Lake County, California

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Anita Crabtree



ADAMS, Elmer M.


Lake County Bee, January 17, 1947

Residents of Upper Lake and community were saddened to learn of the death of Elmer M. Adams at the family home in Ukiah Friday afternoon, January 10. The deceased had been in poor health for the past two years but kept his friendly and kindly disposition. He has many friends who will miss him.
Mr. Adams was born in Middletown in the year 1881, and when a young man, came to Upper Lake with his widowed mother and three younger brothers and they bought what is now the George Haycock ranch in the Middlecreek section.
On October 3, 1908 he married Miss Grace Alley, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Alley.
For the past twenty years he has resided in Ukiah where he was foreman of the Ukiah Highway until illness forced him to resign.
Besides his beloved wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Wilburn Brown of Potter Valley, and Mrs. Rene Marty of San Francisco; five grandchildren, Donna, Karen and Sandra Brown, Michael and Gene Marty and one brother, Emery Adams of Coalinga.
Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, January 13, from the Eversole Mortuary in Ukiah with interment in the Upper Lake Cemetery. Rev. Brown of the Ukiah Baptist Church officiated.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family in their bereavement by a host of friends.

ALLEN, Nancy Cecelia


Ukiah Republican Press, July 31, 1914

Mrs. N. C. Allen, a former resident of Upper Lake, but of late of this city, passed away Wednesday at the residence of Lon Pool. Deceased was 63 years of age. She is survived by two daughters who live in this city, Mrs. Lon Pool and Mrs. Sam Porter. The remains were taken to Upper Lake Thursday for internment.

(Nancy Cecelia was the daughter of William Henry & Nancy (Logan) Moore)

Contributed by Anita Crabtree for Clorine Story



September 1941

Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Eliza Alley will be held from the E. D. Sleeper home in Upper Lake at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon with Dr. Lynn T. White of San A______ the officiating clergyman, and burial will be in the Upper Lake cemetery. The Eversole Mortuary will be in charge. The pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons of Mrs. Alley.
Mrs. Ella Eliza Alley, highly respected and dearly beloved pioneer woman of Mendocino and Lake Counties, passed away Tuesday, September 2, at the home of her daughter, Grace, in Ukiah.
Ella Eliza was born at Niles, Michigan on 25 May 1852. She was the daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth McMath, and the last of a family of 10 children. She was a twin sister of the late Robert McMath, a well known resident of Upper Lake and a sister of Mrs. S. S. R_______ of Lakeport, who passed away only a few years ago.
When she was 6 years old, her father brought his family to California, by boat around Cape Horn. They settled at Marysville, where they operated a store for some years. On 11 October 1867, because of failing health, he moved his family to Gravelly Valley in Lake County, the young girl and her mother driving the team all the way over the rough roads and caring for the ailing man.
Mrs. Alley lived in this mountain valley until she was 15 years old, when she and John Lemuel Alley, and his sister Winnie Alley and Robert Bucknell were united in marriage at a double wedding, celebrated at the home of the bride in Gravelly Valley before daybreak on 11 October 1867. The wedding breakfast was cooked by her mother at the open fireplace in dutch ovens, which were common in those pioneer days. The bridal couples were then escorted by 17 couples on horseback to the home of Andrew J. Alley, the father of John and Winnie, at Upper Lake, where the double wedding ceremony was repeated under a large pepperwood tree. It was a brilliant social event and was attended by many prominent pioneers. A barbecue dinner was served to over one hundred guests.

Contributed by Barbara J. Morehead



Lake County Bee, September 5, 1941

Mrs. Ella E. Alley, 89, Came To County With Parents in 1858; Settled At Gravelly Valley

Mrs. Ella E. Alley passed away Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Adams in Ukiah, at the age of 89 years.
Mrs. Alley was the daughter of Elizabeth Kimmel and Archibald McMath and was born at Niles, Michigan, May 25, 1852. She was a twin to Robert F. McMath of Upper Lake and a sister of the late Mrs. S. S. Russell of Lakeport.
When she was six years of age her father brought the family to California by boat around Cape Horn and settled at Marysville where he had a general store.
Nine years later the family left Marysville, going to Gravelly Valley, now Lake Pillsbury, for her father's failing health. She and her mother drove there by team caring for their ailing loved one. She made her home there until she married John L. Alley on August 9, 1870. The ceremony and attending festivities are still recalled with pleasure by the guests. Before daybreak, that day, Ella McMath and John Alley were married and a wedding breakfast was served by her mother from the then popular dutch ovens and fireplace. Seventeen couples then escorted them on horseback to Upper Lake to the home of Andrew Jack Alley where at noon the double wedding of the Alleys and that of his sister, Winnie to Robert Bucknell took place under a large pepperwood tree. A barbecue dinner was served to more than a hundred guests. These couples lived as close friends for many years sharing joys and sorrows.
Mr. and Mrs. Alley lived in unbroken harmony and constant love on the A. J. Alley farm on Middle Creek, until the time of his death in 1907. To this happy home were born eight children, of whom the following survive their beloved mother; Mrs. Effie Gilday of San Francisco, Mrs. Lottie Collins of Ukiah, Mrs. Marie Sleeper of Upper Lake, Warren Alley of Woodland and Mrs. Grace Adams of Ukiah.
Mrs. Alley was a true pioneer wife, a devoted mother and a friend to her neighbors. Her cheerful and friendly manner made for her many lasting friendships and in her latter days she was interested in the news of the day, the happenings of her friends.
She lived a very active and useful life. Her afflictions of blindness and deafness did not keep her from being ever cheerful, kind, loving and thoughtful.
Mrs. Alley is a descendant of an old Scottish family of nobility and landed proprietors of Edinburgh and Dumphries. The record of the Coat of Arms and the old Castle was found by a granddaughter, Bernice Vaysle when in Europe in 1930 and a copy was brought to Mrs. Alley. Mrs. Alley's ancestors came to America in 1756, landing at Philadelphia and she is the last of her family. Her mother was a graduate of the Eastern College for Women.
In 1907 she went to Ukiah to make her home with her daughter who has been untiring in her loving care. Summers were usually spent with another daughter, Mrs. Marie Sleeper of Upper Lake where she enjoyced renewing oldtime friendships.
Mrs. Alley was a charter member of Queen of the Lake Rebekah Lodge and an honorary member of Cornelius Rebekah Lodge of Ukiah.
Mrs. Alley was a devout Christian and enjoyed her nightly Bible readings

Contributed by Pat Bird

ALLEY, Phebe


Unknown Paper (Died September 8, 1941)

Funeral Held Thursday At Upper Lake Church, Rev. W.J. Wilson Officiated

Mrs. Phebe Alameda Alley passed away in Lakeport early Monday morning, September 8, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Turnbull.

Mrs. Alley was the daughter of George Ross Gordon and Elizabeth Finley Beird, and was born at Peoria, Illinois, March 12th, 1853. At the age of nine, she, with her mother, three sisters and three brothers, came to California by way of Isthmus of Panama. This trip was made during the Civil War period. It was necessary for the family to travel to New York, and take a boat from there. The voyage on the Atlantic side, which was made in the ship "Moses Taylor," required two weeks time. To cross the Isthmus of Panama the passengers were transferred to smaller boats, then to stage coaches and some of them even walked and kept up with the progress of transportation. The experiences of these six days were often repeated by Mrs. Alley, much to the enjoyment of her family and friends. On the Pacific side of the Isthmus the 600 passengers boarded the steamship "America" which landed in San Francisco in July, 1863. Here they were met by the father who had preceded the family by a caravan across the plains in April 1860.

The Gordon family made their home in Napa valley until November, 1865, when they came to Upper Lake. In 1868 she was married to Samuel H. Alley, who was a successful farmer of the Middle Creek valley.

Mr. and Mrs. Alley lived in constant love and unbroken harmony until the time of his death, July 4th, 1913. To this happy home were born eleven children. The nine surviving are: Mrs. Addie Sleeper of Upper Lake, Mrs. Laura Emerson of Upper Lake, Mrs. Myrtle Craig of Lakeport, Mrs. Ruth Greene of Lakeport, Mrs. Elsie Turnbull of Lakeport, Mrs. Sylvia Haycock of Upper Lake, Mrs. Clara Reed of Sacramento, Leonard Alley of Upper Lake and Mrs. Lena Wernse of San Francisco.

Mother Alley loved her home and enjoyed the quiet life there, respected by her neighbors and all who knew her. She was a loyal member of the Upper Lake Methodist church, a true pioneer wife, a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. In addition to her children, there are 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Due to failing health in 1928, she went to Lakeport to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. George Turnbull, who has been untiring in her loving and devoted care. During these declining years she has been patiently and loyally attended by her son-in-law, Dr. M.A. Craig.

Rev. W. J. Wilson, formerly of the Lakeport Presbyterian church, who had formed a close friendship and had become a devoted friend, conducted the services which were held Thursday from the Upper Lake Community Church. Mrs. Alley attended church regularly as long as her health permitted. Her daily Bible readings gave her much comfort and divine influence.

Her many friends join this paper in extending deepest sympathy to the family.

Contributed by Barbara Alley

ALLEY, Samuel



In the death of Samuel H. Alley, on July 4th. brief mention of which wasmade in the PRESS of last Saturday, Lake Co., lost another of her sturdy pioneers and substantial citizens. Heart failure, starting with an attack of grippe about 3 months ago, brought on the end. On June 19th. Mr. Alley suffered a stroke of apoplexy, and his life was despaired of from that time. He was unconscious at intervals, but retained his mental activity at periods until his death. All members of his family had been with the stricken man during his last illness, altho a few had gone to their nearby homes and were not present at the last farewell.
Samuel Alley was born in Tennessee, 22 May 1841, making his age at death slightly over 72 years. The family moved to Missouri and in 1852, when Mr. Alley was but a boy, crossed the plains to Oregon. The mother died on the long and ardous trip and was buried on the Snake River. In 1858, Mr. Alley, Sr., and his children emigrated to California, coming to Middle Creek valley--above Upper Lake. There the father took up land, which on his death, was left to his children. Samuel Alley married Miss Phebe Gordon, of a prominent and well known family, in 1869, and steadily acquiring other property until Mr. Alley was rated as one of the wealthy men of northern Lake Co. He engaged in lumbering in his younger days, and teaming from the mills of Elk Mt., but in late years followed farming. The family home has continously been in that section, all the children being born there. It is said, in Mr. Alley's delirium in his last days, his mind often reverted to his lumbering experiences, calling on oldtime friends to help him as he had helped them in those days.
Eleven children were born to the couple, 10 of these, with the mother, surviving to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. These are Mrs. Addie Sleeper of Upper Lake; Mrs. Laura Marston, Bachelor Valley; Everett Alley, Upper Lake; Mrs. Myrtle Haycock, Lakeport; Mrs. Ruth Greens, Lakeport; Mrs. Sylvia Haycock, Upper Lake; Miss Elsie Alley, Lakeport; Misses Clara and Lena and Leonard Alley, living at the home place. Mr. Alley also leaves 3 sisters, Mrs. Lizzie McCombs of Ukiah, Mrs. Sarah Robbs, of Oregon; and Mrs. Amanda Pitney of Upper Lake, and a half-sister, Mrs. Winnie Bucknell of Upper Lake.
A hard worker and shrewd businessman, Mr. Alley acquired a substantial competence and was a good provider for his family, and an upright and respected neighbor and citizen. He and his family have a wide circle of friends in the county and elsewhere who sincerely regret their affliction, and will feel deep sympathy for the sorrowing relatives. Mr. Alley's body was laid away Sunday afternoon in the Upper Lake cemetery, the funeral being attended by a throng of friends and neighbors.

Contributed by Barbara J. Morehead



THE PROGRESS, November 6, 1914 (issued by the Ladies Protective Club of Upper Lake)

The sad news was received of the sudden death of Miss Louise Barnett of heart failure, which occurred at the German Hospital in San Francisco. Miss Barnett has been in poor health for several years but her death was a shock to the family as well as friends as there had been a great improvement in her condition of late and she had expected to come home for a visit very soon. The brothers and sisters left here Monday afternoon to attend her funeral which took place Thursday morning. Interment at the Hills of Eternity Cemetery, San Francisco.

BATES, Charles

Russian River Flag, Healdsburg, Ca., October 10, 1878

At Middletown, Charles BATES, an engineer employed at the Napa Consolidated Quicksilver Mine, was Killed by Thomas DYE on the afternoon of the 1st. The two mem were strangers, but had an altercation at KUITTLE & SEJAL'S Livery Stable, then met again at Lake County House, where DYE drew his pistol and shot BATES. (Lake county news)

Russion River Flag, Healdsburg,CA., December 30, 1880

Tom DYE, was sentenced to State Prison for 15 years for the murder of BATES, of Lakeport.

Contributed by Marcia Chauvin(Newspaper transcription only. No further information)

BOGGS, Martha J.


Lake County Bee, August 4, 1898, page 3, column 5

Died, in Lakeport, Friday, July 20th 1898, Mrs. Martha J. Boggs, wife of Henry C. Boggs, aged 74 years, 6 months.

Many good and kind women there are in Lakeport, but none will be more sadly missed, nor a greater loss to the community, than Mrs. Boggs. For 34 years she has been known in Lake county, and for 28 years Lakeport has been her home. Its people have been her friends; their troubles have been her troubles, their successes, her joy. None ever found a kinder, truer friend. None ever went to her for sympathy or help in vain. He[r] good deeds were not proclaimed aloud to the world; her right hand knew not what her left hand did; but many have reason to remember her with thankful hearts and to learn of her death with tear-dimmed eyes. She was a faithful Christian, not in name only, but in deeds as well, and an active member of the Christian church at Lakeport.
She enjoyed fairly good health until a few months ago, when she was taken sick and has gradually been failing ever since. Although she rallied at times it was soon known that her case was hopeless. She knew her end had come and faced the Inevitable without a tremor. She made all arrangements for her own funeral, even selecting the hymns she wanted sung. It was her desire to be buried at her former home in Napa county; that her husband should remain at home, fearing that the trip would be too hard for him, and that two members of the family should remain at home with him. All of her wishes were respected.
She was conscious to the last and talked composedly of her approaching death. She called her relatives to her bedside, conversed with each, prayed for them, bade them good bye and peacefully passed away.
Martha J. Young was born in Kentucky in February, 1824. In October, 1840, she was married to H. C. Boggs in Missouri, and came with him to California in 1850, where she resided to the time of her death.

Clear Lake Press, August 4, 1898

Mrs. Martha J. Boggs, nee Young, died at her home in Lakeport, July 29th 1898 at the age of 74 years, five months and two days.
The deceased, Martha J. Young was born in Bath county, Ky., lived there until the age of 12 years. She removed to Missouri with her parents and was married to H. C. Boggs in Oct. 1840. In 1850 crossed the plains with her husband to Cal. And settled in Napa Valley the September following where they resided until 1866 when they moved to Lake county.
Three children, two sons and one daughter were born to them. The daughter died many years ago. The aged husband, the two sons and four grandchildren are left to mourn her death. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a friend to all. Of her almadeeds[sic] we need not speak, save that her hand was ever open to the poor and the needy.
The funeral services were held at her home on the afternoon of the 30th.
Her remains were taken to Napa City where the interment took place at 8 o'clock A.M. July 31st.

Contributed by Shirley Wilcox


Lake County Bee, February 15, 1928

J. W. Bonham, highly respected citizen of this community for a number of years, passed away Friday at his home of Cache Creek after an illness of several months. The body was taken to Colusa Saturday where the remains were interred in the family plot Monday.
Mr. Bonham is survived by his wife, Elsie, and two sons, Clarence and Dyton [sic]; his mother and three sisters, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Knauer and Mrs. Hurlburt.
Mr. Bonham was an active member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and was highly respected by all who knew him.
The family have the deep sympathy of the community in their bereavement.
The Bonham family wish to thank those who showed so much sympathy during their sorrow and also for the beautiful floral offerings.

Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

BOSE, Charles

Lake County Bee, January 16, 1924


Charles Bose, well known resident in the southern end of the county, having resided at his ranch at Morgan Valley for the past fifty years, died suddenly Friday morning while sitting in a chair at the Eureka Hotel in Lower Lake. He had been ill for some time and when his condition became worse recently, he was advised by attending physicians to come into town from his ranch where he could be near medical attention. He came in town last Thursday and his death followed the next day. He was a native of Germany, and was 66 years of age.
The deceased is survived by two married daughters residing in Oakland, Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Landman, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Ebbinghausen of Morgan Valley.
Mr. Bose was highly respected in the community where he resided and many friends and neighbors extend sympathies to the family.
The funeral services were held from Lower Lake Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Methodist Church, interment following at the Lower Lake Cemetery.


Lake Democrat, December 10, 1886
Miss Vida Bradley, daughter of A. F. Bradley, died last Friday. Her death was not unexpected, as she had been a sufferer from consumption for a year or more. Her remains were taken to Petaluma for burial. She was highly esteemed by the acquaintaces she made during a year's residence here.

BRAY, Alexander

The Lakeport Democrat, Sat., Feb. 24, 1877

In Lakeport, Feb. 21st, Alexander Bray, a native of Kentucky, aged 39 years, 5 months and 27 days.

(same paper)

DEATH-Mr. Alexander Bray, an esteemed townsman, died Wednesday, Feb. 21st., of asthma. He was buried yesterday at Upper Lake. Mr. Bray was a native of Kentucky, came to California many years ago, and to Lake county about five years since. He owned a ranch near Middletown until about fifteen months ago, when he moved to Lakeport, where he has carried on the bakery business. Mr. Bray leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.

Submitted by Melanie Daniels

BRAY, Catherine

Lake County Bee, November 19, 1936

Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Bray, former resident in the Upper Lake section, were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Jones Mortuary, with internment taking place in the Upper Lake cemetery.
Mrs. Bray, daughter of Donald McClain, who resided near Middle Creek, passed away Wednesday at the home of her son, Joe in Chehalis, Washington. At one time she operated a restaurant and rooming house in Lakeport and then moved to San Francisco. For the past few years she had been staying in Washington.
The deceased was born in Nova Scotia on March 29, 1849. Another son, Lex, also of Chehalis, survives, besides her three nieces, Mrs. Laura Manlove, Mrs. Ed Dorr and Mrs. Robert Abercrombie. Mrs. Bray was a member of the Presbyterian Church. The bereaved relatives are extended sympathy by their many friends.

Submitted by Melanie Daniels

BREEN, Catherine

Lakeport Record Bee, November 9, 1932

Mrs. Catherine Breen, aged and respected resident of the Rincon District, died suddenly at her home Thursday morning from pneumonia. She had been ill only three days.
Mrs. Breen was a native of Ireland and was 80 years of age. She had resided in Kelseyville for about 40 years and was the wife of the late Dennis Breen who died about two years and a half ago.
Mrs. Breen is survived by a brother James Cox of San Francisco.
The remains were taken to San Francisco where services were held. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in a family plot where the remains of Mr. Breen were interred previously.


Lake County Bee, 5 Nov. 1935

Death claimed A. H. Brown, inmate of the county hospital, who passed away Sunday night following a long illness. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Upper Lake cemetery.
The deceased was a native of Missouri and was born on January 8, 1850. He had resided in Upper Lake since 1872 and for a number of years had made his home on the Sleeper ranch.

Contributed by Rose Davidson


San Francisco Chronicle, July 7 1898

Thomas H. Buckingham, for many years senior member of the firm of Buckingham & Hecht of this city, died last Tuesday, June 28th, at his home on Clear lake, Lake county. For some months previous to his death Mr. Buckingham had been ailing. He was aged, and, feeling death approaching, he left the city for Clear lake, where he peacefully breathed his last.
Deceased was an Englishman by birth, and was 74 years of age at the time of his death. He came to this city in the early days, and soon became identified with boot and shoe business which still carries his name. During the twenty-five years of his connection with the firm of Buckingham & Hecht, until the time of his retirement in 1887, he enjoyed the respect and confidence of the business community, which he had won by an undeviating adherence to the most upright commercial principles. He was of a retiring disposition, finding more pleasure in the home circle than at clubs or public entertainments, although he always was a devoted admirer and patron of music and the drama.
Mr. Buckingham leaves a widow and daughter, Mrs. Kate Chalmers of Stockton, and two sons, W.P.. Buckingham and Thomas Hugh Buckingham.

Contributed by Lorna Wallace

BUCKNELL, Louisa Winifred Alley


Unknown Paper (Died February 11, 1942)

Funeral Services Will Be Held At Her Home Saturday; Graveside Services Under Auspices Of Rebekah Lodge.

The Northern end of the county was greatly shocked Wednesday afternoon, February 11, to learn of the death of one of the most highly respected and beloved women, Mrs. Louisa Winifred Bucknell. She passed away at her home in the afternoon at the age of 87 years, 9 months and 26 days.
She had not been in good health for some time, but in spite of her advanced age, she was very active and took a keen interest in the community she made her home for over 84 years.
Louisa Winifred was born to Andrew J. Alley and Mary Alley on April 15, 1854 in Linn county, Oregon. When she was 3 the family moved by wagon from Linn county to Lake county, first settling on what is now the Van Porter place.
The county was in its primitive stages when the family arrived and Mr. Alley, possessing intelligence and good business judgment, besides an unusual capacity for work, acquired extensive possessions in the Upper Lake section and was one of the builders of the community.
On August 9, 1870 she was married to Robert Bucknell in a double ceremony with Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Alley. To this union were born Frank E. and George E. now deceased, and Birt M. and Roy and twin girls, Mrs. Maude McKenna and Mrs. Minnie Perry, all of whom have given their mother unceasing care.
Mrs. Bucknell was active in the work of the Methodist church and was a charter member of the Queen of the Lake Rebekah Lodge, and was affectionately known as Aunt Winnie by her wide circle of friends.
At one time, Mrs. Bucknell conducted a hotel in Upper Lake, but later moved to her home on Middle Creek in which she has lived for sixty years.
Mrs. Bucknell is also survived by a granddaughter, Miss Margaret Bucknell and five grandsons, Alley, Wayne, Clarence, Earl and Vernon Bucknell; nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Funeral services wil be held at the home on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 with Reverend Donald Castlen of Linden officiating. Graveside services will be held under the auspices of the Rebekah Lodge. Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
The entire community extends sympaty to the bereaved relatives of this very gracious and well-loved matron.

Contributed by Barbara Alley


Clear Lake Press, 24 December 1910

Two weeks ago the Press reported in one item the serious illness of two aged citizens of Lakeport, Thomas Jefferson Faught and Frank Buckner, and in two succeeding issues we are called to chronicle the death of both, occurring within two days of each other. Mention of Mr. Faught's demise was made last Saturday.
"Major" Buckner, as he was familiarly known to his many friends, passed away early Monday morning, the 19th inst., at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Garrett, with whom he had made his home for about six years.
Death resulted from natural causes, the "Major" being 87 years, three months and eight days of age, and his end was very peaceful. He had been confined quite closely for many months previous.
Frank Buckner was a native of Franklin county, Virginia, but when quite young, moved to Missouri. Mrs. P. T. Boone knew the Buckner family well at her childhood home, Paris, Missouri. "Major" came to California in 1854, settling in Yolo county. He first came to Lake county in 1863, under the following circumstances: Being seriously sick, with what his doctor and friends thought consumption, Buckner was sent in a wagon, accompanied by a man named "Bill" Adams, on a "roughing it" trip as the only hope of saving his life. It is related that his best suit of black clothes was sent with him, in the expectation that it would soon serve as his burial shroud. Major and Adams camped first at the old "Sulphur Spring" at the head of Berryessa Valley in Napa county. While there they met the late Green Bartlett, who was running sheep in that section, and Buckner hired Bartlett to shoot quail and digger squirrels for their subsistence. They later came on into what is now Lake county. During the trip it was discovered that Buckner's sickness was due to an abscess on one lung, and he completely recovered from it. He came to the county again the following year, but returned to the valley.
In partnership with the late Cammillus Nelson of Yolo county, Buckner engaged in the sheep business, owning a range in Mendocino county, and bought much other land in Yolo county, part of which remained in his possession at the time of death. Major never married, and for the past thirty-five years lived in hotels in Sacramento, Woodland, and since coming to Lake county eighteen years ago, at Highland Springs and Lakeport.
Buckner was a veteran of the Mexican War, from whence he got his familiar title, and received a pension up to his death. The late Mrs. Hurd of Sacramento and the late Mrs. Dr. Cunningham of Vacaville were his sisters, and they leave families. Besides these nephews and nieces, the deceased leaves one surviving brother, William Buckner, who is a banker at Paris, Missouri. Chas. Q. Nelson, son of his old partner, took a great interest in Buckner's welfare during his declining years, and is expected here to administer the affairs of the estate. While conducting the Lakeview Hotel, and since severing the connection with that hostelry, at their own home, Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Garret have given the aged man every care and comfort possible, making their home his own.
Major Frank Buckner was a typical Southern gentleman, courteous to everyone, straight and honorable in his dealings and a good citizen. His memory will be honored by many friends in his past places of residence. His remains were laid away in Hartley Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, many citizens paying their last respects to the departed man.


Woman Commits Suicide To Avoid Motherhood Burden, Was Dead Six Days

Unknown paper, Lakeport, California, July 19, 1916

Declaring she would kill herself before she accepted the duties of motherhood, Mrs. Maude Burke of Upper Lake shot herself in the head on the banks of Scotts Creek July 8th and pitched forward into ten feet of water where her body was discovered Tuesday by Fisherman Jim who was going down the creek in a canoe. He reported what he had seen to his son, who on Friday told George Finney, Superintendent of the Tule Lake Canning Co., who immediately reported to the proper authorities. The terrible deed was committed at a point about one hundred yards above the bridge leading to the Tule Lake cannery. The next day the body of her baby, born prematurely following the shooting according to physicians, was found floating nearby without any wrappings of any character, by officers from Mendocino County who weren't satisfied to let the matter rest without finding all evidences of the affair. A coroner's inquest over the body of Mrs. Burke, held Friday evening, decided deceased had met her death by gunshot wound, self-inflicted. An inquest held the next day over the body of the infant arrived at the verdict that death was due to premature birth. Both bodies were buried in the Upper Lake Cemetery on Saturday, where funeral services were held under the direction of the undertakers, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Russell.
Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Johns of Mendocino County and was aged twenty-six years at death. Two years ago she married Edgar Burke of Upper Lake, but the union was not congenial, the couple separating several times. They had made final separation just before her death, and Saturday evening, July 8th, she started for the home of her sister, Mrs. McCullough, en route to the home of her parents in Ukiah, intending to stay all night at Mrs. McCullough's. Because she had not sent word of her coming to her sister, her absence was not noticed. She had previously sent her grip to Ukiah and was walking, carrying a riding habit in a bundle.
She carried a revolver given her by Mrs. McCullough, with which she killed herself. When the officers at Upper Lake were notified last Friday, District Attorney Churchill and Deputy Sheriff Burger were there and although the District Attorney, who was familiar with the troubles of the Burke's, was satisfied she had killed herself, he went to the scene to make sure of it. Coroner Mathews was summoned and an inquest was held. Dr. Dwight and the undertaker performed an autopsy on the body and discovered the bullet which entered the skull behind the right ear, and imbedded itself in the skull on the opposite side of the head. The coroner's jury was composed of A. O. Wheeler, Robert Maze, Herman Bonig, Burt Strawn, E. Tabor, Sam McKissick and J. M. True. A. O. Wheeler was foreman of the jury.
After he bullet wound had been found, W. O. Ruddick, while exploring the bottom of the creek near shore, pulled out the revolver, a 32 calibre pistol in which were found three bullets to correspond to the one found on the body.
Shortly after the dismissal of the case by the Lake County officials, District Attorney Hale McCowen and Sheriff Ralph Byrnes of Mendocino County appeared and made another search, desiring to locate, if possible, the bundle she had been carrying, and the body of the baby. During the night the infant's body had come to the surface and was found near where the other body had been located. The package was taken from a clump of willows nearby.
Deceased is a native of Colusa County, and besides a husband, is survived by a mother and father, and six sisters: Mrs. Grace Haley of Ukiah, Mrs. Ed Sandritch of Leesville, Colusa Co., Mrs. Joe Fowler of Ukiah, Mrs. McCullough of Upper Lake, and Miss Lucy and Hazell Johns of Ukiah. All but the father, who is ill, attended the funeral, as did the Burke family.

BURTNETT, Roxcinda

Aged Mother Passes Suddenly At Her Lower Lake Home

Lake County Bee, December 20, 1933

Funeral services were held at the Lower Lake Community Church Sunday for Mrs. Roxcinda Burtnett who passed away at her home early Friday morning from a heart attack during her sleep. Her lifeless body was found by her son, Peter Bliss Burtnett, who called to his mother to awaken her as was his custom.
The son immediately summoned Dr. H. B. Weiper, and upon examination it was revealed that she had died between three and four o'clock that morning.
Although Mrs. Burtnett had been afflicted with fainting spells, the day prior to her death she had been active and attended to her duties in the usual way.
Mrs. Burtnett was born January 12, 1862 on the former Levy ranch in Big Valley, and was the daughter of Eliza and George Hoyt, pioneer Lake county citizens. Her early childhood was spent in Big Valley and Scotts Valley and a few years in Mendocino county. Following her residence here and in Mendocino she lived in Ventura and upon her return to Lakeport was married on September 25, 1893, to William C. Burtnett, also a member of a pioneer family.
Mr. Burtnett's father, the late Peter B. Burtnett, owned and operated a flour mill near Kelseyville between 1870 and 1875 and was sheriff of Lake county in 1880. Mrs. Burtnett's grandfather, Mr. Waller, was another pioneer Lake county citizen, settling in Scotts Valley about 1856 on what is now known as the Callahan ranch.
Following their marriage, Mrs. Burtnett and her husband moved to the Lower Lake district and engaged in farming where Mrs. Burtnett continued to live up until her death. Her husband preceded her in death April 7, 1907.
Mrs. Burtnett was widely and very favorably known throughout Lake county, and her passing is deeply regretted by her many friends as well as relatives who survive her. Her fine qualities were countless, and her kindness and generosity were extended to all with a free hand. She was a life-long member and an active worker of the Christian church throughout her career.
Surviving Mrs. Burtnett, besides her son, is a sister Artimesia Hoyt Wray, wife of E. P. Wray of White Salmon, Washington; and three nieces, Mrs. Alice W. Deacon and Mrs. Clara Dutcher of Lakeport and Mrs. Florence Cornish of Portland, Oregon, and three nephews, Horace E. Wray of Kennewick, Washington, and Norman E. and Harold O. Wray of Yakima, Washington.
Following the funeral services at Lower Lake, which were officiated by Reverend Proctor, entombment took place in the Kelseyville cemetery where remains were laid to rest alongside the grave of Mr. Burtnett.
Members of the family have the deep sympathy of the community.


CARPENTER, Sarah Ann (Terry)


18 January 1835 Ontario, Canada - 10 March 1915 Lakeport, Lake County, CA; daughter of John and Rhoda (Atwell) Terry

On Wednesday evening there passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Smith, in Lakeport Mrs. Sarah A. Carpenter, who had been living in Lakeport for the past five years. Mrs. Carpenter was born in Canada 80 years ago, and moved to the State of Michigan when yet a young girl. She came to California in 1898 and lived in Gravelly Valley until she came to Lakeport five years ago. She had been a woman of great energy, and had been actively engaged all her lifetime. She was greatly esteemed by those who knew her, and much regret is expressed at her death. She had been in good health till lately, and succumbed from an attack of bronchial pneumonia. She leaves one daughter and several grandchildren.
Services will be held at the chapel of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Russell to-day (Friday) at 2 p.m.

CLARK, Calvin C.


Clear Lake Press, May 18, 1912

Calvin C. Clark, aged 81 years and an uncle of Proprietor C. C. McMahan of Bartlet Springs, was found dead near that resort Monday of this week. The lifeless body was discovered just inside an abandoned mining tunnel about a mile from the springs, from which a poisonous gas emanates, its deadly effect having long been known by the killing of birds or small animals which ventured in its depth. The gruesome discovery was made by employees of the resort who went in search of the old man when he failed to return to breakfast after his departure on a short morning walk up the trail. Death had evidently resulted accidentally from Mr. Clark investigating the tunnel while in a fatigued condition from his walk. He had been in fair health and good spirits and there is no suspicion of the fatality having been premeditated. Coroner Mack Mathews went to Bartletts Monday, accompanied by L. A. Pedrazzini and Yoland Fraser, in the latter's machine. An inquest was held and the jury brought in a verdict of accidental death by carbonic acid gas poisoning.
Clark was formerly one of the proprietors of Bartlett Springs, and managed the resort for some time up to a few years ago. Since then he has spent much time at the place, having been there four months at this time. He was a native Louisiana, and a widower, having one son living. The remains were shipped to Sacramento, his home, for burial.

Contributed by Pat Bird



Lake County Bee, March 9, 1945

Upper Lake has lost another of its estemable citizens in the death Saturday, March 3 of Mrs. Jeanette Cleveland. She passed away in Ukiah at the home of W. C. Grant, where she has been in charge of the household since the passing of Mrs. Grant years ago. The two families were very close friends dating back many years.
Mrs. Cleveland had not been in good health for some time but her unexpected and sudden passing came as a great shock to her bereaved family and large circle of friends.
She was first taken ill about nine o'clock, while preparing breakfast and was advised by her physician to return to bed. Always systematic and methodical, she thought to finish her household duties first, and had only been lying down a short period, when death occurred at 11 o'clock. At the first sign of her illness her daughter, Mrs. Roy Polk of Upper Lake, was summoned. She left here immediately but the death angel had preceeded her by a few minutes.
Mrs. Cleveland came of pioneer stock, Thomas and Ellen Dennison Elliott, around whose family much history has been written. The Sr. Elliotts were members of the Bear Flag Party. The courage and fame of these early settlers, including the Elliott and Dewell families, has often been told. Of the large pioneer family of Clevelands, who pioneered in Mendocino county, only two immediate members survivie.
Jeanette Elliott, known affectionally by family and friends as "Nettie", was born near Upper Lake November 17, 1866. She was married to Bona Cleveland in her early youth, the couple making their home on their Clover Valley ranch up until the death of Mr. Cleveland in 1928. One child was born to this union, Ruth Hazel.
Other close relatives surviving this dear departed one, are a granddaughter, Mrs. Elysee Polk Twedt of Salinas, a sister Mrs. Emma Butler of Lakeport, two nieces, Mrs. Margaret Shields of San Francisco; Mrs. Marian Williams and nephew Joe Butler of Lakeport. Mrs. Alice Fritts of Big Valley is an aunt. The late M. B. Elliott was an only brother.
Early in life the deceased affiliated with the Baptist church.
Services were held on Tuesday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Eversole Funeral Home followed by church services and entombment in Upper Lake Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. It was with profound regret that Mrs. Cleveland's many friends throughout this community learned of her sudden passing and sincerest sympathy is extended the relatives in the loss of their loved one.

COLLIER, William B.

Lake County Pioneer and Beloved Gentleman Passes At Age Of  71 Years

Unknown paper, Lakeport, California, July 19, 1916

Last Saturday morning, after an illness of less than a week, Captain William B. Collier died at his home in San Francisco at the age of seventy-one years. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Trinity Chapel in that city, and interment made in San Francisco. He was very highly respected in the city and his many friends there attended the obsequies.
Captain Collier fought in the Civil War and later went to West Point, the National military academy in New York State. He was one of the organizers of the artillery branch of the National Guard.
In the early eighties Captain Collier came to California. He used to come to Soda Bay resort on his summer vacations for a few years, and became so attached to the county that in 1887 he purchased about two hundred acres on the lakeshore north of Lakeport. Of this practically all has been sold except ten acres upon which the home stands.
In 1894 he and Mrs. Collier built a beautiful home, in which the wife took much pride and devoted considerable time in planning and superintending during construction. On March 21, 1896, this home was burned down, and with it the youngest son of the Colliers, Jack, aged four years, eleven months and 25 days.
This so saddened the couple, that in 1899 (the history of the county states 1901) they erected the beautiful Episcopal Church in Lakeport as a memorial to the departed boy.
Another residence was built shortly after on the home place, but at the death of Mrs. Collier, which occurred in 1906, Mr. Collier removed his residence to San Francisco, and has been back here but once since, although his daughters have occupied the house at intervals during several summers.
Captain Collier was one of the first launch owners on Clear Lake. He was a member of the local Masonic lodge at his death; had been a member for years. He was a musician, his favorite instrument being a flute, on which he loved to play. For a number of years he was Superintendent of the United States Indian Service west of the Mississippi. He was always very active in public welfare, and he and Mrs. Collier did considerable entertaining at their home here.
At one time Cptain Collier ran for the Assembly from this district on the Republican ticket, his daughter driving him around during the campaign behind a little team of ponies. At one time his sons Page and William were in the boat building business here. Page was later burned to death in a gasoline explosion on board a launch in San Francisco Bay.
Five daughters and one son survive him; Maraquita Macondery of Oakland, Margaret Macdonald of Menol; Lutie Becket of Goldfield, Nevada; Dorothy and Sarah Collier of San Francisco, and Wm. B. Collier, Jr., now naval draftsman in the government Navy Yard at Norfolk, North Carolina.



Lake County Bee, Friday, December 3, 1943

Mrs. Martha Mae Corbett, a resident of Lakeport for over 31 years, died at her home, south of town, at 8 p.m. Tuesday night, November 30. She had suffered a stroke at her home Saturday morning and was found in an unconscious condition by her sister, Mrs. Pete Dilger. A cupboard had fallen over on her and it was first believed her injuries were the cause of her unconscious state.
Martha Mae Dodge was a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, born May 11, 1886. She was one of a family of eight born to Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Dodge, who with three daughters and a son came to Lakeport in 1912.
The following year she was married to Richard Corbett in Lakeport and the couple built and lived in what is now the Allie Stephen's home. A year and a half after their marriage, Mr. Corbett passed away. He was an employee of the San Francisco Call for 14 years.
Mrs. Corbett had no children but she was a "real mother" to many, befriending them and giving them a sympathetic understanding that many are incapable of giving. She was always doing something for others and never took time to do for herself. She was a member of the Methodist church and took an active part in its activities.
The funeral will be held this afternoon at Jones Mortuary at 2:00, the Rev. David Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Hartley cemetery.
She is survived by the following devoted sisters and brothers: Otis and George Dodge of Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Grace Dilger and Mrs. Jess Parker of Lakeport and Dwight Dodge of Richmond. The latter and his wife arrived Tuesday.
This newspaper joins the many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Judy Dubauskas

CRABTREE, Alphonso


Lake County Bee, September 15, 1934

Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at the Russell funeral chapel for Al Crabtree, former well known Upper Lake resident, who died at the Lakeport hospital Wednesday evening of last week following a stroke of paralysis. He was ill only a few days.
Mr. Crabtree was a native of California and was 78 years of age. Although he had made his home in Lakeport for several months prior to his death, he had spent the greater part of his lifetime in Upper Lake.
Four brothers survive as follows: Alonzo Crabtree, Eurekea; William and Frank of Plumas county and Charles of Upper Lake.
Interment was made at Upper Lake, Rev. Castlen of Upper Lake conducting the services.
The members of the family have the deep sympathy of numerous oldtime friends throughout the county.

Contributed by Anita Crabtree



Lake County Bee, October 31, 1947

Funeral services for Charles Crabtree, a native of Lake county and a long-time resident of Upper Lake, were held Wednesday morning in the Upper Lake Community Church. The services were under the auspices of the IOOF Lodge assisted by Bishop Jordan. Interment followed at the Upper Lake Cemetery with the Laity Funeral Service in charge.
The deceased passed away on October 26 at the Lakeside Hospital where he had been taken four days earlier.
Born in Lower Lake on June 14, 1875, the deceased spent his entire life in Lake county. On July 31, 1902, he was married to Louise Kenyon of Colusa, who died on August 7, 1908. Five daughters were born to this union.
Following an automobile accident in 1934 Crabtree had lived in retirement. On Friday, October 24, he submitted to major surgery at the Lakeside Hospital but all medical science could do proved to no avail and he passed away on Sunday.
Left to mourn his passing are two daughters, Mrs. Vena Smith and Mrs. Dora Gengler, both of Upper Lake; two brothers, Wm. and Frank; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The many friends of the Crabtree family extend sympathy to the survivors.

Contributed by Anita Crabtree


Grizzly Bear, Oct 1909 (the Official organ of the Native Sons of the Golden West, and the Native Daughters of the Golden West)

John Crigler, a native of Kentucky, aged 89 years, passed away recently at Hanford. Coming to this State in 1849, the deceased became a member of the Society of '49ers, and resided in the counties, Sacramento, Lake, Napa and Colusa for many years. He had served a term in the State Legislature, and eight years as sheriff of Lake county. Two daughters survive.

CYRUS, William


Lake County Bee, March 25, 1931

Wm. Cyrus, an aged pioneer of Lake and Mendocino counties, passed away in Ukiah last Wednesday, March 18, and was lovingly laid to rest Friday afternoon in Hartley cemetery, beside the remains of his wife, long since departed, and four small children, who died in infancy.
Mr. Cyrus, more familiarly known as "Uncle Billy", was born in Missouri, September 18, 1844, making his age at time of his death just 86 years and six months. He crossed the plains with his parents, by ox team, when only six years old, amidst many hardships and privations. The family first settled in Oregon, remaining there for five or six years before coming to California, where in Lake and Mendocino counties he has continuously resided ever since, except a few years spent in Colusa county. Marrying at an early age, Mr. Cyrus and his wife came to Scotts Valley and owned what is now known as the Fred Burger ranch, where his young wife passed away, leaving a number of small children. Mr. Cyrus was twice married and from a large family only three children survive him, a son by the first marriage in Roseburg, Oregon; a son and daughter by the second, Henry Cyrus of Covelo, and Mrs. Mary Crabtree, with whom he alternately made his home, of Upper Lake, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a half sister, Mrs. Winnie Bucknell.
Mr. Cyrus was a devout Christian, affiliating on early youth with the Baptist church, of which he has ever since been a member. A kind father; a quiet home-loving man, ever loyal to his friends and neighbors, and a good citizen, Mr. Cyrus was held in high esteem and his many friends in both counties where he was so well known, will respect his memory.
The relatives have the sympathy of their friends in this hour of their sorrow.

Contributed by Anita Crabtree


DAVEY, Washington Milton


Calistoga Tribune, Thursday, January 4, 1872

On Saturday morning last the Clear Lake stage driven by Mr. George Cromwell left Calistoga for the first time in several days, having been detained by stress of weather and the bad conditions of the roads. There were four passengers on board -- Wm. F. Rowe and wife, Captain Small and Dr. Baylis. On reaching Middletown, as usual, the passengers were transferred to another coach, which, on this occasion was driven by W. M. Davey, agent of the line. The weather was still stormy, but all went well until a small creek was reached, about eleven miles from Middletown, in descending the bank to cross which, a rock which had been washed from above, and was hidden from the driver by the mud, was encountered, and overturned the coach. Davey and Rowe, who were on the driver's seat, were caught under the coach, the former with his face downward in the water, in such a position that it was only with the greatest difficulty he could raise his head to implore the assistance of the others. Rowe, however, was in no immediate danger, his head being above water, which was only about four inches deep. The other two men extricated Rowe, which occupied some fifteen minutes, during which time the water in the creek, being partially dammed by the coach and wheel horses, which lay across the stream, rose rapidly, and Davey was drowned. Mr. Rowe was severely injured, and the other two, finding their efforts to extricate the body unavailing, started in search of assistance. One of them reached the house of Mr. Copsey, about two miles distant, when the last-named gentleman, with several others, immediately hastened to the scene of the catastrophe, and succeeded in recovering the body. The remains were taken to Mr. Copsey's house, and next day removed to Lower Lake, where they were interred on Tuesday in the Odd Fellows' plot, of which order deceased was a member. An inquest was held (the testimony will be published in our next issue) and a verdict of accidental drowning rendered.

Washington Milton Davey was born in Tennessee, and came to California in '49. He was a man of extraordinary energy and enterprise and has been mostly engaged in staging since his arrival in California, though some three years ago he built a flour mill at Lower Lake. This, however, did not prove a success, and swamped the funds he had invested in it. He then commenced the Clear Lake and Calistoga Stage Line, with a two-horse team and an express wagon, making weekly trips, and by his industry and energy, in two years has worked it up to a first-class stage line, making daily trips and having contracts for the U.S. mails and Wells, Fargo & Co's Express matter. Mr. Davey was upright and honorable in all his dealings with his fellow men, beloved by his intimate friends and enjoyed the respect and esteem of the entire community. At the time of his death he was 42 years of age. Not the least part of this melancholy affair is, he leaves a wife and six children to mourn his untimely taking off.

Since the above was in type, we have received a communication from Dr. Baylis giving minute details of the sad affair, which we shall publish in full next week.

Contributed by Dean A. Enderlin, Calistoga, CA



Lake County Bee, November 29, 1923

A. H. Davis, former Lakeport attorney, associated with the law firm of Davis & Tindall, died in Glendale, Southern California, Monday of last week, according to news accounts which reached this city yesterday. It is known that he had not been in good health for the past six months.
Mr. Davis was fairly well acquainted in this vicinity, having resided here for about a year and for nine months was associated with attorney C. E. Tindall. He left here May 1st of last year to reside in the southern city to be near his daughter, Mrs. Paul Lupo who resides in Los Angeles.
Mr. Davis was a native of Kentucky and was born December 1st, 1856. He at one time conducted a newspaper in Nebraska. He has a brother Charles living in that state and a sister, Mrs. N. Johnson also residing in Lincoln Nebraska. He was a member of the Knights of Pithias lodge for the past 38 years and was also a member of the Benevolent Proetective Order of Elks.
His friends made here during his short stay, are very sorry to learn of his death.

DELGADO, Shirley Ann

Ukiah Daily Journal, April 17, 1987

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Apr. 18, 3 p.m., Round Valley Methodist Church in Covelo for Shirley Ann Delgado, who died at her Clearlake home April 14, 1987. Rev. Loraine McNeal will officiate. Born July 2, 1921, in Covelo, she had lived in Lake County for the past 34 years where she was a homemaker, raising a family. She was predeceased in death by her husband Carl. Survivors include her son Fred of Reno, Nev.; two daughters. Marthea Simon of Clearlake and Charlene Conway of Nice; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Ed, Marvin and Roy Britton, Lester Azbill and Armstead Want, all of Covelo. Her sisters include Barbara Anderson of Covelo; Susan Sandlin of San Diego; Irma Hoaglin, Los Angeles; Virginia Whipple, Sacramento; Henrietta Simons of Prineville, Ore.; Linda Medina, San Jose; and Wanda McLaughlin of San Diego. Contributions to hospice of Lake County are preferred by the family. The address is P. O. Box 1348, Lower Lake 95457. Funeral arrangements are by Chapel of the Lakes, Lakeport.

Contributed by April hennes



San Luis Obispo, California: SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE, May 8, 1880

In this city, May 1st, 1880, Rufus Deming, aged 81 years, 1 month and 18 days. This would make his birth date as 12 Mar 1799. (The year seems to be off some as he changed his age throughout his migration)

This same front page of the Tribune had this: A GOOD MAN GONE. Death of an Aged and Useful Citizen

On Saturday last, Father Rufus Deming died at his residence in this city. The following brief sketch of his eventful life is furnished by one who knew him well:

The deceased was a native of the State of Massachusetts. Many years ago he emigrated to Illinois, where some of his children still reside. He came to California in 1858 (sic - it was before 1855), and settled in Napa county, where he resided for eighteen years. Soon after coming to California, he lost his fourth wife, (Deming, Mary Ann) and in 1856 was married to Miss Jane Love, who now survives him.
Father Deming has spent a long, active and useful life. As a citizen, he has been deeply interested in all that pertained to the welfare of his country; as a neighbor he as always merited and received the confidence and esteem of those who knew him, while to his family he has been a devoted husband and father.
In Napa county he had many friends, who will remember him with pleasure. Coming to San Luis Obispo nine years ago, he has made numerous friends here who will not soon forget him. Early in life he made a profession of religion, and united with the Christian Church, to which he was devotedly attached. For many years he was a local minister in the M. E. Church. He was a faithful worker in the cause and exemplified his profession by an upright and consistent life. One who had been intimate with him for twenty-five years, part of the time living in the same house, told the writer that he had never known him to manifest anger, though he had seen his feelings hurt so that he would weep like a child, yet he had no resentment. Though years of affliction impaired his mental vigor, his faith was strong, his hope ardent, and he was cheerful in view of his expected change. His aged companion and many friends have the sympathy of all their neighbors.

A portion of his Obituary is printed on page 284 in the History of San Luis Obispo County, California, Valley Publishers, Fresno, California, 1979. In the San Luis Obispo County History Book are description of the various churches and while Rufus’ obituary mentions the M. E. Church and the Christian Church, Rufus is not mentioned among the names with the Methodist Episcopal Church in San Luis Obispo but does state: "The ministers of the various churches often held services in the other towns of the county, and organizations of societies were made and churches built, and the ministers of other localities often preached in San Luis Obispo. The Christians, or Campbellites, have been represented by Rev, Mr. Wright, Rev. Rufus Deming, and others…"

Contributed by Margaret Hinton


Lake County Bee, November 7, 1935.


John Deputy, 61, of Battle Ground, Washington, former Lakeport blacksmith, died at his home there Sunday following a long illness, according to word received here by relatives from Miss Jean Meddaugh, in Berkeley, who was in receipt of a telegram from her aunt, Mrs. Belle Deputy.
Deputy was a member of an oldtime Lakeport family and was a brother of the late Ray Deputy, who died here two years ago.
Besides his widow, he is survived by five children, Mrs. Helen Harrison of Orchards, Washington; Mrs. Blanche Birmingham and Billie Deputy of Vancouver; and Mrs. Isabel Leiouge and Hestor Deputy of Battle Ground. A brother, Ed Deputy, and a sister, Mrs. Blanche Driver also survive him. A son Ellsworth, preceded him in death some four years ago.
Deputy was a brother-in-law of Mrs. John Crump and an uncle of G. W. Meddaugh of Lakeport.
Funeral services were held at Battle Ground yesterday.

DILGER, Grace H.

Lake County Record Bee, Thursday, October 2, 1969

Grace H. Dilger, a 53-year resident of Lake county and member of Clear Lake Chapter, Order of Eastern Star during that time, passed away September 28 in a Lakeport hospital. She was born October 14, 1878 in Wisconsin. She had made her home in Lakeport.
Funeral services were conducted at Hartley Cemetery on Wednesday morning with the Eastern Star officiating. Jones Mortuary was in charge of services.

Contributed by Judy Dubauskas

DILGER, Lawrence E.

Lake County Bee, May 1, 1919

Mr. Lawrence E. Dilger, one of Upper Lake's most promising young business men, passed into rest Monday morning about 3:00 o'clock, after an illness of several weeks. An attack of influenza developed into acute tuberculosis, and though everything possible was done for him, he failed very rapidly and Monday morning peacefully went away.
Mr. Dilger was born in Evansville, Indiana, June 26, 1891, and was therefore 27 years, 10 months and 2 days of age. Early in life he moved to the State of Nebraska and six years ago came to California, locating in Lake county, where he engaged in his trade, that of a baker, first in Lakeport and more recently in Upper Lake. He was married four years ago and leaves a wife and baby girl.
The most prominent characteristic of the man was his smile, and it was a true indication of his sunny disposition. The number of his friends was only limited by his acquaintance, and the sympathy of the whole community goes out to the stricken loved ones.
His remains were quietly laid to rest in the Upper Lake Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, and the place is completely hidden by a bank of floral offerings. Rev. Allen conducted the simple services, and Mrs. Frank Howe and Mrs. Ellery Sleeper sang two beautiful hymns, "Going Down the Valley" and "Shall We Gather at the River".

DILL, Robert

Lake County Bee, January 9, 1911
Death of Robert Dill

Robert Dill died in Middletown Tuesday morning at the Lake County House after an illness of three days with pneumonia. The deceased had been a resident of Lake County for a number of years. He was a good citizen and had the respect of all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss a daughter, Mrs. Earl Voluntine, and two sons, Eugene and Benjamin Dill.

Contributed by Barbara Helf, Lake Co. Volunteer

DODGE, Abner H.

Lake County Bee, May 17, 1923

Abner Hubbard Dodge, worthy citizen and highly respected member of the G.A.R., answered the final roll call Monday afternoon, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jess Parker of Lakeport. While in feeble years, Mr. Dodge has enjoyed fairly good health and was down town several days prior to his death. He was a native of Jefferson County, New York, and was 83 years, 2 (?) month and 3 days of age.
Mr. Dodge has resided in the county almost 11 years. During his residence here he made many admiring friends and associates. He was proud of his service in the ranks of the civil war and was well versed on all topics of the war from the beginning to the end. As a young man he enlisted July 23, 1862, in Company H of the Wisconsin Volunteers and served as a corporal. He was discharged for disability the following year and upon regaining his health, reenlisting the second time, the latter enlistment being with the 40th Regiment of Wisconsin, serving as a sargeant. He was a member of the Eagle Post, G.A.R., Wisconsin.
Mr. Dodge came to California 14 years ago and settled at Hayward. Three years later he moved to Lakeport where he has since resided. About four years ago, his wife, Mary Helen Dodge, passed away in this city.
He is survived by seven children, Mrs. Martha Corbet, Mrs. Grace Dilger, Mrs. Jessie Parker, all of Lakeport; Dwight A. Dodge of Richmond; George of Spokane, Washington; Otis K. and Herbert Dodge of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Methodist Church at 2 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. Grenfelt of that church.
William Morris, a comrade in the G.A.R. spoke briefly of the enlistment and patriotism of the departed member of the ranks. Only several months ago, Mr. Morris offered a prayer at a birthday party given the aged and now departed comrade.
The interment took place at the Hartley Cemetery.

DODGE, Dwight Abner

Lake County Bee, August 19, 1949

Dwight Abner Dodge, retired general contractor of Lakeport, passed away at his home in Lakeport on Saturday, August 13, following an illness of two years.
Dodge was well known in the bay area where he carried on a general contracting business for over thirty years. He was also employed with the Standard Oil of California for a short time.
He married the former Helen Lyon of Lakeport in 1916, making their home in Richmond until four years ago when the couple returned to Lakeport.
Dwight A. Dodge was a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, born May 28, 1881. He was 68 years, two months and fifteen days of age.
Surviving are his wife, Helen Dodge, of Lakeport and a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Goldman, of Berkeley and two sisters, Mrs. Grace Dilger and Mrs. Jess Parker of Lakeport.
Funeral services were held from the Jones Mortuary on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., August 16. Interment followed at the Hartley cemetery.

DODGE, Helen Lyon

Lake County Bee, January 13, 1961

Graveside services were held Thursday at Hartley Cemetery for Mrs. Helen Lyon Dodge, who passed away at the Masonic Home at Decoto Jan. 9. She was 76 years old. Funeral services had been held earlier at the Masonic Home.
Mrs. Dodge, born and raised in Lakeport, was the daughter of the late Mr.and Mrs. George A. Lyon, pioneer residents of Lake County. Following graduation from Lakeport Academy, she attended San Jose Normal, graduating with elementary school teaching credentials. Mrs. Dodge taught a number of years at Lakeport Elementary School before moving to Richmond with her husband, the late Dwight Dodge. Mrs. Dodge frequently visited Lakeport after moving to the Masonic Home six years ago. She was a member of Lakeport Presbyterian Church while a resident of this community.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Muzio of Oakland; sisters, Mrs. Edna Churchill of Pasadena and Mrs. Reba Specht of San Francisco; brothers, Homer Lyon of Portland, Ore., and Harold Lyon of Lakeport; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Judy Dubauskas

DODGE, Mary Helen

Lake County Bee, November 20, 1919

Another Lakeport home has been visited by the grim reaper, Death, and made desolate by the loss of a kind and loving wife and mother.
Mrs. Mary Helen Dodge, wife of A. H. Dodge, died at Burke's Sanitarium last Friday and was laid to rest in Hartley cemetery yesterday afternoon, the funeral being held from the Methodist church and conducted by Rev. L. W. Hendrickson.
Mrs. Dodge was born in Wisconsin in 1847. She was taken sick about two years ago and has been gradually failing since that time. She was taken to Burke's Sanitarium about three weeks ago. Little hope was held out for her recovery and death came as a relief to her suffering. She is survived by her husband and several children--Mrs. Martha Corbett, who was with her mother when the end came; Misses Jess and Grace Dodge of Lakeport and Dwight Dodge of Richmond.
The sorrowing family has the sympathy of a large cicrcle of friends.

DORR, Henry

Unknown paper, September 12, 1912

Henry Dorr, a respected resident of Lake county, passed away at his home in Scotts Valley yesterday after several years of suffering from cancer of the face, at the age of eighty-one years. He had lived in Scotts Valley for thirty-four years and was one of the pioneers of the Golden State, having crossed the plains by caravan during the early gold excitement, in 1854.
Mr. Dorr was a native of Germany, but came to the United States while yet a boy and removed to California from Illinois at the age of twenty-three. For a number of years he followed mining in Placer, Eldorado and Amador counties, accumulating considerable of a fortune. In 1878, he moved with his family to Lake county and bought a farm in Scotts Valley, where he resided continuously to the time of his death.
Mr. Dorr was married in early life, but his wife preceded him to the grave several years ago. Three children, Mrs. Minnie Stevens of San Francisco, Mrs. John Wuthrich of Redwood City, and Edwin Dorr of Scotts Valley were born to the union and survive to mourn the loss of their parent.
In spite of his advanced age, Mr. Dorr's health was good until about four years ago, when he received an injury to one of his cheek bones in a fall. The hurt developed into bone cancer, to which the aged rancher's death is attributed.
The funeral service will be conducted at the family residence in Scotts Valley tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, after which the body will be taken to Hartley Cemetery for interment.

Leland L. Dorr

Lake County Bee, July 6, 1967

Leland L. Dorr, a native of Scott's Valley, born June 10, 1905, passed away at home in the Valley June 28 after a short illness.
He is survived by three daughters, Jessie Richardson, Myers Flat, Virginia Stilley, Denver Colo., and Jeanette Tallman, Santa Rosa, and by a son, Bruce, Santa Rosa.
Funeral Services were held Saturday from Jones Mortuary, Lakeport, with Rev. Edward Pollard officiating. Internment followed in Hartley Cemetery.

Contributed by Gregg Dorr

DORSEY, Charles

Clear Lake Press, April 15, 1897, Upper Lake

Little Charley Dausy (Dorsey) died at Lakeport Sunday evening and was brought here and laid to rest by the side of his father. It was one of the saddest funerals that ever took place here. All his little school mates and the children and young people were in attendance. Many tears were shed at the poor little orphan's grave, and all feel sorry for the poor lonely brother Richard, who has been deprived of mother and brother in a few short months under such pitiful circumstances.

(Charles Dorsey was 14 years old. His mother, America Dorsey died February 1, 1897. Unable to find father's name)

DOTY, John S.

Lake County Bee, April 1, 1875

John S. Doty, a pioneer of California, died here on last Monday of consumption. Deceased was a painter by trade, but has been unable to atted to his business ever since he came to Lake County, some four years ago. He was a native of New York, and aged 50 years. His death will be regretted by many who knew him well and favorably. His funeral was well attended.



Lake County Bee, June 27, 1928

Frank Ebbinghausen, highly respected citizen and farmer of Morgan Valley since, 1879, passed away in San Francisco Friday where he had gone to take medical treatment for an infected ear. Although he had passed his 81st birthday, Mr. Ebbinghausen had been in fairly good health until his recent illness a week ago.
Mr. Ebbinghausen was born in Germany but came to the United States when a boy of 11 years of age. He has resided on his prosperous ranch continuously since coming here and where his family was born and raised.
Besides the aged widow, Mr. Ebbinghausen is survived by two sons and two daughters, Henry of Morgan Valley, Carl of Woodland and Mrs. Gussie Cheney, Eldorado and Mrs. Annie Bond of Lower Lake, besides several grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in Lower Lake Sunday afternoon, interment being made at Lower Lake Cemetery.

ELY, Benjamin

Clear Lake Press, April 25, 1901

Death of Benjamin Ely

The death of Benjamin Ely at his home near winters on April 16th is recorded in the Yolo papers. Mr. Ely was one of the early pioneers of Califortia [sp], having first come to the State in 1850, but returned to his native State, Missouri, the following year to again return to California with his family in 1857 when he took up his residence in Yolo county where he has since remained. Mr. Ely was in the 81st year of his age when he died, respected by all as a good citizen, sober, energetic, and a trusted and useful friend and neighbor. He left a fine estate included in which are two ranches in this county which have been in charge of Benj. Ely, Jr. who has made his home here. It is a singular fact and worthy of record that although ten children were born to Mr. Ely and the wife of his early manhood death had never visited his family till he himself was summoned.

ENDERLIN, Mable Anna

Lake County Bee, Thursday, February 9, 1922

Mrs. Mable A. Enderlin, wife of Henry Enderlin, and a resident of Lower Lake, died at the home of her grand-mother, Mrs. T. H. Smith, on Monday, February 6th, at the age of thirty years and ten months.
She was the loving mother of Frank, Walter, Lamar, Elmer and Elsie Enderlin, and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Deane. She was a sister of Willie, Guy, Melvin and Bernal Deane.
Funeral service were held under the direction of the Rebekah Lodge, of which she was a member, at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Enderlin had been ill but a short time, and the fact that she leaves five small children, adds greatly to the sorrow of her death.

Contributed by Dean A. Enderlin, Calistoga, CA

ENDERLIN, Wilhelm (William)

The Weekly Calistogian, Friday, August 14, 1914, Middletown Items

William Enderlin, father of Ernest Enderlin of Spruce Grove district, passed away at his son's home Tuesday, death resulting from injuries received in a runaway near this town on July 31st. The fatal accident occurred near the dairy as Mr. Enderlin was returning home from delivering a load of hogs in Middletown. The team became frightened at a motorcycle and bolted. The wagon was demolished and Mr. Enderlin badly injured. The cyclist came to town and notified the physician but nothing could be done to save the life. Deceased leaves a wife, three sons, four daughters and many friends to mourn the loss.


The Lake County Bee, Friday, August 14, 1914

We regret to record the death of Mr. William Enderlin of Lower Lake, which took place last Thursday as a result of injuries received on July 31, when his team became frightened at a motorcycle. Deceased who came from Germany, was 68 years of age, and had lived in the county for nearly 20 years. Mr. Ernest Enderlin, the Lower Lake correspondent of the Kelseyville Sun, is a son of the deceased and like the deceased gentleman, has held the respect of all the people of his district.

Contributed by Dean A. Enderlin, Calistoga, CA



Middletown Independent, January 7, 1893
  • W. M. FARMER, who recently came from Kansas, died on Saturday morning last (31 Dec. 1892) at the residence of his son, C. W. Farmer. Mr. Farmer formerly lived in Lake County, but some eighteen or twenty years ago he went East, and had only returned here about two months ago.He was paralyzed last week, but lingered until Saturday morning when he quietly passed away. His funeral took place on Sunday from the Baptist Church, and was largely attended. Mr. Farmer was born in Kentucky, and was aged 67 years.

  • FEES, Charles T.

    Humboldt Standard, Eureka, California, February 6, 1941


    ARCATA, Feb. 6 - Funeral services for Charles T. Fees will be held at 1:30 Friday afternoon in Paul's chapel with Rev. Charles E. Lord officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood cemetery.
    Fees died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harold Starkey, Wednesday morning. He was a native of Iowa and was 79 years old and had lived in Arcata for the past six months.
    In addition to his daughter, Mrs. Starkey, Fees is survived by his wife, Isola Fees of Plymouth, California; daughters, Mrs. Carl Storz of Sacramento and Mrs. Jessie Silvers of Oakland; sons, William of Plymouth and Charles F. of Rio Linda, California; a brother Anis Knox of Oklahoma and several grandchildren.

    [Note: His middle initial was really P. for Phillip and Annis Knox was his sister. He lived most of his life in the Lakeport area.]

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, a great-granddaughter.

    FEES, Isola

    The Lake County Bee, May 3, 1946, page 1


    Mrs. Isolo Fees, whose parents were pioneer residents of Lake county, was taken by death on Saturday, April 27, in Oakland. She was the widow of Charles Fees, Lake county pioneer, who passed away about four years ago.
    A native of Missouri, born September 29, 1865, the deceased came to California with er parents seventy years ago. She had resided in Lake county until a few years ago when she moved to Plymouth, Amador county, where she made her home with her son, William Fees.
    Besides her son, William, two other sons, Warren Fees of Sacramento and Elbridge Fees of Salinas, and three daughters, Mrs. Jessie Silvers of Oakland, Mrs. H. C. Starkey of Arcata, and Mrs. Carl Storz of Sacramento, survive. Three sons preceded their mother in death, Harry, George and Rodney Fees. Fifteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren also survive.
    The remains were brought to Lakeport and services were held from the Jones Mortuary Wednesday, May 1, followed by interment at Hartley Cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Harvey Meador, Will Ruddell, Ernest Ruddell, Marshall Hill, Dick Hill, and Joe Wooldridge.
    Sympathy is extended the survivors by their friends.

    [Note: Her first name was Isola, not Isolo.]

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, a great-granddaughter.

    FEES, Nancy A.

    The Clear Lake Press, May 11, 1912, page 1


    Mrs. Nancy Ann Fees closed a long and creditable earthly existence this week when she breathed her last in a nearly-century long period of life, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Hazlewood.
    Mrs. Fees whose maiden name was Cooley, was born in Adair county, Kentucky, Nov. 3, 1818, making her age about 93 years and six months. She was married to Jacob Fees on Feb. 9, 1836, and the young couple emigrated to Iowa when that State was a territory, settling at Burlington. They left Iowa in 1875 and came directly to Lake county, locating on a ranch in Scots Valley, which was the family home for many years.
    Eleven children were born to the couple, eight now living, being John, Jacob and Charles T. Fees, Mrs. Ruddell and Mrs. Hazlewood of Lake county, Mrs. Sophia Main and Mrs. Anis Knox of Oklahoma, and Arthew[sic] T. Fees of Riverside. There are a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her husband died in the county in 1883, since which time Mrs. Fees has made her home most of the time with Mrs. Hazlewood. The aged lady came from a remarkably long-lived family, some living over a hundred years. Two of her children are aged 74 and 73 years.
    Mrs. Fees united with the church in Kentucky at the age of twelve years, under the preaching of Elder John Steele, and lived a devoted Christian life of nearly 82 years. Since a fall received five years ago, Mrs. Fees has been quite an invalid, and her death came as a general breaking down. She retained her faculties until about a week ago, when she became unconscious and the end came Wednesday morning.
    The funeral services were held at Mrs. Hazlewood,s[sic] home Thursday morning, being conducted by Elders J. J. Bruton and W. N. Vallandigham. A number of old-time friends attended and followed the remains to Hartley cemetery. Six grandsons of Mrs. Fees acted as pall bearers.

    FEES, Nancy N.

    Lake County Bee, May 9, 1912, page 1


    Mrs. Nancy N. Fees, one of the Lake county pioneers and among the oldest residents of the county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Hazelwood, yesterday morning at the age of nearly 94 years. The funeral service was conducted at 11 o'clock this morning at the Hazelwood residence, Elder J. W. Bruton and Rev. Wm. N. Vallandingham of the Christian church officiating. After the service the body was taken to Hartley cemetery for interment, a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives following the casket to the grave.
    Mrs. Fees, whose maiden name was Nancy N. Cooley, was born in Adair county, Kentuckey [sic], in 1818, near the town of Columbia. She was united in marriage to Jacob Fees at the age of 18, on February 9, 1836.
    The month following their wedding the young couple emigrated to Iowa, while it was still a territory, locating near Burlington. Leaving Iowa in 1875 they came directly to Lake county, settling in Scotts valley.
    A few years after coming to Lake county Mrs. Fees' husband died, and she has lived much of the time since with her daughter, Mrs. Hazelwood.
    Mrs. Fees was the mother of eleven children, all but three of whom are living. The survivors are John Gees, Jacob Fees, Charles Fees, Mrs. Ruddell and Mrs. Jane Hazelwood in this vicinity; Arthur Fees of Riverside; and Mrs. Annie Knox and Mrs. Sophia Main of Oklahoma.
    Mrs. Fees united with the Christian church at the age of 12, and has been a devoted Christian for 82 years. She was known by all her friends as a woman of upright Christian character. She has been an invalid for some time and her death is attributed to old age.

    [Note: Her middle initial should have been A for Ann.]

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, a great great-granddaughter.

    FINDLEY, James M.

    Russian River Flag, Aug. 19, 1875

    James M. FINDLEY, an old resident of Calistoga, was found dead in Napa Creek in Napa City, on Tuesday last. He was one of the best mining prospectors in the State; was a discoverer of the Phoenix Mine of Pope Valley and of the Great Western Mine in Lake County. He was a victim of the rum and fell 18 feet into the creek and on the rising of the tide was drowned.

    FITCH, Bessie

    Russian River Flag, Mar. 24, 1881

    Died of pneumonia, in Mendocino City, Mar. 18, 1881, Mrs. John B. FITCH, nee Bessie CAMPBELL, formerly of Healdsburg. Leaves her brother Edward CAMPBELL, her mother, two children, aged 3y and 8m. The children are stopping for the present in Mendocino City. The deceased was born in Lewiston, Fulton co., Ill. on Aug. 31, 1852; came to California with her parents in 1874; married Nov. 18, 1876 and removed to Lower Lake, Lake co.; in 1879 she removed to Healdsburg; Sept. 1880 came to this place.

    FLAGG, Lydia

    Lake County Bee, March 5, 1908

    'Grandma' Flagg Dies, Almost A Centenarian.

    Mrs. Lydia Flagg died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Zeno Morrison. She was born in Pennsylvania, June 6, 1809, thus lacking only a few months of being 99 years of age.
    Her early life was spent in Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Texas. She was married in 1831 to Benj. Stephenson who died in Texas in 1855. In 1857 she was married to Plyna Flagg and came with him to California, with ox teams, in 1859.
    Mr. Flagg died in Tulare county shortly after his arrival, and since that time the widow has made her home with her daughters, spending most of the time in Lake county.
    Three dauters [sp] survive her besides Mrs. Morrison: Mrs. J. R. Doss, of Petaluma, Mrs. J. S. Elliott, of Los Angeles and Mrs. Dan Copsey of Humboldt county.



    Neils Fredericksen Received Wounds From Which He Dies

    Oat Hill, April 12, 1905

    The coroner's jury called last Sunday by R. M. Kyser to inquire into the death of Neils Fredericksen rendered the following verdict: "That the decreased came to his death by a gunshot wound caused by the accidental discharge of a pistol held by A. Ferrendo, and that said, A. Ferrendo is hereby exonerated from all blame." The evidence showed that Ferrendo did not understand the workings of a double-action, hammerless revolver, and that he had no idea he was doing anythng that would cause it to be discharged. The accident occurred at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, the 8th, and Mr. Fredericksen died at 5:30 o'clock the following morning. The deceased was born in Sundersten, Denmark, on April 26, 1853. He was married in 1877 to Miss Anna Christina Sorensen. As a result of this union there are five children - four daughters and one son. The Fredericksens came to the United States about twenty-five years ago, and after living eleven years in Minnesota, they set out for California, coming directly here, since which time Mr. Fredericksen has with but one short interruption, been an employee of the Napa Consolidated Quicksilver Mining company. His tragic death was a dreadful shock not only to his family but to all who knew him. The funeral was held on Monday from the Methodist church in Middletown, Rev. A. N. Sweet officiating.
    It is rarely the lot of man to be as deeply loved by all who knew him as was the case with the subject of this sketch. No care or labor on his part was too much for him to render if thereby he could help to smooth the path or lighten the load of another. His cheer and sympathy will be missed, and his devotion to his fellow men can never be forgotten. Of the loss sustained by his family and their intense sorrow no estimate can be formed except by those who have suffered in the same way. His kindness as a husband and father was a matter of common knowledge.
    The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved ones in full measure. Drs. Blodgett of Oathill and Gunn of Middletown did all that was in their power to save the life of the unfortunate man. The entire family wish to say that they have no language that sufficiently expresses their gratitude to their many friends who have so willingly aided them in this, their hour of sore distress and grief. Mrs. M. Mortenson, a sister of Mr. Fredericksen, arrived in Middletown from Petaluma on Monday in time to attend the funeral services, which were delayed until the arrival of the stage. She joins Mrs. Fredericksen in thanking their friends.

    FREEMAN, W. H.

    Winters Express, Friday Dec 23 1932


    W. H. Freeman, Winters last Grand Army of the Republic Veteran passed away at the home of his son, A. B. Freeman Saturday.
    Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock his pastor Charles P. Barkman delivering the address. A number of members of the Winters Post American legion were in attendance in a body. Song service was rendered by C.P. and C.S. Culton and Mrs. N.A. McArthur.
    Rev. Barkman gave a short resume of Mr. Freeman's life and his principles as exemplified by his Christian conduct. Mr. Freeman joined the Presbyterian Church in Missouri and united with the Winters church in 1882. It was his custom to sit in a certain pew and when at any Sunday service his seat was vacant, Rev. Barkman said it was not asked " Is he sick?" but rather "Let's go and see how sick he is." As a tribute to Mr. Freeman's fidelity, a wreath was placed on his vacant pew. He was a consistent Christian and lived his beliefs. He prepared his fires so it was not necessary to light fires for cooking on Sunday. He lived the Golden Rule when in these days when that is not easy. His live was one of simplicity and his influence never for bad but always for good. He was always in jovial spirits and exemplified the joys of Christian life.
    He was born in Missouri in 1847, one of a family of 7 brothers and 2 sisters coming to California in 1873, locating first in Lake County. He came to Winters in 1880 when the town was but five years young. With the exception of seven years spent in the southern part of the state, Winters was has been his home ever since. Six children were born to them, his wife passing away in 1889. Three children survive. They are A. B. Freeman of Winters, A. C. Freeman of Woodland and Mrs. Agnes Boles of Pomona. There are 14 grand children and 12 great grandchildren.
    He joined the Union Army as a volunteer and saw hard service in the Missouri campaign. At the graveside, services were held by the Winters Post Charles McDonald commander. The firing squad and bugler sounded taps was from the unit and the National Guard from Woodland.
    Pall bearers were W.D. Overhouse, F.E. Wilson, H.E. Mermod, Dan Felix, N.A. McArthur and W.I. Baker. W.C. McNary was in charge.
    Relatives in attendance from out of town were James B. Appleby, a half-brother of Merced, Mrs. C.B. Boles and her two daughters from Pomona, William Freeman and wife from Rocklin, and Avery C Freeman and family from Woodland.

    FRITTS, Alice

    Lake County Bee, June 3, 1949

    Mrs. Alice Fritts Taken by Death At Age of 98

    Alice Denison Fritts, daughter of one of the first settlers in Lake county, passed away at the Lakeside Hospital, Sunday, May 29. Ill only a short time, Mrs. Fritts was 98 years old at the time of her death.
    She was the last member of the large family of the late Mary Yewell (Jewell) and James Madison Dennison of Upper Lake.
    Born at Center Point, Iowa, on January 24, 1851, she was a year old when her family, with a party of friends, crossed the plains to California in 1852. They were six months completing the journey in covered wagons and by ox team.
    They first settled in the mining town of Illinois Town, now Colfax, Calif. When Alice was five and a half years old her family moved to Clear Lake, known at that time as part of Napa county, and settled on a farm near Upper Lake on Middle Creek.
    In 1866 Alice Denison and Henry R. Fritts of Little Rock, Ark., were married. From this union ten children were born. Two daughters, Molly Ellen Fritts and Fannie V. Huberty, and her husband have preceded her in death.
    During the year 1937 Mrs. Fritts at the age of 87 wrote the Denison family history for the Progress Special of the Lakeport Press and Record. One point of interest in the article stated that her father and friends had explored the county and were acquainted with conditions before moving their families here. The trip was a slow and tedious one from Colfax. They had one mule team, one horse team and an ox team. The road was rough over ridges and creeks, but there were enough men to hold the wagons from sliding off the hillsides.
    The passing of Mrs. Fritts closes a century of past history. She talked fluently of five United States wars, in which many of her family participated. A beautiful silk American flag was presented to her father, the late Captain James M. Denison, by his regiment as an honorary gift to a loyal citizen. This flag has been in the Denison family for over 85 years.
    Surviviors are seven daughters and one son, 22 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Her daughters are: Mrs. Etta Luft, Mrs. Estell M. Roos, Mrs. Maude Becker and Mrs. Sylvialea Covell, Davis; Mrs. Pearl Blankenship, Ukiah; Mrs. Mattie Callahan, Scotts Valley; and Olive M. Fritts, Big Valley. She has made her home with her son, Martin A. Fritts of Big Valley, for the past several years.
    Mrs. Fritts was a Christian woman, a member of the Lakeport Methodist Church, W.C.T.U. and a daughter of the American Revolution.
    The last rites were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from Upper Lake Community Church. Rev. David Miller of Lakeport officiating. The Jones Mortuary of Lakeport was in charge of the arrangements. Interment was at teh Upper Lake cemetery.
    Grandsons of the deceased acted as ballbearers (sp). They were Carl H. Becker, Calvin C. Covell and Oliver F. Luft, Davis; James Huberty, Sacramento; Edwin Callahan and Howard H. Callahan of Lakeport.


    GARNER, Thomas E.

    Lake County Bee, September 4, 1959 (misdated as 1950 on obituary page)


    Thomas Evan Garner, the eldest son of the late John R. Garner and wife, of Upper Lake, passed away at a local hospital in Stockton Aug. 26 at the age of 92.
    Garner was a native of California born in Yountville, Napa County, on Nov. 26, 1866. He is survived by his wife, Eunice; three brothers, John of Lower Lake, Lloyd and Lee of Upper Lake, and one sister, Mrs. Floyd Woodson, also of Upper Lake. He has a number of nephews and nieces.
    Garner was married to Eunice Tremper in the year of 1900. They lived in and around Ukiah for 17 years and have also lived in Oakland, Woodland and, for the past 27 years, in Stockton.
    Mrs. Woodson, the sister, Mrs. Grace Garner of Clearlake Oaks, Merritt and Dorance Garner of the Oaks, and Mr. and Mrs. Worth Garner of Williams attended the funeral in Stockton on Friday, Aug. 28, at the chapel of Fresbie and Warren. Rev. William G. Polack officiated. Entombment followed at Casa Bonita Crematorium.

    GAWROSCH, Henry

    Lake County Bee, August 28, 1941

    Gardener Drowns at Laurel Dell

    The body of Henry Gawrosch, about 55 years of age, was found floating in the waters of Laurel Dell Lake Tuesday morning following three days of search.
    Gawrosch, employed as a gardener at Laurel Dell Lodge for the past two months, was last seen Friday afternoon when he took a rowboat and rowed out on the lake. It was reported he had been drinking heavily that afternoon and when he failed to return that evening a search was started.
    Saturday the boat was found floating at the east end of the lake with the oars nearby. The search was continued by the coroner and the sheriff's office but dragging proved futile.
    Tuesday morning the body was found floating near the spot where the boat had been discovered. Coroner Alden Jones removed the body to Lakeport to the Laity Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements. A search of the victim's cabin revealed no information on surviving relatives.


    Russian River Flag, Healdsburg, Ca., October 10, 1878

    On the night of the 2nd, a young man named GENTRY shot his wife and then committed suicide. He had been married but a month to a young girl but 15 years of age, himself being but 20. For some reason they parted, she going to live with a Mr. GRIGSBY on the night in question, he then fired a charge #7 birdshot through the window into his wife's back as she sat at supper and then thinking he had killed her, went off four miles to a Mr. Tennison's ranch and shot himself dead. The lady's wounds are painful but she will recover.

    (Lake County News)

    Contributed by Marcia Chauvin  (Newspaper transcription only. No further information)

    GILBERT, William A.

    Lake County Bee, March 11, 1925


    William A. Gilbert, a pioneer of the Upper Lake section, having come to the county as a child in 1862, died at his home in Upper Lake Wednesday. Death resulted from a stroke of paralysis sustained a month ago.
    Born in Contra Costa county, March 29, 1858, Will Gilbert came to Lake county when but four years old, with his parents, Jacob and Juliet Gilbert, and had lived here continuously up to his death. On February 18, 1883, he married Miss Florence Davis, who survives him, with their three children, Mrs. Sam Gibson of Upper Lake, Mrs. Harold Goforth, San Francisco; and Miss Beryl Gilbert, now teaching at Dos Rios. Mr. Gilbert also leaves a sister, Mrs. Mark Hopkins of Glenn county, and a brother, George Gilbert of Lodi.
    Mr. Gilbert affiliated with the Methodist church a number of years ago. He was an upright and respected citizen, a loving husband and father, and held in high esteem by his neighbors and many friends. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family in their loss.
    Funeral services were held at his late home Sunday afternoon and interment made in the Upper Lake cemetery.

    GILLETT, Charles Wesley

    Clear Lake Press, April 15, 1897, Upper Lake

    Chas. Wesley Gillett died at his home in this place Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock, after an illness of four months of terrible suffering. Mr. Gillett was born Nov. 6, 1832, was in the Mexican war as messenger boy at the age of 16; came to California at 17, married and kept store, also taught school; married Decintha, eldest daughter of Dr. Isaac Wheeler; settled in Upper Lake in 1875, where he was a leading business man and had a host of friends and the esteem of all who knew him. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. D. Shuck of Sacramento, Bishop of the United Brethren Church, who was an old friend and officiated at his marriage in 1864. The funeral had the largest attendance of any that ever took place in Upper Lake, over three hundred people being present. There were many beautiful floral pieces, more than would cover the grave, in token of the love and respect for the departed one. Even the poor Indians cried and mourned to see their good kind friend, who had helped them so much and so long, laid to rest.

    GOURLEY, Lee

    Lake County Bee, March 18, 1949


    Christian Science funeral services for Lee Nelson Gourley were conducted Wednesday, March 16th, from Jones Mortuary at 2 o'clock. Entombment was at the Hartley cemetery.
    Gourley, who was a resident of Lakeport for eighteen years, died at his home on Martin Street Sunday morning, March 13th.
    The deceased was a native of Idaho, born August 23, 1877, in a covered wagon in an Indian fort during the Indian War.
    He was a familiar figure around Lakeport, and at the time of his passing was custodian of Library Park and the First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Lakeport. He was a kindly person and respected by all who knew him.
    Survivors are his widow, Ellen Gourley; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Lyman of Santa Rosa, Effie Johnston of Fresno; and several nieces and nephews.
    Friends of the family extend deepest sympathy to them in their bereavement.

    GRAHAM, John Jay

    Unknown paper; (died March 16, 1936)


    Citizen of Bachelor Valley 57 Years Passes In Oakland From Pneumonia.

    Funeral services will be held in Upper Lake Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock for John Jay Graham, well known and respected citizen of Lake county for the past fifty-seven years, who passed away in Oakland Monday afternoon following a brief attack of pneumonia. He had not been in robust health for some time, however, and was visiting at the home of his nephew, Claude A. Palm, when stricken with his fatal illness.
    A native of Jefferson county, New York, he came here with his parents, Nathan and Mary Graham when he was a lad of six years of age. The family settled in Bachelor valley district near Upper Lake, which ranch property still remains in the family name and on a part of which John J. Graham conducted a sheep ranch and made his home with his wife, Eva, who survives. him.
    Other surviving relatives include two brothers, Willis M. Graham, of Upper Lake and C. R. Graham of Ladoga, Colusa county; a sister, Mrs. L. E. Arps, widow of the late Will Arps; also an adopted son of Mrs. Graham, Paul Stewart of San Diego county.
    The aged Graham parents lived to a very old age, the father passing away in 1918 at the age of 82 years while the mother passed away in 1928 at the age of 93 years.
    John Jay Graham was a kindly man and quiet by nature and was known by his many friends as an upright citizen. His passing is deeply regretted and deep sympathy is extended his bereaved widow and members of the family.
    The funeral services will be conducted at the Upper Lake Comunity church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 as stated, with Rev. Don Castlen and Rev. Jerry Jeter, officiating. Interment will be made at the Upper Lake cemetery.
    Until Sunday noon the remains will rest at the Russell Funeral Home, Inc., in Lakeport.

    GRAVES, William

    Santa Rosa Republican, March 9, 1907


    William Graves, who passed away at the hospital several days ago was one of the prominent men of this state. He was a member of the famous Donner Party, which met such a terrible fate in the winter of 1846 at Donner Lake. In that party were also three sisters of the deceased, two of whom, Mrs. McDonald of Knight's Valley and Mrs. Cyrus of Napa, still survive. A niece of the deceased is Mrs. Alex G. Hood, of Knight's Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Hood will accompany the remains to Calistoga Sunday, where the interment will take place. Manville Doyle of this city is a life long friend of the deceased. These gentlemen met at Clear Lake in September, 1853, and have been close friends since that time. Mr. Doyle was greatly pained to hear of the death of Mr. Graves, and declares him to have been one of God's own men, kind of heart, courageous and firm. He was a splendid shot and the deceased and Mr. Doyle enjoyed many bear and coyote hunts together. For many years when his health permitted it Mr. Graves spent the time in the mines and amassed considerable wealth in his time, which he in turn spent in developing other property.
    Deceased was a native of Mississippi, aged seventy-one years. He was six feet three inches in hight (sic) and strong and rugged. When the Donner party became stalled in the mountains his great strength manifested itself in going out to seek assistance and returning to rescue his comrades.
    (What is not mentioned is that he spent several years in Lake County with an Indian wife and fathered, possibly, 6 children before he took off. William Graves, below, is one of his sons)

    GRAVES, William

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Dec. 23, 1960

    Tribe Leader’s Funeral. Sister, 107, Chants Pomo Burial Rites

    Lakeport - Two eras of Indian life in Lake County joined yesterday at graveside services for William Graves, 88, the acknowledged leader of the Pomo Indian Tribe who died last Saturday in Santa Rosa.
    The modern services, held at the Robinson Rancheria Cemetery near Upper Lake, were accompanied by the chanting of the ancient Pomo burial rituals by Mrs. Thelma (should be Lydia) Sleeper, 107-year-old sister to Mr. Graves. Mrs. Sleeper, purported to be the oldest living member of the Pomo Tribe, sat on the hillside near the grave and chanted as blankets belonging to Mr. Graves were spread over the casket.
    Jonathan Moore, 95 years old, now probably the oldest living Pomo man, and lifelong friend of Mr. Graves, stood next to Mrs. Sleeper and joined in the wailing chants.
    According to ancient custom, chants or ‘sings', were held for a full day preceding the burial. Also, all the favorite belongings of the deceased were buried with him. The old bowed to the new in this case as only two blankets and a few chanters were used.
    Mrs. Sleeper and Mr. Graves were said to be The only Pomos knowing the complete ceremonies and language of the ancient peoples. At the time of his death, Mr. Graves was recording the language and ceremonial songs of the Pomos for the University of California. Summerill’s Chapel of the Lake here was in charge of the modern services.
    (through research, Graves descendants have determined that Lydia Sleeper was William's half-sister. She was full-blooded Pomo; William was half-white)

    GREEN, Thomas Jefferson

    The Sonoma County Tribune, July 30, 1891

    Dr. Thomas Jefferson GREEN, a dentist of Kelseyville, Lake co., on Monday morning, was removing from Camp Van Alen to the grounds of the Russian River Cannery, where he was to receive employment for the season. His outfit was conveyed to that destination in a wagon driven by a Mr. HARRINGTON and behind the vehicle followed Mrs. GREEN. The doctor wanted to take a shorter route and started to cross the railroad bridge. He had walked about midway between the first and second piers on the eastern side, when the north-bound freight train came along in three sections, as usual. His wife called to him from the wagon bridge, to get out of the way, but, being deaf, he did not hear her. A second time, she warned him of his danger. He then stepped aside and made way for the locomotive and cars which were traveling at a terrific speed. After the last car attached to the engine had passed, he stepped on the track again, unaware that the other cars were coming. The brakeman on the second section cried out to him to get off the track, but in vain, and it was impossible to stop. With terrible violence, it struck the unfortunate man on the back, cut a great hole in his head and throwing him prone upon the rail, the car, containing 15 tons of merchandise and another car of the last section, ran over his body, almost severing the right arm and the right leg and death came instantly. At that moment E.G. HALL and William BURGETT happened along and picked up the remains and carried them to the western end of the bridge. This horrible calamity occurred in the presence of the ill-fated man's wife, who became almost insane from the horror she witnessed.
    The deceased was born in Va. in 1826, and in the pioneer years removed to Lake co. Besides his wife he leaves a daughter. The remains were interred in Oak Mound.

    GREENE, Ruth A.

    Lake County Bee, August 29, 1941

    Beloved Resident Passes After Lingering Illness

    Following an illness of many months duration death early Wednesday Morning, August 27, took the life of Mrs. Ruth A. Greene, well known and beloved resident of this county her entire life. She was 68 years of age.
    Death was not unexpected for her condition had been critical during recent weeks but her passing brought regret to numerous friends and relatives in the county.
    Mrs. Greene was a native of this county, born near Upper Lake on May 10, 1879. She was a member of a pioneer family, being one of nine children born to Samuel H. Alley and Phoebe A. Alley on their ranch near Upper Lake.
    On May 16, 1900, she was married to Fred A. Greene who was cashier of the Bank of Lake. They established their home in Lakeport where Mrs. Greene became prominent in social and civic affairs. She was a charter member of the Lakeport Women's Civic Club, was a leader for many years of the Clear Lake Chapter Order of Eastern Star, and as a member of Rebekah and Past Noble Grands she had received her decoration of Chivalry of Service in this Order. The deceased was also a member of the Presbyterian Church for over 50 years.
    In recent weeks Mrs. Greene had been a patient at the Lakeside Comunity Hospital and it was there that death occurred. Services will be held this afternoon (Friday) at 2 o'clock from Jones Mortuary with Rev. E. W. McCash officiating. Entombment will follow at Hartley Cemetery.
    Surviving, besides her husband, Fred, is one daughter, Mildred A. Bishop; son-in-law, Roswell G. Bishop; two grandchildren, Marcia and Trett Bishop; one brother, Leonard Alley of Upper Lake; six sisters, Addie Sleeper and Sylvia Haycock, both of Upper Lake; Myrtle A. Craig and Elsie Turnbull, both of Lakeport; Clara A. Reed of Sacramento; and Lena Z. Wernse of San Francisco. Her mother and father, two sisters and a brother preceded her in death.
    Sympathy is extended by a host of friends of the surviving members of the family.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    GRIDER, H. C.

    Sonoma Democrat, Santa Rosa, June 8, 1872


    We regret to announce the death of Mr. H. C. Grider which occurred in Lake County, this week. Mr. Grider lived in this township for several years, and leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. The remains were brought to this place and buried under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, of which Order Mr. Grider was an honored member.

    Contributed by Shirley Grider Roberts 1115 1/2 East Saint Patrick Street Rapid City, SD 57701


    Lake County Bee, March 5, 1924.


    Our little community was bowed in sorrow last Wednesday on learning of the death of Miss Lucy Griffitts, who passed away that morning at 6:30 o'clock of pneumonia after a week's illness. All that medical skill and loving hands could do was done to stay the death messenger, but the frail body could not withstand the ravages of the disease.
    Miss Griffitts was a beautiful character, unselfishness and thoughtfulness of others being one of her chief characteristics. Wherever she went she made many friends and was much loved by all who knew her.
    A week prior to her death she was teaching the Glen Eden school, having been a successful teacher for many years, having taught mostly in Lake and Glenn Counties.
    Miss Griffitts was a graduate from the old academy at Lakeport, having passed the teachers examination when 18 years old.
    She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Griffitts, now deceased, born in Big Valley, November 13, 1874.
    She leaves in deepest sorrow to mourn her loss, two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Boardman and Mrs. Maude Rice of Upper Lake; two brothers, Ned and Lorin Griffitts of Finley, an uncle, George Griffitts and several nieces and nephews; also an aunt, Mrs. Annie Kirk of Woodland, besides a host of friends, many among whom are the children she so lovingly taught. Her memory will long live in the hearts of those who loved her.
    Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Jesse Boardman, Friday afternoon with Rev. T.G. Patterson officiating. Interment was made at Kelseyville cemetery. The floral offerings of which there were many were especially beautiful.
    Sincerest sympathy is extended to stricken family.

    GROTHE, Lewis Daniel

    Lake County Record-Bee, January 19, 1967


    The war in Viet Nam was brought home sadly and forcibly to Lakeport residents last week when they learned that Lewis D. “Jeep” Grothe fell in battle there on Jan. 10. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grothe of Lakeport, Lewis was born here April 22, 1946. He attended the local public schools and graduated from Clear Lake High in 1964. After graduation, Lewis entered the Army Reserve and was on active duty for six months. In the spring semester of 1965, he enrolled at Chico State College and studied there during the 1965-66 school year. Last year Lewis determined to enter the Army again on active duty. He had been in Viet Nam only a matter of weeks before he fell. His sister, Trudi, is a student at Santa Rosa Junior College. Another sister, Jennifer, and brother, Arthur, live at home with their parents. His two grandmothers, Mrs. Jenny Grothe and Mrs. L. C. Burriss, are well-known Lakeport residents. Services were held Wednesday afternoon from Jones Mortuary with Rev. Franklin Ritchie officiating. An US Army honor guard from the Presidio rendered military honors at the interment at Hartley Cemetery. Clear Lake High School recessed early Wednesday to permit students to pay homage to “Jeep.” Mr. and Mrs. Grothe had suggested that friends may wish to contribute to the Clear Lake PTA Virginia Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund or to the Rotary Inez Anton Memorial Scholarship set up by Lakeport Rotary of which Dan Grothe is a member.

    Contributed by Kathie Marynik


    Lake County Bee, December 16, 1920.

    John Gustafson Died in San Francisco

    Died - In San Francisco, December 3, 1920, John Gustafson, dearly beloved husband of Julia Gustafson, a native of Finland, aged 58 years, and a member of Upper Lake Lodge No. 241, I. O. O. F.
    Mr. Gustafson was well known in Lake county where he passed the greater part of his life. He was a man of sterling qualities and exeplary character. His death came as a shock to hosts of friends.
    He had been suffering with rheumatism for nearly a year but the malady was apparently yielding to treatment when it suddenly went to his heart, causing his untimely end.
    The funeral was held in San Francisco last Monday afternoon under the auspices of the general relief committee of the Odd Fellows.
    For many years prior to his illness Mr. Gustafson was in the employ of the Bartlett Springs Company. He was a highly skilled mechanic - in fact a genius in his line, having taken the timber from the round trees and converting it into finished buildings.
    All the splendid commodious structures erected at Bartlett Springs in late years were constructed under the direction of Mr. Gustafson who had witnessed that resort develop from a group of modest buildings to its present position as one of the largest and best equipped summer resorts in California.
    He devoted himself unsparingly to his work and disregarded the advice of friends to consider himself, until it was too late.


    HAGGARD, T. L.

    Lake Democrat, December 10, 1886

    On the 4th instant, at the residence of his father-in-law, Thomas Haycock, in Scotts Valley, California, Mr. T. L. Haggard, in his 56th year.
    The subject of this brief memoir was born in Roine county, Tennessee, Sept. 30, 1831. When twenty years of age he left home and friends for the gold fields of California, and settled in Plumas county, where he continued to reside till about four months ago. Seeing that his death was certain to come soon he moved to this county that his companion and children might have the protection, care and counsel of their parents on his decease.
    He had been ill for about nine months. For the last four of these his sufferings were most acute and continuous, yet he bore them unmurmuringly and with the greatest fortitude. Thirty-five years of unblemished life caused him to be highly respected by all the good citizens of his county, who entrusted him with the office of Treasurer for a number of years.
    Though a Democrat of pronounced character, yet such was his integrity and straightforwardness that he was highly esteemed by both parties. The departed was a great lover of home. When business no more demanded his attention, he generally retired to the bosom of his family, whose company afforded him more pleasure than was to be had in the public places of resort.
    Though he never made an open profession of religion, yet he ever manifested his belief in and respect or the Christian religion by attending the preaching of the gospel every Lord's day, and sending his children to Sabbath School. On being questioned by the writer as to his hopes of heaven, he answered that he was trusting in the person and merits of Jesus Christ for salvation. Those who knew him most feel that "a strong and heroic soul has passed away" from among them. He leaves a wife and four small children to mourn his loss. May the God of all comfort, bless and care for the.
    The funeral services were conducted at the house of Thos. Haycock, by Elder C. B. Taylor; at the grave by the Workmen, of which order he was an honored member.

    HALE, Albert


    Lake County Bee, April 2, 1943

    Albert Hale Dies In Upper Lake Hospital From A Heart Ailment

    The community was deeply saddened at the sudden death of Albert Hale Monday evening, March 29. Mr. Hale had not been feeling well for a couple of days and Monday evening he was taken to the Upper Lake Hospital by Dr. Robert Barr. He was suffering from a heart condition but his condition was not realized so serious. He passed away about seven o'clock, an hour after he arrived at the hospital.
    Albert Hale was born in Middletown, September 30, 1891, to John and Francis Hale. He attended the Middletown schools. He was in the last World War and was overseas in the 4th division. He was in the Marne, Argonne, and Vester battles and was wounded in action. He went over the top four times.
    On September 5, 1920, he married Miss Catherine Boardman on the Boardman ranch. To this union were born three children, Francis, who passed away in 1923 in infancy, and two boys, George and Pete. Mr. Hale and family moved from Lower Lake to Lakeport in 1912. He has been engaged in farming on the former Kiblinger ranch between Upper Lake and Lakeport.
    He was a devoted father and husband and a respected and beloved friend.
    Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at the Jones Mortuary, with Rev. Watts officiating. Graveside services were conducted by the Bachelor Valley Grange, of which he had been a member for some time. Interment was at Hartley Cemetery.
    He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, two sons, George and Pete, who are sixteen and eighteen respectively, two sisters, Mrs. J. N. Herndon of Sonoma, Mrs. Kizzie Edmundson of Buttes Falls, Oregon, and three brothers, Peter of Oakville, John of Yountville, and Charles of San Francisco and an uncle, William Hale of Lower Lake, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved family.
    Mrs. Nancy Beck of Richmond, Mrs. Edmundson, Pete and John Hale, and Mr. and Mrs. Linn Patton and family of Sonoma were here for the funeral services.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    HASTAIN, Emily

    The Clear Lake Press, September 02, 1911

    In the death of Mrs. Emily Hastain, which occurred last Saturday night, August 26, 1911, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Mathis, this place lost a good Christian woman and pioneer citizen, and the family has lost a devoted, loving mother and her neighbors a sincere friend.
    Mrs. Hastain was born in Tennessee October 10, 1829, and at the time of her death was 81 years, 10 months and 16 days old. She had been a faithful christian ever since she could remember, and passed to her rest in the full faith of an everlasting home with her redeemer.
    Mrs. Hastain came to California from Missouri, where she had lived since early childhood, in 1857, crossing the plains with an ox-team, and located in Sonoma county, where she lived 25 years, coming to Lake county in 1882 and has resided here ever since. She was the mother of twelve children, eight of whom--Robert, Isaac N. and David Hastain, and Mrs. Cynthia Mathis, of this place, Mrs. Sarah Dine, Mrs. Mary Davis and Elsie Wilson, of Colusa, and Mrs. Lucinda Maupin, of Glenn county--survive her.
    Mrs. Hastain had lived to see the fifth generation, having, at the time of her death, 41 grand children, 43 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grand-children, whom, with her 12 children, make her the progenitor of an even 100 people--truly a remark-record.
    The funeral services were held yesterday, August 28, at 2 p.m., in the Christian church, of which she was a member, and were conducted by Rev. H. H. Buckner, pastor of the M. E. church. The interment was in I.O.O.F. Cemetery

    HAYCOCK, Eliza

    Lake County Bee, March 16, 1932


    Mrs. Eliza Haycock Lake County pioneer, passed away Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. G. Crump, in Lakeport, at the age of 90 years 11 Mons. And 20 days. Death relieved her sufferings after a long period of illness.
    Mrs. Haycock was the widow of Rev. Charles W. Haycock An early day Baptist minister, who died in 1900. She was a native of Quebec, Canada, and came to Lake Co. in 1885.
    The surviving children are Thomas P. Haycock, of Oakland, George Haycock, Upper Lake, Mrs. Belle Deputy of Battleground, Washington and Mrs. Sara Crump. Charles W. Haycock, who had been superintendent of schools and was district attoryney of Lake County at the time of his death, passed away in 1908. The late Mrs. O. E. Meddaugh was a daughter. There are 23 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
    A loving and devoted mother and grandmother to her family, and a kindly Christian woman in the community, Mrs. Haycock's memory is revered by a wide circle of friends. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church, Sat. afternoon, conducted by Rev. Huthnance, and interment was made in Hartley cemetery.

    HAYCOCK, Sylvia Bell

    (Probably from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

    Upper Lake--Sylvia Bell Haycock, 97, a farmer and lifelong Upper Lake resident, died Sunday in a local hospital. [24 Feb. 1985] She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, the Lake County Farm Bureau and the Women's Protective association.
    She is survived by her sons, Gordon Haycock, Reno; and Donald Haycock, Bakersfield; daughters, a daughter in Oregon; and one daughter of Upper Lake; sister, Clara Reed, Sacramento; brother, Leonard Alley, Upper Lake, and 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
    Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Chapel of the Lakes, Lakeport, with the Rev. Linda Ford officiating. Burial will be at Upper Lake Cemetery. Chapel of the Lakes is in charge of arrangements.
    Memorial donations to the Heart Association, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, 95402, are preferred.

    Contributed by Barbara J. Morehead

    HELM, Hiram C.

    Lake County Bee, December 28, 1939

    Hiram C. Helm passed away in Lakeport on Friday after a lingering illness. He was a brother of Mrs. Lucy Rasmussen and Mrs. Emma Crowell of Uppr Lake and the late Mrs. Amanda Riffe. Two sons also survive.
    Mr. Helm was a native of Linn county, Iowa, born July 27, 1849. He was past 90 years of age and had spent 87 years of his life in California. For a number of years he had been employed as a stage driver.
    Graveside services were held on Saturday afternoon under the direction of the Russell Funeral Home Inc. of Lakeport, at the Uppr Lake cemetery. Remains were laid to rest beside those of his parents.
    The aged father was hospitable, friendly and loved for his deep sincerity, and his passing will be deeply regretted. Sympathy is extended the grieved relatives.

    HENDERSON, Lewis

    Lake County Bee, January 31, 1917

    Lewis Henderson is dead, according to a telephone message received in Lakeport yesterday morning. His death occured at San Diego where Mr. Henderson and his wife have been for several weeks in the hope of a change of climate benefiting his health. He had been troubled with tonsilitis, but a report to his home in Kelseyville the first of the week stated that he had pneumonia and was seriously sick, the message calling his children to the bedside. The three children, Mrs. F. W. Dorn, Wendell and Homer Henderson, the last-named of whom attends high school in Lakeport, left Monday for San Diego.
    Lewis Henderson was for years one of Lake county's most prominent and respected citizens. He was supervisor from the Kelseyville district continuously for twenty-four years, from 1885 to 1908, and retired practically of his own volition. In 1910 he accepted the Democratic nomination for county assessor, but was defeated by Fred H. Merritt.
    Mr. Henderson was one of the pioneers in the pear-raising industry of Lake county, taking a pride in the production of good fruit and gradually increasing his acreage in Bartletts until at present the Henderson orchard is of about 100 acres. He maintained extensive packing sheds on his place and furnished employment for many people. It is estimated his ranch and other property is worth at least $100,000.
    He was a native of California, but at the age of six months his parents moved east and remained for some years, returning later to this State. Mr. Henderson was about 65 years of age. His first wife died May 25, 1907, and the eldest daughter, Mrs. Jessie H. Church, died May 19, 1912. His present wife was Miss Armstrong, whom Mr. Henderson married about four years ago.
    An upright and honest, hard-working and efficient citizen, with a shrewd but kindly disposition, Lewis Henderson made many friends in the county, who will deeply regret his passing. His record in public office made him the name of being the best road-builder in the county. He was a member of Hartley Lodge of Masons of Lakeport, and of Lupyoma Lodge of Odd Fellows at Kelseyville.
    It is reported that the remains will be cremated at San Diego.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    HENDERSON, Rachael

    In Memoriam.

    DIED - At Rivera, Los Angeles county, Mrs. Rachel Elisebeth Henderson, aged 77 years
    (Unknown newspaper. She died 1904)

    Rachel Elisebeth Carpenter was born in Rensselaer county, New York, in the fall of 1827. She moved with her parents at the age of 16 to Jackson county, Missouri. In the summer of 1850 she crossed the plains in company with relatives in a wagon train. The journey took from April till September. A member of this same wagon train was Robert Henderson, of Carter county, Kentucky, to whom she was married in November, 1850, at the home of her aunt, in San Jose, California. After several years following the varying fortunes of the goldseekers, Robert Henderson and family moved to the mountains of Lake county (then Napa county) in the fall of 1858, settling on the banks of Kelsey creek. One lone house marked the place where Kelseyville now stands, and the whole Clear Lake region boasted only one school.
    After 11 years in Lake county, Robert Henderson moved again, this time to Los Angeles county, buying a home on the banks of the San Gabriel river, 12 miles south of the city of Los Angeles. Here they prospered also, till a year or two later the sudden death of the husband and father cast such a gloom over them that in 1871 the family moved back to Lake county to live.
    The rest of her life history is well known. She has spent the later years of her life among her children, of whom three survive her - L. Henderson and Mrs. H. C. Trailor, of Kelseyville, and Mrs. James Barlow, of Los Angeles county; a sister, also, Mrs. Fannie Morrison of Upper Lake, and six grandchildren mourn her loss. She was one of those dauntless pioneer women that the early days of California knew so well, never shrinking from any undertaking, however arduous, if the welfare and prosperity of her family demanded it. Twice across the plains in the face of cholera and hostile Indians, once across the isthmus on a mule, with her child in her arms, to join her husband in Missouri; once an actual eye-witness of mob law, opening her door in the morning to ______ __ree victims of Jud_____ her front yard (article torn and missing the remainder)

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    HENDERSON, Robert J.


    Lake County Bee, May 30, 1947

    Robert J. Henderson, 66, passed away at his home in Lakeport on Monday, May 22, following an illness for some time. The deceased came to Lakeport in 1930 and in 1933 was married to Elizabeth Vann, who survives. Other survivors are three daughters and one son, all of Washington, by a former marriage and a brother and sister, both of Utah.
    He was born in Brigham City, Utah, on August 14, 1880, and was a graduate of the Brigham Young Academy and later taught school in Idaho and Utah before coming to California.
    Graveside services were conducted by the Church of the Latter Day Saints at the Upper Lake Cemetery on Monday with the Laity Funeral Service in charge.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    HENDRICKS, Lafayette

    Retired Merchant and Pioneer Settler Succumbs to Heart Failure

    Lake County Bee, February 25, 1925

    No death of recent years locally has probably occasioned more genuine and widespread regret than that of Lafayette Hendricks, "Lafe", as he was called in real friendship by practically every acquaintance. The end came Friday evening, at 10:30 o'clock, following a serious sickness of two weeks from myocarditis, or leaking of the heart valves. He had been afflicted with this for years, but had never complained nor scarcely lost a day's work from sickness during his maturity. His retirement from business, which took place January 1st of this year, may have been an indirect cause of his death, as he contracted a cold by unusual outdoor exposure, which led up to his final sickness.
    Lafayette Hendricks was born near Fort Worth, Texas, September 8, 1854, making his age 70 years, five months and twelve days. His parents, Greenberry and Mary Ann (Stephenson) Hendricks were married at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and later settled in Texas, where two children, Lafayette and Ellen A., now Mrs. W. D. Rantz of Lakeport, were born. As a child of five years, Lafe Hendricks had an indistinct recollection of crossing the plains with his parents. The tedious journey by oxteams brought them to California in 1859. The family first lived on a ranch in Tulare county, but in December, 1861 moved to Lake and settled in Scotts Valley. One daughter and four sons were born to the couple here, Lydia S., widow of W. W. Waldo of Lakeport; William G., who died at the age of twenty-seven; Joseph W., of Scotts Valley; John B., of Lakeport; and Robert Edward of Cloverdale. The father died in 1876, and the mother, who later married Zeno Morrison, passed away in 1914.
    Attending the first school in Scotts Valley, the youth made the most of his meager educational advantages, and like all pioneer farmer's sons, worked hard at helping to clear and improve the one hundred and sixty acres of land his father had taken up. In 1881 Mr. Hendricks married Miss Emma M. Glines, who died in 1891, leaving one daughter, Eva Pearl, now the wife of Roy V. Embree of Lakeport. The second marriage of Mr. Hendricks took place in 1894, when he was united with Miss Sadie E. Morris, daughter of Wm. Morris of Lakeport, and member of one of the first families to settle in Missouri. Of this union there are six children, all living in or near Lakeport, Clarence Clifford, Emma V., wife of Ward Wooldridge; Marion L., Etta Marie, employed in the Press office; Olive Irene, wife of Dallas Moffitt; and Elzada Louise, clerk in the postoffice.
    Alive to community welfare, Mr. Hendricks had repeatedly served in public work, as trustee in the Scotts Valley school, in the former Taxpayers Association; the farmers insurance company, and lately as trustee of the Town of Lakeport. He was also a director of the Farmers' Savings Bank at the time of death.
    Mr. Hendricks operated the first creamery in Scotts Valley. On the loss of his ranch home by fire in 1911, the family moved to Lakeport, living first on Eleventh street, where Mr. Hendricks and sons conducted a dairy business and milk route for several years. In 1920 he bought the hardware business of R. C. Kinleyside, conducting it with his sons Clifford and Marion until his recent retirement, when he sold a third interest to Robert A. Kinleyside, son of the former proprietor.
    The three young men are now conducting the business. Following his entry in the hardware business, Mr. Hendricks built a new home of First street, adjoining the store in the rear.
    Great tribute is and should be paid to Lafe Hendricks. Although quiet and unassuming, he earned a reputation for being hard-working, good-hearted, generous, kind and helpful -- a devoted husband and father --and a stanch and upright man in the community. The family have all been loyal members of the Methodist church, and contributed generously to the establishment and maintenance of the former church in Scotts Valley and the Lakeport church.
    In addition to his widow and children, brothers and sisters, Mr. Hendricks is survived by two half-brothers, Robert A. and John W. Morrison, and one half-sister, Mrs. J. H. Miller, and a number of nephews and nieces, and six grandchildren.
    The outpouring of friends from Lakeport, Scotts Valley, Big Valley, Upper Lake and Kelseyville at the funeral Monday afternoon, attested the genuine esteem in which Mr. Hendricks was held, and the deep sympathy felt for the family in their bereavement. In compliance with his expressed wish, the service was held at the family home, conducted by Rev. S. E. Grenfell of the Methodist church. The throng filled the house, and the yard and street in front, and a long cortege of automobiles followed the body to Hartley Cemetery, where the friends paid their last respects to the departed man.
    R. B. Burriss, L. P. Clendenin, Floyd H. Boggs and B. A. Price acted as honorary pall bearers, and James H. Jones, John Morrison, Paul Neville, P. C. Berryman, Curtis Thompson and John Wooldridge were the active pall bearers. There was a wealth of beautiful floral offerings.

    HENRY, Benjamin Franklin

        Was a Resident of Lake County for 56 Years

    Lake County Bee, December 5, 1935

    Stricken seriously ill at his home in Upper Lake after he had retired on Saturday night, B.F. Henry, well known and respected citizen of the Upper Lake district for the past 56 years, passed away at 6:o'clock on Tuesday morning.
    Mr. Henry had been in failing health for more than a year but his last illness came swiftly and he never arose from bed again after Saturday night.
    A native of Illinois, Benjamin Franklin Henry came to California in 1872 at the age of 12 years with his parents, the late Mr and Mrs. Wm Henry. The parents settled on the ranch property at Upper Lake where the son passed away this week in the old family home. He would have reached his 75th birthday on January 23, next month
    Besides his wife, Mrs. Mary Henry, the aged man is survived by his son, Sam Henry, well known citizen of Upper Lake, and two daughters, Mrs Henley Smith of Upper Lake and Mrs. Janet Crabtree, wife of Henry Crabtree, member of the United States Forest Service, Upper Lake. There are four grandchildren, Sam and Pat Henry and June Nelson of San Francisco and Hazel Nelson of Upper Lake, daughters of Mrs. Smith. A brother, George, prominently known of Upper Lake and two sisters, Mrs. W.F.(Alpha L) Jantzen of Los Angeles and Mrs. Elizabeth Miksell, of Petaluma, also survive. A great grandchild, Lowell Crabtree, 3 years old, also survives.
    Mr, Henry farmed on eastlake and near Upper Lake before he retired a number of years ago. He was a kindly neighbor and an upright citizen and was highly respected by numerous friends, who deeply regret his passing. Sincere sympathy is extended the family.
    Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon, Friday, at 2:30 in the Upper Lake Community church by Rev. Don Castlen. Entombment will follow at the Upper Lake Cemetery.
       (Mrs. Janet (Nelson) Crabtree was a grand-daughter, not a daughter)

    Contributed by Dorothy Henry

    HENRY, Mary Matilda


    Lake County Bee, October 4, 1946

    Residents of Upper Lake and vicinity were saddend by the news of the passing of Mrs. Mary Matilda Henry, Monday, September 30. Mrs. Henry had not been in good health for some time and death was not unexpected and came peacefully.
    Miss Mary Matilda Morrison was born at Upper Lake on June 2, 1862 and spent her entire life in that community. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Morrison, pioneer residents of Lake County, and a sister to Fred Morrison of Lucerne. Three brother and one sister preceded her in death. They are Andrew, George and Willie Morrison, and Mrs. Elsie Graham.
    Mrs. Henry was the widow of the late Frank Henry, who died in 1935. They were the parents of three children, one son passing away in infancy, and a son and daughter are surviving.
    Survivors are the son and daughter, Sam Henry and Rosella Smith, a brother Fred Morrison. Five grandchildren Mrs. Jerome Casey, Mrs. Jack Parrish, Mrs. Henry Crabtree. Pat and Sammy Henry and five great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held under the auspices of the Jones Mortuary, Thursday, at the Upper Lake Cemetery by the side of her husband.
    Friends extend deepest sympathy to the family in the sorrow.

    Contributed by Dorothy Henry

    HENRY, William Martin & Joseph A.

    PASS AWAY FIFTEEN DAYS APART - William Martin Henry Dies June 15, Joseph A. Henry June 25

    Lake County Bee, July 2, 1915

    The town of Upper Lake has lost three of its prominent citizens this past month by death. Col. Charles Mifflin Hammond, William Martin Henry, and his son Joseph A. Henry. The partiulars of the passing of Mr. Hammond we have already told, but owing to the change in this office and consequent confusion, our last issue did not chronicle the death of W. M. Henry.
    William Martin Henry was born in Kentucky, February 4, 1826, to Abraham and Elizabeth Henry. He fought in the Mexican war, spending a year in the army. Finally he came to California settling in Humboldt county in 1872, and moving to Upper Lake in 1873. He married in Illinois in 1847, six children being born to the couple. The wife passed away on April 18, 1914, and the following children survived him: Mrs. Mikesell of Fairfield, Solano County; Mrs. Alpha Jantzen of Los Angeles, Mrs. Sarah Howard; Frank, George W. and Joseph A. Henry of Upper Lake. The funeral services were held from the Upper Lake Methodist Church, Wednesday, June 16th at 2 p.m. and interment made in the Upper Lake cemetery.
    Joseph A. Henry, a son of the deceased passed away at his home in Upper Lake last Friday, June 25th, after a brief illness, the cause of death being from La Grippe, the fatal consequences being induced by worry and overwork. Deceased was born in Illinois, February 21, 1853, and came to Upper Lake with his parents in 1873 where he has since resided. He was a single man, but leaves three sisters and two brothers to mourn his loss. The funeral ceremony was conducted from the Methodist Church on Sunday and interment made in the Upper Lake cemetery.
    These gentlemen were well known and universally liked in that part of the county, and their passing is regretted by all.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    HILL, Paul Wayne


    Lake County Record-Bee, September 28, 1967

    Corpsman Paul Hill, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hill, Upper Lake, was killed in action in Vietnam on Tuesday, Sept. 26. In the Medical Corps, the young man had been in Vietnam only a short time and was killed while helping to remove wounded from a battle field. He was a 1965 graduate of Upper Lake High School. Arrangements for services are pending.

    Contributed by Kathie Marynik

    HINTON, Edward Burhnam


    Santa Rosa Press Democrat, July 15, 1952

    Edward Burnham Hinton, a member of a Pioneer Lower Lake family died yesterday at his 2520 West College Avenue home.
    He was 80, the son of the late George Hinton, who was an early settler at Lower Lake and also a member of the Donner Party. He did not make the trip over the Sierra Nevada mountains but stayed in Salt Lake City and crossed the following spring.
    Mr. Hinton was an Elder and lifelong member in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He came to Santa Rosa in 1941 from San Francisco where he had been employed with Swift and Company. Mr. Hinton had lived in Chico and was born in Lower Lake.
    He is survived by his wife, Louise Hinton, 4 daughters, Gladys Slemmons, Oakland; Edith Rohenkohl, Winters; Gertrude Rester, Auburn; Marie Schall, Monte Vista, Colorado; 5 sons, Leland Hinton, Sonoma; Herbert Hinton, Bloomfield; George Hinton, National City; Carlton Hinton, Santa Rosa; Robert Hinton, San Leandro. He leaves 20 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
    Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 704 Tupper Street. Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Lower Lake Cemetery. Eggen and Lance Mortuary is in charge.

    Contributed by Margaret Hinton

    (sic: The most glaring error in this obituary is the Donner Party story that my grandmother loved so well. Of course the Donner Party came 'across the plains years before George W. did - so now we have George W. as an Argonaut who came to California in 1849 AND a member of the ill-fated Donner Party. Not a small accomplishment!)

    (From Margaret Hinton)

    HINTON, George William


    The Willits News, October 29, 1926

    George Washington Hinton died at the home of his son Bert, in Willits, last Friday, October 22nd, and was almost 88 years of age. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Anker & Cleland mortuary chapel, Rev. A. H. McKellup officiating.
    The deceased was born in Missouri, February 10, 1839. His parents came to California during the gold rush and arrived here in 1850. For the first few years they resided in various gold camps and had about the same success as most of the Argonauts had. He came to Mendocino county a great many years ago, the exact date is unknown, and followed ranching most of his life.
    His wife lives in Santa Rosa and was too feeble to attend the funeral. They had eight children, four sons and four daughters. Besides these there are a number of grandchildren.

    Contributed by Margaret Hinton

    (sic: There are several errors in this obituary.)

    (George William Hinton was born 10 February 1839 in Salt Pond, Saline County, Missouri. He came to California in 1860, first to Lake County and then went to Wyandotte, Butte County where he was a farmer until 1868 when he returned to Lake County and married Mary H. O. Cobb, daughter of John and Esther (Deming) Cobb. They had four children: Francis Harry, Edward Burnham, Esther and Dora. George and Mary were divorced in April 1875. George next married Mattie Malonia (Hale) Crabtree. They raised the two Crabtree children, Elizabeth and John. George and Mattie Malonia were the parents of Bert William, Mae Margaret, Lillian Iva, Tollie George, Vina V., and Violet Clara. They remained in Lake County until 1906 when they moved to Mendocino County where they lived in various towns until his death on 26 October 1926. He is buried in the IOOF Cemetery, Willets.)

    (From Margaret Hinton)

    HOUSEWORTH, Ebenezer Coe


    Lake County Bee, March 18, 1920

    Ebenezer Coe Houseworth was born at Martinsburg, West Virginia, Sept. 18, 1842; died in Lakeport, Calif., Sunday evening, March 14, 1920, aged 77 years, 5 months and 24 days, and was laid to rest in Hartley Cemetery Wednesday, March 17th. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, of which deceased was a member, at 2:30 p.m., Rev. L.W. Hendrickson officiating, and a goodly number of relatives and friends followed the remains to the grave.
    Not much is known of Mr. Houseworth's early life. He came to California in 1875, first settling in Arbuckle where he went into the drug business. He conducted his store for nearly thirty years, and had a large acquaintance throughout the state.
    Mr. Houseworth was married twice, his first wife passing away in Arbuckle in the early nineties.
    In 1896 he married Mrs. Millie Gust, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Mathews who survives him and who was his constant companion and nurse during his long illness, which dates from about 1915.
    No children were born to this union, but Mr. and Mrs. Houseworth raised two children, left orphans when their mothers, sisters of Mrs. Houseworth, died. One, Jack Campbell, has been with his aunt for several weeks helping care for the sick man. The other one is Eva Thompson.
    A third child, a niece, made her home with them considerable of the time.
    Shortly after his marriage to Mrs. Gust, Mr. Houseworth's drug store burned down and they moved to Lake county, buying a farm in Big Valley where they lived until last June when they moved to Lakeport.
    Mr. Houseworth was a very kind and considerate man and made many warm friends. His home life was ideal and he always had a kind word for everyone.

    Contributed by Martha Grenzeback

    HOWARD, Sara Ellen


    Lake County Bee, August 18, 1926

    A message came to Frank Henry Tuesday of last week that his sister Mrs. Gila Howard of Redding was very ill, and he immediately left for that place where he arrived just half an hour before she passed away on Wednesday afternoon, August 9.    A sister Mrs. W. F. Jensen arrived 24 hours before her sister's death.
    Mrs. Howard was a resident of Upper Lake for a great many years before moving to Redding two years ago and was much loved and respected by all who knew her. She was born December 5, 1854 and was married to Gila Howard in 1872 and to this union three children were born, Helton E. of Redding; Walter S. of Sacramento valley; and George who passed away several years ago in Upper Lake.
    Frank Henry and Helton Howard came from Redding Thursday to make the necessary arrangements.
    Besides the two sons left to mourn Mrs. Howard's loss, there are two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Mikesel, of Petaluma, and Mrs. W. F. Jensen of Los Angeles; also two brothers, Frank Henry of Upper Lake and George W. Henry of Los Angeles.
    The services were held at 2:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon and interment made in the Upper Lake cemetery.
    The family members have the sympathy of the community.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    HUDSON, Frances G.


    Sacramento Bee, May 5, 1923

    Mrs. Frances G. Hudson, who arrived in California in 1845 and had two brothers, a brother-in-law and her fiancé in the Bear Flag uprising in Sonoma, died at her home in Lakeport, Thursday, at the age of 90 years, 7 months, 23 days.
    Mrs. Hudson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Griffith and was born in Chatham County, N. C. September 10, 1832. The family moved to Macon County, Missouri in 1835. In the Spring of 1845 the Griffiths joined an emigrant party under the command of John Grigsby, starting from Independence, Missouri for Oregon. Others in the train, which comprised 125 wagons, who settled in this area were John York, David Hudson, James Gregson and Harry Porterfield. At Fort Hall, the party procured a guide, John Greenwood, who prevailed on some of the train to change their route to California. The company, with 30 wagons, claimed to be the first to successfully cross the Sierras.
    They arrived at Johnson’s ranch on October 17, 1845. In a few days they proceeded to Sutter’s Fort, crossed the Sacramento River by raft, and arrived at the ranch of George C. Yount in NJapa Valley on November 1 of that year.
    Griffith and family moved into the town of Sonoma for protection at the outbreak of the Mexican War. Calvin and John Griffith, John York and David Hudson were participants in the Bear Flag Uprising.
    Frances Griffith married David Hudson December 18, 1847, at Sonoma, the ceremony being performed by ex-governor Lilburn W. Boggs, then acting alcalde during occupation of the territory by United States authorities.
    The young couple moved to St Helena and lived there until April 1873, when they moved to Lake County. Hudson first settled in Coyote Valley, near Middletown on what was later the Lilly Langtry ranch. In 1886, the family moved to Big Valley, and bought a ranch of 215 acres, part of which is still in possession of the family. Hudson died in 1888 and his widow made her home in Lakeport with her children.
    One son, Rodney J. Hudson, was elected district attorney in Los Angeles County in 1875 and served two years. He returned to Lake County and was Superior Judge and served 11 years, 1880-91. Judge Hudson died in 1918.
    Another son, Elbert Hudson, was tax collector in Lake County 1891-1895, deputy assessor 1892-96 and assessor 1914-1922, and is now deputy sheriff. Other surviving children are Mrs. Livonia T. Whitton, Mrs. Ada C. Stokes and Robert L. Hudson, all of Lakeport.
    Mrs. Hudson was a member of the Christian Church. Interment will be at the family plot at St. Helena.

    HURLBUTT, Theresa

    Former Lakeport Girl Dies in San Leandro

    Unknown Paper, Lakeport, California, July 19, 1916

    Last Friday, in San Leandro, Miss Theresa Hurlbutt, daughter of L. S. Hurlbutt, died after a lingering illness, death being caused from heart failure. The end came peacefully while she slept. The Hurlbutts came here originally from Humboldt county in hopes that the change would benefit her health, and lived here several years, later returning to Humboldt County for a short time a year ago last November, and then moved to San Leandro. She was a charming lady, and has many friends here who will regret to learn of her death.


    IRVING, Rose M.

    Kelseyville Woman Dies

    Lake County Bee, March 28, 1947

    Word was received at press time of the passing of Mrs. Rose M. Irving, mother of Fred Norton of Kelseyville, at the Lake County General Hospital. Mrs. Irving was an oldtime rerident [sic] of Lake county and many residents will be saddened to learn of her passing. Funeral arrangements are still pending as we go to press.


    JAMES, Sarah


    Mrs. Sarah James is Called by Death Tuesday; Funeral To Be Held Sunday

    Lake County Bee, January 29, 1943

    Mrs. Sarah Amanda James, pioneer resident of Scotts Valley, passed away Tuesday afternoon at a Santa Rosa hospital at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 21 days. She was an invalid for the past 5 years.
    Born in Dunn county, Wisconsin, in 1858 to Frederick and Catherine Waite, Mrs. James came to California with her husband, Geo. P. Boardman and her seven year old son in 1884 and settled on the Boardman ranch on the hill road in Scotts Valley where she lived until her illness several years ago. In 1908 her husband passed away. To this union was born two Children, Oscar Boardman, who died in 1817 and Mrs. Albert Hale of Upper Lake.
    In 1911 she married E. F. James who preceeded her in death in 1925. She was highly respected and beloved and a member of the Christian Church all her life.
    She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Catherine Hale, and 5 grandchildren, Perry Boardman of the U. S. Navy, Mrs. Linn Patton of Fetters Springs, Mrs. Tracy Hall, and Pete and George Hale of Upper Lake. Six great grandchildren and three nephews, Otis Boardman of Big Valley, Wilfred Boardman of Upper Lake, and George P. Boardman of Fillmore also survive.
    Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Jones Mortuary and interment at Hartley cemetery.
    Deepest sympathy is extended the family.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    JOHNSON, Charles

    The Clear Lake Press, October 10, 1908

    Charles Johnson, a son of Matthew Johnson of Upper Lake, died at the family home here on Tuesday. Deceased had been in poor health for some time, being subject to fits, and death is said to have been due to hemorrhage. He was born in Kelseyville and was a little over 45 years of age. He had been married, but separated from his wife for some years.
    A number of brothers and sisters survive the deceased man. The funeral was held in Upper Lake Wednesday.

    The Clear Lake Press, October 17, 1908

    We are glad to publish this week the following obituary notice of Charles Johnson, furnished by a friend of the family, supplementing the brief notice of his death at Upper Lake October 6th, which appeared in the Press last week.
    Charles Johnson was born July 16, 1863, at Kelseyville, California; died Oct. 6th, 1908, aged 45 years, 2 months and 20 days. He leaves a daughter, his father, Matthew Johnson, and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. J. Ball, Mrs. Jas. Motherall, Mrs. Spurgeon, Mrs. Bert Phelps, Mrs. F. L. Mosier; Will, John, George and Robert Johnson, to mourn the departure of this lived one. He was a loving and devoted father, obedient and faithful son and will not only be missed by his family circle but by the entire community. Their esteem of him was fully demonstrated by the large gathering at the funeral services and the many flowers presented. We extend our Christian sympathy to the sorrowing and aged father and the other bereaved relatives.
    The funeral serevices were conducted by Elder U. S. Johnson, the Christian minister of Lakeport.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    JOHNSON, Christine Katherine

    Lake County Bee, November 5, 1924

    Mrs. Christine Katherine Johnson, aged mother of Mrs. C. W. Flodberg of Lakeport and who has made her home with the Flodberg family for a number of years, died Monday evening, following a stroke of paralysis on the previous Wednesday, from which she never recovered complete consciousness. Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson of Willits, former Lakeport residents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuelson of San Francisco, relatives of the aged woman, were called here upon news of Mrs. Johnson's illness.
    Mrs. Johnson was a native of Sweden, aged 81 years, nine months and fifteen days. She is survived by the following sons and daughters: Carl Johnson, Washington; Mrs. Antonia Westergreen, Everett, Washington; Fred Johnson, Long Beach; John Johnson, Willits; Mrs. Axel Samuelson, San Francisco; Mrs. Vina Peterson, Blanchard, North Dakota; Mrs. C. W. Flodberg, Lakeport.
    Funeral services will be held at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon, at the chapel of H. M. Jones, and the body will be shipped to Everett, Washington, to be buried beside that of her husband. Mrs. Flodberg and Mrs. Samuelson will accompany the body to San Francisco, and Mr. Samuelson will take it from there to the northern city.

    JOHNSON, Hugh

    Russian River Flag, June 2, 1870

    Died on Monday of last week, says the 'Courier;' Mr. Hugh JOHNSON, of Upper Lake, was thrown from his horse near Lakeport and fatally injured. Mr. JOHNSON was 69y, and was one of the pioneer settlers of Lake county and universally esteemed. He leaves a family and host of friends.

    JOHNSON, Mathew

    Lake County Bee, April 17, 1919

    On Sunday afternoon little Mathew Johnson, who passed away at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Hudson, Thursday night, was tenderly laid to rest in the Upper Lake Cemetery. Rev. Thurston of the Lakeport Christian Church conducted the services, speaking beautiful words of comfort and condolence to the heartbroken loved ones and friends, at the house and offering the simple prayers at the grave. The pallbearers were: James Scott, Harold Robinson, Wm. Hunter Jr., Roland and Ralph Meredith, and Keith Sleeper. Beautiful songs were furnished by Mrs. Marie Sleeper, Mrs. Frank Howe, Miss Florence Reynolds and the Misses Gertrude and Fanie Hunter. After the little grave was filled the schoolmates of the little man hid the mound under a bank of beautiful floral offerings.

    (The son of Johnie & Nettie Spurgeon Johnson)

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    JOHNSON, Sarah Jane

    Clear Lake Press, June 22, 1899

    Sarah Jane Johnson died after a lingering and painful illness, at her home near Upper Lake, a little past noon, on Monday, June 18th, 1899.

    She had suffered for several years from rheumatism and afliction of the heart, and toward the end other complications had arisen. The course of the disease had been such that partial amputation of the foot was resorted to. This was temporarily advantageous but did not check the ravages of the destroyer. Paralysis at length stilled the beating heart.
    Mrs. Johnson, whose maiden name was Carpenter, was born in Rensselaer county, New York, April 8th, 1836. She married Mathew Johnson at Oak Grove, Missouri, March 17th, 1853. Coming to California in 1860, they settled in Lake county at first near Kelseyville and subsequently near Upper Lake. Twelve children were born to them. Ten of them, with the husband and father, and several grandchildren were with her during some of the last days she spent on earch, heard her parting words, and were present at the funeral. One daughter, living in Oregon, was denied this privilege because of sickness in her own family.
    On Tuesday, June 6th, in the presence of her household, she was baptised, and together with two of her daughters, received into the Presbyterian church. The following Sabbath, at her earnest request, the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was administered to her. Thus publicly she confessed her faith in Him to whom she had committed the keeping of her soul.
    Kind, patient, active up to the limits of her strength while she had a measure of health, thoughtful of others but forgetful of herself, she was highly esteemed by her neighbors and beloved by her friends and the members of her own family. Her death leaves a void in the home made desolate and in the hearts of her surviving husband, her children and grandchildren that no earthly object can fill. But they are comforted in the thought of her happy release from pain and translation to a better world. They, with the sisters of the deceased, Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Henderson of Kelseyville have the sympathy of the whole community.
    The funeral services were held in the U. B. church on Monday, at two o'clock, and a long train of carriages escorted the remains to the city of the dead; where in the narrow house with flowers strewn above, the body rests.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    JORDAN, Mary

    Clear Lake Press, April 18, 1903

    At the residence of her son-in-law, William Conner, April 17, 1903, Mrs. Mary Jordan, aged 72 years and 27 days, passed to rest. The funeral takes place today, April 18th, at 1 o'clock at Hartley Cemetery, Revs. Levi McCash and W. F. Coffin officiating.
    Mrs. Jordan was born in Virginia in 1831 and was twice married, her first husband being Eric Glines, of which marriage were born her children, twelve in number. Of these, 8 daughters and one son survive. Two of these daughters, Mrs. W. D. Rantz and Mrs. William Conner and their children were all that were able to be with her at the time of her death.
    About twenty-two years ago the deceased was married to George Jordan.
    Mrs. Jordan was a very devout Christian and lived up to her convictions of right. She was a devoted mother and is deeply mourned by her daughters though they realize to the fullest that death to her was a sweet release from suffering. Her disease was paralysis and her last attack occured about two weeks ago.


    KENNEY, Mary Alice

    Lower Lake News Items


    (Died October 29, 1939)

    Mrs. Mary Kenney passed away at her home in San Francisco on Sunday morning. She had been suffering from a heart ailment for several years.
    Mrs. Kenney spent many years in Lower Lake where she reared her family and has many friends and relatives here to mourn her passing. She leaves her husband, W. J. Kenney and her three children, Bart Palmer of Sulfer Bank, Mrs. Norma Barker of El Cerrito, Mrs. Teodore Kroeger of Davis, and five grandchildren: also two brothers, Herman and Victor Asbill; one sister, Mrs. Walter Reichert; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Milsap and Mrs. Nettie Rose.
    Funeral services were held at the Martin and Brown Funeral Parlors in San Francisco at 11:00 o'clock on Tuesday.
    Deepest sympathy is felt for her family.
    Mrs. Nettie Rose, Mrs. Alvin Osgood, Mrs. Craig Knauer, Mrs. Chris Istok of Lower Lake, accompanied by Mrs. Britton Young of Vallejo, attended the service.

    Contributed by CJ Galey

    KERMEEN, Clarence

    Lake County Record-Bee, January 18, 1981

    Clarence Cecil Kermeen, husband of Josephine Kermeen of Nice, resident for five years, passed away January 20 in a Roseville hospital. He was a native of Iowa, born December 9, 1910. Mr. Kermeen was the father of Pamela Lent of Elverta, California. He also leaves his brothers and sisters, James and Joseph Kermeen of Iowa, Vivian Petry in Nebraska, Eleanore Kermeen in Minnesota, and Buela Basch in Iowa. He was a veteran of World War II in the U.S. Army and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lucerne. Funeral services were held January 23 from Jones and Rouland Mortuary in Lucerne, with Rev. Jerry Hamblen officiating. Interment followed at Upper Lake Cemetery.

    Contributed by Craig Poole


    LAKE, Mary Ellen

    Long Life Of Service Ended By Passing Of Pioneer Resident

    Lake County Bee, August 23, 1946

    The passing of Mrs. Mary Ellen Lake, aged 73, early Friday evening, August 16, at the family home in Lakeport, came as a great shock to her many friends throughout Lake county. Her heath on Friday followed a heart attack which she had suffered the previous Monday. On Friday afternoon Mrs. Lake was feeling much improved and had visited with several friends. Shortly after the visitors left, Mrs. Lake passed away, quietly and without warning.
    Born in Winsor, January 18, 1873, the daughter of John W. and Phillamina White, her family became pioneer residents of Bachelor Valley when she was still a young girl. When she married her surviving husband, N. John Lake, on December 3, 1901, they lived for three years in Scotts Valley and then established their present residence in Lakeport.
    Survivors in the immediate family, in addition to N John Lake, her husband, include three daughters: Mrs. Muriel Foutch, Mrs. Katherine Jochim, and Mrs. Blanche McMath. Mrs. McMath is a daughter by a previous marriage and all reside in Lakeport. A son, O. B. Lake, of Richmond, also survives.
    Her brothers, Frank, Alva, John, Edward, and her twin children, Rex Lake and Mrs. Mildred Sleeper, preceded her in death, as well as a half-sister, Mrs. Lizzie Wambold.
    The deceased leaves three grandchildren, Mrs. Patricia Morehead, Dean Scott, and Joyce Lake, and one great-grandchild, Marsha Ann Scott.
    Mrs. Lake's entire life was one of devotion to her family. In later years she worked at the Upper Lake Hospital as a nurse and as a private nurse in and around Lakeport. The deceased will long be remembered as a respected and
    Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday from the Laity Funeral Parlor in Lakeport, and were followed by burial at the family plot in the Upper Lake Cemetery.
    The many friends of the deceased express their sincere condolences to surviving members of the Lake family, and to the relatives of the deceased.

    Contributed by Rose Davidson

    LAKE, Norman

    Last Rites For Norman Lake Held Monday

    Lake County Bee, December 3, 1948

    Norman John Lake, age 72, well known Lake county resident for the last fifty-six years, passed away at Lakeside Hospital last Friday morning after a sudden heart attack.
    Norman Lake was a native of England, born on March 19, 1876. He came to Lake county in 1892 and settled in Scotts Valley on what is now known as the old Banister place. From there Lake moved to Lakeport and for a number of years worked at the old Hammond Ranch, known now as the Manila Ranch. He was employed by both the Russell and Laity Funeral Homes.
    The deceased had a very severe illness last year in November but since that time had been steadily gaining strength. He enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with members of the family and friends, and was active until strickened.
    He is survived by a son, Byron Lake of Richmond; three daughters, Mrs. Blanche McMath of Upper Lake, Mrs. Muriel Foutch and Mrs. Katharine Jochim of Lakeport; a sister, Miss A. O. Lake of England; and three grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Lake, who passed away in 1946; a son, Rex Lake, and a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Sleeper.
    Funeral services were held at the Ehlers and Roach Funeral Home on Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. E. W. McCash of Lakeport officiated. Cremation followed at the Chapel of the Chimes in Santa Rosa.
    Deep and understanding sympathy is extended the family by their many friends.

    Contributed by Rose Davidson

    LANDIS, Louise Helen

    CLEARLAKE - Louise Helen Landis, 69, of Clearlake, died Dec. 19, 1986, at St. Helena Hospital in Deer Park, CA. A native of Stege, CA, she was born March 27, 1917, to Herbert Saunders and Lucy Coz, both deceased.

    Mrs. Landis resided in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to moving to Lake County 26 years ago. She last worked for 14 years as a self-employed hairdresser.
    She served as a den mother in the Cub Scouts in Oakland. She was a member of the Emblem Club in Clearlake, Job's Daughters Council of Bethel #334 of Lower Lake, and the Lower Lake Grange.
    She is survived by her husband George Francis Landis of Clearlake; sons John (Jack) H. Butter of San Leandro; Stephen C. Butter of Napa; and George Foster Landis of Sacramento; daughter Georgia Ann Landis of Clearlake; Step-daughters Linda Little and Vicki Holte of Anacortes, Washington; brothers Herbert Saunders of Grants Pass, Oregon, and Evans Saunders of Burney, CA; sister Lucille (Dietzy) Nunes of Oakland, CA; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her brother, Emile (Ame, sic) Saunders of Hayward, CA, is previously deceased.
    Memorial services were held on Dec. 22 by Rev. Calvin Faircloth at Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel in Lower Lake. Cremation and private inurnment. Donations to the local fire department or your favorite charity are preferred.

    Contributed by Georgia

    LANGDON, Alberta M.

    The Register, Napa, Calif., October 15, 1973

    Alberta M. Langdon, 55, of 1724 Georgia St., died Friday at Queen of the Valley Hospital.
    She was born in Lakeport Oct. 9, 1918, and was raised and educated in Arcata. She attended Humboldt State College and married E. Harold Langdon June 1, 1941.
    They moved to Oroville and later to Roseburg, Ore., where they lived for several years. They returned to California in 1946, lived in Biggs for one year and lived in Arbuckle for four years before coming to Napa in 1951.
    Mrs. Langdon taught homemaking and art at Ridgeview Junior High School and in 1965 became an art instructor at Napa High School. She retired in 1972.
    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Napa, the Napa Art Association, Napa Geneological [sic] Society, Napa Lioness Club, California Retired Teachers' Association and the Napa Valley Coin Club.
    In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Shirley) Wilcox of Maryland and Mrs. Wayne (Judi) Rathbone of Santa Rosa; her mother, Mrs. Harold Starkey of Lakeport and a brother, Harold C. Starkey of Eureka. Three grandchildren also survive.
    Friends are invited to attend funeral services Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 1660 Silverado Trail, with the Rev. Gerald Lowe officiating.
    Casket bearers will be Ray Burnsed, Walter Hemmerling, Clair Black, Allen Johnson, Louis Ezetti and S. G. Olson.
    Interment will be in Lakeport.
    The family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Napa County Branch of the American Heart Association.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox, her daughter

    LEVY, Aaron

    Lake County Bee, Dec 16, 1920



    Aaron Levy, long a resident of California, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1920, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S.C. Bernstein 2555 Bush street, San Francisco.

    Mr. Levy came to California in 1854 and at the time of his death was 86 years of age. He came to Lake County in 1857 with a small stock of merchandise on a pack horse, and his first night in the county was spent at the home of Robert J. Hammack. His first merchandising was peddling from house to house. A year or so later he bought out a small store located about a mile south of where the courthouse now stands from Mr. Utting. When Lakeport was made the county seat he moved here and established the Pioneer Store in 1859 and he remained its active manager until his retirement five years ago when he was succeed by his son, Joseph Levy.

    Aaron Levy was born in Poland and left that country at the age of 15. He arrived in New York 70 years ago and came to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama. Soon after his arrival in San Francisco he was married to Bertha Levison, a San Francisco girl. Mrs. Levy died January 31, 1891.

    Mr. Levy leaves one son, four daughters, thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren and a brother and sister. Another son, Sol Levy died something over a year ago. The surviving children are Jos. Levy, Lakeport merchant; Mrs. Minnie Levin, Mrs. Jacob Levin, Mrs. Oscar Moses and Mrs. Sigmund Bernstein, all of San Francisco.

    Mr. Levy died of old age, the end coming gradually and without pain. Mr. Levy was active in the early development of Lake county and was one of the leading spirits in removal of the county seat from Lower Lake to Lakeport and he took particular delight in telling how they put it over the Lower Lakers in that fight. In those days it was not considered a crime to stuff the ballot box.

    Mr. Levy was a loving husband, a kind, considerate father and a staunch friend. His square and fair dealing made him many friends and he amassed quite a fortune and the poor never appealed to him in vain.

    Since his retirement from business five years ago he spent his winters in San Francisco and his summers in Lakeport. Unless ill, he spent his days sitting about the courthouse lawn talking to his old cronies and these gatherings of retired citizens were often referred to as the “Senate.”

    The funeral was held Monday in San Francisco and interment was made at that place.

    Contributed by Richard J. Levy

    LEVY, Bertha

    Lakeport Democrat, February 6, 1891

    Died:-At her late residence in Lakeport, of heart failure, Mrs. Bertha Levy, wife of A. Levy. She was 53 years of age at the time of her death. She died at 8 o’clock P.M. Saturday, Jan. 31, 1891. For some time past, she had not been feeling well but no one considered her in danger. On Saturday morning at nine o’clock she was down to the store; in the afternoon she was visiting her next door neighbor, Mrs. Mackall, and complained of feeling worse, remarking she had better go home and lie down. Mrs. Mackall thought she looked badly and went with her and assisted her to bed. In the evening she was resting quite easy when her husband and son went to the store after supper. At eight o’clock she sank into a stupor and never revived. Before Mr. Levy and her son could be brought from the store she had passed away.

    Her sudden death cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood for Mrs. Levy was a noble woman and one that was respected and loved by all her friends. She leaves a husband and six children, two sons and four daughters, and many other relatives to mourn her loss. She was a sister to Mrs. H. Cohn who was very much shocked at her sister’s sudden death and is now lying dangerously ill at her home. On Sunday morning Mr. Levy and his son, Joe started to San Francisco with the remains where they will be laid along side of her two brothers and one sister who have preceded her to that home from whence no traveler returns. We extend to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy.

    Contributed by Richard J. Levy

    LINCOLN, Mary Abigail


    Lake County Bee, October 10, 1935

    Mrs. Obbey Lincoln, of Middletown, died at the county hospital here early Sunday morning following a long illness.
    She was a native of Upper Lake and was a member of the pioneer Crabtree family of that section.
    She is survived by a husband, Grant Lincoln, who is employed in Middletown at Hotel Herrick, and four daughters. She was 64 year of age.
    Funeral services were held on Monday from the Russell Funeral Home, Inc. with interment taking place at Hartley cemetery.
    Friends extend sympathy to the bereaved family.

    (typed as it appeared in paper)

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    LINCOLN,U. S. Grant


    Was Employed At Middletown Hotel Many Years

    Lake County Bee, December 30, 1937

    Ulysess S. Grant Lincoln, former porter at the Hotel Herrick in Middletown, passed away Friday at the county hospital, a victim of tuberculosis.
    He was born in Suisun, August 14, 1878. The larger part of his life had been spent in the county. His wife preceded him in death over a year ago. In January of this year he was taken to the hospital and never fully rallied from his illness.
    Four daughters, one brother and two sisters, all of the bay region, drove up for the services which were conducted Monday afternoon by Rev. Donald Castlen of Upper Lake. Interment took place at the Hartley Cemetery under the direction of the Russell Funeral Home, Inc.
    Funeral services were largely attended and beautiful flowers covered the casket.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    LYON, Emma Elizabeth

    Funeral Services Held on Saturday For Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Lyon

    Lake County Bee, February 19, 1943

    Funeral services were held Saturday at the Upper Lake Community Church for Emma Elizabeth Lyon, who died at the Upper Lake Hospital February 11. Although she had been in poor health for some time her death came as a shock to her family and friends. The services were conducted by Jones Mortuary, with Rev. John Brunswick officiating. Mrs. Verne Duncan and Mrs. Ellery Sleeper sang, "No Night There", and "Abide with Me". They were accompanied on the organ by Mrs. John Brunswick. Interment was at the Upper Lake Cemetery.

    The deceased was born in Upper Lake on April 2, 1871, to Amanda Alley Pitney and Johnathan Pitney, pioneer people of Lake County. She was one of ten children. Two sisters died in infancy and the other sisters and a brother to preceed her in death were Sadie C. Pitney wo died in 1902, Martha Celestia Gordon, who died in 1908, Mary Jane Crabtree who passed away in 1938 and George Pitney who died March 17, 1939.

    She attended the local schools and lived here all her life. She married Walter Lyon November 18, 1912 at the Methodist Parsonage in Lakeport. She has been a member of the Upper Lake Methodist Church nearly all her life. The deceased was a devoted wife and was loved and respected by all who knew her.

    She is survived by her husband, two sisters, Mrs. George Foutch of Lakeport, Mrs. Annie Gordon of Williams, and one brother, Charlie Pitney, of Upper Lake and a number of nieces and nephews.

    Deepest sympathy is extended to the family by many friends.

    Contributed by Pat Bird


    MANN, James M.

    Lake County Bee, September 4, 1959 (misdated as 1950 on obituary page)


    Funeral services were held for James Monroe Mann at the Summerill Mortuary on Monday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m.

    Mann, a native of California, passed away at a Lakeport hospital on Friday, Aug. 28, after a long illness. He was 87 years old.
    The deceased had lived in Lake County for 25 years, coming here from San Francisco. He was a retired police sergeant and had served on the San Francisco Police Department for 33 years. He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.
    The services were under the auspices of Hartley Lodge No. 199, F&AM, and interment followed in the family plot at Hartley Cemetery.
    Mann is survived by his wife, Nancy A. Mann of Upper Lake; one brother, Lou Mann of Bachelor Valley, and one sister, Mrs. Fanny McGuire of Los Gatos.

    MANNING, Ellen

    Lake County Bee, November 1900

    On Saturday November 17, at the family residence near Lakeport the spirit of Mrs. Ellen Manning took its flight.. Deceased was a victim of pneumonia from which she had suffered for several days. Beside her husband, our highly esteemed citizen, Thomas Manning, Mrs. Manning left a large family of children to mourn her loss. She was born in Amesbury Mass., November 23,1854, but has been a resident of Lake since her girlhood.

    The large attendance at the funeral services at St. Mary's church Monday testify to the great regard in which she was held and also to the sympathy felt for the bereaved ones.

    Contributed by Marcie Rosenzweig

    MANNING, Henry E.

    Lake County Bee, July 20, 1939


    Death Beckons Member of Pioneer Family Of This Region In Middle Age

    Funeral services were held at St. Mary's church on Saturday for Henry E. Manning, well known and respected citizen of the Upper Lake district, who passed away Thursday morning at his home. He had not been in robust health for the past several years, following a stroke which left him weakened and a shell of his former self.

    Mr. Manning was a native of Lake county and the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Manning. He was born on January 27, 1883, on the pioneer couple's ranch in Big Valley, now known as the Niblo place.
    For many years the son engaged in stock raising and farming his Upper Lake ranch where he resided with his family for the past 28 years.
    Lake county friends deeply regret the passing of this esteemed citizen who was held in high regard and was respected by all who knew him.
    Besides his saddened wife, Mrs. Edith Manning, the deceased is survived by a son, Dwight Manning, and a daughter, Miss Marjorie Manning, and a step-son J. Clair Shirley of Upper Lake; also two brothers, John Manning, Big valley(sic) and Mike Manning, Finley, and five sisters, Mrs. R.L. Wilson, Witter Springs, the Misses Rose Virginia, and Margaret (sic) Manning of San Francisco, and Aileen (sic) Manning of Santa Barbara.
    Mr. Manning's condition was regarded very grave for several days prior to his passing, although he was recently in Lakeport greeting friends and appeared to be looking first rate at the time.
    Lake county has lost one of its beloved citizens in the passing of Henry Edward Manning. He was of kindly disposition and always had a kind word and a smile for everybody. His passing is keenly regretted.
    Deep and sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved family in their extreme sadness.

    Contributed by Marcie Rosenzweig

    MANNING, Rose Teresa

    Lake County Bee, October 1951

    Last Rites Held On Thursday For Miss Rose Teresa Manning

    Miss Rose Teresa Manning, one of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Eleanor (sic), early and prominent settlers of Lake county, passed away in San Francisco Monday July 2. Miss Manning had been in failing health for some time.

    The deceased was born on the old Manning ranch, now the Glen Keithly ranch on September 18, 1886. When a young woman, she left Lake county and went to San Francisco where she had made her home since, living with her sister.
    While Miss Manning was never married, she had the understanding of a "real mother," befriending and giving sympathetic understanding to many.
    Her survivors are her brother, John Manning, prosperous and well known rancher of the Big Valley; and Mrs. R.L. Wilson of bachelor Valley; Miss Virginia and Miss Margaret (sic) Manning, of san Francisco.
    Funeral services were held Thursday morning from St. Mary's church, Lakeport, followed by internment at St. Mary's cemetery. The Jones Mortuary was in charge.
    The lovely flowers told of the respect and love held for the deceased, who was a beautiful character.

    Contributed by Marcie Rosenzweig

    MANNING, Thomas

    Lake County Bee, September 4, 1919


    Thos. Manning, a resident of Lake county or fifty years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. L. Wilson, In Bachelor Valley, Sunday morning, August 31, 1919, after a short illness, and was laid to rest Tuesday morning September 2, 1919, surrounded by a large gathering of sorrowing friends and relatives.

    Deceased was a native of Galway, Ireland, where he was born 82 years ago. Very little is known of his early life except that he came to America while still quit (sic) young, first settling in the East. A Few years later the lure of gold and great discoveries in New Zealand and Australia took him to those countries. After spending a few years over there he returned to California and settled in Lake county (sic), either in 1869 or 1870, the deed to the old home bearing the latter date. There he lived until three of four years ago, when he sold the old home place and moved to town, making his home most of the time with his son John.
    In 1877 Mr. Manning married Miss Eleanor (sic) Murphy of Napa. To this union were born eight children - five daughters and three sons - all of whom are living: Mrs. R.L. Wilson of Bachelor Valley; Miss Aileene C, of Del Monte; Rose T and Marguerite M. of San Francisco; Virginia C. of Lakeport; Henry E. of Upper Lake, and Michael J. and John T. of Lakeport. The wife died in 1900.
    Mr. Manning was a familiar figure in Lakeport, where he was known and respected by all. Of a sunny, happy disposition, he made friends wherever he was and he will be greatly missed by all his old cronies as well as by all who knew him.
    Mr. Manning went to Bachelor valley several weeks ago to visit his daughters, Mrs. Wilson and Miss Aileene who was also visiting Mrs. Wilson. On Miss Aileene's return home he accompanied her for a further visit. He also visited Misses Rose and Marguerite in San Francisco and had returned to the home of Mrs. Wilson where he was taken sick the middle of last week. His sickness developed into pneumonia and the end came Sunday morning, all his children being present.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from St. Mary's Catholic Church of which he was a member. Internment was made in the Catholic cemetery south of town, which was part of the old Manning homestead. The funeral was largely attended, many turning out to pay a last tribute to the memory of Uncle Thos. Manning.
    Peace be to his soul and to his ashes.

    Contributed by Marcie Rosenzweig

    MARSTON, Grant

    Lake Democrat, January 16, 1891


    On last Saturday night Grant Marston was suffocated with gas at the New Western Hotel, San Francisco. He left here Friday to visit his brother who resides in Missouri. From all appearances he blew the gas out instead of turning it off. In the morning he was found by the chambermaid insensible, having inhaled the gas for over nine hours. He died three hours after having been found. He has two sisters here, one at Upper Lake and one at Sonoma Landing, the latter was telegraphed for and went immediately to the city to take charge of the remains. Mr. Marston was about 27 years old and was an industrious and enterprising young man and his sudden death will be a sad blow to his relatives and many friends. He leaves a wife and one child. He was a son of W. Marston of Upper Lake. We extend to the bereaved family our most heartfelt sympathy.

    MARSTON, Laura

    Lake County Bee, July 31, 1942


    Mrs. Laura Marston Called By Death July 24 At Age Of 71 Years

    Mrs. Laura Marston Emerson passed away Saturday afternoon, July 25, at Upper Lake at the age of 71 years and 3 months.

    The deceased was born to the late Sam and Phoebe Alley on April 27, 1871, at Upper Lake
    In 1893 Laura Alley was married to Byron Marston, and made her home on her birthplace, except for a short period spent in Kansas.
    Mrs. Emerson was the mother of seven children, five of whom survive her. She was a well loved and respected matron of this community and a life-long member of the Methodist church.
    Those to mourn her passing are her children, Harvey and Earl Marston, Mrs. Irma Knighten, all of Upper Lake, and Mrs. Gertrude and Mrs. Eula Krumenacher of Sacramento; her brother, Leonard Alley of Upper Lake; her sisters, Mrs. Sylva Haycock, Mrs. Addie Sleeper of Upper Lake; Mrs. Elsie Turnbull, Mrs. Ruth Greene and Mrs. Myrtle Craig of Lakeport, Mrs. Clara Reed of Sacramento and Mrs. Lena Wernsie of Sacramento. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
    Interment was in the Upper Lake cemetery, following the services at the Upper Lake Community church on Tuesday, with Rev. Frank A. Woten officiating. The Jones Mortuary was in charge of the service.
    Out-of-town relatives attending the services were Mrs. Eula Krumenacker and son Donald of Sacramento, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wernsie of San Francisco, Mrs. Clara Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Baker and Mr. Elvin Marston of Vallejo, Mr. Will James and daughter Elva of Rio Linda, Mrs. Annie Cook of Ukiah, and the following from Lakeport; Mr. and Mrs. George Turnbull, Mr. and Mrs. Waverly Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Greene, Mrs. Myrtle Craig and Mrs. Ida Vann.

    MARTIN, John R. (all other records show him as James R.)

    Lake County Bee, June 9, 1950

    John Rodney Martin, who has been seriously ill at the Lake County Hospital, died on Friday, June 2. He had been in ill health for some time and the death was not unexpected.

    Martin was born in Lakeport February 22, 1871, making his age at death 79 years, 3 months and 10 days. His father, James M. Martin, was one of the six men who incorporated the first bank in Lakeport.
    On June 12, 1906, he was united in marriage by(?) Miss Dorothy Barnes of Lakeport. Following their marriage, Martin purchased a ranch in Scotts Valley, living there until ill health forced him to sell and return to Lakeport.
    Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; two sons, one of Healy, Idaho, and one of San Francisco; a daughter of Redding; eight grandchildren, one brother, George F. Martin; a sister, Mrs.. Daisy Smoot of Hopka, Fla., and several nephews and nieces.
    Funeral services were held from the Jones Mortuary at 10 o'clock Monday morning. Interment was at Hartley cemetery, Lakeport.
    Mrs. Martin, who has also been seriously ill at the hospital, was moved Monday to the home of her son at Healy, Idaho.

    MARTIN, Thomas

    Lower Lake Bulletin, November 1877

    Died at the ranch of Thomas Morelan, 7 miles west of Lower Lake at Mt. Hannah, 10 Nov. 1877 Thomas Martin, age 92 years. Born in West Virginia in 1785. To Kentucky as a young boy; then to Ohio where he enlisted in War of 1812. After the War he moved to Indiana for ca 10 years; next to Illinois. To Missouri in 1854 and California in 1864 to Yolo County, with his nephew, Thomas Morelan to Lake County 1869.

    MASON, Mary May

    Lake County Bee, September 28, 1878

    Frightened to Death - A very sad case of death from fear occurred near Upper Lake, Thursday evening of last week. Mr. Mason was greasing his wagon and had one axle raised for the purpose of taking off the wheel. Two of his children, Mary and Lotie, had been turning the wheel when it suddenly ran off the spindle. Mr. Mason saw the wheel as it struck the ground and also that it had entirely missed the children. He then naturally turned his attention to his work. Just then, Mary, aged eight years, said she felt dizzy and her father sprang forward as she fell, catching her in his arms. He bore her into the house where she opened her eyes, gave one convulsive gasp and died. Her demise can only be accounted for on the hypothesis that the running off of the wagon wheel caused a fright that resulted in death. The bereaved father and mother have the sympathies of a numerous circle of friends in their sudden and sad affliction.

    Lake Democrat, October 5, 1878

    MASON - Near Upper Lake, Sept. 19th, Mary May, eldest daughter of Albert and Annie Mason. She was born May 26th 1870, and was therefore eight years and five months old. Mary was a very intelligent and amiable little girl, and was noted for modesty and kindness to all. She was a faithful attendant at the Sabbath School, and on the Sunday previous to her death, had memorized 20 verses of the Bible. The sad event has cast a gloom over the entire community, as the little sufferer had a place in the affections of all who knew her. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all. It is a sad blow, but the little one is safe in a better land, and with him who has said "Of such is the kinddom of Heaven." A. H. P.

    McCABE, Cora

    (Possibly from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

    Cora M'Cabe [this is the way it was written in the newspaper]

    UPPER LAKE--Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow for Cora I. McCabe, 79, Upper Lake, who died Tuesday in a Lake County hospital. Mrs. McCabe a native of North Carolina, lived in Lake County 45 years. She was a member of the American Legion, Upper Lake post. She served in WW1 as a first Lieutenant in the U.S. Army nursing corps in France.
    She is survived by her husband, Herbert McCabe, Upper Lake; two sons, both of Upper Lake; one daughter in Orland, and one daughter in Troy, Ohio, and 15 grandchildren.
    Services will be at Upper Lake Community Church with burial at Upper Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Jones Mortuary in Lakeport.

    Contributed by Barbara J. Morehead


    Clear Lake Press, December 6, 1895

    Mrs. Nancy H. McClain, mother of Mrs. J. J. Bruton, died at the residence of her daughter at 2 0'clock, Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, aged 77 years. She leaves a daughter, a number of grand and great-grand children in Lakeport, and to these the PRESS extends its deepest sympathy in their bereavement.

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox

    McCLAIN, Nancy


    Clear Lake Press, December 13, 1895

    On last Thursday morning at 11:30 the tolling of the bell at the Christian church announced to our town that one more of its citizens had been called from earth, and was then being carried to the place where all men are made equal in their earthly possessions, there to remain until the angel of the Lord shall call His ransomed home. This time the summons came to a mother, grandmother and a sister in Christ who had passed her allotted time of three score years and ten. Miss Nancy Hancock Clay was born in St. Charles county, Mo., Jan. 28, 1818; was married to Mr. David McClain, March 9, 1837. As the result of this union 6 children came to brighten their home, four of whom are still living. There were also eleven grand children and 15 great grand children. She had remained a widow since 1849. Thirty-four years ago with her family she came across the plains, and has most of the time since lived in Lake county. She was an earnest member of the Christian Church and had been for years. She died at the home of J. J. Bruton in Lakeport, Dec. 2, 1895, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 6 days. It would be needless to say to those who had know[sic] her so long that Grandma McClain, as she was generally known, was ever ready at the call of duty, suffering or sorrow to do her best for all. Many times when I have been discouraged she has cheered me and encouraged me to go on. Several times during her last sickness she would sing, "I'm going home, I'm going home to die no more." The funeral services were conducted by the writer at Brother Bruton's residence, from the appropriate text, 2 Tim 4:6-8. And thus, with a host of friends, we hope to meet thee, dearest sister, in that land where farewells shall never be spoken, but where in one continuous strain we shall all sing forever our Master's praise. H. C. SHROPSHIRE

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox

    McCLURE, Grace


    (Unknown Paper)  1963

    Services were held here this afternoon for Mrs. Grace Ella McClure who died Saturday in a local hospital at the age of 76. The Rev. Wendell Ensor officiated at the services which were held at the Eversole Mortuary. Burial was in the Ukiah Cemetery.
    Mrs. McClure was born in Upper Lake Jan 1, 1887 and was a resident of this community for 12 years. She was a life member of the California State Employees Association.
    Her husband Vic McClure, preceeded her in death in 1956. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ruth Mankins, Ukiah.
    Pallbearers were Jack Dodge, Edwin Dodge, Clair Dodge and Carl Danubeneck.

    McCLURE, Luella


    Lake County Bee, April 13, 1927

    Two deaths following close one upon the other cast deepest gloom and sorrow in many homes last week. At 1:00 o'clock Thursday morning the Grim Reaper, no respecter of persons, called Mrs. Frank McClure to her last long sleep and the tired and pain-racked body that had suffered so long the ravages of Bright's disease now lies at peace after the years of pain so patiently borne. Death was not unexpected, for since Friday a week prior to her passing the end was known to be drawing near. Her only child Elmer was sent for when hopes were despaired of and he with the husband, father and brothers administered every comfort to the loved one until she quietly slipped away.
    Mrs. McClure with her twin sister, Mrs. Samuel Jones were the eldest daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Dewell, early pioneers and members of the noted Bear Flag party at Sonoma. She was also a sister to Mrs. Lottie Jones, Mrs. Irene McCullough, Sam, Elmer, Charlie and John Dewell, a niece of the aged Thomas Elliott and Mrs. Jane Wilson, and an aunt to District Attorney Benjamin C. Jones of Lakeport.
    Luella Dewell was born at the old homestead on which the Dewell family settled on their first arrival in Lake county and which ever since has been their home, on December 12, 1859. She was married to Franklin McClure, a native of Missouri, although long a resident of Lake County, September 18, 1888. Following their marriage they lived in various places about the valley, finally locating on their present homesite east of town which adjoins the E. P. Sailor pear orchard. Thirty-six years ago one son, Elmer, was born to them who in early manhood left here, going to Covelo where he met and married a young girl of that neighborhood, going from there to Fort Bragg and thence last year to Fortuna where with his wife and young son he now lives.
    Many friends attended the funeral which was held from the home Saturday afternoon, to pay their last respects. Interment was made in Upper Lake cemetery. The sorrowing family have the deep sympathy of their many friends of the community.
    (The other death mentioned in the first line was Della McMath)

    McLEAN, Daniel

    Lake County Bee, Oct. 10, 1912

    Daniel McLean, a respected resident of Upper Lake, was killed in a runaway late Monday afternoon near Hemlock, Mendocino County, on the road to Ukiah. The team which Mr. McLean was driving became frightened at one of the auto trucks of C.S. Shattuck of Bachelor Valley and turned to run at a right angle, breaking the tongue off near the wagon. The team then ran some distance, until the wagon was brought to a sudden stop by the stub of the tongue sticking into the ground. Mr. McLean and a companion were thrown violently to the ground, the former striking on his head and shoulders and his neck being broken. His companion was bruised but not severely hurt.
    After an inquest had been held at the scene of the tragedy by the Coroner of Mendocino County, the body was shipped to Upper Lake. The funeral was held this afternoon at Odd Fellows Hall at that place and interment was made at the Upper Lake Cemetery.
    Mr. McLean was sixty-nine years of age. He leaves to mourn his loss, besides a wide circle of friends, two sisters, Mrs. Christina Tinker of this city and Mrs. John Stevens of Scotts Valley. He was a prominent Mason and was a member of Hartley Lodge 199 of this city. He was a native of Nova Scotia.

    Submitted by Melanie Daniels

    McLEAN, Donald

    Clear Lake Press, 15 Feb. 1895

    Donald McLean died at his home near Upper Lake Monday afternoon, aged 88 years. He was buried yesterday in the Upper Lake cemetary.
    Mr. McLean was a native of Nova Scotia. He came to Lake Co. in 1860, where he has made his home up to his final summons to the better home above where there is no death. Mr. McLean was the oldest man in the county and one of its pioneers. During his long residence here his many sterling qualities endeared him to all who knew him. The Press wishes to join the many friends in sympathy for, and condolence with the bereaved family.

    McLEAN, Mrs. Donald (Catherine Ross McLean)

    Clear Lake Press, 13 Dec. 1895

    The widow of the late Donald McLean of Upper Lake, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John Stevens, in Scotts valley, Thursday, Dec. 5th. She leaves a son and several daughters to mourn her demise.

    Submitted by Melanie Daniels

    McLEAN, Mrs. Donald

    Middletown Independent, Dec. 14, 1895

    The funeral services of Mrs. Donald McLean were conducted Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Church, by Rev. Mr. Chapman and was largely attended by relatives and friends. Among the relatives present were Mr. & Mrs. Stephens of Scotts Valley, Mrs. Bray and sons from Willows, Mrs. Nottingham of San Francisco, Mrs. Huston of Redding, Daniel McLean of this place.

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox

    McMATH, Della


    Lake County Bee, April 13, 1927

    Deep sorrow prevailed throughout the valley Thursday when the sad word rapidly spread of the death of Mrs. Ernest McMath, at her home in Bachelor Valley at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday night with Ludwig's angina, accompianied by diphtheria, after a short illness of 72 hours. Mrs. McMath was in town Monday afternoon seemingly in good health, but on arriving home in the evening complained of not feeling well. Tuesday morning a bad case of tonsillitis had developed, in illness which Mr.(?) McMath was subject to. Dr. Newcombe was called, but Wednesday morning her condition became serious and the throat was lanced, but the patient rapidly became worse. Dr. Chas. Craig was called in the evening to assist the local doctor to operate on the throat, but before either doctor arrived death had relieved her of her intense sufferings.
    The death came as a terrible blow to the loved ones and to the wide circle of people Mrs. McMath claimed as her friends, won by her cheerful disposition and whose countenance ever wore a happy smile. Among her family and friends in sickness and in sorrow, she was first to render aid and comfort, many homes gladly welcomed her cheerful presence and none hesitated to call on her when in distress. A home is made desolate and loved ones are inconsolable in their grief, deepened by the fact that those to whom she so willingly gave of her time and care, cannot now return her many kindnesses by comforting her dear ones left to mourn by nature of the dreadful disease that so ruthlessly cut down a young life in its usefulness and prime.
    Before the returns from the culture sent to the State laboratory in Berkeley, taken at time of her death were received, every precaution was resorted to by Dr. Newcombe and by the undertakers, in preparing the body for burial, which was placed in a sealed metallic casket as soon as obtainable and all forms of disinfection used to safeguard the public. Her illness at no time was attributed to diphtheria but explanatory remarks by Dr. Newcombe clearly indicated diphtheria germs developing at time of death. Mrs. McMath's illness came while administering one of her last acts of kindness in caring for Mrs. Maude Hasting, also of Bachelor Valley, who has been quite ill with a severe attack of tonsillitis, and whose heart is now filled with sorrow.
    Miss Della Harrow was born in Leland, Idaho, April 12, 1892, making her age 34 years, 11 months and 24 days. With her parents she came to California when still a child, settling first in Middle creek, then in Bachelor Valley and later in Santa Rosa, where in 1913, she was married to Ernest McMath, the only child of Robert McMath of Bachelor Valley. For a while the young couple lived in Santa Rosa, later returning to Bachelor Valley where they since have made their home. In 1918 a daughter Marjorie was born to this union. Intense devotion to her family was a noticeable trait in her character and the bereaved husband and other relatives will sorely miss this devotion and the staff on whom they leaned. Making little children happy was another strong feature in her otherwise useful life and long will her memory linger in the hearts of the little ones of the valley as well as with the many older friends. Words seem void and lacking when expressing the sympathy felt by the community for the grief-stricken family left to mourn alone in their irretrievable loss.
    Mrs. McMath was the daughter of Mrs. W. T. Smith.
    Interment was privately made in the Upper Lake Cemetery Sunday afternoon from the residence and the many beautiful floral offerings were mute expressions of sympathy from the public who were unable to pay their last respects to a dear departed friend.

    McVICKERS, Kate

    The Clear Lake Observer, Lower Lake, CA, February 2, 1938

    Lower Lake.--Forty-eight hours after she had undergone an operation by which it was hoped her life might be prolonged, Mrs. Kate McVickers, native daughter of Lake County, passed away early Friday evening at Polytechnic Hospital, in San Francisco. Funeral rites were held Monday afternoon at the Lower Lake Community church, with interment in Odd Fellows cemetery.

    Daughter of a pioneer who operated an early day flour mill at Lower Lake, Mrs. McVickers, mother of Fred Luebow, had passed most of her life in this county. Born in Lakeport sixty-nine years ago she had lived there, then on Cobb Mountain, later in Lower Lake, and for a time, in St. Helena. Throughout the county she was well known and leaves a host of friends startled by the suddenness of her passing.
    She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Young, early day settlers. Not long after her birth at Lakeport, the parents acquired the Pine Grove property on Cobb mountain, now owned and operated by the Herb Egans who purchased the 640 acre site from Mrs. Young about a dozen years ago and just prior to her death.
    It was while the family lived on Cobb mountain that Mr. Young operated a flour mill on the old Link property in Lower Lake and it was here that Kate Young met the father of Fred Luebow, who had come from the east on a visit and remained to work at the flourishing brewery then operated by Link.
    The wedding was a double ceremony, for Minnie Young, a sister, was wed at the same time to Ed Kinney.
    Shortly after the birth of their two children, Fred and Marie, the Luebows moved to St. Helena and in 1913 Mr. Luebow passed. Two years later the widow was married to Frank Farnham, who died in 1917. Going to Placerville, to care for her aged mother, Mrs. Farnham there met Mr. McVickers to whom she was married, and who, also, passed away about three years ago.
    Surviving relatives are the two children by her first marriage, five grandchildren and six brothers and sisters: Henry Young, Napa; Asa Young, El Dorado county; Walter Young, Tonopah, Nevada; Ella Young, Tonopah; and Mrs. Minnie Clendenon and Mrs. Margaret Campbell, Laytonville. >dd?Mrs. McVickers had been seriously ill for several months but had regained sufficient strength so that it was thought she could withstand an operation to lengthen her life span. Taken to San Francisco by Dr. L. J. Calahan she was operated on a week ago today, rallied and then on Friday, sank rapidly. The final rites were conducted by Mrs. Henry James, of Community Church.
    Mrs. Howard Glandon sang. Pall bearers were Frank Mahon, Frank Barnes, Tom Smith, Ellis Morrell, Clarence Corum and W. C. Freeman.

    Contributed by Dottie Nash

    MEADOR, Goolsberry

    Clear Lake Press, February 4, 1911

    The harvest of the Grim Reaper has been a heavy one among the ripened lives of Lake county residents this winter. Within a very few months a regrettable number of pioneers have passed over the divide into the Unknown. Monday, death called an aged citizen of Scotts Valley, Goolsberry B. Meador, whose serious illness was noted in these columns a few weeks ago. It occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Meador, where Mr. Meador has lived for several years. Deceased had reached ripe age of 87 years and 5 months, and his demise was due only to a general wearing out of his earthly tenement. In this connection it is interesting to note that Mr. Meador, who was a small and spare man, was told by doctors fifty years ago that he had no chance of living. While not very strong, he had been in fairly good health nearly up to the time of his death.
    Mr. Meador was a native of Tennessee; was married in 1847 to Miss Drusilla Young; came to California from Missouri in the gold rush of '49 and stayed in the mines for two years, returning to Missouri. In 1857 he was back in California with his family, mining in Trinity county for some time, and then moved to San Jose, where he lived until 1880. The Meadors then cam to Lake county, first settling on Tule Lake, Bachelor Valley, and barring short absences, Mr. Meador has lived in the county continuously since.
    Eight children survive the deceased, being Mrs. Thos. Patten, G. A. and W. J. Meador of Scotts Valley, G. B. and John Meador of San Jose, Mrs. Jane Stranahan of San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Carrie Hobson of Weed, Siskiyou county; Mrs. Belle White of Hollister. The mother of the family died about eight years ago. A number of grandchildren and several great grandchildren are also left.
    Mr. Meador is remembered by his relatives and a host of friends as a square dealing and honest man, whose long life has been well spent in service for his family and his neighbors. He had for many years been a member of the Methodist church.
    A throng of old friends of the family attended the funeral, conducted by Rev. Shearer at the family home Wednesday morning and the interment at Hartley Cemetery.

    MEADOR, Olive I.


    Lake County Bee, December 3, 1943

    Mrs. Olive Meador Is Laid To Rest At Hartley Cemetery Thursday

    Mrs. Olive I. Meador, highly respected resident of Scotts Valley and member of a pioneer family of Lake county, passed away at the Upper Lake Hospital Tuesday, November 30, following a brief illness.
    She had not been in the best of health for some time but her condition was not considered serious. She suffered a stroke Monday and was removed to the hospital in a very critical condition.
    The deceased was a native of Wayne county, Iowa, born July 17, 1863. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mendenhall who with three small children crossed the plains in a covered wagon caravan from Iowa in the late 60's. They settled first in Idaho and about 1870 came to California. A few years after their arrival in the State the family home was established in Bachelor Valley, near Saratoga Springs, where Bert Mendenhall, a brother of the deceased, has resided since before the death of the parents years ago.
    Olive Mendenhall was united in marriage to George A. Meador and to this union three sons were born, Eugene passing in infancy. The couple made their home in Scotts Valley where Mr. Meador engaged in farming. He preceeded his wife in death in 1938.
    Mrs. Meador was a devoted wife and mother, a loyal friend who gave sympathy and help where ever needed. She was a loving patient soul, who always thought first of others before considering herself. She was a member of the Lakeport Methodist Church.
    Those surviving are her two sons Harvey and Lorne, of Scotts Valley, three sisters, Mrs. Nina Rhodes and Mrs. Maude Mann of Upper Lake and Mrs. Sadie Eaton of Morgan Hill, two brothers Bert and Alex Mendenhall of the Upper Lake district and two grandchildren, Mrs. Murial Bramlett of Vallejo and Dean Meador of Scotts Valley.
    Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. from Jones Mortuary followed by interment at Hartley Cemetary. Rev. David Miller officiated.
    Sincere sympathy is extended to the surviving family members by a wide circle of friends.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    MEDBERRY, A. Elles

    Lower Lake Bulletin, December 1877
    Died in Richland, Sacramento County, 14 Dec. 1877 A. Elles Medberry aged 33 years 5 months 19 days, a native of Seakonk, Mass. His family came from East Providence, R. I., in Oct. 1869 to Point Reyes, Marin County, and then to Lake County in 1872. His parents now live near Kelseyville. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Medberry and a brother of Mrs. Thomas Flexman, Mrs. Ralph K. Nichols and Miss Etta Medbury, who survive him.

    MERRITT, May Ford

    Lake County Bee, August 12, 1949
    Mrs. May Ford Merritt passed away at Lakeside Hospital Sunday night, after a brief illness contracted while visiting her sones, Richard and Earle, at Konocti Bay. Her death was attributed to a heart attack.
    The deceased, the former May Phennegar, was born in Ruby Valley, Nev. January 1, 1867. She grew to young womanhood on her grandparents (Andrew Jackson and Laura Estelle THOMPSON) large cattle ranch in Nevada. When they sold the property she moved with them to Cheney, Wash., where she met and married Herbert R. Ford. Two children were born to this union. Richard H. Ford and Leslie Earle Ford, who both reside in Kelseyville.
    In 1882 Mr. and Mrs. Ford, while visiting in Lake County, were deeply impressed with the beauty of Konocti Bay and purchased practically the entire bay, where she and her sons later lived. Mr. and Mrs. Ford lived for several years in Calistoga, where he was employed as station agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
    Mrs. Ford moved to Konocti Bay in 1906 and later to Lakeport, where she was married to Harry W. Merritt in 1912. They lived at their pear orchard west of Kelseyville until Mr. Merritt's health made it necessary to move to Lakeport. He preceded her in death in 1941.
    Mrs. Merritt was very active in lodge and civic affairs, being a charter member of the Lakeport Art Club. She was also a member of Clear Lake Chapter O.E.S. and a past district deputy of Konocti Rebekah Lodge.
    Mrs. Merritt, beloved by a host of friends throughout the county, also enjoyed outdoor sports. She was an ardent fisherman and enjoyed camping.
    She leaves, besides her two sons and their wives, two grandchildren, Dixie F. Elliott of Palm Desert and Father Francis Ford, who was recently stationed in Spokane, Wash. Another grandson John Herbert, passed away in 1943. Three great-grandchildren Judith Virginia Ford, Michael J. Ford and Charles Richard Elliott also survive.
    Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Jones Mortuary. Interment followed at the Kelseyville cemetery.

    Contributed by Dorothy Henry


    MITCHELL. - Near Mountain House, Napa County, July 18th, I. E. Mitchell, of heart disease, aged fifty-five years.
    History of Napa and Lake Counties, California, publ. 1881 - pg. 255-256
    As a pioneer of Lake County, and the first to erect a house in the village of Lower Lake, the deceased is justly entitled to more than a passing notice. Mr. Mitchell was born in the township of Hensley, Johnson County, Indiana, August, 1826, where he married a daughter of a Mr. Henderson - a sister of Mrs. Calvin Reams and Mrs. Charles Kiphart. In 1853, in company with his father-in-law and family, Mitchell and family left Indiana for California, arriving here near the autumn of that year. In December, 1857, he came to Lower Lake, then a part of Napa County, in company with Reams and Kiphart, and erected the first house in Lower Lake, on the ground on which stands the building now occupied by Luke Evans. In 1859 he sold his claim to E. M. Day, Esq., and after several years' moving over the State returned to Lake County. Mr. Mitchell leaves a wife and three sons, on whom his sudden death falls with crushing weight. In his domestic relations Mr. Mitchell was kind, indulgent, and always cheerful. Possesssing warm and generous feelings, he made and retained his friends through life, and the writer, with an acquaintance of over twenty years, bears testimony to the generous impulses of his heart, now stilled in death. Let us remember and practice his virtues. The dead have no vices.

    MOORE, Martha R.


    (November 17, 1926)
    Mrs. Martha R. Moore, who was critically sick for several weeks, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Crawford, in Lakeport Wednesday evening, at the age of 77 years, one month and fourteen days.
    Mrs. Moore, whose maiden name was Reese, was born in DeWitt county, Texas, October 3, 1849. The family, consisting of the parents, four boys and three girls, crossed the plains from Texas to California in 1861. One brother, George, was born at Tucson, Arizona, during the trip.
    The Reese family first settled in Watsonville, where the mother and two boys died in 1862. The remaining members moved to Sacramento, where they lived two years, and came to Lake county in 1864, making their home on what is now known as the Gibson ranch near Upper Lake. In 1869, Mrs. Moore's brother, T. B. Reese was principal of the Upper Lake school.
    Martha Reese was married to William F. Moore in October, 1869, and four children were born to their union. Mr. Moore and three of the children have passed away, Mrs. Crawford being the only survivor of the family. Mrs. Moore leaves one brother, T. B. Reese, at Sacramento and one sister, Mrs. W. P. Burke, of Sonoma county. She was a faithful and loyal member of the Christian Church from an early age.
    Mrs. Crawford has the sympathy of many friends in the passing of a devoted mother. The funeral services were held in the Christian Church Saturday by Pastor W. O. S. Cliff, and were largely attended. Interment was made in Hartley Cemetery.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    MOORE, William *Henry


    Clear Lake Courier, July 13, 1867

    William Henry Moore, long a resident of Lake county, died at his residence in Scotts Valley at 6 o'clock on last Monday morning, July the 8th, at the advanced age of 70 years. Mr. Moore was born in the State of Kentucky, and at an early period in his life moved to Missouri; from which State he emigrated to California, braving the great dangers of a settlement here at the early period of 1846. His first location was in Sonoma county where he remained permanently until he came to the Lake; which, if we mistake not was in the summer of '56. He was for many years previous to his death a strict and orderly member of the Baptist Church, and also an honored Mason; the members of which order were largely in attendance at the grave-yard about one and a half miles north of town.

    *(There is a possibility that his middle name was Harris or Harrison)

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    MORRISON, Fannie Lucinda


    Lake County Bee, December 27, 1923

    A resident of Lake county for the past sixty-six years, Mrs. Fannie Lucinda Morrison, widow of the late Samuel Morrison who died in 1903, passed away Monday at the Fred Morrison ranch on the east shores of Clear Lake, her former home for many years during her younger life. She had been ill for the past few months and her death was due to her feeble age, having passed her 70th birthday.
    Mrs. Morrison was born in Troy, New York, June 7th, 1844. With her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Mat Johnson, she crossed the plains when 13 years old. The family settled in Lake county in the vicinity of Upper Lake. In 1861 she married Samuel L. Morrison and with her husband, made her home across the lake on the well known Morrison ranch until the former's death. She then moved to Middle Creek where she has made her home until her recent illness.
    Mrs. Morrison is survived by two sons, George and Fred of Upper Lake and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Henry, also of Upper Lake. Three other sons, John, William, Andrew and a daughter Elsie, died some years ago. She was the sister of Mrs. Rachael Henderson of Kelseyville and the late Mrs. Mat Johnson of Upper Lake. Besides her own children, she raised her granddaughter, Mrs. Elsie Graham Gordon since she was three weeks old. The latter made her home with Mrs. Morrison at Middle Creek.
    The aged resident was a member of the Methodist church. She made many friends during her three-score of years in the county and was always held in the highest esteem.
    The funeral services will be held from the home at Middle Creek, this afternoon, Thursday, at 2 o'clock. Rev. W. O. S. Cliffe of the Christian church of Lakeport will officiate. Interment will be at the Upper Lake cemetery.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    MORRISON, John W.


    Lake County Bee, November 7, 1941

    A long and useful life ended suddenly on Wednesday, November 5, in the passing of John W. Morrison, who came to Lake county in 1866.
    Morrison was interested in the development of Lake county and took an active part in highway problems, county ownership of Clear Lake and was in charge of the county booth at the Pan American Exposition in San Francisco in 1915.
    He was the youngest son of three children born to Zeno and Louisa Jones Morrison, who first settled near the town of Nicholas, on Bear River, in 1852. He was born February 15, 1865, in Sutter county and the following year the family moved to Lake county. They lived on what is now owned by the Ed Doors and later bought the place now belonging to Mrs. Alice Deacon. It was here Morrison grew to manhood and later engaged in farming with his father.
    Ambitious for an education, he attended the Overholser Academy in Lakeport and Heald's Business College in San Francisco.
    In 1902 he entered into partnership with Frank Howe in a store business in Upper Lake. The next ten years were spent there and later he traveled over California and bordering states buying wool for the Mercantile Co. of the bay area.
    In 1912 he married Miss Hattie Hinds of Plumas county, who was a school teacher. The couple came to Lake county and made their home in Kelseyville for a number of years.
    Morrison had great faith in the future of the pear industry in the county and began development of a pear orchard in Scott Valley in 1914. In 1925 he built a home on the property and the couple lived there until 1946. Due to failing health he disposed of his ranch and for the past year the couple have lived in Marin county near her relatives.
    They returned to Lakeport last month and made their home with his niece, Mrs. Emma Keefe, who gave him loving and devoted care during his short illness and sudden death.
    He was the last of his immediate family, a brother, Bob, and sister, Mrs. Sarah Miller, having preceded him in death.
    His only survivors, besides his bereaved widow, are two nieces, Mrs. Keefe and Mrs. Maud Smith of Lakeport, and a nephew, Victor Miller of San Francisco.
    The deceased was a man of sterling character, an ardent temperance man, tender hearted and thoughtful of others.
    He was a member of Hartley Lodge, No. 199, F. & A. M. and the Lakeport Methodist Church.
    Funeral services will be conducted from Jones Mortuary under the auspices of Hartley Lodge on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Hartley cemetery.
    Sincere sympathy is extended the survivors by a host of friends.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    MORRISON, Mary A.


    Mrs. Mary A. Morrison After Residence of 54 Years Dies Sunday

    Lake County Bee, August 27, 1915

    Last Sunday, after a prolonged illness which developed into a stroke of paralysis three months ago and which has confined her to her bed since, Mrs. Mary A. Morrison of Lakeport, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by her children after a long and useful life to the community. The end was not unexpected, but nevertheless her demise is felt greatly by not only her immediate family, but by all who knew her. The funeral was conducted from the residence of the deceased at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, a large number of friends attending and accompanying the remains to their final resting place in Hartley Cemetery, where many beautiful flowers were laid tenderly on her grave by loving hands.
    Deceased was a native of Indiana, aged eighty=three years, three months, and twenty-two days at the time of her death. She moved to California 56 years ago, and to Lake County two years later, settling here where she has been since. Her husband, Zeno Morrison, died in 1912. There are left to mourn her loss six children, all residing in Lakeport and Scotts Valley. They are: L. Hendricks, Mrs. W. D. Rantz, Mrs. Lydia Waldo, J. W. Hendricks, J. B. Hendricks and R. E. Hendricks. Besides these there are several grand children and other relatives.

    MORRISON, Zeno


    Lake County Bee, July 4, 1912

    Zeno Morrison, an aged and respected pioneer resident of Lake county, died at his home in this city yesterday afternoon after a prolonged illness, at the age of 78 years. Mr. Morrison was a native of Arkansas, but had lived for years in Lake county. Besides his wife he leaves tomourn his loss two sons, Robert and John Morrison, and one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Miller. The funral service will be conducted at his late residence tomorrow afternoon at 1 oçlock and the body will be taken to Hartley Cemetery for interment. We regret that time and space will not permit us to publish an acccount of Mr. Morrison's life this week, but we will do so in our next issue.

    MORRISON, Zeno


    Leaves Lake County, Never to Return, Forty-Six Years Almost To Hour After Entering It

    Zeno Morrison Came to Scotts Valley In Early Mining Days and Had Successful Career as Rancher

    Lake County Bee, July 11, 1912

    After a residence in Lake county of 46 years, almost to the hour, Zeno Morrison, one of the hardy pioneers of the golden State, passed into the great beyond. Mr. Morrison arrived in Scotts Valley on the 3rd of July, 1866, in the afternoon, and died in this city on the 3rd of July, 1912, in the afternoon, a coincidence which might not happen again in the lives of a thousand men.
    Zeno Morrison was born near Little Rock, Arkansas in 1833 and due to the early death of his parents spent the first years of his life in the care of an older sister. When aged 19 he crossed the plains with his sister and her husband, and the latter died en route. The trip to California was made without further mishap.
    Mr. Morrison secured an interest in a mining claim near Marysville, but sold out after mining for a short time, and later went into partnership with Allen Trimble, a friend whom he had known in Arkansas, in Sutter county. The two men owned a ranch together, and Mr. Morrison's sister kept house for them. After the partnership had been in effect several years, Mr. Trimble married the sister and in 1859 Mr. Morrison was married to Miss Louisa Jones. Mr. Trimble then took over his partner's interest in the ranch, and the newly united couple purchased a farm immediately opposite, just across Bear river. There they lived unt9il 1866. Three children, Robert A., John W. and Sarah Jane Morrison were born to the union, the latter now being Mrs. J. H. Miller, wife of the town Marshal.
    The hydraulic mining on the headwaters of Bear river rapidly filled the channel of the stream with silt, causing it to broaden and overflow its banks, inundating much of the surrounding country. Mr. Morrison's ranch was almost completely submerged, and he was obligated to sell it for a small fraction of its original value.
    In July 1866, the family moved to Lake county and settled on the ranch now occupied by Henry Dorr in Scotts Valley. After a residence of several years in the valley this place was also sold and the Morrisons moved to Plumas county. But the charm of Lake proved too great and after one summer speent in the Sierras they returned, and Mr. Morrison successively bought and occupied what are now the Henry Eichoff the old McCabe and the Wattenberger ranches.
    In 1884 he was united in marriage to Mrs. M. A. Hendricks, after a legal separation from his first wife, and until four years ago the couple occupied the Wattenberger place. Feeling the weight of years, Mr. Morrison then sold his ranch and moved to town, purchasing the residence property where he died.
    Zeno Morrison was known as a successful farmer and kindly man, and his death is deeply regretted by the surviving relatives, as well as the community at large.
    The funeral service was conducted at the Morrison residence Friday afternoon by Rev. Lovick P. Shearer and a large gathering was present to render a last tribute of respect to the departed pioneer. Many followed the casket to Hartley Cemetery, where the body was interred.

    MURDOCK, Annie

    Lake County Bee, June 13, 1906

    Last Thursday the many friends of Annie Murdock were shocked by a telegram from Sacramento, where she had gone to undergo a surgical operation, saying the operation was not successful and that there was not hopes of her recovery.


    NICHOLS, Leslie P.

    Lower Lake Bulletin

    Leslie P. Nichols drowned in Clear Lake 12 Sept. 1877. Born in Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, 9 Sept. 1836. Came to Lake County 1866 as the Superintendent of the Clear Lakes Water Works. Leaves a wife, 2 children and his mother. Aged 41 years and 3 days.

    NORTON, Frank E.


    Lake County Bee, November 21, 1928

    Frank E. Norton, well known Upper Lake citizen, died Thursday in Lakeport from a cerebral hemorrhage following an illness of ten days from which he suffered a stroke of paralysis. He was a native of California, aged 68 years.
    The deceased is survived by a widow, the former Mrs. Ida Gates of Lakeport, to whom he was married about a year ago. His former wife, Mrs. Grace Tallman Taylor, passed away in 1922. A half sister also survives, Mrs. Katherine Norton Case, and a cousin, L. J. Norton, both of Napa; also two step-grandaughters, Inez Taylor and sister, both of whom are students of the Arcata College and who were practically raised by the step-father.
    Mr. Norton was a good man and many friends in the community offer sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
    The funeral services were held from the Russell Chapel in Lakeport on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    NORTON, Grace Independence Tallman Taylor


    Lake County Bee, April 20, 1922

    Mrs. Grace I. Norton, wife of Frank E. Norton, passed away at 5:30AM last Monday at her home in Upper Lake after an extended illness. Heart failure was the cause of her death although she was afflicted with a complication of other troubles. Mr. & Mrs. Norton were married at Upper Lake October 14, 1896. After living in Napa and Berkeley for a number of years the family returned to Upper Lake about three years ago.
    Mrs. Norton leaves behind to mourn her untimely death, besides her husband, son Clarence C. Taylor, two granddaughters Ethel and Inez Taylor; sister Mrs. Winnie Riffe and six brothers Clarence, Walter, Cleve, Harry & Lil Tallman all of Upper Lake. Mrs. Norton was a Christian, a devoted mother and wife and a noble friend of those in need. She will be deeply mourned by the family and all who knew her. The funeral was held at 2:30PM Wednesday from the Norton home and interment at Upper Lake Cemetery under the auspices of the Rebekah Lodge of which order the deceased was a member.

    (Her six brothers were William, George, Walter, Cleve, Harry and Lil.)

    Contributed by Pat Bird


    O'BRIEN, Isabel Nathalie


    April 2, 1948
    Isabel Nathalie O'Brien, a native of Lake County, was born September 23, 1873, to William A. and Cathrine Christie. Her whole life was spent in Lake County. She was educated in the local schools and graduated from the Lakeport Academy, a pupil of the late Professor Overhaiser. She taught in a number of schools in the county and was known as an efficient, fair-minded teacher.
    In 1899 she gave up her career and became the bride of James D. O'Brien of Kelseyville. For a time she and her husband were in the hotel business and after a number of years they established a home in the Kelsey Creek district where they had a pear orchard.
    Mrs. O'Brien was the mother of eight children, two of whom died in childhood, Marie at the age of 3 and Ruth at 16. Her whole life was one of devotion to her family, her community, and her religion.
    Mrs. James O'Brien died Friday afternoon, April 2, 1948 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frances Morrison of Finley. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, James; one son, William; five daughters, Mrs. Leo Nethercote of South San Francisco, Mrs. J. Q. Burchfield of Oakland, Mrs. Jack Smith of Kelseyville, Mrs. Francis Morrison of Finley, and Mary O'Brien of San Francisco, a sister, Mrs. Margaret Gaddy of Kelseyville; twelve grandchildren and a number of nephews, a niece and several cousins.
    The Jones Mortuary from St. Peter's Church in Kelseyville conducted last rites Monday morning at 10 a.m. Interment was at the Lakeport Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ed Gaddy, Robert Gaddy, Tom Manning, Dean Morrison, Al Rowden and Bruce Peters.

    Contributed by Judy Aday


    Russian River Flag, Healdsburg, Ca., August 22, 1878

    Lake County Bee reports that 5 children of Wm. ORLANDER, of American Mine, have died of diptheria.

    Contributed by Marcia Chauvin (Newspaper transcription only. No further information)

    O'SHEA, John

    Russian River Flag, Healdsburg, Ca., July 4, 1878

    John O'SHEA, coroner of Lake County for the past eight years, was drowned in Soda Bay near Lakeport last week.

    Contributed by Marcia Chauvin (Newspaper transcription only. No further information)


    PARKER, Jessie


    Lake County Bee, Friday, January 2, 1953

    Following a long illness, Mrs. Jessie Parker died at her home near Lakeport, on Monday, December 29. She was a native of Wisconsin and was 66 years of age.
    Mrs. Parker and her husband, Solomon, had lived in Lake county for 42 years.
    Mr. Parker, an employee of the Diamond Match company of Lakeport, died two years ago. Since that time Mrs. Parker has lived in her own home near her sister, Mrs. Grace Dilger, south of the city limits. No other immediate relatives are known.
    Rev. Allen Tolle of the Four-Square Gospel church in Finley officiated at the services Wednesday, December 31, at 2 p.m. from Jones mortuary, Lakeport. Interment followed at Hartley cemetery.

    Contributed by Judy Dubauskas

    PARKER, Solomon


    Lake County Bee, Friday, December 8, 1950

    Solmn Parker, 72, well-known resident of Lakeport, passed away at his home Sunday, December 3, the victim of a heart attack.
    Parker was out in his yard during the recent rain storm, digging a drainage ditch, when the attack came. Friends and neighbors carried him into his home, where he passed away a short time later.
    Parker was a native of Albertville, Wis., born July 28, 1878. He came to Lake County around 1920 to make Lakeport his permanent home.
    He was an employee for many years of the Lakeport branch of the Diamond Match Company, and was also an employee of the Will Jones Lumber Company.
    Surviving are his wife, Jessie, of Lakeport; two brothers, Chas. and Thomas Parker, of Monto Sano; three sisters, Mrs. Jeannie Bonner of Wisconsin, and two others also of Wisconsin.
    Funeral services were held from Jones Mortuary Thursday afternoon, December 7. Interment followed at Hartley Cemetery.

    Contributed by Judy Dubauskas

    PARRISH, Charles


    Lake County Bee, April 18, 1941

    The Upper Lake community was saddened Friday evening by the sudden death of Charles Parrish, aged 68.
    Mr. Parrish had been in ill health the past winder, but his demise was unexpected. About 10 o'clock Friday evening a short attack of heart trouble caused him to pass peacefully with his beloved wife at his side.
    Charles Parrish was born in Beckwith, Plumas county, Nov. 7, 1872. His mother passed away when he was one month old and he was reared in Scotts Valley by Zeno Morrison, an uncle. He attended school in Scotts Valley and Lakeport.
    In 1897 he was married to Miss Sarah Frances DeVaul. They made their home in the Clover Valley section of Upper Lake.
    The bereaved relatives are the widow, Mrs. Sarah Parrish; a daughter, Mrs. Irene B. Summers, a son, Frank of San Francisco and a son, Jack, who at present is ill in the Letterman Hospital in San Francisco. A son, Curtis, died in infancy. The grandchildren are the sons and daughter of Mrs. Summers, Robert, Keith, William and Frances.
    Services were held Monday afternoon at the Jones Mortuary with interment at the family plot in Hartley cemetery.
    The entire community is extending sympathy to the relatives of this man who was a devoted husband and father and a friendly neighbor.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    PATTEN, Henrietta


    Lake County Bee, September 20, 1940

    The funeral of Mrs. Henrietta Patten, who passed away at her home in Scotts Valley on Monday, was held in the Jones Mortuary Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The mortuary was filled with sorrowing relatives and friends, who gathered to pay their last respects to one everybody loved so well.
    Innumerable floral pieces and bouquets graced the entire front of the chapel and were magnificent in their beauty.
    Henrietta Meador was born in San Jose March 12, 1860, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Meador, and was one of thirteen children. In 1880 the family moved to Bachelor Valley where on August 1, 1883, she became the bride of Thomas Patten. Mr. Patten served as supervisor for district four some years ago.
    The couple made their home in Bachelor Valley for six years and then Mr. Patten purchased a ranch in Scott's Valley where the beloved couple made their home for over 35 years.
    Mrs. Patten broke her hip in January, 1939, and since that time had been confined to her bed. She was lovingly cared for by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Roy Patten, and her husband until the end came at 10 o'clock Monday. She was the last member of her large family.
    The passing of Mrs. Patten brought regret for she was one of the most beloved residents of the valley. She was never too busy to lend her help to any worthy cause and was very active until her accident.
    She is survived by her grief stricken husband, two sons, Roy and Burdette Patten of Scotts Valley and three grandchildren.
    The Bee extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones in their sorrow.

    PINER, Charles A.

    Clear Lake Press, January 14, 1905

    Charles Anthony Piner was born in Calloway county, Missouri, Dec. 6th, 1827, being one of a family of seven brothers and sisters, only one of whom, Stephen M. Piner, of this village, is now living. In 1848, at the age of 21, the subject of this brief memoir was united in marriage to Miss Sarah A. Hand, who lives to mourn his death. In 1849, Mr. Piner crossed the plains with his wife and child in an ox wagon, settling first in Napa county, California, in 1850, thence removing in 1852 to the present site of Santa Rosa, where he was one of the early settlers. In 1858, he removed to Ukiah, in Mendocino county, from which place he came to Lake county, locating here in 1861. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Piner, all but one of them being Native sons or daughters, and seven of them surviving their father. Named in order of their births, the children are given as follows: George W. Piner, Mrs. Jennie Renfro, Mrs. Katherine Robison (deceased), Mrs. Mary Williams, Charles S. Piner, Violet Piner (deceased), John S. Piner, Mrs. Marilda Rideout, Henry Piner (deceased), and Mrs. Rosa Norton.
    Mr. Piner rejoiced in the artless prattle of thirty-five grandchildren, thirty of whom are now living, and twenty of them being present at their grandfather's funeral. Of great-grandchildren twenty-one have been born, eighteen surviving him, eleven of whom attended his funeral. It has been remarked as a notable fact in the known history of Mr. Piner's family that five times it has occurred that there were five generations of the name living.
    Few men have lived through the stressful pioneer days of California as blamelessly as Charles Piner. To every resident of this community he was affectionately known as "Uncle Charlie." His funeral was one of the most largely attended that has occurred in the history of Kelseyville.
    All the business houses in town closed as the sorrowing friends and relatives paced the last solemn journey from the dead man's late residence to his final resting place, and the public schools in town closed for the afternoon on Tuesday (the day of the burial). At the house, Elder McCash, of Lakeport, delivered an affecting sermon, after Elder J. J. Bruton had uttered a heartfelt prayer to the giver of all things over the mortal remains of his life-long friend. Ten stalwart grandsons of the dead man bore his body to the grave. More than a hundred vehicles were in the funeral procession, fourteen conveyances being required for the relatives alone. The last words were spoken committing his form to Mother Earth, and the friends dispersed to their several homes, truly grieving that his face should be seen no more among us, yet just as truly rejoicing that the dead man's kind words and gentle nature still live and are imperishable so long as we have memory. To him, the sweet peace he has earned! To us, the strife of the living, but with the advantage of his worthy life as an example!

    PINER, Frances Ann

    Lake County Bee, November 25, 1937

    Last Rites Held Monday Afternoon - Was Mother Of Carroll Spielman

    Deep regret is being expressed in the Lakeport community in the sad passing of Mrs. Frances Ann Piner, who was called to rest at midnight after lying in a serious condition at her home on Second street for ten days. Death resulted from a stroke of paralysis which she suffered while working in her garden at her home on the morning of November 9. She never fully regained consciousness after being stricken and but little hope had been expressed for her recovery. Death came peacefully and quietly.
    Up to the time of her last illness, Mrs. Piner appeared in the best of health, although she had suffered with a heart spell about two years prior to her last illness. It was believed she had recovered from her first spell.
    Mr. Piner found his wife lying on the ground unconscious a short time after her stroke in the garden and carried her into the home. A physician was summoned and everything possible was done to aid her condition, but with no avail.

    Came to Lakeport As A Girl

    The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Clemens Stanley and was born in Iowa on December 28, 1874. She came to Lakeport with hr parents when a girl of nine years. She was married to John Spielman in Lower Lake in 1893 and two sons were born, Carroll of Lakeport and Clemens, of Oregon.
    Mr. Spielman preceded his mate in death in 1900. Five years later Mrs. Spielman was wed to John H. Brown in the southern part of the state. The couple resided in the south until his death in 1932. A son, Stanley Brown, was born to this union. He is now married and resides in San Francisco.
    On October 1 of last year, Mrs. Stanley [sic] became the wife of William Piner at Carson City, Nevada. Since that time the couple made their home on Second street in Lakeport where Mr. Piner conducts the Auto Top Shop.
    Surviving relatives besides her grieved husband and three sons is a brother, Owen Stanley, of Sacramento; also two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Haden of Palo Alto and Mrs. Louis Esau of Los Angeles.

    Relatives Attend Services

    With the exception of Clemens Spielman, other members of the family were present for the last rites, including Owen Stanley, Jr., of Sacramento and a close friend, Mrs. Dave of Pasadena. It was impossible for Clemens Spielman to attend his mother's funeral.
    The funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Jones Mortuary with Rev. NO. IF. Johnson of the Methodist church, officiating. Entombment followed at the Kelseyville cemetery.
    Mrs. Piner was a devoted wife and mother and hr friends were numerous and loyal in this county. Deep sympathy is extended the saddened family.
    Mr. Piner has been staying with his brother, George Piner, in Kelseyville, since his wife's passing. His step-son, Stanley Brown and the latter's wife, of San Francisco, have also been with him but left Tuesday for their home.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    PINER, George W.

    (Unknown paper)

    George W. Piner, whose death we noted last week, was born in Missouri November 26, 1848, and was brought to California in 1849 by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Piner, who came overland and were six months on the way. He lived one year in Napa county, two years in Calaveras county, and then in Sonoma county till 1861, when he came to Lake county, where he has resided continuously.
    In 1870 he married Miss Sarah Stonebraker, and to them were born five children, one, a son, Fred, having died in infancy.
    About a year ago he had an attack of measles, from which he never seemed to fully recover, and lately a seige of grip-later developing into plurisy-and at the last erysipelas, and he passed away at 6 o'clock Sunday morning, May 5, 1907, aged 58 years, 5 months and 9 days. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home on Third street, the services being conducted by Elder Levi McCash, pastor of the Christian church, of which denomination Mr. Piner had for many years been a member. The interment was at Odd Fellows' Cemetery, and a very large procession of friends followed the remains to their last earthly resting place.
    He leaves a wife and four children, Mrs. James Price, William A. Piner, George W. Piner and Mrs. E. E. Hillyer, an aged mother and several brothers and sisters to mourn his loss.
    The youngest son, George, is in London studying music and Mr Piner grieved that he could not see him once more, before passing to the Great Beyond.
    An unusual feature of Mr. Piner's married life was the fact that he had never moved by once in the nearly 37 years since that event, he having set up housekeeping with his bride in the house across Kelsey creek near the foot-bridge,, and living there 25 years, moving from there to the home on Third street, where he died. Contributed by Mike & Lois Jordan

    PINER, Pearl

    Lake County Bee, January 16, 1936

    Services Held Here Monday For Wife Of Lakeport Business Man

    Death summoned Mrs. Pearl Piner at her home here Friday night following a paralytic stroke which she suffered earlier in the day. Mrs. Piner had been in ill health for some time and despite medical treatment failed to respond to any appreciable degree.
    A native of Fresno, born June 21, 1880, she lived here for many years with her husband, William A. Piner, Lakeport business man, who survives her as do three children. Alice B. Piner and Jack Bulen of San Francisco, who were here to attend the last rites of their mother, and William Bulen of Chicago.
    Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon from the Jones Mortuary with interment taking place at the Kelseyville Cemetery with the Rev. A. S. Cecil of the Methodist church officiating.
    Sympathy to the surviving relatives is extended by scores of friends throughout the county.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    PINER, Sarah A.

    (Unknown paper)

    The death on Sunday, March 7th, of Mrs. Sarah Annette Piner, which occurred at the home of her daughter Mrs. David Williams, in Lakeport, removes another of the early Lake County pioneers who are passing year by year.

    Sarah A. Hand was a native of Nashville, Tenn., born August 22, 1822, being therefore at the time of her death 82 years, 6 months and 14 days of age. On March 2, 1848, she was united in marriage to Charles Anthony Piner of Dade County, Missouri.

    In 1849 the young couple joined the "gold rush" to the new land of California, traveling overland in a "prairie schooner", and after a tedious journey across the plains, arrived at Lassen Ranch in the early part of October of that year. There Mr. Piner followed mining for about a year, afterwards engaging in dairying near Santa Rosa until 1858, when the family removed to Mendocino county, settling near Ukiah. In 1861 they came to Kelseyville, and several years later established themselves on the ranch east of town, under the shadow of Mount Konocti, which continued to be their home until the death of Mr. Piner on January 8, 1905.

    Of this union ten children were born, six of whom are left to mourn the loss of their aged mother, as follows: Mrs. J. E. Renfro and Mrs. F. J. Norton, Kelseyville; Mrs. David Williams, Lakeport; C. S. Piner, Calistoga; J. S. Piner, Santa Rosa; and Mrs. W. L. Rideout, Whittier.

    "Grandma" Piner, as she had been known for many years, was a woman of high Christian ideals and well loved in the community. A faithful wife, devoted mother and loyal friend, the world is always made better by the influence of such a life.

    During the past winter "Grandma" had been with her daughter at Lakeport, and for many weeks her life had been like a frail thread, liable to break at any moment.

    The funeral was held this forenoon at the Christian church here, of which deceased had long been a member, the services being conducted by Rev. H. H. Ball of Lakeport, and interment was at I.O.O.F. cemetery.

    Contributed by Mike & Lois Jordan

    PITNEY, Eugenia

    Lake County Bee, February 18, 1931

    A resident of Lake county since childhood and Upper Lake for the past 55 years, Mrs. Eugenia Davis Pitney, eldest daughter of William and Sarah Davis, early Lake county pioneers, passed away at 6:30 yesterday morning after an illness of the past few months. She was the wife of George Pitney, with whom she celebrated her golden wedding anniversary on January 3 of this year.
    Born in San Joaquin September 8, 1858, Mrs. Pitney came to Lake county with her parents when a girl, the family first settling in Middletown and later in Lower Lake. Fifty-five years ago the family settled in Upper Lake. In 1881, the Pitneys were married and made their home for a number of years on Clover creek.
    Besides the husband, five children survive, Mrs. Bertha Neil, Mrs. Clara Groom, Fred and Vane Pitney of Upper Lake and Warren Pitney of Oakland. There are also five grandchildren, besides three sisters as follows: Mrs. Alice Golda, Mrs. Flora Gilbert, both of Westpoint, Calaveras county, and Mrs. Nora Goltazena of San Francisco.
    Mrs. Pitney was a good mother, quiet of nature and home loving. She was of the Baptist faith.
    Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon from the Community church at 2:00 o'clock, in Upper Lake.
    Members of the family have the sympathy of the Upper Lake community and other sections of the county.

    POLK, Eliza Douglas LaRue

    (Mrs. Thomas Wilkins/Widener Polk) died April 6, 1889)

    Lakeport Democrat, April 12, 1889

    Our town was greatly shocked on Saturday last to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. W. T. Polk. Heart disease we believe was the cause of her death. If feelings or words of sympathy could soften the grief of the devoted husband, son and daughter left to mourn for her, their grief would be light indeed, but such words or sympathy can do little to relieve the wounded heart.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    POLK, Evangeline


    Lake County Bee, October 12, 1945

    Services for Mrs. Evangeline Polk, who passed to her long rest at 7:00 o'clock on the morning of October 3, 1945, in the Lakeside Hospital, were held Sunday afternoon, October 7, from the Polk home. The Russell Funeral Home, Inc. conducted the funeral, with Queen of the Lake Rebekah Lodge and the Rev. John Brunswick officiating.
    Pallbearers were A. Z. Jones, Donald M. Griner, Lorin Meador, Curtis Thompson, B. J. Turner and E. G. Twedt. Interment was at Hartley Cemetery.
    Evangeline Hawkins Polk was born in Benecia, California, on July 29, 1857. While quite young she moved with her family to a home near Monticello in Napa county and received her education in Napa county and San Francisco schools. At Monticello, on October 25, 1877 she was united in marriage with Robert T. Polk, who was a native of Missouri but had been a resident of Monticello since 1864. Mr. Polk's father was a cousin of the eleventh President of the United States.
    To this union was born three sons, Percy W., born in Cherry Valley, Napa county; Robert C and Roy H. both born in Upper Lake. In 1883 the R. J. Polk family moved to Upper Lake and settled on the Polk ranch east of Upper Lake, which for 62 years has continued to be the family home. During those years Mrs. Polk has been called upon to mourn the passing of her eldest son Percy in 1916, her mother in 1922 and her husband on October 2, 1923.
    She leaves to mourn her loss her two sons, Robert and Roy, with their wives, Gertrude and Ruth, six grandchildren, Mrs. Helene Eakle, Woodland; Percy C. Polk, Upper Lake; Lt. James A. Polk, Mariposa; Mrs. Dorothy Gard, Upper Lake; Mrs. Elysse Twedt, Salinas. Six great grandchildren, Frank and Mildred Eakle, of Woodland; Gary and Diane Polk, Denna Lee Polk and Larry William Gard, all of Upper Lake; a sister Mrs. Delphine McEwen, San Francisco; and a number of nieces and nephews also of San Francisco.
    Mrs. Polk was a woman who loved life and one who took an active interest in community affairs even to the last of her long life. As long as she was able to go about, she took an active part in the work of the church and schools and women's clubs. She was a charter member of Queen of the Lake Rebekah Lodge and always one of their most enthusiastic workers. From childhood she was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a strong Christian character throughout her life. She was among the group to organize the Protective Club in Upper Lake and also one of those to organize the PTA in Upper Lake. She was a faithful and devoted wife and mother, a real home maker, a good neighbor, a staunch friend, and one whose influence was always used on the side of what was right and kind and uplifting.
    Deepest sympathy is extended the family by a wide circle of friends.
    Out of town relatives and friends to attend the funeral services were: Mrs. Dell McEwen, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Vanskike, Mr. G. I. Hawkins, all of San Francisco; Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Davidson of Sacramento, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eakle of Woodland, Mrs. J. L. Rogers of Menlo Park, Mr. W. C. Grant and Mr. R. G. Grant, Mrs. Ellen Copsey, Mrs. Linea Lemmerz and daughter, all of Ukiah, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Twedt of Salinas and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Bogle of Clarksburg.
    (The sixth grandchild was Robert Ashley Polk.)

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    POLK, Percy Wilkins


    Lake County Bee, March 10, 1916

    A Highly Respected Merchant Victim of Attack of Typhoid Fever Complications

    The Grim Reaper claimed another prominent citizen of Lake County when Percy Polk, a druggist of Upper Lake, passed away after a severe attack of typhoid fever at his home Sunday morning. Mr. Polk had been sick for several weeks and the whole northern end of the county was anxiously awaiting for news of his recovery. The end came peacefully.
    The funeral services were held at the home of the deceased Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. C. W. Watson conducting the services. Following this the Odd Fellows took charge of the funeral, and held the rites of the lodge over the remains at the graveside. A large number of people attended the funeral from Kelseyville and Lakeport, and nearly the entire town of Upper Lake turned out to pay last respects to the departed.
    Percy Polk was born in Napa Co. August 18, 1878, and was therefore 37 years, 6 months, and 15 days of age at the time of his death. With the family he moved to Upper Lake when 5 years of age and has been engaged in the drug business for a number of years. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Lulu Clark of Black's Station, Yolo County, (a sister of Rev. Todd Clark, and Mrs. Leonard Alley) and three children, two boys and a girl. Two brothers also survive him; Roy H. who has a garage in Upper Lake, and Robert C. his partner in the drug business for the past ten years. His mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Polk also survive him as well as a grandmother. The loved ones who mourn his loss have the sympathy of the entire community who regret to lose such a good citizen so early in life.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    POLK, Robert Tyler

    (died October 2, 1923)


    Lake County Bee, October 4, 1923

    Robert T. Polk, resident of Upper Lake for more than 40 years, died early Monday morning in San Francisco at Dante Hospital after a long illness. Members of the family brought him to the city for medical treatment one week prior to his death. While his illness was known to be serious, the news of his death came as a shock to the family members and friends.
    He leaves a widow, Evageline H. Polk and two sons, Roy and Robert Jr., residents of Upper Lake. Mr. Polk was born at Westport, Missouri on December 6, 1852. He was married at Cherry Valley, Napa county, October 25, 1877, moving to Lake county a few years later. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge and has many friends in the county who will regret very much his passing. The remains have been shipped to Lake county and the funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family home at Upper Lake under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. Rev. T. G. Patterson will officiate. Interment will be made at Hartley Cemetery.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    POLK, Thomas Wilkins/Widener

    (died November 13, 1899)

    Clear Lake Press, November 16, 1899

    Mr. T. W. Polk, a citizen of Upper Lake, was buried at Hartley cemetery on Tuesday. Deceased, an old and favorably known citizen of Upper Lake, died at the ripe age of 84 years. Mr. R. S. Polk resident of Upper Lake and Mrs. D. C. McDougal are his surviving children.

    (His son was R (Robert) T (Tyler) Polk.)

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    PORTER, Isabella


    Lake County Bee, October 13, 1938

    Mr & Mrs Lawrence Story, Mrs. Donald Griner, Harry Vann and Carrol and Merrill Vann returned from San Francisco this week where they had gone to attend the funeral of Mr. Vann's mother, Mrs. Isabella Porter. Mrs. Porter, who was well known here, passed away at the home of her nephew Allen Pool in Los Angeles, death being due to heart trouble.
    The late Mrs. Porter was born Aug 9, 1869 in Red Bluff. At the age of 5 her family moved to Upper Lake where she attended local schools and spent much of her younger life, later residing in Santa Rosa and San Francisco. Her husband Samuel Porter preceded her in death five years ago. She leaves her only child, Harry Vann of Upper Lake, four grandchildren Mrs. Donald Griner, Mrs. Lawrence Story, Carrol and Merrill Vann, four great grandchildren Nancy Carol and Donald Griner and Merle and Johnnie Story, a sister Mrs. Florence Pool of San Francisco, and a nephew Allen Pool of Los Angeles. Interment was made at Woodlawn Cemetery in San Francisco.

    (Isabelle Hust/Hurst; 1st Spouse - George W. Vann)

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    PRICE, James H.


    Lake County Bee, June 15, 1927

    James H. Price, Santa Rosa resident for the past fifteen years and formerly of Kelseyville, died at the former city Friday following a long illness. His widow, Susy A. Price, was a member of the pioneer Piner family of Lake county, a sister of Mrs. W. H. Adams and Wm. A. Piner of Lakeport and George W. Piner of San Francisco.
    Interment took place at Kelseyville Monday. The family have the sympathy of many friends.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer


    QUARLES, William - Pioneer Citizen Succumbs At 85

    Was Former San Francisco Police Officer

    Lake County Bee, December 5, 1935

    William Forrest Quarles, 85, highly respected citizen of Middletown, passed away at the Lakeport hospital following a heart attack on December 1. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1850 and came here in the early days with his parents, the late John Quarles and Mary Forrest Hunt.
    Mr. Quarles, for a number of years, was a member of the San Francisco police department and left there shortly after the death of his wife Molly in 1917. He was a man of kindly and generous nature, beloved by his friends and neighbors.
    Funeral services werre conducted on Tuesday at the Community church in Middletown with the Rev. Donald Latimer officiating. Interment was made at the local cemetery.
    He leaves to mourn his loss the following brothers and sister, Byrd, Bent, Charles Hunt of Middletown, Mrs. Annie Ferrill of Lakeport, Chester H. Hunt of Palo Alto and Miss Lena Hunt of Middletown.
    Friends and neighbors extend to the bereaved relatives their heartfelt sympathy in the loss of their loved on.

    QUIGLEY, Hawkins T.

    Lake County Bee, March 29, 1923

    Another pioneer resident of this place passes away in Oakland last Thursday when Hawkins T. Quigley passed to the great beyond. Mr. Quigley came to this section more than forty years ago and settled in what is now called Long Valley where he was engaged in farming. Later on he moved to town and was engaged in other business until 1900. Since that time he has been working at ranching in and around Middletown. "Tuck" as he was known among his friends was a very well liked man and had a great many friends in this locality. He was born in Missouri and came to this state as a very young man. Funeral services were held in St. Helena on Friday of last week. He leaves to mourn his loss two sons, Bruce Quigley of Williams and Ira M. Quigley of Berkeley and two daughters who are residents of the Bay cities.

    Contributed by


    RENFRO, Jennie E.


    Lake County Bee, April 21, 1916

    Mrs. Jennie E. Renfro Answers Last Call Wednesday Morning

    Kelseyville and the balance of the county learned with regret on Wednesday that Mrs. Jennie E. Renfro, a highly esteemed pioneer woman of this county, had passed away that morning at 7 o'clock after a lingering attack of chronic bronchitis. The funeral will be held at her late residence in Kelseyville this (Friday) afternoon at two o'clock, and interment will be made in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Kelseyville. Rev. H. H. Ball of the Christian Church at Lakeport, of which deceased was a devout member, will conduct the services, and the funeral will be in charge of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Russell.
    Jennie E. Piner was born on November 27, 1850 in Calavaras County, California, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Piner. At the age of nine years, with her parents, she moved to Lake County, where she has been a resident of the Kelseyville section ever since. On October 24, 1869 she was married to the late James Harvey Piner, who was accidently killed by being kicked by a horse at this ranch on May 20, 1892. Six children survive her; Mrs. Herbert Mosher of Sacramento, Mrs. Arthur Fultz of Kelsey, Mrs. Jennie Boggs of Taft, W. H. Renfro, T. C. Renfro, and H. D. Renfro of Kelseyville. Besides the children, deceased is survived by three sisters: Mrs. David Williams of Lakeport, Mrs. F. J. Norton of Kelseyville and Mrs. W. L. Rideout of Long Beach, and two brothers: Chas. Piner of Calistoga and John Piner of Santa Rosa.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    RENFRO, Willard H.


    Lake County Bee, May 25, 1932

    Funeral services for Willard H. (Happy) Renfro were held in Lakeport Sunday afternoon at Jones' Mortuary at 2:00 o'clock, the well known young man of Kelseyville having been called to death on Wednesday at the Saint Helena Sanitarium.
    While Mr. Renfro had been ill for about seven weeks at his home, suffering from a stomach ailment, few if any of his friends realized the seriousness of the illness until Monday of last week, when his condition became alarming. He was taken by ambulance to the Sanitarium, where an examination disclosed perforated stomach ulcers and other complications of the heart and kidneys. A hurried operation was performed on Wednesday, from which Mr. Renfro failed to rally.
    Willard Renfro was born in Kelseyville on December 6, 1901, and had resided in that community during his lifetime. He is survived by his wife and a stepdaughter, Roberta Orr; a brother, Gus Renfro, as well as a half sister, Miss Roberta Campbell. He was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Nobles, his mother, who passed away a number of years ago, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nobles. Besides these there are many other relatives in the community who will morn his passing.
    "Happy" Renfro, as he was known to his countless friends and associates, because of his genial personality and pleasant smile for everybody, was a splendid young man. Athletic of build and robust of health until his last illness, it is difficult for one to realize that this young man has been called in his youthful prime.
    The many friends of "Happy" Renfro extent to his bereaved relatives heartfelt sympathy in their genuine sorrow.
    The funeral services, largely attended, were conducted by Rev. Anderson of Kelseyville Community church. George Bossert rendered vocal solos with piano accompaniment being made by Mrs. Elmo Howard.
    The Woodmen Lodge of Kelseyville, of which Mr. Renfro was a member, conducted services at the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Kelseyville, where entombment was made.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    RICE, C. C.

    Died, at his residence near Upper Lake, on Sunday evening, January 11, 1891, C. C. Rice, Esq., aged 73 years.

    Lake Democrat, January 16, 1891

    Thus is another of the noble pioneers of Lake county called from labor to rest. Mr. C. C. Rice has been a resident of the county for 31 years, and has reared an honorable family of children as a monument to his name. He was a man of much force of character and one who in all the relation of life was upright, honorable and just. As a husband and father he was considerate and kind, as a neighbor ever obliging and as a citizen one who did honor to the county and State of his adoption. He leaves an aged wife and four sons and one daughter, all of whom are grown to man and womanhood, to mourn the demise of a loved and respected husband and father. His sons are Sam. H. of Ukiah, and W. I; J. F., and B. F., of Upper Lake, and Mrs. Belle Bulliam, of Missouri.

    RICE, Sarah Eileen

    Burial of Sarah Eileen Rice Held In Upper Lake

    Lake County Bee, August 15, 1947

    Sarah Eileen Rice, a native of Lake county, passed away in San Jose on August 6, at the age of 66. The deceased was born in Lakeport on December 23, 1881. She was the daughter of Martin and Virginia Vann and spent 25 years of her life in Lake county.
    After becoming the wife of Charley Rice, they settled in San Jose where he passed on a few years ago.
    Survivors are six daughters and two sons, Lester Rice of San Jose, Charlie Rice of Stockton, Relda Bernal of Grass Valley, Ruby Arevelo and Rena Schrager of Stockton, Ruth Tranto, Relma Morias and Rowena Sullivan of San Jose, and three grandchildren. Also three sisters and one brother, Mrs. J. M. Hale of Yountville, Mrs. A. B. Stevenson and Lester Vann of Napa and Mrs. G. B. Nobles of Kelseyville.
    Graveyard services were held in the Upper Lake cemetery Friday afternoon, August 8th, Rev. Ray of Upper Lake officiating.

    ROBISON, Catherine Piner


    The Mail of Woodland, Woodland, Yolo Co., California, June 18, 1899

    Capay, June 17, 1899

    Mrs. Robison, wife of R. K. Robison, died in this town today after an illness of several weeks. Her home is in Guinda, she having been here under medical treatment. Death resulted from a complication of diseases.
    Besides her husband she leaves seven children, four of whom, three daughters and one son, are married. Her husband is the butcher at Guinda. Deceased has lived in the Capay Valley for a number of years. She was a most estimable lady and had a great many friends, all of whom are deeply grieved at the sad tidings of her death.
    Deceased was a native of California and 46 years of age. The funeral will take place today at 10 o'clock. Interment will be made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

    (This is Sarah Catherine PINER ROBISON. Her parents were Charles Anthony Piner and Sarah Annetta Hand of Lake County)

    Contributed by Revae

    ROBISON, Rufus Kirk


    The Mail of Woodland, Woodland, Yolo Co., California, July 2, 1913

    Funeral of Man Who grew To Manhood in this Section to be Held Today.
    Pioneer Passes Away After Life of Many Years of Usefulness in This County.

    Rufus Kirk Robison, who came to California in 1849 and who for many years has been a resident of Yolo county, died here yesterday morning. The funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock this morning from the Kitto funeral chapel and the interment will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Capay. The funeral cortege will leave for Capay immediately following the services here.
    The deceased was 66 years, 10 months and 2 days old at the time of his death. He was a native of Iowa. His parents moved to California when he was a small child and he spent his boyhood days in this state. He received his education in Yolo county finishing the grammar school course and later attending the Hesperian College which graduated so many prominent men in Yolo county.
    Mr. Robison was married May 16, 1869 to Miss Sarah Katherine Piner at Kelseyville. Mrs. Robison died June 17, 1899.
    For a score of years Mr. Robison was engaged in business in Guinda and for several years in Napa. About three years ago he retired from active business life and made his home with the H. E. Norton family near Woodland. Mr. Robison has been ill for some time and recently his condition became so serious that little hope was held for his recovery. He is survived by three sons, P. Q. Robison of Berkeley, Morton Robison of Santa Cruz, and Charles F. Robison of Napa; four daughters, Mrs. H. E. Norton of Woodland, Mrs. Alice Stitt of San Francisco, Mrs. Lou Gurrie and Miss Ola Robison of San Jose; three brothers, E. H. and Benjamin Robison of San Jose, and Albert Robison of San Francisco; and three sisters, Mrs. Allen of Idaho, Mrs. Smith of Merced and Mrs. Hoyt of Watsonville.

    Contributed by Revae

    ROBINSON, Ellen Geraldine

    Lake County Bee, March 1, 1933

    Lakeport and Scotts Valley friends of Mrs. D. A. Robinson, former resident of Scotts Valley on the Dr. French ranch, will be sorry to learn of her death which occurred at Petrolia, Humboldt county, where she had been residing with her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Hunter.
    The mother had not been in good health for several months but on Friday a week ago, while at the dinner table, she suffered a stroke of apoplexy which was followed by two more which proved fatal on Monday of last week.
    The remains were shipped to Irvington, Alameda county, where the funeral services were held from the Community Church there on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Moore of Palo Alto, former Lakeport pastor, conducted the services which were attended by many oldtime friends, Mrs. Robinson having resided there for a number of years.
    In fact, Mrs. Robinson was born in Irvington on May 2, 1857. She went to reside there also after leaving Lake county. Several years ago she went to Petrolia to make her home with Mrs. Hunter and family.
    Besides her husband, Mrs. Robinson is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lily Robinson of Irvington; Mrs. Daisy Lytell and Mrs. Ruth Hunter of Petrolia; also a son, Leslie D. Robinson of the Philipine Islands and a sister, Mrs. Ida Bromell of Waddington, California. Ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive besides numerous other relatives.
    Mr. and Mrs. Claud Hunter came through Lakeport on Friday enroute to Petrolia after the funeral services. They were accompanied by the latter's father, D. A. Hunter.
    Friends in this community offer deep sympathy to the bereaved family in their sadness.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    RUDDELL, Parthenia


    Lake County Bee, March 5, 1924, page 1

    Mrs. Parthenia Ruddell passed away at her home on the Scotts Valley road, Saturday, at the age of 85 years, four months and sixteen days. Mrs. Ruddell had been in poor health for three months, and due to her extreme age, her demise was not unexpected.
    Mrs. Ruddell was born in Iowa, October 14, 1838, the daughter of Jacob and Nancy Fees. She was married to James Ruddell in that State in May, 1856, and with him and their small family crossed the plains by ox team to Nevada in 1864. The family lived in Nevada until 1876, when they moved to California and settled in Lake county. Their first home was in Scotts Valley, but for many years past the Ruddell home has been within the town limits, Mrs. Ruddell living there continuously except for occasional periods with her daughter in Nevada.
    Mr. Ruddell died three years ago. The esteemed couple celebrated their fiftieth and sixtieth wedding anniversaries in Lakeport, in the company of many of their descendants.
    Four children were born to the couple, all of whom are living, William C. Ruddell of Lovelocks, Nevada; Mrs. Jennie Duvidler of Golconda, Nevada; Emry J. Ruddell of Lakeport; and Mrs. Minnie Lay of Sulphur, Nevada. All of the children were with the aged mother during her final sickness, but William Ruddell was called home by sickness in his own family shortly before her death. There are sixteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren in the family.
    Mrs. Ruddell was a woman of fine character, and a devoted wife and parent to her family. She had been a member of the Christian church since her childhood, and was an active Christian worker so long as her health would permit. The family have the sympathy of many friends in their loss.
    The funeral services were held at the home of her son, Emry Ruddell, yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. O. S. Cliffe and were largely attended. Burial took place at Hartley Cemetery.


    Unidentified newspaper
    (Died 03 January 1924)

    In the passing of Mrs. Parthenia Fees Ruddell, Lakeport lost another of her highly respected and esteemed citizens. Mrs. Ruddell had been ill since the day before Thanksgiving and death came as a relief to her suffering on Saturday afternoon.
    The deceased was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, October 14, 1838. In 1856 she was united in marriage to James Ruddell who passed away about five years ago. To this union were born four children, William Ruddell, Mrs. Jennie Duvivier, and Mrs. Minnie Lay all residents of Nevada and Emry Ruddell who resides in Lakeport.
    In 1864 Mr. and Mrs. Ruddell crossed the plains by ox team coming from Nevada where they remained until 1875 when they moved to Lake County where they have since made their home.
    When 14 years of age Mrs. Ruddell united with the Christian Church, and has since remained a faithful and devoted member.
    Besides her children she leaves to mourn her death three sisters, Sophie Main of Oklahoma, Jane Hazelwood of Lakeport and two brother[sic] Arthur Fees of Riverside, California and Charles Fees of Lower Lake. There are also sixteen grand children and twenty great grand children.
    The funeral service was conducted at the E. J. Ruddell home at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon with Rev. W. O. S. Cliffe officiating. Interment took place at Hartley cemetery.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox


    SCOTT, Ida A.


    Lake County Bee, January 7, 1925

    Death called Ida A. Scott of Upper Lake Monday night shortly before midnight, following an illness of the last two years. While her condition has been grave the past few days and the end was not unexpected, yet her death cast a gloom over the community in which she had resided for nearly forty years.
    Mrs. Scott was a native of Pennsylvania, born April 9, 1863. She was married forty years ago in her native state to A. N. Scott, who survives her. Prior to her marriage she taught school. About a year following her marriage, she came to California with her husband and with the exception of a short residence in Vacaville, resided in Bachelor Valley continuously these many years.
    Besides the bereaved husband, two daughters and six sons survive, Mrs. Alma Sleeper of Upper Lake, Mrs. Ruby Harmon of Bachelor Valley, Lloyd and Burly Scott, Westwood; Bruce, Zay, James and John, residents of Upper Lake.
    Mrs. Scott was a kind and loving mother and a devoted wife and her memory will be cherished by her many friends in the county who knew her and loved her. She was a woman of high ideals and words cannot express the sentiment of the community in which she lived in regard to her passing and much sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.
    The funeral services will be held at the family home tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, at 2:00 o'clock. Entombment is to be made at the Upper Lake Cememtery.

    Contributed by Kathi Alvey
    Lake County, CA Volunteer

    SHRIVER, Virginia Lewis


    Lake County Bee, April 9, 1948

    Virginia Lewis Shriver, 90 died Thursday, April 1, at Lake County General Hospital from burns received when her clothing caught fire in an accident at her home on March 25. The aged lady was regulating a wood stove when the fire ignited her clothing.
    Mrs. Shriver was a native of Santa Rosa where she was born on May 23, 1857, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byram Lewis. Her father was an early day minister of the Christian Church and made numerous trips to Lake county. His ministerings led him into homes in the mountains and these trips were frequently made on horseback. His daugher, Virginia, grew up in this christian atmosphere.
    She was united in marriage to George Shriver and the young couple went to San Benito county where they lived for 22 years. They then moved to Sonoma county and later to southern California where Shriver died in Inglewood in 1916. Mrs. Shriver and members of her family moved to Lakeport in 1921 and have since made their home here.
    The deceased had been making her home with her grandson, Geo. Shriver of Lakeport, prior to her death.
    Besides those previously mentioned, left to mourn her death are: her beloved daughter, Mrs. Maxwell M. Pyle of Nice; two nephews, Weaver Hand of Weldon, Calif. and Charles Hand of Roseville; two nieces, Ruby Bell of Bakersfield, and Edith Suhre of Richmond.
    Funeral services were held at the Kelseyville cemetery Saturday, April 3, at 10 a.m. Rev. E. W. McCash of the Lakeport Christian church conducted the last rites. Jones Mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements.

    Contributed by Revae

    SILVA, George Lee

    Services Pending for Serviceman

    Lake County Record-Bee, March 6, 1969

    Lance Corporal George L. Silva, USMC, died February 23, nine miles south of West Danang in Quangnem Province, Republic of Vietnam. He sustained a gunshot wound to the body from hostile rifle fire while on squad mission. Lance Cpl. Silva is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Silva Jr. of Nice. He was born June 11, 1948 and attended the Upper Lake schools, graduating from the Upper Lake High School in June 1966. He worked for the Bent Fir Screen firm in Nice for two years before enlisting in the Marines in January of 1968. He was due home the last of July. Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister Arleen, 13, of Nice; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Hayes, Upper Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Silva of Santa Cruz; and a great-grandmother, Mrs. Barbara Garcia of Santa Cruz. Following the completion of arrangements, a military service will be held here from the Jones Mortuary.

    Contributed by Kathie Marynik

    SLEEPER, Charles

    Clear Lake Press, April 10, 1902

    Charles Sleeper, eldest son of the late D. O. and Mary J. Sleeper, died at his home near Upperlake on Friday, April 4, of Bright's disease after a very brief illness. Mr. Sleeper was a native of California and spent the greater part of his life of 44 years in Lake county. He leaves to mourn his demise a widow and four children, three sons and a daughter. The PRESS extends heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

    SLEEPER, J. Mack

    Upper Lake Pioneer taken in death here

    Dispatch Democrat, Ukiah, California, 19 Mar. 1926

    J. Mack Sleeper, a resident of Upper Lake since 1863, died in the Langland hospital in this city last Sunday at the age of 85 years. He leaves five children. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Upper Lake and interment was in the cemetery at that place.

    Contributed by Rose Davidson

    SLEEPER, Lydia


    Santa Rosa Press Democret, June 12, 1961

    Mrs. Lydia Sleeper, the oldest member of the Pomo Indian tribe, died last night in a Lakeport rest home. Tribe member considered her 108 years old. Her actual age was estimated to be about 96. Mrs. Sleeper, Lake county's oldest resident, had lived on every Indian rancheria in the county during her long lifetime. None of her children are living but she is believed to have 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren in the Lake county area. She was the sister of William Graves, acknowledged chief of the Pomo tribe, who died last December.
    She was one of the few remaining "chanters" of the tribe and chanted the ancient rites at her brother's burial.
    Lakeport residents remember watching Mrs. Sleeper, as recently as 15 years ago, gathering tules from Clear Lake. She was considered one of the most skillful basket makers in the tribe. She escaped death many years ago when she was on Clear Lake in a storm with eight Pomo men, all of whom drowned. She was found, nearly dead, clinging to the boat. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dewell Rancheria near Upper Lake. Summerhill Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
    Pomo rites with chanters, possibly Jonathan Moore, Upper Lake and Clifford Salvador, Cache Creek, are expected for Mrs. Sleeper.

    SLEEPER, Ned

    Ned M. Sleeper of Pioneer Stock

    Lake County Record-Bee, October 16, 1969

    Funeral services were held October 9 from Jones Mortuary for Ned M. Sleeper, native of Upper Lake who died October 6 from a heart attack in the Veterans Hospital in Los Angeles where he had been for the past year.
    Ned was born in Upper Lake April 7, 1891 to his pioneer parents, Jerome Mack and Mary Evelene Sleeper, in the old family home. He was a veteran of W.W.I. a former member of Hartley Lodge in Lakeport and worked at the Abbott Mine for many years. After leaving Lake County in 1940, he made his home in Boron and worked for 20 years at the 20 Mule Team Borax Co. Mining and being a rock hound were his favorite hobbies.
    He was married to Mildred Lake, who preceeded him in death. The couple had one daughter, Patricia Sleeper Moorhead of Redwood City. He is survived by two grandchildren, Jaxon Christensen and John Moorhead of Redwood City and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the last of the Sleeper family of that generation.
    The Rev. Frank Bartleson officiated at the services and burial was in the Upper Lake Cemetery.

    Contributed by Rose Davidson

    SMITH, Emeline "Emma" L. (Carpenter)

    Unknown newspaper, 1937

    11 Feb 1859/1860 Berlin Tp., St. Clair Co., Michigan - 10 Mar 1937 Big Valley, California; daughter of John E. Carpenter and Sarah Ann Terry.
    Death Sunday took from Lakeport Mrs. Emma L. Smith, lovable and sweet mother of Mrs. Addie Cromwell of Big Valley. Mrs. Smith had been sick only a week, having been taken ill with the flu which later developed into pneumonia. She passed away at the home of her daughter, who nursed her mother with loving care and affection.
    The deceased was born in Berlin (township), Michigan Feb. 11, 1860 and was 77 years, 27 days of age. She was the last of a family of five children born to John and Sarah Carpenter.
    In 1882 she was married to Henry Canfield in Armada, Michigan, and five children were born to this union. Mr. Canfield passed away in 1896, and in 1903 she came to California with her family and mother. In 1904 she was married to E. Smith in Ukiah and the following year he died in Lakeport.
    Mrs. Smith had made her home in Lakeport since the death of her second husband. She was a loving soul, who always thought first of others before considering herself, and one who was very near said "Her passing was like the gentle flutter of a rose petal, which had finished its mission - all completed."
    She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mae Frame, of Lakeport; Mrs. Pearl Raymo, of Santa Rosa; John Canfield of Gainsville, Ohio; and Mrs. Addie Cromwell of Big Valley. Another daughter passed away a few years ago in the east. Three grandchildren and a great-grandchild also survive.
    The funeral will be held Wednesday at the Russell Funeral Home, Inc. with Rev. Gibson, of the Baptist Church, of which she was a member, officiating. Internment will be at Hartley Cemetery, beside her mother.

    SMITH, James Hartford

    Unknown newspaper, 1906

    Died at his home in Cobb Valley, Monday, January 2nd, James Hartford Smith, aged 78 years, 11 months and 2 days, father of Ham Smith of Lakeport.
    Mr. Smith was born in Pennsylvania, February 22, 1827, and spent his early life there and in Holmes County, Ohio. He journeyed to California in 1866 and settled in Solano County. Later he moved to Napa County, and in 1869 to Lake County, settling in Cobb Valley where he resided up to the time of his death. Here he was known for an industrious and worthy farmer and citizen, and raised very creditably a large family.
    The children surviving him are Nathan, Josiah, Mrs. Elmira Thorington, Hamilton Smith, Mrs. Louisa Tremble and two children Rodney and Edith, by his second wife.
    The funeral services were held at his late home on Wednesday, and the interment was made at Cobb Valley Cemetery.
    The passing of Mr. Smith to his final rest adds one more to the long list to Lake County Pioneers who have responded to death's call within the last two years.

    SMYTHE, Annis

    Lake County Bee, June 5, 1918


    Our community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Annis Smythe in Calistoga, May 29, 1918. She was a native of Missouri, age 66 years, 11 months and 12 days. The funeral was held in the Presbyterian Church in Middletown and interment in Middletown cemetery. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, F. H. Smythe, and nine children, Mrs. Frank Piner, F. H. Smythe Jr., Wilfred, Thomas A., Gladys M., Curtis M., William R., Eunice H., and Arthur Smythe; six grand-children and a host of friends and neighbors.
    Mrs. Smythe was one of those straightforward, honest pioneer women of which California is so proud. Her death is a loss to the county, indeed. She was good-good, clean through, and to know her was to love her well.

    We miss thee from our home, dear;
    We miss thee from thy place,
    A shadow o'er our life is cast;
    We miss the sunshine of thy face.
    We miss thy kind and willing hand.
    Thy fond and earnest care;
    Our home is dark without thee;
    We miss thee everywhere.

    Contributed by Susan Barcomb

    SMYTHE, Frank, Jr.

    Lake County Bee, June 16, 1926, Middletown


    Frank Smythe died after a short illness at Livermore on Thursday at the age of 52 years, 4 months and 21 days. He was the eldest son of the late Frank H. and Annis Smythe and passed his childhood days here. He was married to Miss Fannie Snow over twenty-five years ago and to this union were born Mrs. Hazel Culin, Misses Marie and Alta Smythe.
    Funeral services were conducted at Middletown cemetery, Rev. George Whiteman officiating. The choir rendered several vocal selections. The floral pieces were many and beautiful. The community extends to the bereaved relatives their deepest sympathy in the loss of a loving father and brother.

    Contributed by Susan Barcomb

    SMYTHE, James L.

    Unknown newspaper

    Jas. L. Smythe, County Assessor, died last Saturday at 1 o'clock. His death was not unexpected, as he has been suffering for many years past with that dreaded enemy of the human race, consumption, and for many months past has been failing fast, and his friends knew that his stay on earth was limited. Mr. Smythe was about 37 years of age. He has made an excellent Assessor, an office he has held for two years, and still had two years to serve. He leaves a wife and three or four small children to mourn his loss.
    The funeral took place on Sunday last from his farm some 7 miles from town, under the auspices of Hartley Lodge No. 199, F. and A. M., he being a member of the Masonic Lodge of Lower Lake. The procession from the house was a very large one, and at the grave many more were assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased.

    Contributed by Susan Barcomb

    STARKEY, Annie L.


    From an unidentified paper, believed to the Lake County Bee. [Annie Lee Young Starkey died 13 August 1946]

    Mrs. William H. Starkey, a member of a pioneer county family and native of Lake county, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, at he Franklin Hospital in San Francisco. She was taken to the hospital following a fall on July 18, in which she suffered a broken right hip. Mrs. Starkey was just recovering from a fall which occurred one year ago in which her left hip had been broken.
    An operation was performed at the Franklin Hospital after her last fall, and despite her eighty years, Mrs. Starkey seemed to be recovering. Mrs. Betty Peterson, her sister, who was with her from the time she entered the hospital, stated that the demise came suddenly, following an unexpected relapse.
    Born Miss Annie Lee Young on January 4, 1866, she married Wm. H. Starkey on October 22, 1883. Mr. Starkey passed away in Lakeport July 15, three days before Mrs. Starkey suffered her second and fatal accident. The deceased was staying with her daughter, Lila McCormick, previous to her confinement in the hospital.
    In addition to her sister, Mrs. Peterson and her daughter, Lila, Mrs. Starkey is survived by two sons, Harold and Clarence of Arcata, and two other sisters, Mrs. Alma Varner, of Newhall, and Eula Umphred, of Oakland. Six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 this morning at the Jones Mortuary, Lakeport. Entombment will follow at the Hartley Cemetery.
    Deep sympathy is extended to the survivors by the many Lake county residents who were acquainted with the deceased during her long and useful life and knew of her benevolences.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox, a great-granddaughter

    STARKEY, Clarence

    Lake County Bee

    Inurment services under auspices of Hartley Lodge No. 199, F. & A. M., will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hartley Cemetery for Clarence LeRoy Starkey, well-known Lakeport resident, who passed away in Eureka on Tuesday.
    Starkey was born August 13, 1879 in California where he followed the jeweler's trade for 50 years.
    Surviving are his wife Lillian, Lakeport; son C. L. Starkey, Jr., Arcata; daughters, Mrs. LaVerne Edson, Eureka, Mrs. Ruth Travis, Fortuna, and Mrs. Dixie Lee Haas, San Mateo, and his brother, Harold Starkey, Lakeport.
    Funeral services were held Wednesday in Eureka, followed by cremation.
    Jones Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.


    The Arcata Union, Feb. 10, 1967

    Private services were held at Sanders Funeral Home in Eureka Wednesday morning for Clarence (Buck) LeRoy Starkey of Lakeport, who died Tuesday.
    Starkey, 78, was a jeweler in Arcata for more than 50 years. He lived in Lakeport.
    An ardent hunter and a gun specialist, Starkey is survived by his wife, Lillian, of Lakeport, a son, C. LeRoy Starkey of Arcata, daughters Mrs. LaVerne Edson of Eureka, Mrs. Ruth Travis, Fortuna and Mrs. Dixie Lee Haas of San Mateo, and a brother, Harold Starkey of Lakeport.
    He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox

    STARKEY, Harold C.

    Lake County Record-Bee, page A-3, January 11, 1968

    Harold Clinton Starkey, Sr., who passed away in a local hospital Jan. 3, was a native of Lakeport, born Sept. 16, 1891 and descendant of several Lake county pioneer families.
    Following a 30-year career in the dairy industry in Arcata, Humboldt county, he returned to Lakeport for his retirement.
    Surviving are his wife, Sophia, Lakeport; a daughter, Alberta Langdon, Napa; a son, Harold, Eureka, two grandchildren and one great grandchild, as well as an aunt and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Clarence Starkey, Lakeport.
    Funeral services were conducted Jan. 5 from Jones Mortuary with Rev. Edward Pollard of the First Christian Church, of which Mr. Starkey was a member officiating. Interment followed in Hartley Cemetery.

    Believed to be from The Arcata Union


    Services for Harold C. Starkey, 76, former resident of Arcata who retired and moved to Lakeport about 15 years ago, were held January 4 in Lakeport, with interment at Hartley cemetery.
    Survivors include his wife, Sophie, of Lakeport; a son, Harold C. Starkey of Arcata; a daughter, Alberta Langdon of Napa; and a nephew, C. LeRoy Starkey of Arcata.
    Starkey lived in Arcata for many years and worked at the Golden State Creamery in charge of the butter department. He was a well-known fisherman, having invented the Starkey Spinner, for which he obtained a patent.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox, his granddaughter

    STARKEY, William H.


    Paper and date not identified; believed to be from the Lake County Bee

    William H. Starkey, who celebrated his 91st birthday last March 8th, passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lila McCormick, south of Lakeport, Monday morning. Despite his advanced age, Mr. Starkey was active until four or five years ago when his health started to fail.
    Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. from the Jones Mortuary, followed by interment at Hartley Cemetery.
    William Henry Starkey was a native of Illinois, born March 8, 1855. When a lad of seventeen he left home and crossed the country, coming to Lake county in 1872. Here he continued to make his home. He engaged in farming and after acquiring land of his own, he devoted his time to fruit growing.
    On October 22, 1883, he took as his bridge Miss Annie Lee Young, a member of a pioneer county family and a native of Lake county. To this union three children were born.
    Mr. Starkey was an upright and just man, a devoted husband and father and held in highest respect by all.
    Besides his bereaved widow, his daughter and tow sons, Clarence and Harold Starkey of Arcata survive. Also surviving are six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    The many friends of the Starkey family extend sincere sympathy to the survivors.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox, a great-granddaughter

    STEVENS, Mary A.

    Lake County Bee, October 24, 1912


    Following in rapid succession upon the death of John H. Stevens, her son, Henry Dorr, father of her son-in-law, and Daniel McLean, her brother, the death last Thursday of Mrs. John D. Stevens of Scotts Valley, came as the fourth in her family in a period of a few weeks.
    Mrs. Stevens passed away shortly after 10 o'clock Thursday night, her death being attributed to intestinal trouble aggravated by sorrow over the passing of her loved ones. The funeral service was held at the family home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock after which the body was taken to Hartley Cemetery for interment.
    Mrs. Stevens passed away at the age of sixty-five years. She was a native of Nova Scotia, but had lived in Lake county since the age of twelve, having crossed the plains with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Donald McLean, by caravan at that time they settled at Upper Lake. At the age of nineteen she married to John D. Stevens, also of Upper Lake, and the couple moved to what is now the Stevens ranch in Scotts Valley, residing there continuously since.
    The deceased is survived by her husband, John D. Stevens, three daughters, Mrs. J.J. Manlove, of Montana, Miss Jessie Stevens and Mrs. Edwin Dorr of Scotts Valley, and three sisters, Mrs. Christina Tinker of Lakeport, Mrs. J.A. Houston of Selma, and Mrs. Catherine Bray of San Francisco. Mrs. Stevens was a good woman, a devoted wife and mother and one who made friends of all of her acquaintances. Her death is deeply regretted by the community in general as well as by her bereaved relatives.

    Submitted by Melanie Daniels


    TALLMAN, Claude Adelbert

    Lake County Bee, June 28, 1940


    Funeral services for Claude Adelbert Tallman, who died at his home in Upper Lake Wednesday night, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, from the Upper Lake Community church, the Russell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Entombment will follow at the Upper Lake Cemetery.

    Mr. Tallman had been ill since March and recently suffered a stroke which resulted in his death.
    A native of Upper Lake, he was one of thirteen children born to the late Rufus and Mary Ellen Moore Tallman, oldtime and respected residents of the Upper Lake section. He was born May 26, 1885.
    He spent his entire life in Upper Lake and assisted his sister and husband in the operation of the Riffe Hotel. He was musically inclined and with his wife and son conducted a dance orchestra that played for many social activities throughout the county years ago.
    His devoted wife was the former Leta Steckter, niece of Sheriff Steckter of Napa county. They were married November 11, 1908 in Upper Lake.
    Tallman possessed a cheerful disposition and made many friends. He was more familiarly known to his friends as "Cleve".
    Besides his grief stricken wife, he leaves a son, Floyd, of Upper Lake, a sister, Mrs. Winnie Riffe of Upper Lake, two brothers, Lilburn of Upper Lake and Harry of Kelseyville, and two grandchildren, Floyd and Barbara.
    Deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved family by a host of friends.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    TALLMAN, George T.

    (died February 16, 1937)

    Lake County Bee, February 18, 1937


    Member of Well Known Family Had Spent Life Time In County

    George Thomas Tallman, lifetime resident of Upper Lake, passed away Tuesday morning after being ill for some time. He spent the larger part of his life farming and for the last few years had lived in retirement. The deceased was born in Upper Lake March 23, 1870, making his age 67 years. Those surviving him are sister Mrs. H. H. Riffe of Upper Lake, brother Harry of Kelseyville, brother Lilburn and brother Cleve of Upper Lake, daughter Mrs Clarence King of Courtland, four grandchildren Dorothy, Darrell and George Tallman and Martin George King.
    Funeral tomorrow. Rev. Donald Castlen will have charge of the funeral services tomorrow afternoon Friday at 2:30 in the Upper Lake Church with interment at the cemetery under direction of the Russell Funeral Home, Inc. Family members have the sincere deep sympathy of numerous friends. Mr. Tallman was a respected citizen of the community and his passing is deeply regretted.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    TALLMAN, Lucy E.

    (died October 30, 1937)

    Lake County Bee, November 4, 1937


    The Upper Lake community was saddened this week by the sudden illness and passing of Mrs. Lucy Ellen Tallman who had spent her life in Upper Lake where she was born and reared. Death occurred on Sunday. Mrs. Tallman became ill Wednesday after returning from the funeral rites at Upper Lake cemetery which were held for Mr. Taylor Day. Her condition was serious, she having suffered a stroke. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Johnson, a pioneer family of Upper Lake, she was born January 9, 1877. She married Warren H. Phelps and following his death married Walter Tallman. He also preceded his wife in death Nov 9, 1935.
    Two daughters of the first marriage Mrs. Lena Lyon and Mrs. Mina Crowell, both of Upper Lake, sister Mrs. Sabra Spurgeon a schoolteacher in Sacramento, five grandchildren Donald & Rolland Crowell and Russell, Ramona and Raymond Lyon of Upper Lake. Sister Mrs. Anna Mosier passed away July 13, 1936. Brother Will Johnson passed away May 4 this year and sister Mrs. Rebecca Motherall of Yuba county passed away in recent weeks.
    Mrs. Tallman was a kindly mother & was highly regarded by all who knew her. Her passing is sadly regretted by numerous friends. Deep sympathy is extended the grieved daughters & other relatives. Funeral services conducted by Russell Funeral Home, Inc., were held in the Community Church at Upper Lake on Tuesday afternoon with Rev Don Castlon officiating. Interment followed at Upper Lake Cemetery with remains laid beside those of her sister Mrs. Moshier.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    TALLMAN, Mary Ellen

    Clear Lake Press, September 28, 1912


    Following is a more extended account of the life of Mrs. Mary Ellen Tallman, whose passing away at her home in Upper Lake on September 14th was briefly noted in the PRESS of that date. Time-long suffering from asthma and heart disease brought on her demise. Her remains were interred in Upper Lake cemetery on September 16th.
    Mrs. Tallman's maiden name was Moore, and she was born in Missouri December 24, 1845, making her age at death 67 years, 9 months and 20 days. In common with so many of the older generation of Lake county residents, the departed woman was one of the sturdy, heroic pioneer families, coming to what is now Lake county with her parents when she was a mere child.
    On September 1, 1861, Miss Moore was married to Rufus Calvin Tallman. Thirteen children were born to the couple during their long and happy wedded life. Her husband preceded Mrs. Tallman to the Great Beyond about eight years ago. Nine of the children survive to mourn the loss of their loved mother. These are Grace Norton of West Berkeley, William W., Thomas, Walter, Cleve, Harry and Lill Tallman, Mrs. George L. Twiggs, Mrs. Winnie Riffe, all of Lake county. All other surviving relatives of Mrs. Tallman are residents of Texas.
    Mrs. Tallman had been a member of the Baptist church for many years up to her death, and during her almost life-long and continuous residence in Lake county had made many friends by her qualities. These join with the children, raised by a mother's care to a creditable maturity, in mourning for the loss of a loved and respected woman.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    TAYLOR, Diar Talley

    Lake County Bee, November 24, 1893

    TAYLOR - In Bachelor Valley, Lake Co., Cal., Thursday Nov 16, 1893.

    Rev. D. T. Taylor, aged 63 years, 10 months and 9 days.

    Rev. Taylor was born in Missouri Dec 27, 1829, and came to this coast by ox team in 1850. He attended school in Healdsburg for some time and then engaged in farming. His present place was taken up by him in 1869 where he has resided ever since. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1863 and has preached more or less ever since. He was married in 1861. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Sanford.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    TAYLOR, Susan C. Jones

    (died May 1, 1902)

    Clear Lake Press, May 3, 1902

    Mrs. D. T. Taylor died at the home of her son, Geo. N. Taylor, on Thursday and was buried at Upperlake cemetery on Friday.

    Contributed by Pat Bird

    TAYLOR, William Alexander


    Funeral Held Thursday at Upper Lake Community Church; Was Native of County

    Lake County Bee, August 29, 1941

    William Alexander Taylor passed away early Tuesday morning after a long and painful illness. The deceased had been in ill health for some time before submitting to a major operation in February from which he never recovered.
    William A. Taylor, familiarly known as "Bill" was born December 15, 1864 at Upper Lake to Henry and Frances Taylor. His entire life was spent in that vicinity, where he engaged in stock raising and farming, and created a host of lasting friendships.
    Three sisters, Ona, Susie and Tina; a brother, Logie; a son, Geo. and his wife, Olive Denison Taylor, preceded him in death by several years.
    He leaves to mourn their loss two sons, Gerald A. of Upper Lake and his half brother, Clarence C. of Sacramento; a sister, Mrs. Harriett Porter and three grandchildren, Mrs. Inez Polk, little Miss Barbara Jean Taylor of Upper Lake and Mrs. Allan Whitehurst of Newman.
    Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 2 P. M. at the Upper Lake Community church with Rev. Brunswick officiating.
    Interment was in the Upper Lake cemetery with the Russell Funeral Home in charge.

    THOMPSON, Francis M.


    Unknown paper, Lakeport, California, July 19, 1916

    Last Thursday evening Francis M. Thompson a miner who was employed in the Middletown section up until about two months ago when he was brought to the county hospital, died after a lingering illness. He was native of Kentucky; his antecedents are unknown. The burial took place in Hartley Cemetery Friday, under the auspices of the Lakeport Undertaking Parlors.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    THOMPSON, Major Jas. T.

    The Clear Lake Courier, November 6, 1869


    At San diego on the 11th ult., after a short illness, Major Jas. T. Thompson, of Lake county, aged 59 years.
    Major Thompson was born in Kentucky, immigrated to Missouri and thence to California in 1849. If our memory is not a fault Major Thompson represented Contra Costa county in the Assembly in 1853-4. Maj. Thompson was a most estimable citizen, a Christian and a man of more than ordinary menial culture; and in his death Lake county has lost one of her best citizens. He was the friend of the poor man and his hand was ever open to supply the wants of the needy and distressed. He leaves a wife and children, and many personal friends in Lake county to mourn his loss.

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, a great great great-granddaughter.

    THOMPSON, Louise

    Lake County Avalanche, July 21, 1892


    In Big Valley, Lake County, Cal., at the home of her son, W. N. Thompson, Mrs. Louise Thompson, aged 80 years and 9 months.
    Mrs. Thompson came to California from her native state, Missouri, in 1850, and resided with her husband near Vacaville till 1854, when they came to Lake county. Her husband, Major Thompson, died about 23 years ago. She was a Christian from her childhood, exemplary, quiet, kind and faithful to every duty, seeking always the good of others and never murmering at the ills of life. After four score years, like a golden sheaf, ripened for the harvest, she has been gathered home.

    [This is Louisa (Clay) Thompson]

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, a great great great-granddaughter.

    THOMPSON, William Neville

    Lake County Bee, July 15, 1909

    William Neville Thompson died last Sunday, July 11th, at noon at his home in Big Valley.
    Mr. Thompson was a native of Missouri, born in 1847, and 62 years, 5 months and 7 days old at the time of his death. In 1849 his parents brought him across the plains, and he spent his boyhood days in Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Solano counties. He came to Lake county while it was still a part of Napa and has lived here ever since.
    In 1869 Mr. Thompson was married to Tenitia Evelyn Day, who survives him. He leaves four children also, Glen, Curtis and Quint Thompson and Mrs. F. E. Watkins.
    Mr. Thompson was a successful farmer and business man. He made a specialty of growing fine stock and always had a feeling of pride in his work, and in keeping his affairs in good order.
    He was a faithful member of the Christian church, always maintained the esteem of his fellow citizens, and the full love of those who were near to him.
    The funeral was held yesterday at the Christian church, the body being buried in Hartley cemetery.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox

    TINKER, Alden A.


    Lake County Bee, Thurs., 5 Dec. 1918
    A. A. Tinker, Old Time Printer and Once Editor of The Bee Passes Over Great Divide

    Alden A. Tinker, for many years a resident of Lakeport and a printer by trade and occupation, passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. George W. Kiblinger, near Upper Lake, Tuesday, December 3, 1918, after a lingering illness lasting many months, at the ripe age of 61 years, 6 months and 3 days.
    Mr. Tinker was a native of the Bay State and came West while yet a young man, living at Salt Lake City and in Nevada before coming to Lakeport.
    On October 9, 1886 he married Miss Christina McLean, and to this union were born two children, Lillie B. and Joseph A. Tinker, who with the widow still survive.
    Most of the years Mr. Tinker spent in Lakeport he was connected with the newspapers in some capacity and for a while was editor of The Bee. He was a quiet unassuming man and made many warm friends. To know Alden A. Tinker was to love him, and many there are who will regret his passing.
    The funeral was held today and interment was made in Upper Lake Cemetery.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    TINKER, Ann C.

    Clear Lake Press, 7 Oct. 1905

    Died, near Upper Lake, Sept. 30, 1905, Ann C. Tinker, aged 74 years, 8 months and 23 days. Ann C. Cole was born in Parris, Maine, Jan. 7, 1831. Was married to J. A. Tinker in 1855, who preceded her to the spirit land about 7 years ago. She left surviving her a son, A. A. Tinker, foreman of the Bee, and daughter, Mrs. Nettie Krumpacker. Mrs. Tinker early in life made a profession of religion and joined the old school Baptist church. She remained a consistent Christian until death. A good woman has gone to her rest. Her funeral was conducted by Elders J. J. Bruton and Levi McCash on Oct. 2, from her home and the burial took place at Upper Lake cemetery.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    TINKER, Christina


    Lake County Bee, Thurs., 8 Jan. 1920

    Death claimed another of Lakeport's excellent women when Mrs. Christina Tinker passed away at her home in North Lakeport Friday night, Jan. 2, 1920, at 10:30 o'clock, after an illness lasting several weeks. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the local Christian church, Rev. Elbert Holland of Ukiah officiating. Interment was made in Upper Lake cemetery in the family plot.
    Christina McLean was a native of Pictou county, Nova Scotia. With her parents she came to California while still quite young, the family settling on a ranch aboe Upper Lake.
    On October , 1886, she was married in Lakeport to Alden A. Tinker, who died December 3, 1918. To this union were born two children - Joseph A. Tinker of San Jose, and Lillie B. Tinker of Lakeport, both of whom were with their mother when the end came. Miss Lillie had cared for her mother during the whole of the latter's illness.
    Mrs. Tinker was one of seven sisters and two brothers, only two of whom survive --Mrs. Catherine Bray of Los Molinos, Tehama County, and Mrs. J. A. Houston, of Mott.
    Mrs. Tinker was a member of Clear Lake Chapter, No 137, O. E. S. and of the Christian church, and lived a life in accord with teachings of both organizations. She had many warm friends here and at Upper Lake, where she was so well known. She was a kind and indulgent mother, a good friend and neighbor and a woman who stood high in the community.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    TINKER, Joseph A.


    Lake County Bee, Thurs., 29 Dec. 1898

    Joseph A. Tinker died at his home near Upper Lake, Sunday, December 25th, 1898, aged 67 years, 6 months and 11 days. He was born in Maine but came west while a young man, living in California and Nevada. In 1882 he brought his family to Lake county and settled near Upperlake, residing there until his death. A widow and two children, Mrs. T. Crumpacker and A. A. Tinker, survive him.
    The funeral was held at his late residence under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, of which he was an honored member and Past Master. The remains were buried in the Upperlake cemetery in the presence of a very large number of friends.
    Mr. Tinker was a kind husband and father, a devoted friend and a public spirited citizen. His kind word and cheerful smile will long be missed.

    Clear Lake Press, Thursday, 29 December 1898

    Died-On Christmas Day at his home near Upper Lake Joseph A. Tinker in the sixty-eighth year of his age, His interment, with Masonic honors, took place at the Upper Lake cemetery at 2 o'clock P. M. Tuesday

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    TOMBS, Jennie

    Sonoma County Tribune, November 23, 1893

    On Saturday, November 18th, Mrs. Jennie Tombs, wife of W.L. Tombs, died. Mrs. Tombs (nee Jennie Sacrey) was born in Ray Co., Mo., Aug. 29, 1845 and with her parents came to Ca. in 1852, to Sonoma Co. in 1853.
    Jennie married W.L. Tombs, October 15, 1866, in Healdsburg, at the home of her father, G.M. Sacrey, now residing in Lake Co. Her brothers are Charles and Arthur Sacrey, now of Middletown, Lake co. John and Henry Taylor of Santa Rosa are uncles of the deceased. Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Nellie, to mourn. Her disease was pneumonia, which attacked her at her mountain home, some 30 miles from Healdsburg. She was brought to town and placed in the loving care of relatives at the home of J.S. Mason, where she died.
    Some years ago, a son was born to her, the child sickened and from their Mountain home they started for Healdsburg and medical treatment. Just after passing Skagg's Springs, the child died in it's mother's arms.

    TURNER, Hiram E.


    Lake County Bee, July 31, 1918

    Hiram E. Turner passed away at 3 o'clock Friday morning, July 26, and was laid to rest in the Middletown Cemetery Friday at 3 o'clock a.m. Rev. Geo. Fisher conducting the services.
    Mr. Turner was born in Augusta, Maine, May 1833, being 85 years, 2 months and 14 days old, at the time of his death. He was married to Helen Vrelanif at Gardner, Kansas, Nov. 17, 1861. They made their home at Lawrence, Kansas, where three children were born to them; Murtie Alda, Edward H. and Ella Louise Turner, two of whom survive him. He served four years in the Civil War, first as a private in Company H 12th Regiment, Kansas Volunteers, then as 1st lieutenant, Company K, 15th Kansas Volunteer Calvary. He wife passed away on December 7, 1895.
    Mr. Turner came to California in November 1911, and to Middletown June 1912, where he has since resided. He was a brave soldier and a kind and loving husband and father. He made many friends here in Middletown, who deeply sympathize with his children in their sorrow.
    He leaves to mourn his loss, besides his two children, Mrs. E.H. Turner of of Redonda and Mrs. F. E. Fly of Klamath Falls; his granddaughter Mrs M. Madson, who with the former was with Mr. Turner up to a few weeks before his death.

    Contributed by Jim Raviscioni


    UTTING, Alfred A. Ar.

    Lower Lake Bulletin, July 6, 1879

    Died at Witter Springs last Monday, Alfred A. Ar. Utting, founder of the Lakeport "Democrat", age 30, a native of England. He leaves a wife and several children; also his father, who resides at Yountville.


    WAITE, Waters N.


    Unnamed Cloverdale Newspaper, 1901

    The funeral of W.N. Waite took place from the depot at this place Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended by his many friends who had learned to admire the deceased during his long years of residence in this place. The funeral was under the auspices of the A.O.U.W. lodge. The services at the grave being conducted by Past Master W.D. Sink and the Rev. W.A. Lindsey.
    W. N. Waite was born in the state of Vermont and early in life started out for himself. He joined the tide of immigration westward and on arriving in California located at LaPorte, Plumas County. Here he successfully engaged in mining for some years. Leaving LaPorte he located a few miles below town sometime about 1868. He was a blacksmith by trade and conducted a shop on the county road near the Markell ranch. Some years after he moved to town, purchasing the property opposite Union Hall where he continued to work at his trade. About fifteen years ago with his family he moved to Gravelly Valley, Lake County, at which place he died last Sunday afternoon at the age of sixty-eight years.
    Mr. Waite was a very energetic man and his early mining experiences still lingered with him. The Klondike excitement therefore found him among the first to brave the hardships of the country in search of wealth. He remained there for almost three years and only returned home about a month ago. He is survived by a widow and two children, Mrs. Parthenia M. Hunter and George Waite.

    Ukiah Republican Press, October 25, 1901

    Walter N. Wait, an old resident of Gravelly Valley, died at his home in that place Monday last. He was aged 68 years, and the remains were taken to Cloverdale for interment. The deceased had a large circle of acquaintances and his death is greatly regretted.

    Contributed by Sue Waite-Langley, Addison Co., VT GenWeb

    WELTY, Mary A.

    Clear Lake Press, February 19, 1892


    At the home of her son, L. A. Welty, in Scotts Valley, Lake county, Ca. at 7 o;clock a.m. Feb. 16th 1892, Mrs. Mary A. Welty, wife of Jacob Welty, aged 87 years.


    Mrs. M. A. Welty was born in Tennessee, Dec. 28, 1805. Her maiden name was Keaster. She, with her parents, moved to the territory of Illinois when a child, was married to Jacob Welty in December, 1821, in her 16th year, in what is now Marion county, Ill., and crossing the plains, accompanied by their son, Madison, and family, A. W. DeWitt, the Connells and Stocktons, all well known Californians now.
    For 4 years they lived with their son, James Welty, in Yolo county, 2 miles below Washington. They came to Lake county in the spring of 1863 and soon after settled on what is now known as the Ridgeway place, 1 mile south of Lakeport. From that time on they were known as Grandpap and Grandma Welty. Grandma Welty had few advantages in childhood and youth, but was a remarkable woman in many respects. She was a woman of strong common sense, a sound body and unasumming faith in the Christian religion, besides she and her husband were ever the friend of the orphan. They, in addition to raising a large family of children of their own, raised and educated 5 orphan children and gave them a start in life. For 70 years she and her husband walked hand in hand in the married state. She died in the triumphs of the Christian faith, Feb. 16, 1892, at the age of 87 years, leaving her husband, almost 92 years old, several children and numerous grand and great grand children. L. A. Welty, at whose home she died, is her youngest child, a veteran of the late war and one of our most respected citizens.
    Early in life Mrs. Welty made a profession of religion and joined the Baptist church and lived 3 score or more years in that faith, the life of a consistent Christian. She had the confidence of all her neighbors. Her funeral took place from the home of her son, Feb. 17th, attended by a large number of friends and neighbors. May her body rest in peace and her resurrection be glorious, is the wish and prayer of A Friend.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

    WERNSE, Mrs. L. A.

    Lake County Record-Bee, November 5, 1970

    Upper Lake-Mrs. Lena Alley Wernse died in her sleep at her home in Sacramento, Thursday night. Mrs. Wernse was born in Upper Lake on February 12, 1895, to well known early settlers in the Middle Creek area, Sam and Pheba Alley, and was one of 10 children. Mrs. Wernse had lived in San Francisco most of her adult life and had moved to Sacramento three years ago to be close to her sisters.
    Mrs. Wernse is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Clara Reed of Sacramento, Mrs. George Turnbull of Lakeport and Mrs. Silvia Haycock of Upper Lake and a brother Leonard Alley of Upper Lake and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Eastern Star services and cremation will be held in Sacramento and burial will be in the Upper Lake Cemetery family plot on Thursday with Jones Mortuary in charge.

    Contributed by Barbara J. Morehead

    (From a Great-niece) "The family always called her “Jack”. I can’t remember my mother saying anything but Aunt Jack.

    WHEELER, Melvin

    The Clear Lake Press, October 10, 1908

    Melvin, the young son of Mrs. and Mrs. A. O. Wheeler, died at Upper Lake last Saturday, from the effects of typhoid fever. The funeral was held on Sunday. The sincere sympathy of the many friends of the Wheeler family goes out to them in the loss of this one of their loved children.

    WILLIAMS, Glen Anthony

    Lake County Bee, October 1, 1908

    Glen Anthony Williams died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Williams, last Tuesday night, Sept. 29. His death was due to diabetes, with which he has been afflicted for two or three years. He made a hard fight against the disease, alternately losing and gaining, but gradually failing, until Monday night, when he seemed to collapse. He quickly sank into a stupor and remained unconscious most of the time after that until the end.
    Glen was a native of Lakeport and would have been 20 years old next February. He was a bright lad and ambitious, too, kind and thotful, clean and honest, and a general favorite with old and young.
    He was a graduate of Lakeport grammar school, and tho he was greatly hindered in his work at high school, by ill health, he graduated from that institution last June with an excellent record. It was his ambition to go on to the University and take up the study of law, a profession for which he was well fitted.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, at Somerset Hall, and the burial will be at Kelseyville cemetery, where a brother and sister are buried.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    WILLIAMS, Howard Piner

    Lake County Bee, December 17, 1936

    Nephew Of Fred Williams Stricken At Cazadero - Funeral Here Tuesday

    Many oldtime residents will keenly regret the passing of Howard Piner Williams, a native of Lake county and a nephew of Fred Williams of Lakeport, who died suddenly at his summer home at Cazadero on Saturday. He was found on the floor in a helpless critical condition by neighbors. All efforts to revive him failed and death ensued.
    Mr. Williams formerly engaged in the catering business in San Francisco with his wife. He became afflicted with a chronic kidney ailment and several years ago suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he partially recovered. Mrs. Williams passed away about three years ago, which forced his retirement from business. Since that time he had been dividing his residence between San Francisco and his Cazadero home.
    Howard Williams was the only son of the late David Williams, early day resident of this community, and who served for a number of years as county treasurer of Lake. Later, he was employed for some years as a cashier of the former Farmers' Savings Bank.
    David Williams was married in Lake county in 1876 to Miss Mary E. Piner, daughter of Charles A. Piner of Kelseyville. A daughter, Angelina, passed away many years ago. Mrs. Williams was an aunt of Will Piner of Lakeport and George Piner of Kelseyville. David Williams was a brother of Fred Williams of Lakeport.
    Fred Williams, former aged city here, was greatly attached to his nephew, from who he had received a communication only last week, following a visit of two months spent with him at Cazadero and from which he had only recently returned.
    Following the communication of the death here, Fred Williams accompanied Archie Russell, local undertaker, to Cazadero late Saturday night. The body was brought here for the funeral rites which were held on Tuesday afternoon from Russell Funeral Home, Inc., at two o'clock. Interment took place in Kelseyville where the remains were laid to rest beside those of his devoted wife.
    The death of Mr. Williams, whose age was 57, marks the passing of another native son of Lakeport. He was always highly regarded by his business associates in San Francisco and his Lake county friends.
    Deep sympathy is extended to Fred Williams in his sadness.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    WILLIAMS, Mary E.


    Lake County Bee, December 15, 1926

    In the death of Mrs. Mary E. Williams, which occurred Sunday in San Francisco, Lake county lost another of its respected pioneer women. A member of the Piner family, who were early day residents of Big Valley, and widow of David Williams, county treasurer from 1878 until 1884. Mrs. Williams was identified with much of the history of this section. Mrs. Williams left Lakeport after the death of her husband in 1915, and made her home with her son Howard Williams in San Francisco. She never fully recovered from a stroke of paralysis suffered a year and a half ago. She was nearly 71 years of age.
    Mrs. Williams was a daughter of the late Charles A. and Sarah Piner. The former came to California in 1840, as a youth of 22 years with his parents. Mr. Piner located in Lake county in 1861. Mrs. Williams was born in Sonoma county January 20, 1856. Her surviving sisters and brothers are Mrs. Rose Norton, wife of Frank Norton, Kelseyville; Mrs. W. L. Rideout, Pine Knot, San Bernardino county; John Piner, Napa. Other members of the family, since passed away, who were well known in Lake county, were Charles S. Piner of Calistoga; George W. Piner, father of Mrs. W. H. Adams of Lakeport; Mrs. Jane Renfro, Mrs. Robison. Mrs. Williams is survived by two children, Veda, wife of F. H. Rhodes, who is city manager of San Diego; and Howard Williams of San Francisco, both of whom are here for the funeral, the latter being also accompanied by his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Williams lost three children by death, Glenn, Edwin and Lina.
    Mrs. Williams was a woman of exemplary character and a loving wife and mother. The family have the deep sympathy of a host of friends in their loss. She was a member and Past Matron of Clear Lake Chapter of Eastern Star, which organization will conduct the ritualistic service at Hartley Cemetery this afternoon. The funeral service will be held at the Christian Church at 1:30 o'clock.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    WILLIAMS, Minnie


    Lake County Bee, July 25, 1934

    Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Church yesterday morning at 10 o'clock for Mrs. Minnie Williams, wife of Howard Williams, former well known Lakeport citizen, who passed away in a San Francisco Hospital on Saturday following a brief illness.
    While enjoying a vacation with her husband in a summer cottage on the Russian River near Guerneville, Mrs. Williams was stricken seriously ill. She was taken to the hospital in San Francisco where it was learned she was suffering from an exploded appendix. An operation was performed but it was too late to save her life.
    Mrs. Williams was a native of County Cork, Ireland, and was 54 years of age. There were no children.
    Howard Williams, who is in the catering business in the city, is a nephew of Fred Williams and a son of the late David Williams, for many years an employee of the Bank of Lake. He has not been in robust health for several years and his wife had been a very active assistant in his business.
    Following funeral services of Mrs. Williams, which were largely attended by many old time friends her of the family, interment was made at the Kelseyville Cemetery in the Williams family plot.
    Friends of Howard Williams here offer deep sympathy in his hour of sorrow and loss of a kind and loving mate.

    Contributed by Betty Helf, RAGOK Volunteer

    WILLIAMS, Richard

    The Lower Lake Bulletin, July 8, 1882

    The funeral of Richard Williams, who died in Harbin Springs in Lake County, took place today in San Francisco, in his 49th year. A native of Wales, born 23 January 1834. He came to California in 1851 near Camptonville, Yuba Co. He purchased Harbin Springs in 1867. In September 1859 he married Miss Mary Jones, a native of Wales, also. They had 3 children. She died in 18656. In 1872 he married Mrs. Anna Patton and they had a son, Richard, born in 1875.

    WILSON, Radford G.


    Lake County Bee, January 4, 1928

    Another pioneer of California and Lake county, Radford Greenwood Wilson, for 41 years a resident of Bachelor Valley, crossed the great Divide Thursday, his death following an illness of but 10 days. Mr. Wilson, who had passed his 87th birthday in July of last year, passed away at his home at 1212 Blake street, Berkeley, about 5:00 o'clock that afternoon. Funeral services were held at his home, and internment was at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland.

    Crossed Plains in Covered Wagon

    Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 2, 1840, Radford Wilson lived through the stirring times of the Civil war and the settlement of the West. He served for four years in the Confederate army. Following the war he crossed the plains by emigrant train first settling in Contra Costa county, then in Colusa county, where he lived for twelve years. He was married in Stanislaus county in 1870 to Miss Cleopatra Tinsley.
    The family came to Lake county in 1882, Mr. Wilson buying the ranch in Bachelor Valley which his son R. L. Wilson now owns and conducts. During his long residence, Mr. Wilson engaged in farming and was a prominent and respected citizen. He and his wife, Cleopatra Wilson, who survives hi, left here in 1923 to make their home in Berkeley. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson made a trip to visit the home place last fall, and were warmly welcomed by there old-time neighbors.
    Besides his widow, Mr. Wilson is survived by tow sons and four daughters: A.J. Wilson, Mrs. Shepherd Meredith, Mrs. J.W. Meredith and Mrs. Hattie Camper, living a in bay cities; R.L. Wilson and Mrs. Robert Patten of Bachelor Valley. Another daughter, Mrs. Lulu Taylor, died at Upper Lake several years ago and a son Claud, died in Oakland in March 1927.
    The family have the sympathy of many friends in Lake county over the loss of a loved husband and father, and the community regrets the passing if an honored pioneer resident.

    Contributed by Marcie Rosenzweig

    WOODS, James

    The Sonoma Democrat, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., January 1875

    Died: WOOD, near Kelseyville, Lake County, December 9th, James Woods, aged 19 years, 6 months and 7 days.

    Contributed by Marcia Chauvin (Newspaper transcription only. No further information)


    YOUNG, Asa White

    Brother of Minnie Clendenin Dies in Woodland Oct. 15

    Unknown paper

    The death of Asa White Young, 74, at the Alderson Hospital in Woodland on October 15, was learned in Lake county with deep regret. He was a native of Cobb Vall.
    Mr. Young had been in bed about three weeks, a week in the hospital, having suffered a heart attack while hunting with friends the opening of the deer season in the Sierras.
    A retired miner, he had lived in Woodland for the past four years where he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Cecil O. Tredway. He formerly lived at Cool in El Dorado county.
    The deceased was a member of White Pine Lodge No. 175, IOOF, at Loyalton.
    Surviving relatives include one daughter, Miss Avis Young, a nurse with the U. S. Army in the South Pacific; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Wycoff of Ukiah, Mrs. Minnie Clendenin of Lakeport and Mrs. Ella Young of Fernley, Nevada; and one brother, Walter Young of Pilot Hill, California.
    Mrs. Young was a brother of the late Mary Higson, Carrie Blann, Kate Luebow Tarnham and Henry Young. His mother, Mrs. M. N. Young, passed away several years ago at Placerville. Several nieces and nephews reside in the vicinity of Woodland.
    Burial was held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the McNary Funeral Home with the Rev. L. A. Hudson of the Christian Church officiating. Interment was in Woodland Cemetery.
    Pall bearers were his nephews: Ralph Blann, Roy W. Blann, Fred Luebow, Cecil O. Treadway; great nephews: Elbert Rumsey and George Willis.
    Relatives attending the funeral from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. S. Wycoff of Ukiah, Mrs. Minnie Clendenin of Lakeport, Mrs. and Mrs. Roy W. Blann and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Luebow of Clearlake Highlands; Walter Young of Pilot Hill, Mr. and Mrs. George Higson of Vacaville, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bradley and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Betty of Sacramento, Mrs. Dora Markham of Auburn and Mrs. Ella Young of Fernley, Nevada.

    YOUNG, California M.


    Lake County Bee, April 2, 1930

    Mrs. California M. Young, aged pioneer resident of this community, was called to her reward Sunday after a long illness of more than two years' duration, all of which time she was confined to bed.
    Born in Missouri on January 22, 1849, of Major J. T. and Louisa Thompson, she crossed the plains as a mere infant with her parents who reached California in October of the same year. The family settled at Santa Clara and later Walnut Creek and Bay point, coming to Lake county in 1859.
    Marriage to Leander A. Young took place in Lakeport on December 24, 1864 and to the union eight children were born, two passing away in infancy and six surviving as follows: Anna E. Starkey, Lakeport; Frank L. Young, Fallon, Nevada; Alma V. Turner, Taft; Walter C. Young, Thornton; Bettie E. Young, Lakeport; Eula L. Young, Oakland.
    The deceased was a sister of Lassian Manlove, William N. Thompson, Mary Dunigan, all of whom have passed away, and J. C. Thompson of Los Angeles, who survives.
    L. A. Young, husband of the aged lady, operated the first steamer on Clear Lake, it is stated, and also operated the first grist mill in Lakeport, was a pioneer in the saw mill business in this vicinity and brought the first threshing machine and binder to Lake county. He passed away in July, 1917.
    The funeral services were held yesterday morning at the funeral home of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Russell and interment was made in Hartley cemetery.
    The relatives have the sympathy of the community in the passing of this grand aged pioneer lady.

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, a great great-granddaughter

    YOUNG, Leander


    In the death of "Lea" Young, as he was well known, early Tuesday morning, there passed away one of the earliest pioneers of the Lake county section. According to his own word to his wife and others, in his occasional reminiscences, Mr. Young came to Bachelor Valley in the northern end of the county, in 1853. The old Lake county history and other living pioneers give the date of his arrival in Big Valley as October, 1854, but it is a fact that Isaac Young, the father, and his sons Lea and Pembroke, camped for a period in Bachelor Valley and at Paradise Valley, on the east shore of Clear Lake, before coming to Big Valley.
    In the early history of Lake county and Lakeport, Mr. Young was one of the most active and prominent men. Of great mechanical ability, he engaged in the sawmill business for 35 years, and during the same period conducted grist mills, freighting business on the lake and by teaming, and did considerable building. Upon the formation of Supervisorial district No. 4, in 1884, the county previously having but three districts, Mr. Young was elected Supervisor and served until 1888.
    Leander Anderson Young was born near Louisville, Kentucky, July 23, 1835, making his age at death 81 years 11 months and 17 days. In 1842 the family moved to Texas, but returned to Kentucky two years later. The mother died while the boys were young and with their father they crossed the plains in 1850. Like most all emigrants of that period, the Young ……..[missing data] other pioneer, who built, the first fence in Lake county, on the present section was then wild land, the settlers being few in comparison to the available land. The young couple lived on the Manning place until 1868 when they moved to Boggs Lake, in the mountains south of the present town of Kelseyville.
    At Boggs lake Mr. Young was in partnership in the sawmill business with H. C. Boggs, Wm. Manlove and Lindsay Carson. The mill had been built in 1858, the first sawmill in the county, by Thomas "Dobe" Boyd. In 1874, Messrs. Young and Manlove bought the Smith-Humphrey mill on Bartlett Mountain, and later built and operated a smaller mill also there. Then the machinery was moved to Elk Mountain. Mr. Young also had a shingle mill on Cobb Mountain.
    During all this active service, Mr. Young built in 1863 the original building on the site of the present Whitton building used by the auto stage company. This was framed for a mill, but on completion was operateo [sic] as a livery stable by Mr. Young, and later by Major Whitton. He was a Mr. Hill, built in 1871, the grist mill in the south end of Lakeport, still standing, and which was operated for many years by the late Jabez Hanks. The father, Isaac Young was a cooper by trade, and had a shop on the lakeshore in the rear of the present Mrs. French's building. For a planning mill, part of the present shore, and later moved up to Main street and converted into a public hall.
    An incident related by Lea Young to J. W. Boggs in years past illustrated the primitive conditions of early days in Lake county, and also the sagacity of Isaac Young. During his brief stay at Paradise Valley, Mr. Young bought cattle from Jacob Bower of Burns Valley. When the cattle were delivered, the elder Young cleared away the ashes from their campfire, dug into the ground a foot and unearthed his money, some two or three thousand dollars. At another time, when they lived in Middle Creek, the son saw his father pull one of the big wooden pegs, which were used to hang saddles on, from a pepperwood tree, and extract his buckskin purse filled with gold.
    The children of Mr. Young, who with their mother, survive him, are Annie, Mrs. W. H. Starkey of Lakeport;; ; [sic] Frank Young of Keeler, Inyo county; Alma, Mrs. "Jake" Varner of Fortuna; Walter Young of Keeler; Bettie, Mrs. A. Peterson of Stockton; and Eula, Mrs. E. Umphred of Oakland. Two children died in infancy. All of the living children were present at the funeral.
    The Youngs bought the present family home in Big Valley in 1872, and the son Pembroke Young died in 1904. Leander Young had done little work but farming in the past decade and had been in poor health for five years past. Death resulted from a complication of ailments due to age.
    Mr. Young was a man of generosity, trusting everybody, often to his own detriment, upright in character, honest and of a kindly disposition - in all respects a good citizen.
    The funeral service was held at the Christian Science church in Lakeport, Wednesday afternoon, and was largely attended. Interment was at Hartley Cemetery.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox

    Lake County Bee, 11 July 1917

    Leander A Young is Dead
    Funeral This Afternoon in Christian Science Church

    After an illness of short duration, Leander Anderson Young a pioneer of Lake County, passed away at his Big Valley home Tuesday at the age of eighty-one years, eleven months, and seventeen days. The funeral is to be held this afternoon from the Christian Science Church in Lakeport, and interment made in Hartley Cemetery. Deceased was a native of Louisville, Kentucky, born July 23, 1835. He came to California in 1850 and to Lake County in 1853 with his father and brother. He first resided in Bachelor Valley and from there to Paradise Valley. He moved again to Middle Creek. In these various locations he engaged in hunting, stock raising, and some farming. In 1858 the family moved to the Manning place where he remained for 10 years.
    In 1854 he was married to Miss Callie M. Thompson. Eight children blessed their union, six of whom survive.
    Mr. and Mrs. Young in 1868 moved to Boggs Lake where he was engaged in the sawmill business in which occupation he remained for thirty-five years.
    He was an expert with tools and loved machinery. He could tell many startling and interesting episodes of the early history of Lake County. Mrs. Young was in Sacramento City at the time of the flood of 1850 and '51 and during the fire of 1852 which devastated that place.
    Those who survive Mr. Young are: Mrs. Callie M. Young, his wife with whom he had lived for the past fifty two years, Mrs. Wm. Starkey of Lakeport, Frank Young of Keeler, Inyo County, Mrs. Jake Varner of Fortuna, Walter Young of Keeler, Mrs. Andrew Peterson of Stockton, and Mrs. Edwin Umphred of Oakland.

    Contributed by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, a great great-grandaughter

    YOUNG, Pembroke S.

    Clear Lake Press, Oct. 29, 1904

    Pembroke S. Young an old resident of Lake county died at the County Hospital Wednesday morning and was buried at Hartley Cemetery Thursday. He was a native of Kentucky and was 68 years old. He was a brother of L. A. Young of Big valley.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox

    YOUNG, Walter C.


    Lake County Bee, December 2, 1931, page 1

    Walter C. Young, former Lake county resident, and son of the late Lee A. and California M. Young, pioneers of Big Valley, was accidentally killed near Thornton, San Joaquin county, Friday, when he was thrown from a load of hay and was run over by the wagon.


    The accident happened on the ranch of P. A. Kise, which Mr. Young had been farming for the past nine years. As described by his 16-year old son, Clay, who was a short distance away, a single tree broke and one horse of the team lunged, jerking Mr. Young over the front of the load. Both wheels on the left side of the wagon ran over his chest and abdomen as the horses pulled away.
    The boy ran to his assistance, and getting further aid, rushed the injured man by automobile to a Lodi hospital. Mr. Young was conscious for a short time, asking his son, who held him in his arms, to change his position. But his injuries were too severe, and he died enroute to the hospital. Mrs. Young, who is a school nurse at Sacramento, was hastily summoned by a message telling of his injury, and she was shocked to learn of his death on arriving at Lodi.


    Walter C. Young was born in Big Valley, on what is now the Berryman ranch, March 31, 1878, making his age 53 years, 7 months and 26 days. His father, coming first to this section in 1854, lived in Big Valley for a short time, then at Upper Lake, and located the old home place in 1873. He married California M. Thompson in 1864.
    Walter Young received his early education in the Lakeport grammar school, and later attended Lakeport Academy, conducted by Prof. John Overholser, from which many Lake county young people were graduated in the 80's and 90's. On September 15, 1914, he married Miss Inez Harrington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Harrington of Big Valley. To their union two sons were born, Clay Harrington, aged 16; and Philip Ambrus, 8.
    Beside his wife and sons, Mr.Young is survived by four sisters and a brother, Mrs. W. H. Starkey, Big Valley; Mrs. Alma Varner, Taft; Mrs. Bettie Peterson, Lakeport; Mrs. Edwin Umphred, Oakland; Frank Young, Las Vegas, Nevada. All of the family except Frank Young were in Lakeport for the funeral, held Sunday afternoon at the Jones Mortuary. Princiipal G. E. Griffith of the Thornton school, of which Walter Young had been a trustee and clerk for a number of years, also came for the funeral, accompanied by his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Green of Lodi, the latter a granddaughter of the Harringtons, were also here.
    The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Anderson of Kelseyville, in the absence of the local Methodist minister, and was largely attended by friends of the departed man and the families. The pall bearers were F. H. Boggs, W. C. Moore, T. V. Ferron, Judge Benjamin C. Jones, John Manning and Charles W. Sailor, most of the academy schoolmates of Walter Young.
    Walter Young leaves a host of friends in Lake and San Joaquin counties, who deeply regret his untimely passing. They cherish the memory of an honest, upright, law-abiding citizen, highly respected by all who knew him, and loved by his family and relatives and close friends. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all these in their loss.

    Contributed by Shirley Wilcox

    YOUNGREEN, John Arthur


    Lake County Bee, December 25, 1942

    The passing of one of Upper Lake's most highly respected business men, John Arthur Youngreen, brought sorrow to the entire community. He passed away at his home Sunday morning, December 20, at 6:30 o'clock.
    Although he had been in ill health for the past two and a half years, his death came as a shock to his many friends. He and his wife had been visiting in Sacramento with their son, Donald, before going south for the winter, when he became ill and they returned home.
    Mr. Youngreen was born in Whitehall, Michigan, March 15, 1873. His parents were Anders Malcolm Youngreen and Lena Lund Youngreen. He was married December 16, 1896, to Frederique May Stearns in Whitehall, Michigan, and to this union six children were born. One son, Ezra Malcolm, passed away in 1925.
    In 1899 Mr. and Mrs. Youngreen went to northern Washington and took up a homestead and later moved to Spokane. In 1907 they moved to Springfield, Oregon, where he was engaged in farming and real estate. In 1914 they moved to Orland, Calif., where he engaged in farming, cattle and sheep raising and buying. In 1921 they moved to Upper Lake where Mr. Youngreen organized the Bank of Upper Lake. He has been president ever since its organization and active in conducting the business until the time of his death.
    He was vitally interested in all community organizations and the progress of the entire county. He was a member of the Bachelor Valley Grange, the Farm Bureau, Lions Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, and during his administration the organization made steady progress. He was also director, for several years, of the Redwood Empire, and chairman of Group 8 of the California Bankers Association. He was active in the Masonic Order, Scottish Rite and the Shrine. He was associated with William O. Edmands and E. P. Sailor in forming the Edmands Reclamation District.
    Despite his ill health, he continued his interest in civic affairs, although not able to take an active part.
    Mr. Youngreen was a devoted husband and father and was held in high respect by all who knew him.
    Surviving are his wife and five children, Mrs. Marian Y. Bucknell, Upper Lake; Donald, Sacramento; Glenn, Fortuna; Frederic, Oregon; and August of San Francisco. Other survivors are seven grandchildren, a brother, C. A. Youngreen of Washington, and four sisters, Mrs. Emma Benson of Whitehall, Michigan; Miss Mary E. Youngreen, Muskegon, Michigan; Mrs. C. L. Davidson, Spokane, Wash.; and Mrs. Wm. J. Hinrichsen of southern California.
    Funeral services were held under the auspices of Hartley Lodge, F. and A.M., at the Upper Lake Union church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock and interment was at Upper Lake cemetery, with the Jones Mortuary in charge.
    The church was filled to capacity with sorrowing friends and relatives and the beautiful floral pieces told of the respect and esteem in which the deceased was held.
    Deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved family by the entire community.

    Contributed by Anita Crabtree

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