William Ross Thomasson came to California with a gold hunter's caravan.
He walked all the way from Missouri to California even though he was quite
young. He worked as a miner in Placerville and Oroville before coming to
Shasta County. On November 29, 1876, he married Nellie Terbush. As other
miners did, he settled down in Igo. He worked on a ditch for the placer
miners. He then became the ditch tender. The Thomassons raised four children:
|William Lee||b. 1883|
|Edgar Ross||b. 1880|
|Mary Mabel||b. 1883|
|Olie Mae||b. 1885|
In 1915, Nellie and Bill retired from active participation in the farming. Later they moved to Anderson where they provided a second home for granddaughters attending Anderson schools. In the 1920's, they spent the summers homesteading in Grasshopper Valley, Lassen Co., Calif.
William died in 1931 in Anderson. After that Nellie made her home with daughter, Mabel and Uel Wright, son-in-law. Her later life was spent doing her needlework. She passed away 1938 at her daughter's home.
Source: Shasta Historical Society