In February 1907, Ernest's father sold him the part of the ranch which had been his grandfather, Ernest Ray's original homestead. At this location, he operated a sawmill (not known if he built it or assumed ownership.)
On March 1, 1908, Ernest married Etta L Cramer, daughter of James and
Minnie Opdyke Cramer, and built a house for their family. Though they moved
to other locations as he worked at sawmills, this was the family home for
the next twelve years. The couple had two girls while they lived in that
area and one son born after they moved to Twin Valley:
|Velva||b. Oct. 1, 1909||d. Oct. 15, 2000||m. Wallace Heryford|
|Iva||b. Aug. 20, 1911||d. Sept. 27, 1997||m. Dozier Long|
|Ivan||b. May 9, 1920||m. Louisa Jensen|
While still in the Burney area, Ernest had served as Constable and acted as Deputy Sheriff. In 1924, he was persuaded to run for County Supervisor; in the November run-off, Charley Heryford beat him by just six votes.
Ernest had a rheumatic heart condition which slowed his activities -- running a service station in Burney, working in a lumber mill and finally a five-acre place, with a garden, at Montgomery Creek. Ernest died in this home on January 26, 1936 and was buried in Burney Cemetery.
Sometime after Ernest's death, Etta married Leslie Ralston; in 1943 she took a job in a restaurant in Chico where she made a new life for herself.
She died August 19, 1983 and was buried in Burney Cemetery.
Source: Shasta Historical Society - May, 1999