YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





            Yuba County is to be congratulated upon having for a citizen such a man of true worth and unquestionable character as Alvin O. Erickson, a ranch owner and president of the Yuba County Fair Association.  He was born on June 16, 1890, near Braham, Isanti County, Minn., a son of August and Matilda Erickson, whose sketch appears on another page of this history.

            Alvin O. Erickson came to Stanislaus County, Cal., with his parents in 1900 and was reared and educated in the Delhi school district.  After completing the grammar school he took one year in high school and then entered Heald’s Business College in Los Angeles, where he was graduated in 1910.  Then he was associated with his father.  He came to Arboga and on November 10, 1911, he purchased forty acres, and later an additional twenty acres, which he has devoted to alfalfa and vineyard.  Then ten acres which is set to vines is devoted to the Thompson Seedless variety, but he intends planting some Alicante Bouchette grapes.  Mr. Erickson was one of the first ranchers in this district.  He cleared and leveled the land and built fine ranch buildings and a modern home on this ranch.  He maintained a dairy until recently.

            On December 11, 1912, at Turlock, Cal., Alvin O. Erickson was united in marriage with Miss Anna Lundell, who was born near Lincoln, Nebr.; she came to Turlock, Cal., with her parents when she was a small child.  Her father, Charles A. Lundell, who was a farmer, and her mother, Sophia (Anderson) Lundell, are the parents of seven children:  Henry, and Mrs. Esther Erlandson, both of Turlock; Elna, wife of Rev. Albert Dwight, both of whom are missionaries to China; Elbin, in Klamath Falls, Ore.; Anna, now Mrs. A. O. Erickson; Arvid, of Turlock; and Mrs. Olive Johnson, of Modesto.  Mr. and Mrs. Erickson have a son, Irving.  Mr. Erickson is a stanch supporter of the Republican party.  He is the first president of the Yuba County Fair Association.  For some time he has been a trustee of the Arboga school district.  He has been an enthusiastic stock breeder specializing in Belgian horses and pure bred Jersey cows; in 1921 he took nine blue ribbons, and in 1922 he took fourteen blue ribbons at the Yuba County Fair. His stock has been exhibited in Yuba, Sutter and Glenn Counties and is ranked among the very best in the Golden State.


History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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            Among the well known ranchmen and vineyardists of Sutter County is Richard C. De Witt, whose activities constitute a valuable contribution to the development and upbuilding of the district in which he lives.  His fine eighty-acre ranch, seventy acres of which is in Thompson Seedless grapes, lies about ten miles southwest of Yuba City.  This ranch is irrigated by two pumps, electrically operated, one a five-inch and the other a six-inch pump.  He was born near Sutter City, February 9, 1878, a son of William Golder and Florence (Armstrong) De Witt, natives of New York and California, respectively, whose life history is given elsewhere in this volume.

            Richard C. De Witt attended the Brittan Grammar School and the Sutter Union High School; then he entered Heald’s Business College in San Francisco, where he took an engineering course.  At the age of eighteen he entered the railway mail service, running between San Francisco and Ogden, Utah.  His next venture, two years later, was in mining at Mokelumne Hill and Camp Seco, Tuolumne County.  During this time he took an International Correspondence course in mining.  He spent eight years in the mines throughout Northern California. Then he removed to Stockton where he worked as a machinist for the Holt Manufacturing Company; then he went into the field as an instructor to the farmers of California and Nevada in the use of the Holt products.  In 1915 he located on his present ranch of eighty acres; besides this he leases 900 acres which he farms to grain.

            On December 13, 1912, at San Francisco, Mr. De Witt was married to Alleen Marie Jones, born at Meridian, Cal., daughter of Newton and Ida Jane (Flagg) Jones, born in Meridan, Cal., and Massachusetts, respectively.  Grandfather James Jones came to California in pioneer days, followed mining, then was an early settler at Meridian, where he was a pioneer farmer and a large landowner.  He died there.  Newton Jones was a farmer at Meridian.  He met an accidental death in February, 1917, being shot while watching target practice.  The mother resides in the old home.  Of five children, Mrs. De Witt is next to the youngest.  Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. De Witt:  Idabelle Bernice; Frank Golder; and Florence Marie.  Mr. De Witt is a member of Enterprise Lodge No. 70, F.&A.M., of Yuba City, and the Sciots at Marysville, and is also a Scottish Rite Mason.  Mrs. De Witt is a member of Fidelia Chapter No. 56, O.E.S. at Yuba City, and the Wednesday Evening Club of Meridian.  Mr. De Witt is liberal in his political views, preferring to vote for the candidate best fitted for office rather than be confined to strict party lines.


History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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