MAY nee FITZGERALD
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]
HULEN, CLAUS S.
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
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
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
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
[Chico Enterprise Record, May 23, 1963. Submitted by
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]
IRENE WILLIAMS KENNEDY IS DEAD
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
[Chico Record, December
2, 1917. Submitted by Kathie Marynik]
LIVINGSTON, MILLICENT JOSEPHINE
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
BAKER — Leslie Baker, 53, of
Oroville, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, in Oroville.
Arrangements are under the direction of Scheer Memorial
[The Chico Record 2/12/2005, page 5C.
Transcribed by Dan Worthington.]
BATES, KERMIT RENO
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.
Chico Record 2/12/2005, page 5C. Transcribed by Dan
— 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
REAGAN, GEORGE W.
George W. Reagan Called
After Short Illness
(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.
12-21-1907. Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik.]
Rifle Drill Has Tragic End
– Schoolboy Dies From Wound Received From Companion While Rehearsing
(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.]
— 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.
JOHN & BRIDGET
Wife Soon Follows Husband in Death
(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.
Bee, 9-12-1906. Submitted by Kathie Kloss Marynik.]
— 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
who died Monday in a local hospital.
She was born Nov. 8, 1906, in Meta, Mo., to Mr.
In 1942 she came to
California and to Paradise in 1972. In
1974 she moved to Chico.
Survivors include two sons,
Jones of Paradise and Carl Jones of
Washington; three daughters, Elaine Ballas of
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]
JONES, CHARLES ELMER
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
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
and Carl of the U.S.
Navy, three daughters, Elaine Ballas of
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.
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
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
[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]
PEACHY, FRANK A.
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
KROEGER, MINNIE MAY
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]
MURPHY, GERALD THOMAS
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
CHENEY, FRANCES E.
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
SCHEPEN, CLARA VAN
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
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
BROWN, J.D. Dr.
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
GLOVER, JAMES A.
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
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
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
MOORE, ANDREW B.
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]
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]
SCHAGEL, GEORGE W.
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
Source: San Diego Union (Friday, 4 Sept. 1903) transcribed by FoFG
SURMEIER, JOHN H.
DIED, In Oroville, August 27, John H. Surmeier, aged 30 years.
[ Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 6 Sept. 1864) transcribed by
McQUADE, JOHN O.
DIED, In Oroville, November 3, John O. McQuade, aged 87 years.
[ Source: San Francisco Bulletin (Tuesday, 19 Nov. 1872) transcribed by
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
WILCOX, CHARLES H.
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
DIED, In Butte County, July 28, Jane Chambers, aged 37 years. [
Source: Territorial Enterprise (4 Aug. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
BROWN, GEORGE W.
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 ]
BRAGG, SARAH JANE
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 ]
MADDOX, HENRY S.
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
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STEVENS, ANNIE BELL
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]
BOWERS, HUNTER LESTER
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
McCULLOCH, AGNES B.
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
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]
KIDLEY, GEORGE W.
George W Kidley Geo. W. Kidley, & pioneer resident and extensive land
owner In Butte County California died on Wednesday.March 9, 1881
Source. Submitted by Janice Rice]
LEDGER, EMERY GUY
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
O'BRIEN, RAYMOND HANLEY
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]
WILLIS, JAMES RILEY
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]