YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





Among the faithful and efficient employees of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, none is more reliable than George H. Foulk, forebay tender for the company at the Colgate forebay.  He has been awarded a service medal, and has now been sixteen years in continuous work for this company.  He is a native son of California, born at Marysville on October 3, 1864, the eldest son of the late George A. and Nina H. (McDaniel) Foulk, pioneer settlers of Yuba County, his mother being a sister of Judge E. P. McDaniel, of Marysville.  The father, George A. Foulk, was born in Carlisle, Pa., and came to California via Panama in 1857; while the mother was born in Mississippi, and came to California via Panama in 1854, when eight years of age.  She was educated at Miss Postonís Seminary, Marysville.  Her father, Dr. R. H. McDaniel, was one of the Argonauts who came to California in 1849, and was a pioneer physician in Marysville until his death in 1883.  His widow now resides in Berkeley.

George H. Foulk was reared on his fatherís farm at Honcut, Butte County, where he attended public school.  When he reached his majority, he went to San Francisco.  He was with the Market Street Railway until sixteen years ago, when he engaged with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company.  He has since been stationed, as above stated, at the Colgate plant.

The marriage of Mr. Foulk united him with Miss Edith E. Hartmann, born in Alameda, Cal., a daughter of Prof. Ernest and Elizabeth Hartmann, both now deceased.  Prof. Hartmann conducted a musical studio in San Francisco for thirty years.  Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Foulk: Edith E., George H., Jr., Elsie May, Charles R., and Richard H.  The family resides in a comfortable residence located on the bluff, 800 feet above the Yuba River.


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

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As proprietor of the Smartville Hotel, William L. Newbert has built up a profitable business and his efforts have also contributed materially to the development and prosperity of the district in which he has so long resided.  He is one of Californiaís native sons and was born on the Bonanza ranch, November 10, 1874, his parents being Thomas and Minnie (Jackson) Newbert, the former a native of Gardiner, Maine, and the latter of New York.  The father came to California in 1868, settling at Timbuctoo, where he spent the remainder of his life, his attention being given to the carpenterís trade.  He died in 1912, when eighty years old, and the mother was fifty years of age at the time of her demise.  They had a family of six children, of whom Ada, the youngest, is deceased.  Those who survive are Lydia, the wife of Henry Creps, of Wheatland; Horace, of Sacramento; William L.; Thomas, a resident of Marigold; and Mrs. Rose Byrne, who is connected with the Natomas Company.

Mr. Newbert was educated in the public schools of Smartville; and following the example of his father, he served an apprenticeship to the carpenterís trade, which he has since followed.  He has made his home in Smartville from the time of his marriage, with the exception of a year and a half, which was spent in Nevada County, and is now operating a modern and well appointed hostelry.  He is adapted by temperament and social qualities for the hotel business and has a wide acquaintance with the traveling public.  He is also an expert at his trade and has prospered in his undertakings because he gives his best efforts to every task which engrosses his attention.

At Marysville, on June 6, 1906, Mr. Newbert was married to Miss Nellie Wright, who was born at Waldo, Yuba County, and acquired her education in the Lone Tree school.  Her parents were Aden and Mary Belle (Welch) Wright, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Sutter County, this State.  Her maternal grandfather made the journey from Missouri to California in pioneer times, and his attention was given to agricultural pursuits.  Her father was also a farmer; his death occurred at the age of seventy-six, but the mother still lives on the old homestead.  They had a family of eight children: Belle, who married T. D. Mitchell, and is deceased; Mrs. Alice Bach, also deceased; Mary, the wife of Milton Ramsey, of Marysville; Mrs. Minnie Gerrey, of Monterey; Nellie, Mrs. Newbert; Mrs. Ida Murphy, of Waldo; Mrs. Edith McKenzie [Edythe McKinsey], a teacher in the public schools of Oregon House; and Aden J., a resident of Waldo.

Mr. Newbert supports the men and measures of the Republican party and is a stalwart champion of everything pertaining to the upbuilding and advancement of his community.  His life history is written in terms of success, for diligence and determination have done for him what inheritance has at times failed to accomplish for others.


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

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