Harvey D. Eich, who is now serving his fourth consecutive term as treasurer of Yuba county, has well earned this distinction, for he has so discharged his official duties as to gain the uniform approval of his fellowmen. He was born at Oregon House, Yuba county, on the 26th of October, 1887 and is a son of John H. and Kate (Dixon) Eich, both of whom were natives of California, the former dying when his son was thirteen years of age. The paternal grandfather, John Eich, was a native of Pennsylvania, whence he came to California, by way of Cape Horn, in 1851, and thereafter devoted his attention to mining. The maternal grandfather, Alfred Dixon, a native of England, went to Australia, where he remained until 1852, when he took passage on a trading vessel for America. John Eich acquired a ranch of seven hundred acres in the hills of Yuba county, and on that place his son John H. spent his active life, dying at the comparatively early age of thirty-seven years. To him and his wife were born four sons: Harvey D.; Allen John, who lives in Marysville and operates a farm in Sutter county; Warren T., who is principal of the grammar schools in Roseville; and Byron H., who is manager of the ice cream and dairy plant of the Borden Company at Taft. The mother of these children, who devoted the best years of her life to their interests, was a good manager, and for the past seven years has lived in Marysville, being now sixty-five years of age.

     Harvey D. Eich was reared on the home ranch in Yuba county and received his education in the public schools, graduating from the Marysville high school at the age of seventeen years. He took the teachers’ examination and passed the second highest in the class of thirty-one. He first taught in his home school, after which he taught five terms in Yuba and Sutter counties. Later he taught in Mono county, and became principal of the grammar school at Richmond, Contra Costa county, after which he came back to Marysville. Altogether he taught ten years and became well known as a capable and successful educator. In 1914 Mr. Eich was elected to the office of treasurer of Yuba county and has been reelected to that position three times, his current term expiring in 1931. One evidence of the painstaking attention which he is giving to the office which he fills is the fact that the Yuba county delinquent list is the smallest of any county in the state of California, the percentage being three and fourteen hundredths per cent in Marysville and two and sixty-one hundredths outside of the city.

     On November 14, 1907, in Sacramento, California, when twenty years old, Mr. Eich was united in marriage to Miss Edith Binninger, a teacher of Browns Valley, Yuba county, and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Binninger. They have three children: Ivadel, who is a teacher in the grammar school at Roseville; Wilton, who is employed in the Bank of America at Yuba City, and Donald, who is a student in high school.

     Politically Mr. Eich is an active democrat and served for many years as a member of the central committee of his party. The fact that he has been repeatedly elected to office in a county which is two to one republican is a tribute to his character, ability and popularity. He was a member of the Masonic order in Gravel Range Lodge, No. 39, at Camptonville, California, and now is affiliated with Corinthian Lodge, No. 9, at Marysville, of which he is a past master, is also a past inspector of his district, and he belongs to the Scottish Rite, in which he has attained the eighteenth degree. He is a member of Marysville Lodge, No. 783, B. P. O. E.; Marysville Pyramid, No. 23, A. E. O. S., of which he is a past toparch; and he and his wife belong to the Order of the Eastern Star. They are active members of the Presbyterian Church and Mr. Eich supports every cause having for its object the betterment of his city or county along moral or civic lines. Mrs. Eich has proven a true helpmate to him, and has served as deputy treasurer for twelve years.

     Mr. Eich has been more than ordinarily active in community work. During the “Forty-nine celebration in 1930 he was chairman of the committee of arrangements, and in carrying out some of his original ideas he attracted the largest crowd that has been seen in Marysville for many years. He is a prominent member of the Chamber of Commerce and took an active part in the organization of the Yuba-Sutter Fish and Game Association. They have established several game preserves and have stocked them with wild pheasants, while trout and other fish have been put in the streams. He takes a deep interest in athletic affairs and served for three years as president of the Marysville baseball team, doing all in his power to promote the success of the local team. He utilized airplanes to transport his team from Marysville to Woodland, it being the first baseball team in this state to use that kind of transportation. In 1929 he became one of the organizers of the Yuba-Sutter Rifle Club, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association, and he holds a high score as a rifle shot.

     Mr. Eich has prospered in his material affairs, having been a partner in the erection of the Delta building in Marysville, six years ago and he is a stockholder in the Marysville Hotel. He is a director of the Feather River Finance Company and owns several properties in this city, besides his attractive home which he built at Seventh and E streets. He possesses to a marked degree the qualities which commend a man to the good opinion of his fellowmen and is recognized as one of Marysville’s best citizens.

Transcribed by Craig Hahn.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 pgs. 444-446. The Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.


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