YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





A wide-awake, progressive rancher who knows how to get results is Preston E. Garmire, who has “made good” in the Golden State.  He was born in Lagrange County, Ind., on November 8, 1850, the son of Jacob and Sarah (Young) Garmire, the former a native of Ohio, while Mrs. Garmire was a native of England.  Jacob Garmire was a farmer, and he lived and died in Indiana, closing his earthly record in his sixty-fourth year, while his devoted wife survived her eighty-fifth year.

 Preston E. went to school in Indiana, and in 1874 came out to California and settled in Sutter County.  He bought eighty acres near Kirksville and operated the tract for four years.  Then he moved onto the banks of the Sacramento River, to a point some eight miles below Meridian, and bought forty acres, and lived on this place until 1905.  This general farming land he still owns.  In 1905, he removed to the George Betty ranch of 100 acres at Kent Station, and leased that place for six years, after which he purchased it; and this is a dairy and general farm.  In politics he is a Republican.

On April 16, 1879, Mr. Garmire was married to Miss Jerusha Smith, a native of California, who passed away in 1882.  Six years later, on October 17, he was again married, this time at Colusa, when Miss Mattie Rice became Mrs. Garmire.  She was born at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 1866, and was the daughter of Emil and Elizabeth Ann (Alander) Rice.  Her father was a mechanic, hailing from Pennsylvania, while her mother came from Iowa.  Emil Rice came out to California in 1872; and eight years later, the family followed.  Mr. Rice died at the age of eighty-two, and Mrs. Rice breathed her last in 1870.  The Rice family had lived at Colusa.  Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Garmire.  Sylvia is Mrs. O. A. Mayfield, of Sacramento; Ray is at home; Bessie is Mrs. C. N. Jones, of Meridian; Amy; Preston E., Jr.; and Sadie.


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

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At the age of sixteen L. D. Trowbridge left the parental home and came to California, and during his forty-seven years of residence in the Golden State he has been an eye witness to the remarkable growth and development of one of the richest States in the Union.  His birth occurred in Michigan, on March 3, 1860, a son of Daniel and Susan (Parson) Trowbridge, natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively.  L. D. Trowbridge is the youngest of a family of seven children and he was educated in the district school in Michigan near his father’s farm.  Arriving in California in 1876, L. D. Trowbridge worked for wages in Sacramento for three years; then he broke horses at Live Oak, Sutter County, for ten years.

On August 19, 1891, Mr. Trowbridge was united in marriage with Miss Orva Coats, a daughter of William A. and Isabelle (Boone) Coats, both natives of Missouri.  William A. Coats crossed the plains to California in 1852 and settled near the Mountain House in Colusa County, where he was engaged in the sheep business; about 1860 he removed to Sutter County, where he raised stock on his 320-acre ranch.  William A. Coats lived to be seventy-six years old, while Mrs. Coats passed away at the age of thirty-two.  They were the parents of four children: Catherine is now Mrs. B. B. Adams; Mattie is Mrs. Gilpatrick; William K.; and Orva, the wife of our subject.  After his marriage Mr. and Mrs. Trowbridge lived in the Honcut district of Butte County for seven years, where Mr. Trowbridge was engaged in training horses; then he purchased twelve and a half acres, devoted to peaches and grapes, in the Stewart tract of Sutter County, built a good house and the family resided there until nine years ago, when the place was sold and they removed to their present eighty-acre ranch near O’Banion Corners, this being the portion of the Coats estate falling to Mrs. Trowbridge.  Mr. and Mrs. Trowbridge are the parents of two sons.  Ross C. married Miss Inez Littlejohn and they have one son, James; and Ralph married Miss May Williamson and they also have one son, George.  Mr. Trowbridge sold off thirty acres of his ranch and gave his son Ralph ten acres, leaving forty acres in the home place, thirty acres of which is set to fruit, which is irrigated by a three-inch electric pump.  Fraternally, Mr. Trowbridge is a member of Yuba City Camp, W.O.W., and Mrs. Trowbridge is a member of the Women of Woodcraft, and is also a member of the Bogue Wednesday Club.


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

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