YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





            Another very successful Yuba County rancher who deserves special mention on account of his scientific, eminently practical methods, and his substantial results, is Champ Hicks, who has 350 choice acres in the Waldo district, on which he has a herd of about 100 head of cattle.  Mr. Hicks was born in Sutter, about six miles east of Nicolaus, in the Kempton voting precinct, on August 16, 1876.  He is a son of James Madison Hicks, a native of Louisville, Ky., who came to California in 1852, crossing the great plains and mountains in a prairie schooner, with an ox-team and horse-teams, and a band of stock, and located in Sutter County, where he took up the stock business and the raising of grain.  He settled at the old Kempton’s Crossing, and bought 160 acres of land.  He was a partner of I. W. Huffaker, who later bought him out; and then Mr. Hicks went out on Coon Creek Plains, and from time to time bought land until he had acquired 960 acres.  He brought with him from Kentucky a branding iron that he had used on his cattle in the Blue Grass State; and this brand, including the design of K Y, was inherited by Champ Hicks, who uses it on his cattle today.  James M. Hicks died in Sutter County at the age of fifty-two; his devoted wife survived until her seventy-fourth year.  This worthy couple, who are pleasantly recalled by those who knew them, had seven children.  The eldest was a daughter, Sarah C., who became Mrs. J. M. Waltz, now living retired at Yuba City. The came Stephen Douglas of Wheatland, and Minnie, who died when she was six years old.  James Martin passed away in 1912; Fred died of the influenza in 1918; and little Frank saw only five years of the joy and sorrows of the world.  The youngest of the family was Champ, who attended the Markham district school in Sutter County, remaining at home with his folks till he was twenty-three years old.

            On May 9, 1901, at the old Hunt ranch, about eight miles to the northeast of Wheatland, Mr. Hicks married Miss May Belle Hunt, who had been born on that ranch, the daughter of Francis Hunt, a native of England, and his wife, who was Anna Webster before her marriage, and who first saw the light in Nevada County, Cal.  Francis Hunt first came out to Canada and stayed for two years; and then he came into the States, and migrating across the great plains to California, settled eight miles to the northeast of Wheatland, where he became a sheep-raiser, and had about 3000 acres of land.  Mr. and Mrs. Hunt had eight children:  May Belle, now Mrs. Hicks; Walter; Francis, who is in Nevada County; Arthur and Jasper, who are at Marysville; Judson, now at Marysville; Jennie, who married Mr. Hutchinson; and Harry, who is at Spenceville.  Mrs. Hicks attended the school in what was then known as the McDonald district, now the Waldo district.  Mr. and Mrs. Hicks have four children:  Murvin, Elva, Elma, and Ray.  Mr. Hicks is a trustee of the Waldo school district.


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

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            Prominent among the successful educators of Yuba County who have added, by their scholarship, experience and unselfish labors, to the good repute of the Golden State as a commonwealth famous for its public schools, Walter A. Kynoch, the popular principal of the grammar school at Marysville, enjoys an enviable influence not accorded to everyone.  He was born at Freestone, in Sonoma County, in October, 1882, the son of Henry and Anna (Hallowell) Kynoch, the former a pioneer of the fifties, who came overland, from Michigan.  Mrs. Kynoch, on the other hand, reached California by way of the Isthmus, first going from Wisconsin to New York.  They were married in California.  Henry Kynoch was a carpenter.  He is now deceased; but his widow is still living, and now resides at Chico, esteemed by all who know her.

            Walter Kynoch attended both the grammar and high schools, graduating from the secondary courses in 1900.  He then took up normal school studies, and pursued special work in pedagogy at the University of California.  In 1904, he was given the coveted diploma of the State Normal School; and having received the necessary credentials, he thereafter taught in both the day and evening schools in San Francisco.  His next engagement was at Loyalton, in Sierra County, where he remained for five years.  Having established there a reputation for thoroughly good work, well abreast of the pedagogy of today, Mr. Kynoch came to Marysville in 1910; and he has been principal of the grammar school here ever since.  He was not long in making his impress; and his constructive policies and consistent efforts have both advanced the cause of education and materially elevated the standard of grammar-school work in Marysville.  He is secretary of the non-partisan city board of education.

            Mr. Kynoch has judiciously invested in land, and at present owns a forty-five-acre peach orchard at Yuba City.  He is an enthusiastic horticulturist and spends his Saturdays and vacations working on his ranch.

            At the general municipal election in January, 1924, Principal W. A. Kynoch was elected a member of the council of they city of Marysville.  He was installed in February, and has been made a member of the following committees:  Finance, Judiciary, and Library.  Of these committees, he was duly appointed chairman.  His platform is “Faithful, consistent law-enforcement, and efficiency in the management of the city government,” and the city has found in him an able and upright official.  He is the first member  of the educational profession to be elected to the Marysville city council.  His election speaks well for the city.  Mr. Kynoch is a Mason and a member of the Eastern Star, and also belongs to the Elks; and he also holds membership in the Rotary Club.  In national politics he is a Republican.


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

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