Names included here:

  • Andrews, Henry P.
  • Armstrong, Charles W.
  • Beard, James G.
  • Earl, Guy C.
  • Finley, Anderson
  • Fish, William A,
  • Kester, John S
  • Lott, Charles F.
  • McCoy, Alexander M.
  • Poe, John
  • Robinson, James H.
  • Shaw, Mathew
  • Wells, John J.

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Andrews, Henry Parker
Residence and office, Red Bluff. Born May 4, 1861, in Marion, Mississippi. Son of William Penn and Sarah A. (Smith) Andrews. Married December 26, 1893, to Lillie Gay. Early education was obtained in public schools of his native state, until 1881, when he attended Marion Academy for six months." Studied law at odd times while engaged in other work, entering the office of C. G. Grace, in Meridian, Mississippi. July, 1881, where he remained until August, 1882. Admitted to the bar of Mississippi at Quitman, August 21, 1882, later moving to California, 1888. Served as District Attorney of Tehama County, California, from 1895 to 1899. Democratic nominee for Attorney General of state of California in 1898; defeated by Tirey L. Ford. Attended all Democratic State Conventions since 1896. Member of Vesper Lodge 84, F. & A. M., I. O. 0. F. and Red Bluff Foresters of America fraternities. Member Executive Committee Woodrow Wilson League. Democrat.

History Of The Bench and Bar of California
Edited BY J. C. Bates, Bench and Bar Publishing Company
Publishers, San Francisco, 1912 Page 214
Armstrong, Charles W.
Was born in Washington Territory, November 5, 1858. He resided on a farm with his parents, during which time he received his primary education at Vancouver. In the year 1869 he came with his parents to California, and spent the following winter in Tehama County. In the spring of 1870 they went to Chico, Butte County, where the subject of this sketch attended the High School. Moved to Lower Lake, Lake County, the following year, after which he spent a few months in a printing-office. He then began the drug business in the store of F. Delmont, where he continued for several years. Afterwards became manager for J. Ivancovich. He then came to Middletown, and spent the summer of 1875 in brickmaking, with his father. His father then bought the Pioneer Drug Store of Messrs. Whiting & Smith, and the son took the management of it. In June, 1878, the business was sold to William Amesberry, Charles still remaining manager; and in March, 1879, he became sole proprietor. The business has rapidly improved under his ownership, and is now very prosperous. In 1879 he became manager of the telegraph office at Middletown, and still retains the position. He was married August 7, 1878, to Miss Amanda M. Poulson, a native of Napa County, and they have one bright little girl, Evelina, born June 16, 1879.

History of Napa & Lake Counties, California - San Francisco, Cal.
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers - 1881 Page 215
Beard, James Gehrig
Residence, 1238 Washington Street; office, Courthouse, Red Bluff. Born December 30, 1879, in Etna, Siskiyou County, California. Son of John Samuel and Annie (Ackley) Beard. Married June 1 I, 1902, to Louise Sophia Smith. In 1886 entered Yreka grammar schools, graduating there from in June, 1895. Entered Siskiyou County High School in September, 1895, taking combined literary and commercial courses for three years. Admitted to bar at Sacramento, California, January 4, 1909. January 8, 1909, formed partnership with his father, Judge J. S. Beard, practicing under firm name of Beard & Beard, at Yreka, which partnership existed until death of Judge Beard on December 12. 1910. Official reporter of the superior Court of Siskiyou County from April 29, 1905, to January 7, 1909. On September 13, 1909, appointed official reporter of the Superior Court of Tehama County, California, which position he now holds, practicing at intervals at Yreka until the firm of Beard & Beard was dissolved by death of Judge Beard. Republican.

History Of The Bench and Bar of California
Edited BY J. C. Bates, Bench and Bar Publishing Company
Publishers, San Francisco, 1912 Page 225
Earl, Guy Chaffee
Residence, 10 McClure Street, Oakland, California; office, Shreve Building, San Francisco. Born May 7, 1861, in Tehama County, California. Son of Josiah and Adelia Tobias (Chaffee) Earl. Married Ella Jane Ford, November 15, 1888. Graduated from the Oakland High School in 1879, and the University of California in 1883, with the degree of A. B. Admitted to the bar August, 1886, by Supreme Court of California. Was Deputy County Clerk of Alameda County from October," 1885, to January, 1887. Assistant District Attorney of Alameda County from January, 1887, to January, 1889. Associated with Samuel P. Hall from 1889 to 1895. Thereafter was partner of Thomas B. Bishop, Charles S. Wheeler and others until September, 1900, since which time he has continued the practice of his profession alone. Was State Senator from Alameda County for four years from January, 1893. Appointed Regent of the University of California, April, 1902. Chairman of Finance Committee of the Board of Regents. Member of Claremont Country Club, Bohemian Club, and Faculty Club of the University of California. Republican.

History Of The Bench and Bar of California
Edited BY J. C. Bates, Bench and Bar Publishing Company
Publishers, San Francisco, 1912 Page 301
Finley, Anderson
Commissioner No. 2, in charge of streets, sewers, lights and highways, of Baker, Oregon, residing at No. 2168 Campbell street, has made his home in this city since 1895. He was born in Santa Clara, California, on the 13th of April, 1859, his parents being William M. and Mary Ellen (Morgan) Finley. The family comes of a race of pioneers and John Finley, the great great-grandfather of our subject, was the bosom friend of Daniel Boone, the Kentucky pioneer. The, grandfather was born in the Blue Grass state and married Miss Nancy Evans in Mercer county, Illinois, in 1832. She was born in Ohio in 1811 and died at Finley Lake, California, in August, 1884. William M. Finley, the father of Anderson Finley, was born in Bloomington, Illinois. January 10, 1833, and with his mother and two brothers, J. M. and Samuel, crossed the plains from Mercer county, Illinois, with ox teams, to California in 1852, locating in the San Jose valley. On the 4th of April, 1S58, in San Jose, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ellen Morgan, who was born at Laporte, Indiana, July 14, 1842. Her mother, who in her maidenhood was a Miss Dusenberry died during the early childhood of Mrs. Finley and later her father went to Texas in the early '40s, from which place he went to Contra Costa, California, in 1885, where his death occurred in 1876. He was again married after his arrival in that state and almost all of the children and grandchildren of the second union now reside at Berkeley, Alameda and Martinez, California. In the early '60s William M. Finley and his family were residing in San Luis Obispo county, California, and then located on a ranch a mile and a half south of Antioch in 1869. In 1873 they removed to Tehama county, California, and settled at what is know called Finley Lake, twenty-five miles east of Red Bluff. There they remained until 1884, when they removed to Camas Prairie, Umatilla county, Oregon, and in Pendleton, on the 18th of September, 1885, the father passed away, his remains being interred in a cemetery at that place. The mother's death occurred three years later on the 26th of July, 1888, at Camas Prairie, and there she was buried. Beside Anderson Finley, of this review, there are two sons and two daughters of this marriage who yet survive, namely: Eliza J., the wife of J. A. McClure; Everett, who is married and resides at Red Bluff, California; Vina A., who is the wife of Leo L. Joiner, of Ukiah, California; and William, single, residing in Red Bluff, that state. The deceased members of the family consist of a son and daughter who passed away at Red Bluff when quite young.

The youth of Anderson Finley was spent in California and he secured a common-school education in Tehama county, that state. While still quite young he learned telegraphy and soon secured a position as operator and switchman in connection with the flume of the Sierra Lumber Company in Tehama county, California, a position which he held for nine years. After coming to Oregon in 1886 he took up the business of stock-raising and ranching in Umatilla county, which he followed for six years. la 1892 he went into the mining districts of Grant and Baker counties and with varying fortunes followed the career of a miner until 1902. In that year he made a trip to Alaska and on returning entered the employ of the city of Baker, occupying various positions.

Air. Finley was married at Red Bluff, California, on the 25th of July, 1889, to Miss Rosa A., the only daughter of J. P. and J. E. Sherman, who were both natives of Sag Harbor, New York. The mother was a daughter of J. K. Field, a descendant of a family which numbered several Arctic whalers among its members. Mr. Sherman,, the father, was the eldest son of Luther Sherman, a contractor and builder of Sag Harbor, New York, and it was in that city that he was married and the daughter, Rosa A. Sherman, was born, her natal day being August 22, 1869. They removed to Red Bluff, California, in 1882, and in July, 1895, came to Baker, Oregon, where the father died on the 20th of June, 1910. His wife and two sons, Clarence and GiII., as well as the daughter, Mrs. Finley, are all residents of this city. Unto the marriage of Anderson Finley and Rosa A. Sherman have been born two sons, Horace Ray and Alfred Leo. The elder was born in Camas Prairie, Umatilla county, on the 9th of June, 1890, and was graduated from the Baker high school with the class of 1911. The younger, who was born at Granite, Grant county, on the 28th of November, 1893, is a senior in high school.

Mr. Finley is a member of no church although he is a frequent attendant at services and a firm believer in the work which is being done by the various denominations. His club connection is with the Commercial Club while fraternally he is identified with Camp No. 5326, M. W. A., of this city. He also belongs to Baker Lodge, No. 25, I. 0. O. F., was noble grand of this lodge in 1905 and is a member of the grand lodge of Oregon, having twice represented his local lodge in that body, and also served as district deputy grand master in this district for the year 1910. He has never been deeply interested in politics but in the main votes the republican ticket. He has frequently been called to public office, however, and when only twenty-one years of age was elected constable of Finley precinct, Tehama county. California, and held that office one year. In January, 1907, he was appointed street superintendent of Baker, by Mayor C. A. Johns, and served in that capacity for two years. When the system of government of Baker was changed from aldermanic to commission plan Mr. Finley was chosen as one of its commissioners in November, 1910, and since that time has served in connection with the conduct of affairs of department 2, his present position being that of street commissioner. Mr. Finley who is still in the prime of life and who has for so long a time been connected with business affairs on the Pacific coast and more recently with the municipal affairs of Baker, is a man universally respected in the community of which he is a prominent member. Although not an ardent politician still he has off-times been the incumbent of places of public honor and trust—such a position, in fact, he is now filling. He has a wide acquaintance in Baker and in all circles is recognized as one of the most representative citizens of the community. He has exhibited to a marked degree those traits so essential to the public official—honesty, fidelity, general ability and good fellowship.

The Centennial History of Oregon: 1811-1912, Volume 2 By Joseph Gaston
SJ Clarke Publishing Co., 1912 Pages 139-140
Fish, William Andrew
Residence, 1153 Main Street; office, Courthouse, Red Bluff. Born June 14, 1864, in Tehama, Tehama County, California. Son of Lafayette and Jennie (Carter) Fish. Married October 22, 1885, to Mary Custer. Received his education in the public schools of his native state and later engaged in commercial pursuits at Corning, California. Admitted to the bar of California September 8, 1898, and commenced active practice of his profession in Red Bluff. In 1895 was elected County Clerk of Tehama county, serving until 1906, when he was elected District Attorney of Tehama County, and re-elected in 1910, thereby holding that office to date. Member of the Masonic, IOOF, BPOE, and Knights of Pythias Fraternities. - Republican.

History Of The Bench and Bar of California
Edited BY J. C. Bates, Bench and Bar Publishing Company
Publishers, San Francisco, 1912 Page 309
Kister, John Scott
Third son of Jacob E. and Catherine Hart Kister, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Newberrytown, York County, Pennsylvania, March 7, 1828. At his birthplace he was educated at the common schools, and there served an apprenticeship to the boot and shoemaker's trade, and resided there till September 7, 1850. He then emigrated and settled in Decatur, Illinois, where he followed his trade and carpentering till March 22, 1853. He then came across the plains to California. When three days travel from the Platte River, Mr. Kister started on in advance of the train in the morning, and after walking a few miles he was attacked on both sides by two Pawnee Indians, who walked him in front of them for three hours, trying to find out the size of the train and number of men behind, and would probably have killed him had he not made them believe that he had a revolver in his inside vest pocket. He entered the State by the Lassen cut-off, and arrived at Shasta City August 22d of that year. He immediately proceeded to Mill Creek, forty miles from Shasta, where he engaged to drive ox-teams, drawing lumber to the Sacramento River, at which occupation he continued till the fall rains.

He then went, by their orders, to one mile above Tehama, where he made rails and fenced a farm for Black & Sanborn. Late in February, 1854, he went to Middletown, Shasta County, where he worked one week in the mines, and then returned to Shasta City, and was employed by the Clear Creek Mining Company; and after he had been with them two weeks he was honored with the position of foreman of the sluice, and worked with that company till July. He then came to St. Helena, Napa County, and leased the Bale saw mill, and sawed lumber during the winter of 1854-5. At the same time he leased David Hudson's farm, which he continued to conduct till November, 1856. He then moved to St. Helena, and erected a small building, where he began the boot and shoe trade, and in which he continued till 1865. He then sold his interest, and moved to Conn Valley and began farming, which he followed till 1869, when he again returned to St. Helena and purchased his present place, consisting of twenty-one acres, where he has since been engaged in grape growing. He was united in marriage February 18,1862, with Miss Julia Etta Spear, who was born near Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, December 2, 1842, and by this union they have two living children: Alice Emma, born December 27, 1863, and Lilian Ainsworth, born November 6, 1869.

History of Napa & Lake Counties, California - San Francisco, Cal.
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers - 1881 Pages 505-506
Lott, Charles Fayette
Residence, 1407 Montgomery Street; office, 610 Bird Street, Oroville. Born in Pemberton, near Mount Holly, Burlington County. New Jersey, on July 1, 1824. Son of Charles Francis and Edith Newbold (Lamb) Lott. Educated in private schools of Missouri first attending day school in St. Louis, and later St. Charles College. In 1840 entered the University of St. Louis and graduated there from in 1845. Admitted to practice in the state of Illinois, June 5 1848 by the Supreme Court of that state, and was associated in the office of Charles Gilman until his removal to California the following year. Located in Hamilton, California, in the winter of 1850, and remained there in the practice of his profession until December, 1853, when he moved to Bidwell's Bar, the county seat having been moved there, and continued in the practice until 1856, when he moved to Oroville, the county seat having been moved to that town. Since that period he has been in the active practice of his profession in Oroville. Served in the Senate of California in the 3d and 4th Sessions of the State Legislature in 1852 to 1854. In 1870 was elected judge of the 2d Judicial District, comprising the counties of Butte, Tehama, Plumas and Lassen, and continued to serve in that office until 1876. Member of the Masonic fraternity and Knight Templar. Democrat.

History Of The Bench and Bar of California
Edited BY J. C. Bates, Bench and Bar Publishing Company
Publishers, San Francisco, 1912 Page 400
McCoy, Alexander McKean
Residence and office, Red Bluff, Tehama County, California. Born in Clark County, Missouri, June 9, 18.12. Son of Joseph and Jane (McKean) McCoy. Moved to California in 1876. Married December 2, 1885, to Hattie Muth. Attended Pleasant Hill Academy, Clark County, Missouri, La Grange College, La Grange, Missouri and Christian University, Canton, Missouri, from which he graduated in June, 1874, with the degree of A.B., and later received the degree of A.M. from the same institution. Admitted to practice in Tehama County and other counties and in the Supreme Court of the state and in the federal courts. Member of the firm of McCoy & Cans since 1900. Member of the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities. Democrat.

History Of The Bench and Bar of California
Edited BY J. C. Bates, Bench and Bar Publishing Company
Publishers, San Francisco, 1912 page 406
Poe, John
Was born in Ash County, North Carolina, May 19,1834. In 1850 he, with his parents, moved to Missouri, where two years were spent, and in 1852 he, leaving his parents behind, went to Texas, where he resided until 1857. He then came to California and located in Sonoma County, where he remained about one year, after which he came to Napa County, where farming was prosecuted for two years. We next find Mr. Poe in Santa Cruz County, where he followed the same business until 1863, when he once more took up his residence in Sonoma County. Here he resided until 1876, when he returned to Napa County, and followed farming in Pope Valley for one year. From this time until 1880 his time was divided between Yolo and Tehama Counties. In January of the last-named year he returned to Napa County, and purchased four hundred acres of land near Monticello, and is engaged in farming. He married, January 1, 1863, Miss Martha S. George. Their children are, James E., Anna L., George, Maurice and Ida.

History of Napa & Lake Counties, California - San Francisco, Cal.
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers - 1881 Page 546
Robinson, James H
Was born in New Brunswick, Canada, August 28, 1844, and at the age of thirteen his parents moved to Washington County, Maine, where the subject of this sketch learned the trade of blacksmith. In 1873 he crossed the mountains to California, and arrived in this State March 22d of the above year. He first located at Eureka, Humboldt County, for two years, and then he resided some five years in Red Bluff, Tehama County, where he was employed at his trade. We next find him, March 1, 1880, located in Oakville, engaged at his present lucrative business of blacksmithing and wagon-making. He was married in Yountville, October 17, 1880, to Miss Francis Root, a native of California.

History of Napa & Lake Counties, California - San Francisco, Cal.
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers - 1881 Page 547
Shaw, Mathew
Son of Thomas Shaw, was born in Lancastershire, England, December 2, 1836. When he was thirteen years of age, he, with his widowed mother, came to America, and settled in Lawrence County, Ohio, where he found employment in the coal mines of that section. He remained there until 1856 when he came to California. He sailed from New York on the steamer "George Law " to Aspinwall, and from Panama to San Francisco on the "Old Constitution," arriving in the latter place in April of that year. He immediately proceeded to the mines at Jackson, Amador County, and continued in that occupation for the succeeding four years. In January, 1860, he returned to Ohio, and was married February 19th of that year to Miss Ann Bowron, a native of the North of England, born August 27, 1842. He then, with his bride, returned to California, and proceeded to his old home in Amador County. He at once engaged in mining at the Tunnel Hill Gravel Mine, which he continued until 1861. He then moved to Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, and began mining which he followed until 1872. He then came to Napa County and located in Napa City, where he resided until 1874, not being, however, actively engaged in any business. In that year he began operations on his fine farm, situated about three miles north of Napa City. In 1879 he returned to Napa City with his family. During all this time he was actively engaged in mining in Tehama and Nevada Counties. February 4, 1880, he purchased a one third interest in the extensive and well-known clothing and gentlemen's furnishing goods house of Alden & Co., of Napa City and Suisun, and is now dividing his attention between that, his farm, and his mining interests. Their children are Mattie H., Mabel, Lee W., Edith, and Ella L. N-L,

History of Napa & Lake Counties, California - San Francisco, Cal.
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers - 1881 Pages 554-555
Wells, John James
Residence, 1055 Main Street; office, 642 Main Street, Red Bluff. Born in Lemhi County, Idaho, September 10, 1867. Son of James B. and Elizabeth H. (Tolley) Wells. Moved to California in 1868. Married November 27, 1805, to Lulu Law. Received his education in the common schools of Red Bluff. Admitted to the bar of California by the Superior Court, Tehama County, August 27, 1892; to the Supreme Court, April 28, 1897, and to the United States District Court November 14, 1898. Associated in the office of General N. P. Chipman from November 10, 1890, to April 1, 1897, at which time he succeeded to the business. Continues in
the active practice of his profession to date. Member of the Board of Library Trustees, Red Bluff, 1904 to date. Democrat.

History Of The Bench and Bar of California
Edited BY J. C. Bates, Bench and Bar Publishing Company
Publishers, San Francisco, 1912 Page 400, Page 548