie – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Nellie March, 85, of La Grande, died May 10 at a local care home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in La Grande. A complete obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the day of May 12, 2008 ___________________________________ Nellie March, 85, of La Grande, died May 10. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in La Grande. A viewing will precede from 9 a.m. to noon at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Restlawn Cemetery in Salem. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Nellie Stella Antonichuk was born July 1, 1922, to John and Stella Antonichuk at home in Star City, Saskatchewan, Canada. She married Stephen March on July 18, 1944. Nellie and Steve emigrated to the United States in 1947 and made their home in Santa Cruz, Calif., and Eugene. Nellie moved to La Grande in 2003 after her husband’s death. Nellie went to school in a one-room schoolhouse and helped her parents raise her younger siblings along with working on the farm. Nellie’s love of flowers, dancing, music, cooking and gardening and her pride in her Ukranian heritage have been passed on to her children and grandchildren. Above all...

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Fleming, Carl Douglas – Obituary

Carl Douglas Fleming, 40, of Newberg and Halfway, died Aug. 30, 2005, as the result of a motor vehicle accident near Halfway. There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Carl’s life later this month. The date and time will be announced. Carl was born on Feb. 9, 1965, at Santa Cruz, Calif., to Jimmy Dale and Carla Sue Caskey Fleming. He spent most of his growing up years at Santa Cruz, graduating from Monte Vista High School in 1983. He was a gifted athlete and after graduation he played baseball for a year in college. Carl and Monique met in 1988 and were married on March 3, 1991. They had two children: James and Casey. Carl worked most of his life as an equipment operator. In 1995, the family moved to Newberg. It was after the move to Newberg that Carl became an avid hunter and fisherman, with the help of his friend and mentor, Gary Star. These last several years, Carl had enjoyed coming to Halfway to hunt. He was in the process of moving to the Halfway area at the time of his death. He had just gained employment with the Pine Valley Ranch at Halfway. Carl will always be remembered for his love of family, friends, the outdoors and his great sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Monique; sons James and...

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Biography of David Morey

David Morey, one of the pioneers of Redlands, was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania, in 1824. His father, Jacob Morey, moved to Delaware County, Ohio, at an early day, and took a farm out of the woods. He died there at the age of ninety years. His mother, Barbara (Jacobs) Morey, is still living, at the advanced age of ninety-two years. The subject of this sketch left home at the age of fourteen to learn the cabinet trade. He worked at this trade in Marysville, and in 1842 went to Indianapolis, where he remained until 1845. He then went to Lexington, Kentucky, and in 1850 started from St. Louis across the plains to California. They left Independence, Missouri, May 10, 1850, and were on the way four months to Nevada City, California. Mr. Morey, like many others, engaged in mining from 1850 to 1858. He then went to Scottsburg, Oregon, where he worked at the cabinet trade and ship-joining on river steamers. Then he went to Columbia River and helped built steamers. After this he came back to the Cascades and built the steamer “Iris;” then to Puget Sound, to Victoria, and finished the steamer “Alexandria,” for William Moore. He then went to Umpqua River and built the steam sawmill and the schooners, “William F. Brown,” “Pacific” and “Mary Cleveland.” In 1870 he went to San Francisco, and from...

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Thomas, Ronald “Ron” – Obituary

Medical Springs, Oregon Ronald “Ron” Thomas, 70, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at his home in Medical Springs. At Ron’s request, disposition will take place at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Ron was born on May 17, 1932, to Clinton M. and Lillie Houseman Thomas at Hebron, Neb. He grew up and graduated from high school at Watsonville, Calif. On May 17, 1953, Ron married Norma Kaufman. The couple had three children, Pamela, Linda and Jim. Ronald lived an adventurous life. He served in the U.S. Army, homesteaded in Alaska and fulfilled his dream of having a ranch. He also learned to make guitars and dobroes from his friend Pete Haynes. Ron loved playing music and singing, especially with his family. Ron belonged to the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers, the Oregon Cattleman’s Association, Stewards of the Range, and was proud to be an National Rifle Association member. He was a hard-working man who would always take time to help his friends and neighbors. We will all miss his humor and wit. Mostly, we will miss him. Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Norma Thomas; his daughters, Pamela Walker, and her husband, Bruce, Linda Mann and her husband, Michael; a son, Jim Thomas, and his wife, Jodi; grandchildren,...

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Taylor, Margaret Catherine Mrs. – Obituary

Margaret Catherine Taylor, 85, of Tacoma, Wash., died June 12, 2002, at Tacoma. There will be no funeral. Mrs. Taylor was born at Santa Cruz, Calif. She lived there for 59 years before moving to Oregon in 1977. She moved to Tacoma in 1998. Mrs. Taylor worked at the John Ingalls Cannery in Santa Cruz for 10 years. She enjoyed crocheting and reading. Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Blackledge of Lakewood, Wash., Judy Abma of Scotts Valley and Peggy Caso of Rainier; a son, George E. Taylor of Baker City; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Edward Taylor; and a daughter, Linda Joyce Taylor. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dryer Mortuary at Tacoma. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 28, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Dias, Gary Joe – Obituary

Gary Joe Dias, 48, of Larnet, Kan., died Feb. 17, 2002, at his home. His graveside funeral was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Deacon Jim Watt of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church officiated. Gary was born on Dec. 23, 1953, at Watsonville, Calif. He graduated from Watsonville High School and worked as an EMT at San Jose, Calif., and on several different construction jobs. He served on an atomic submarine in the U.S. Navy and also worked with his dad on a commercial fishing boat at Bristol Bay, Alaska, before falling to a long-term illness. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Gerald and Jan Dias; his mother, Rose Bishop; his sister and her husband, Angelica and Ramy Hancock; three nieces; and two grandmothers, Pauline Dias and Rose Lewis, both of Watsonville, Calif. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 1, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biographical Sketch of George W. Ford

George W. Ford, proprietor of the Santa Ana Nursery, is one of the first settlers of the valley, arriving here in 1876, with only $10. The previous year he had been working by the day in Santa Cruz County. Two years later he purchased five acres of land within the city limits, for $400, and to this he has since added twenty-five acres more, most of which he has cut up into city lots and sold at good prices. In his nursery may be seen all kinds of deciduous and semi-tropical fruits and ornamental trees and shrubs. He has recently erected a fine residence on Ross Street, in the northwestern part of the city, which for convenience, comfort, beauty of location and architectural finish would be an ornament to any city. Mr. Ford was born in Perry County, Illinois, in 1848. His father, John Ford, was a native of Kentucky, and one of the first settlers of Illinois, moving there when it was a Territory. By industry, economy and enterprise, Mr. Ford had worked himself up in the world, and has shown himself worthy of the confidence and esteem of those with whom he has done business. He is recognized as one of Santa Ana’s most industrious and enterprising citizens, and is ready to help along any undertaking which has for its object any public...

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Thomas D. Davis – Obituary

Thomas D. Davis, 78, died June 7, 2009, after a battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church at Felton, Calif. There will be a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Church. Visitations will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Church. Private inurnment will be at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was born at Boise to Joe and Mary Davis. His siblings were Patrick Davis, Ellen Badley, and Beatrice Plant. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He graduated from Oregon State University at Corvallis in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. After graduating, he moved to Salt Lake City. He worked for Sperry, Utah, before moving to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1961. He worked for Lockheed for 31 years. Tom had been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1956 and held office in the Santa Cruz Council, No. 971, Fourth Degree Padre Palou Assembly, and Junipero Serra Chapter. After retiring from Lockheed in 1992 he started working with Habitat for Humanity and was elected to the local board of directors in 1994. Tom was appointed to the Santa Cruz County Seniors Commission by Supervisor Mark Stone and served two terms. Other activities that Tom...

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