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PARADISE—A graveside service for Edith May Watts, 96, of Paradise, will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in Westside Cemetery in Taft. She died Saturday, Oct. 26, 1991, in a ridge convalescent home. Mrs. Watts was born Dec. 1, 1895, in Bakersfield. She was appointed postmaster of Reward in 1918 and served until 1920. She met and married Albert Clinton Watts. The family moved from Reward to Taft in 1924. She was active in the Assembly of God Church, teaching Sunday school and Bible studies. She and her husband were active in veterans’ organizations and the American Legion. During World War II, she served as skywatch lookout. She is survived by a daughter, JoAnn Cosgrove of Nevada; and two sons, LeRoy A. of Texas and Richard of Magalia; and three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Local arrangements are under the direction of Rose Chapel.

[Chico Enterprise Record, 10-27-1991. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]


C. S. Hulen
GRIDLEY—Funeral services for Claus S. Hulen, 77, who died yesterday afternoon in Gridley Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness, will be held at 2 PM tomorrow in the Gridley Funeral Chapel. Rev. David Tritenbach of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery. Hulen was born Dec. 22, 1898, in Gilroy and was a land developer for the past 48 years. He had been a resident of Gridley for the past 26 years. His home is on Larkin Road. He was a member of the Elks Club in Oroville, past president of the Farm Bureau of Gridley, one of the original board members of the Gridley Co-Op Creamery, past president of the Gridley Chamber of Commerce where he served for three years, and a board member of the Butte County Fair for 18 years. Survivors include his widow, Verna of Gridley; four daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Turner of Stockton, Lorraine Curtis of Ketchum, Idaho, Mrs. Claudine Johnston of Blackfoot, Idaho, and Mrs. Patricia Jenkins of Chico; two brothers, Oscar and Ben, both of Sacramento; a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Watts of San Mateo, and 12 grandchildren.
[Chico Enterprise Record, November 8, 1966. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]

Frank E. Kennedy, Early Day Builder, Taken By Death
Frank Eugene Kennedy, 84, retired contractor who built the LaGrande Hotel, the J. C. Penney Co. building, and other Chico structures, died early yesterday at his home on the Hooker Oak Road after a long illness. He was born in a covered wagon hear Yellowstone Park, WY, while his parents were en route to California. His father was a wagon train scout for many trips across the continent, and later settled near Sacramento. Except for several years spent in Oregon, Kennedy lived in California his entire life. He has been a resident of Chico for 40 years and retired from contracting many years ago due to ill health. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Belle Kennedy of Chico and the following children: Mrs. Mabel Alspaugh of Portland, OR; Mrs. Bertha Wylde of Chico; Guy R. Kennedy of Chico; Mrs. Eva Shearer of Vallejo; Chester (Chet) Kennedy of La Mesa, CA; Mrs. Margaret Schmidt of Lincoln, CA; and Mrs. Lillie Delasendro of Stockton. There are 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM Wednesday at the Nugent Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Chico Cemetery.

[Chico Record, Tuesday, April 23, 1946. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]

Mary Isabelle “Belle” (nee Barrett) Kennedy
Mary Kennedy
Mrs. Mary Isabelle Kennedy, 98-year-old Chico woman, died in El Cajon Wednesday, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Kennedy was born in Marysville on May 14, 1865, and as a youngster moved to Oregon with her parents. Following her schooling, she and the late Eugene F. Kennedy were married in Oregon and moved to Chico in 1907, where Mr. Kennedy, a contractor, built what is now the National Dollar Store and the Silberstine Building, where the T. J. Kelly Co. is now located. He died in 1946. Mrs. Kennedy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico, and until her illness several years ago, had been very active. She is survived by the following children, Mrs. Bertha Wylde of Chico; C. Edna Kennedy of Canyonville, OR; Mrs. Eva K. Shearer and Dr. Chester B. Kennedy, both of La Mesa; and Mrs. Margaret Schmidt of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of the Brusie Funeral Home at 11 AM Saturday, and interment will take place in the Chico Cemetery by the side of her husband.
[Chico Enterprise Record, May 23, 1963. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]

Bertha K. Wylde
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday at the Brusie Funeral Chapel for Bertha Kennedy Wylde, 86, of 1232 Laburnun Ave., who died Wednesday at a local hospital. Born Aug. 19, 1883, in Marysville, Mrs. Wylde graduated from Chico Normal School in 1906, taught school in Glenn and Colusa counties and was a substitute teacher in Chico during the 1920s, and completed work toward her bachelor’s degree at Chico State College in 1931. She was married to Frank E. Wylde, who survives her, in 1912. Mrs. Wylde was a member of the Chico Women’s Club, Chico Horticultural Society, Delta Phi Epsilon, the women’s group of the Presbyterian Church, and the Chico State Alumni Association. Survivors also include a son, Frank E. Wylde Jr. of Orinda; a daughter, Mrs. Marian Dudgeon of Avenal; a brother, Professor Chester B. Kennedy of La Mesa; and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Schmidt of Lincoln, Mrs. Eva Shearer of La Mesa, and Edna Kennedy of Canyonville, OR. The Rev. Robert Scott of the Chico Presbyterian Church will officiate at the services. Cremation will follow with inurnment at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.

[Chico Enterprise Record, November 13, 1969. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]

F. E. Wylde
Services will be conducted at 11 AM Monday in the Brusie Funeral Home chapel for Frank Everett Wylde, 88, of Avenal, Kings County. He died Friday at a Hanford hospital. Born October 26, 1887 in Oblong, IL, he lived there until 1904 when he came to Chico. He worked for the Bidwell family, and then for Wells Fargo Bank. He married the former Bertha Kennedy in 1912. She preceded him in death in November 1969. Wylde worked for the old Butte County Savings Bank, then Bank of Italy and finally Bank of America from 1916 until his retirement in 1952. In 1973 he moved to Avenal to be with his daughter. Survivors include his daughter, Marian Dudgeon of Avenal, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Rev. Leonard Brown will officiate at the service, with Joyce Bae as organist. Inurnment will follow cremation at Glen Oaks Memorial Park, Mausoleum of Prayer.
[Chico Enterprise Record, September 25, 1978. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]

Mrs. Irene V. Kennedy, member of a well known Chico family and wife of Guy Kennedy, merchant of Montague, Siskiyou County, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Williams, 130 Chesnut Street, last night. Mrs. Kennedy, who before her marriage was Miss Irene Vatella Williams, was well known here. She was twenty-eight years old and was born March 2, 1889, in Chico. She had resided here all her life with the exception of a few years spent in Montague. Surviving are her widower and two children; her parents, Mrs. And Mrs. J. V. Williams of Chico, and a brother, L. S. Williams of Chico. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

[Chico Record, December 2, 1917. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]

Millicent Livingston

Services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the Brusie Funeral Home for Millicent Mayer Livingston, 75, of 19 Arbor Drive, who died Friday at a local convalescent hospital. Born in Sheldon, Iowa, July 5, 1898, she came to California in 1903. She attended Chico schools and was a graduate of Chico Normal. For 25 years, she lived in and taught schools in Vallejo, later teaching at Codora. She returned to Chico 13 years ago. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, a charter member of Alpha Sigma Ki and a member of the Chico Women’s Club. Survivors include her husband Sidney; two daughters, Mrs. Faye Ellen Beitz of Rydyard, MT, and Marilyn Jean Isom of San Jose; a brother, Robert W. Mayer of San Mateo; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Rev. Wendell Pew of the First Christian Church will officiate at the services with interment to follow in the Garden of Peace at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jerry Woodward, Sherman Frost, Paul Bernard, Dick Aldrich, Kent Ahlswede, Larry Brown, and Walter Paullock. Visitation will be after 3 PM tomorrow.
[Chico Enterprise Record, March 16, 1974. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]

BAKER — Leslie Baker, 53, of Oroville, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, in Oroville. Arrangements are under the direction of Scheer Memorial Chapel, 533-5255.

[The Chico Record 2/12/2005, page 5C. Transcribed by Dan Worthington.]


BROWNING - Kermit Reno Bates, 83, of Chico, Calif., formerly of Browning, (IL) died Thursday, July 3, 1997, at Enloe Hospital in Chico. Born June 6, 1914, in Browning to Jonathan and Elva Bollinger Bates, he married Mary Ercolini on Feb. 14, 1940, in San Francisco. She survives. Also surviving are one son, John of Reno, Nev.; two daughters, Barbara Stevens and Deborah White, both of Chico; two sisters, Garnet Briney of Morton and Betty Esther of Rushville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. One sister preceded him in death.
He served in the Marine Corps for six years and later served in the Army Air Forces, where he was a nose gunner on a B-24. He worked for Standard Oil in San Francisco. He later was a toll collector for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. He then moved to Chico, where he worked for the State Board of Equalization for 32 years. He was a member of First Christian Church in Chico. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at his church. Burial will be in Chico Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted. Newton-Bracewell-Chico Funeral Home in Chico is in charge of arrangements. Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star, July 8, 1997, Page: D6
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]

BORGQUIST — Former Paradise resident Paul Ray Borgquist, 62, of Livingston, Mont., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, in Livingston. Arrangements are under the direction of Rose Chapel Mortuary,877-4923.

[The Chico Record 2/12/2005, page 5C. Transcribed by Dan Worthington.]

DOEBKE — Lee Arland Doebke, 86, of Chico, died Tuesday, Feb. 8,2005, in Chico. Arrangements are under the direction of Bidwell Chapel, 342-4291. No service is planned.

[The Chico Record 2/12/2005, page 5C. Transcribed by Dan Worthington.]


George W. Reagan Called After Short Illness

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 21—George W. Reagan, a pioneer and well-known and respected resident of Butte County, died yesterday at the family residence in this city after a few minutes’ illness. He ate a hearty meal at 12 o’clock noon, and afterwards walked around the yard. He entered the house complaining of illness, and a physician was summoned. Reagan described his symptoms, and in less than five minutes was dead. Deceased was born in Illinois seventy-eight years ago. He came to California in 1852, locating in Plumas County. Soon after, he removed to Butte. For several years he conducted the Berry Creek Hotel on the Oroville-Quincy Road. About twenty years ago, he removed to this city. A wife, six daughters, and one son survive him.

[Sacramento Bee, 12-21-1907. Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik.]


Rifle Drill Has Tragic End – Schoolboy Dies From Wound Received From Companion While Rehearsing

CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 21—Arthur Roberts, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Roberts of Dayton, seven miles west of Chico, died in this city at 10 o’clock last night from a bullet in his brain, fired by Joseph Boucher, a schoolmate of the same age, in a rifle drill for Christmas exercises during recess yesterday afternoon at the Dayton school. An operation for the removal of the bullet was performed by Drs. Stansbury, Enloe, and Wulschleger, but the lead was not taken out as it would have caused instant death. The “firing squad” was in the school yard, rehearsing. Each was provided with a small caliber rifle, all supposed to be unloaded. Roberts was not in the squad and just before the command “fire” was given, he came around the corner of the school house at which the Boucher boy was aiming. When the squad fired, Boucher’s gun shot, and the bullet entered Robert’s right eye and plowed along the edge of the brain. He cried out, “I am shot,” and fell to the ground, but immediately stood up again and cried out again that he was shot. He walked a distance of ten or twelve feet and fell unconscious. The bullet must have been placed in the gun that day as the squad had drilled the day previous without mishap.

[ Sacramento Bee, 12-21-1907.Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik.]

SCHUSTER — Former Chico resident Albert Carl Schuster, 81, of Yuba City, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, in Yuba City. Arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home, 342-5642. The Chico Record 2/12/2005, page 5C. Transcribed by Dan Worthington.

Wife Soon Follows Husband in Death

CHICO (Butte Co.), Sept. 12—The death of a husband and a wife, both within three days of each other, and without either knowing that the other was soon to pass away, has occurred in this county during the last several days. On last Friday, John Stokes, a pioneer resident of Butte County and for many years proprietor of a hotel at Inskip, died of pneumonia, notice of his death being published in The Bee. He was buried in Chico last Sunday from the Catholic Church. At the time of his death, his wife, Mrs. John Stokes, was dangerously ill, and it was thought best not to inform her of his demise, fearing that the shock would result in her death. Yesterday word was received here that Mrs. Stokes had passed to the beyond on Monday, ignorant to the last of the death of her husband. The funeral services were held here today from the Catholic Church, and she was laid by the side of her husband. The deceased was aged 71 years and a native of Ireland, which country she left in her youth, arriving in San Francisco in 1854. Two years later, after marrying John Stokes, she removed to Butte County where she had since resided.

[Sacramento Bee, 9-12-1906. Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik.]

STUDYBAKER — Dorothy Becker Studybaker, 96, of Paradise, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Paradise. Private arrangement information is available from Pat Berry, 877-2597.

[The Chico Record 2/12/2005, page 5C. Transcribed by Dan Worthington.]


David Thatcher Dies in Chico

CHICO (Butte Co.), July 23—Death today claimed one of the few Californians who voted for Abraham Lincoln, when David Thatcher, 98, Chico pioneer, died in his home here. Thatcher claimed an enviable citizenship record, having cast his ballot at every presidential election from Lincoln down to Franklin D. Roosevelt. On his ninety-eighth birthday last December, Thatcher remarked: “I voted for Lincoln twice—a pretty good man. We could use a few good men like him today.” He had been married for seventy-two years, and his wife, Mrs. Cynthia Thatcher, survives him. She is 92. Thatcher, who lived here for the last forty-five years, led an active life up until two years ago. He had no recipes for longevity and at 98 still relished his pipe. In 1891 he came to Chico and took charge of a gravel pit under General John Bidwell. He was active in civic life here until his eighty-third birthday, when he retired. In addition to his wife, he leaves three children, Mrs. Eleanor Beaton of Chico, Frank Thatcher of Oakland, and W. H. Thatcher of Chico.

[Sacramento Bee, 7-23-1936. Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik.] 

A graveside funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday in Glen Oaks Memorial Park for Charlisie Hattie Noland, 77, of Chico, who died Monday in a local hospital. She was born Nov. 8, 1906, in Meta, Mo., to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Martin.
In 1942 she came to California and to Paradise in 1972.  In 1974 she moved to Chico.
Survivors include two sons, Allen Jones of Paradise and Carl Jones of Washington; three daughters, Elaine Ballas of
Milpitas,   Barbara Brierly of Novato, and Karen Smith of Palmdale; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Gave Alexander of the Pleasant Valley Assembly of God church will preside at the funeral.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Hall-Van Hook Funeral Chapel.
[Chico-Enterprise Record, 6/19/1984. Submitted by J. Hutchins]
PARADISE (E-R) – Charles Elmer Jones, 62, died yesterday morning in a local hospital.
He was born in Fort Recovery, Ohio, Oct 19, 1902, and had resided at 8506 Ripley Lane for the past eight years, coming from San Rafael.
Mr. Jones was a self-employed carpenter and general contractor for over 30 years.  He was a member of the Assembly of God Church here.
Survivors include his widow Violet of Paradise, four sons, Kenneth and Elmer of Novato, Dale of Paradise and Carl of the U.S. Navy, three daughters, Elaine Ballas of Santa Clara Barbara Farrin of Corte Madera and Karen Jones of Paradise; and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Rose Chapel Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Glenn W. Parks of the Assembly of God Church officiating.  Burial will follow in the Paradise Cemetery.
[Chico Enterprise Record, 1/14/1965. Submitted by J. Hutchins]
Paradise- (E-R)- Services were held Saturday at Rose Chapel for Allan Weldon Thompkins ,Sr., 79, of Paradise. He died Wednesday in Mount Shasta City. Born Nov. 23 1898 in Canada, he was past master of the Brooklyn Lodge, F & AM, in Oakland and a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 549 and SIRS. Thompkins had lived in Paradise for two years and was a California resident for 50 years. Survivors include his wife, Rosalie; three sons, Allan W. of Castroville, Richard H. of Hawaii and James B. of Oakland; three brothers, Samuel of Massachusetts and Willard and Charlie, both of New Hampshire; a sister, Inez McLean of Canada; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Helen P. Brodeur read from the Bible with Keys to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, First Church of Christ Scientist. Cremation followed the ceremony.
[Chico Enterprise Record, 11/6/1978. Submitted by California Genealogy Trails]

Paradise (E-R)- Funeral services for Delmar Kermit Rose, 67, of 6067 n. Libby Road will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rose Chapel. He died Tuesday at a local hospital. Born Oct. 22,  1903 in Bowdel, S.D., he had been a gig builder with Lockheed Aircraft Corp. in Burbank for 20 years. He was a member of the Paradise Grange, Paradise Senior Citizens Club, Paradise Rod and Gun Club, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Paradise Chamber of Commerce, and the Christian Church in South Dakota. Survivors include his widow, Fleada M.; three daughters, Mrs. Phyllis Hirsch of North Hollywood, Mrs. Della Paden of Seaside, Ore., and Miss Virginia Rose of Paradise; a son, Robert of Long Beach; a brother, Arthur of Seattle, Wash; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Internment will be in the Paradise Cemetery.
[Chico Enterprise Record, 8/24/1971. Submitted by California Genealogy Trails]


Brother of Mrs. Mary A. Hoke Buried in Chico

Archie Thompson, brother of Mrs. Mary A. Hoke of Roseville, who passed away April 9 at Los Angeles, was buried in Chico Monday afternoon at 2 PM, Rev. M. W. Coates being the officiating minister. The pastor took his text from 2 Cor. 5, and delivered an impressive sermon which was followed by an obituary setting forth the virtues of the deceased as a friend, father, and citizen. The hymns sung by Chico singers were beautiful and impressive. At the conclusion of the last hymn, a large number of relatives and friends passed before the casket to pay their respect to the one who had been so much to them. The service at the grave consisted of the commitment, and taps were sounded by a representative of the American Legion in honor of the splendid service which the departed had rendered in the great world war.

[Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 4-17-1929. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]


Suicide of a County Clerk

OROVILLE, June 11—County Clerk Frank A. Peachy committed suicide yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock by taking 35 grains of morphine. He had run a little behind in his accounts with the county and was terribly embarrassed financially. His bondsmen were threatening to go off, and though he managed to settle with the county the day before his death, they were still dissatisfied. This seemed to be more that Peachy could bear. His physicians and friends used every possible means to restore him, but he had no interval of consciousness after taking the deadly potion and expired at 4:30 o’clock this morning. He is but another good man gone wrong. [Sacramento Daily Record-Union, 6-12-1886. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]

Kroeger, July 23, Minnie May, of 3528 SE 122d ave. Mother of Ruth, Robert, Charles and Paul Kroger, Gene Stokes, Mrs. Linnie Sischo and Mrs. Hazel Knight; sister of Robert and Charles Anderson. Remains were forwarded by JACOBSON FAMILY Morticians, 91st and SE Foster, to Myrtle Point. Or., for services Monday, July 27, 2 pm. at the Schroeder Funeral Chapel. Interment Norway cemetery, Myrtle Point. Coos Bay, Or., and Chico, Cal.. papers please copy. [The Oregonian, July 26 1953 pg. 48. Submitted by Robyn Greenlund]

DIED. In Chico, May 19, 1903, Gerald Thomas, infant son of Denis and Rita Murphy, aged 1 year. [  Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Thursday, 21 May 1903; transcribed by FoFG MZ]    

DIED In Chico, April 26, Frances E., wife of Dr. W. F. Cheney.  [
Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 6 May 1873) transcribed by FoFG MZ]     

DIED, Near Gridley Station, Butte co., August 19, Eugene Quimby, aged 20 years and 5 months. [ 
Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 25 Aug. 1874; transcribed by FoFG MZ]       

DRESBACH, Minn. – Mrs. Clara Van Schepen, 80, former Dresbach resident, died Thursday at Chico, Calif.   The former Clara Kappauf was born at La Crosse, Wis., Dec. 11, 1892, to William and Minnie Kunerth Kappauf. On March 7, 1912 she married Jacobus Van Schepen.   Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Ray (Minnie) Proudfoot, Dresbach; Mrs. Donald (Elizabeth) Pierce, Orange, Calif.; and Mrs. Myrtle L. Meier, Durham, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Arthur Kappauf, Sandstone, Minn.; Edwin Kappauf, Houston, Minn., and Leonard Kappauf, Phoenix, Ariz., and two sisters, Mrs. Thea Stoehr, Seattle, Wash.; and Mrs. Myrtle Beach, Minneapolis, Minn.   Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Dresbach United Methodist Church, the Rev. John Phillippe officiating. Burial will be in Dresbach Cemetery.   Friends may call at Nelson Funeral Home, La Crescent, Sunday after 4 p.m.   Pallbearers will be Howard, Arnold, William and Donald Kappauf, Stanley and Eldor Beach. [ 
Source: The Winona Daily News (MN) Friday, 8 June 1973; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]     

DIED, At Cherokee Flat, Butte county, November 7, Louis Reynolds, aged 64 years.   In Oroville, November 14, James Chapman, aged 69 years and 11 months.  [
Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 19 Nov. 1872; transcribed by FoFG MZ]    

The Oroville North Californian says, Dr. J. D. Brown, Coroner of Butte county, died on Monday morning, of erysipelas. He had been for some time past subject to a neuralgia of the face, and about a week since made a post mortem examination of the body of a man, which being in a highly decomposed state, leads some of our medical men to believe that Dr. Brown inhaled some of the poisoned atmosphere, so as to produce the disease of which he died.  [
Source: Daily Globe (San Francisco, CA) Tuesday, 13 Jan. 1857; transcribed by FoFG MZ]     

DIED, In Oroville, July 25th, James A. Glover, recently from Australia, and latterly of Risley’s Mammouth Circus, aged 20 years.   In Oroville, July 23d, Elliott, son of Ammi White, aged 15 months. [ 
Source: Daily Globe (San Francisco, CA) Thursday, 30 July 1857; transcribed by FoFG MZ]  
DIED, In Oroville, January 12th, of paralysis, Prof. Wm. Holmes, a native of Ponford, Connecticut, aged 56 years.  [
Source: Elevator (San Francisco, CA) Friday, 24 Jan. 1868; transcribed by FoFG MZ]       

Chico, Aug. 10. – Thomas Johnson, a pioneer resident of Butte county, died yesterday at his home at Oroville, aged 75 years. [
Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Monday, 10 Aug. 1903; transcribed by FoFG MZ]     

Near Oroville, Cal., yesterday Frank Kelly was accidentally killed while working in the shaft of the Carlisle mine.  [
Source: San Diego Union (Thursday, 18 Nov. 1897; transcribed by FoFG MZ]   

MARKS, Mr. and Mrs. B
OROVILLE, May 20. – Mrs. B. Marks died after a lingering illness yesterday morning. A few hours later her husband, who had entirely broken down, also died. B. Marks was one of our oldest and most respected citizens. He had been engaged in the merchandise business here over thirty years. They leave a family of children well grown up.  [
Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Friday, 20 May 1887; transcribed by FoFG MZ]     

The Masonic fraternity of Oroville turned out in large numbers on Thursday, Sept. 24th, to pay their last tribute to a deceased brother, Andrew B. Moore, who died on the previous day at the residence of his father, two miles below Hamilton. Mr. Moore, says the Record, was one of the oldest residents of the county, and was known and beloved by a very large circle of friends.  [
Source: Daily Globe (San Francisco, CA) Tuesday, 29 Sept. 1857; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Mr. J. McDermott, one of the pioneer printers of California, died of consumption, at Oroville, on the 25th inst.  [  
Source: San Joaquin Republican (Saturday, 28 Jan. 1860) transcribed by FoFG MZ]  

Oroville, Sept. 3. – George W. Schagel committed suicide today by taking a large dose of laudanum. He died just as a physician was coming to his room.  [
Source: San Diego Union (Friday, 4 Sept. 1903) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

DIED, In Oroville, August 27, John H. Surmeier, aged 30 years. [ 
Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 6 Sept. 1864) transcribed by FoFG MZ] 

DIED, In Oroville, November 3, John O. McQuade, aged 87 years. [ 
Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 19 Nov. 1872) transcribed by FoFG MZ]     

An Oroville, Butte county, dispatch of yesterday says: Luke Thompson, a man 65 years old, was caved on yesterday, while mining in a tunnel three miles from town, and died in the afternoon. He leaves a wife and family at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He had money on deposit at a bank in Oroville, and was a man of more than common ability.  [
Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Monday, 7 Jan. 1878) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
OROVILLE, Cal., Sept. 24. – Charles H. Wilcox, a leading citizen at this place, died very suddenly here Sunday evening, about 5 o’clock. He was prominently identified with the interests of this community, and was a leading Odd Fellow and Mason. [ 
Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Monday, 24 Sept. 1888) transcribed by FoFG MZ]       

DIED, In Butte County, July 28, Jane Chambers, aged 37 years. [ 
Source: Territorial Enterprise (4 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ] 

DIED, In Oroville, August 4, George W. Brown. [ 
Source: Territorial Enterprise (14 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ]   

DIED In Chico, July 26, Martha Jane, wife of Hananiah Buoy, aged 41 years.   In Chico, July 28, David N., son of T. R. and Mary Ann King, aged 10 months and 28 days.   [ 
Source: Territorial Enterprise – Nevada (5 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ ]

DIED, In Nord, Butte County, Cal., September 20, Sarah Jane, wife of Samuel G. Bragg, aged 23 years.   [
Source: Territorial Enterprise – Nevada (30 Sept. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ ]

In Forbestown, September 21, Henry S. Maddox, aged 47 years.
[Source: Territorial Enterprise – Nevada (30 Sept. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ ]

In Forbestown, September 22, Jehial Harris, aged 48 years.  
[Source: Territorial Enterprise – Nevada (30 Sept. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ ]
DIED, In Dry Creek, Butte County, August 6, Annie Bell, daughter of A. B. and Elizabeth Stevens, aged 6 months and 15 days. [
Source: Territorial Enterprise (12 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
DIED In Grizzly Bend, Butte County, Cal., September 2, Hunter Lester, son of John and C. R. Bowers, aged 15 months. [ 
Source: Territorial Enterprise (9 Sept. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ ]

In Rock Creek, Butte County, Cal., September 3, Robert W., son of Mrs. Michael Kuney, aged 2 months and 15 days.  
Source: Territorial Enterprise (9 Sept. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ ]

 In Chico, Butte County, Cal., August 31, Agnes B., wife of Rev. Oscar C. McCulloch, aged 26 years.
Source: Territorial Enterprise (9 Sept. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ ]


The Late General John Bidwell

CHICO, April 4—General John Bidwell, perhaps the oldest living California pioneer, died suddenly at his magnificent home on the Rancho at Chico at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon. General Bidwell had for several years been superintending the work on a new drive through his grounds and went out to inspect the work this morning at 7:30 o’clock. At about 9 o’clock, while marking a fallen tree for sawyers, he suddenly dropped to the ground. He was conveyed to his house and several physicians were summoned to his bedside. At first he rallied and strong hopes were entertained of his recovery, but at 2 o’clock he had a relapse from which he never recovered. Besides a widow, he leaves three nieces and one cousin in this state to mourn his loss. In 1868 in the city of Washington, he was married to Miss Anna Kennedy. His three nieces are: Mrs. Emery Hobart, Mrs. Mary Reed of Chico, and Mrs. W. C. Collins of Sacramento. The cousin is Dr. Ella Getchell of Chico. The date of the funeral has not as yet been decided upon. General Bidwell was born August 5, 1819 in Chautauqua County, New York. His youthful life was full of change, with very few opportunities being presented him for educational advancement. The principal and last schooling he received was obtained at Kingville Academy, Ashtabula County, Ohio. He walked 300 miles to reach the school and worked a whole summer to get means to go there. This lack, however, had been of no real disadvantage to the General, for he learned well from the school of experience and by wide and general reading. In 1839 at the age of 19 years, he left his home without means, first going to Iowa, then to Missouri. In the spring of 1841, General Bidwell, with 69 men, women and children, set out to tempt the then unknown west. With many difficulties, they pushed on and crossed the Sierras—being the first party that ever did so—to the headwaters of the Stanislaus River and made their way down to the San Joaquin Valley. At that time, General Bidwell thought there were not over 100 foreigners (American, British, Germans, and other nationalities) in California scattered all over the state from San Diego to Sonoma. It was in camp at Mount Diablo that General Bidwell first heard of General Sutter, who at that time had begun a settlement near the Sacramento River to which General Bidwell made his way. He engaged and remained in the employ of Sutter, enlisted in the defense of California against insurrection of the native chiefs in the revolt of 1844-45, and acted as aid-de-camp to General Sutter until the war was ended by the expulsion of the Mexican governor. In the latter part of 1846, young Bidwell, then but 27 years of age, was appointed by General Fremont as magistrate for the San Luis Rey district. In 1848, while returning from San Francisco, General Bidwell camped on Feather River, three miles east of the present town of Biggs. There he washed out a few pans of sand obtained from the middle of the stream. A few “colors” was the result, the harbinger of the vast fortunes subsequently found in the stream. General Bidwell went to Chico and immediately fitted out an expedition composed chiefly of Indians and returned to Feather River. After prospecting at various places, finding gold everywhere, he located at a place known as Bidwell’s Bar, an extensive sandbar named after him. The bed at the stream was found to be fabulously rich in gold. The quantities of the precious metal which he and his Indians took away tradition estimates only by the donkey-load. News of General Bidwell’s rich find soon spread to various ranches in the valley, and there was a general rush to Feather River. In 1849 at the age of 30, he was chosen a member of the first constitutional convention of California at Sacramento. In the same year he was elected to the Senate of the first California legislature. In 1850 Governor Burnett appointed General Bidwell and Judge Schoolcraft to convey a block of native gold-bearing quartz to Washington as California’s tribute to the Washington monument. In 1860 he was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention at Charleston. In 1863 he was appointed by Governor Stanford to command the Fifth Brigade, California Militia. In 1864 he was nominated and elected to the Thirty-ninth Congress. In 1875 he was nominated for Governor of California on the anti-monopoly or non-partisan ticket. He was a delegate to the anti-Chinese convention held in Sacramento on March 1886. The General was a strong prohibitionist and was nominated by his party for President in 1892. He was a devout Christian and member of the Presbyterian Church. By his benefactors he has acquired the sobriquet of “The Father of Chico.” Among his most noteworthy donations are a $10,000 site for the Northern California forestry station, $15,000 site for the Northern Branch of the State Normal School, also valuable building sites for the different churches of Chico—Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal—each of them receiving as much land as they asked for and often supplemented by liberal donations of cash. General Bidwell built the first flour mill of Chico, which was the first water mill in the Sacramento Valley. The General began also at an early date to set out his magnificent orchards, which are the oldest and most extensive in the state. His estate, Rancho del Arroyo Chico, is one of the richest stretches of land on the continent. It is largely devoted to grain-raising, but the portion adjacent to the town of Chico is magnificently improved. [San Francisco Call, 4-5-1900]

BOILER, C. G., son of

Young Boy Accidentally Killed

CHICO, July 28—The little son of C. G. Boiler of Chico was accidentally killed yesterday at Prattville by the fall of a tree under which he had taken refuge during a thunder storm. [Sacramento Record-Union, 7-29-1896. Submitted by K. Marynik]


Sarah Osgood  At her residence in Bangor, Butte County California, on the 28th day of February, 1804, Sarah, wife of Gardner Osgood. [Unknown Source. Submitted by Janice Rice]


George W Kidley Geo. W. Kidley, & pioneer resident and extensive land owner In Butte County California died on Wednesday.March 9, 1881  [Unknown Source. Submitted by Janice Rice]


Oroville Soldier Is Reported Dead on Anzio Beach—OROVILLE, June 7. Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Earnest have received word their son, Private Emery Guy Ledger, 19, was killed in action on the Anzio Beachhead in Italy. Members of the family said the information came in a telegram from the War Department. Ledger, who attended the Oroville schools, went overseas last December, and was in Africa before going to Italy. He was in an infantry unit. He was the brother of Mrs. Levi Hites of Richmond, Contra Costa County; Corporal Robert W. Ledger of Camp Claiborne, LA; and Pete Ledger of Oroville. [Sacramento Bee, Wednesday, 6-7-1944. Submitted by KKM]


Local Citizen Receives Bad News from War Department—Mr. James Hanley O'Brien of the Fair Lawn Ranch on the Lincoln-Auburn Road received a telegram from the War Department this week that his son Raymond Hanley O'Brien has been killed in action while performing his duty in the service of his country. Mr. O'Brien had four sons in the armed forces, including Raymond--one who may be a prisoner of the Japs in the Philippines as he was there, the last word his family had from him just before the fall of Corregidor, and nothing has been heard of him since. He has two other sons in the service, one in the navy and one in the air corps, we understand. Well, it is patriotic and something to be proud of, to have four sons all fighting for their country, but it is sure tough to lose two of them, and the war has just begun. [Lincoln News-Messenger, Thursday, 4-29-1943. Submitted by KKM]


Death of J. R. Willis--James Riley Willis, proprietor of the Pacific Hotel in Gridley, departed this life at 4 AM, March 2, 1892. Deceased was born at Warsaw, Coshocton County, Ohio, on Nov. 2, 1834. He was an old Californian, a member of North Butte Lodge, F&AM, and leaves behind a host of warm friends. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in this their hour of sorrow. Mr. Willis was for many years a resident of Auburn, where for a long time he was agent for the Bear River Ditch Company. Afterwards he was postmaster, and where still later, he was engaged in the hotel business. he was well and favorably know by all our old residents. [Placer County Herald, Auburn, Saturday, 3-12-1892. Submitted by KKM]


Died At Chico, Butte county, California, April 27th, 1859, of pneumonia, after six days’ illness, Columbus Wheeler, Esq., formerly of Oregon City, in the 50th year of his age. -Nebraska, Michigan and New York papers please copy. [The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, May 28, 1859 . Submitted by JD]

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