YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





Another man who has done much to develop the natural resources of California is Charles E. Hamon, the experienced and energetic employee of the Marigold Dredging Company, of Marigold, Yuba County.  He was born at the old Plumas Landing, on the Feather River, in that county, on June 27, 1862.  His father, Edward Hamon, was a native of the Isle of Jersey, in the English Channel–where Victor Hugo sought refuge when things got a little too warm for him in France–and our subject’s mother, Esther Sbee before her marriage, came from the same locality.  Edward Hamon was a ship-carpenter, and spent seven years on ocean-going vessels; and in 1850, he came around the Horn to San Francisco, and arrived in time to participate in the mad rush for hidden treasure.  Almost immediately he went inland to the Feather River country; but he soon saw the better prospects in farming, and took up land.  He worked hard, did his duty fully by the new country of his adoption, and spent his strength all too soon, passing away at the age of forty-one, when Charles E. was only nine years old.  Mrs. Hamon, whom everybody revered for her womanly worth, lived to the ripe old age of eighty-three.  The worthy couple had five children, Charles being the eldest.  Harriet Hamon, of Novato, in Marin County, was the next; then came Francis, of Marysville; Fred, of East Biggs, in Butte County; and Anna, of Oakland, the youngest.  Mrs. Hamon married a second time, choosing Lewis Pheal as her second husband; and she had four children by that union: Robert, Lawrence, William and Joseph.

Charles Hamon attended district school.  When he was six years old, the family moved to Reeds Station, now called Ostrom, between Marysville and Wheatland; and when he was fourteen years old, he started out in the world for himself.  Samuel Harding, of Butte County, employed him at farm work for regular wages and he remained with him for eleven years.  After that, he tried one thing or another, and in August, 1910, came to Marigold, where he has been employed by the Marigold Dredging Company as a farmer, until three years ago, when he became one of their teamsters.  He is a Republican, and a native son of the Golden State.

At Brophy, Cal., on March 6, 1898, Mr. Hamon was married toMiss Jetta Black, who was born in Sierra County, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Curley) Black, who came to California when they were young; her father having been a sailor in his youth.  He made for Sierra County and tried his luck at mining; and he lived to be eighty years of age, while his devoted companion saw her seventieth year.  They had four children:  Jetta (Mrs. Hamon), Carl, Anna and Walter.  Mr. and Mrs. Hamon have been blessed with the following children: Esther, George and Elliott are living, but Charles, Jr., the second-born, died when he was twenty-one, and Irma, the third in the order of birth, at the age of seventeen months.  Esther married Carl Ragon, of Nevada City, the wedding taking place at Marysville, on June 2, 1917, and they have one son, Eugene.


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

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From an early age George T. Hampshire has depended upon his own resources for a livelihood and in his search for fortune he has followed many lines of activity.  He is now identified with mining operations at Hammonton.  Throughout his life he has been actuated by the spirit of progress, regarding no position as final, but rather as a point from which he can work up to higher things.  He is one of California’s native sons and was born in Browns Valley, March 31, 1879.  His parents were George and Ella Hampshire, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of New Jersey.  In pioneer days the father came to California by the Isthmus route and was first employed in a foundry in Marysville.  Later he became connected with the Selby Company of San Francisco in the capacity of engineer and in that city he continued to reside until his death at the age of sixty-three, while the mother reached the age of forty-three before she passed away.  They were the parents of eight children, but Callie, the youngest, is deceased.  Those who survive are Kate, George T., Walter, William, Lester, Irene and Jack.

George T. Hampshire attended the Lincoln School on Fifth Street, and the Jefferson School on Tehama Street, in San Francisco, and when a lad of fifteen went to sea.  For about five years he followed that life, spending four seasons on a salmon fisher of the Alaska fishing fleet, and also becoming a seaman on ocean-going vessels.  On his return to California he worked for a time in the lumber mills in Humboldt County, and also spent a season in lumber camps of Oregon and Washington, after which he revisited the town of his birth, going to work in his grandfather’s store.  In 1917 he came to Hammonton and has since been connected with the Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields, filling the position of dredgeman.  He finds the work congenial and is thorough, reliable and efficient in the discharge of his duties.  Mr. Hampshire is a member of Marysville Parlor, N.S.G.W., and his political views are in accord with the platform and principles of the Republican party.  He is alert and enterprising and his personal qualities are those which win respect and esteem.


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

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