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CLARENCE WILMOT JENKINS

Clarence Wilmot Jenkins is a pioneer irrigation-orchardist of Live Oak, Sutter County.  His ranch of fifty acres of orchard is situated three miles southeast of Live Oak, between the State highway and Feather River and one mile north of Lomo.  The ranch-house is a large stucco bungalow with a magnificent live oak at each side of the front entrance to the grounds.  One of these grand old oaks is the largest in all the country about, and is probably 150 years old.  The ranch produces cling peaches, prunes, raisins, dried peaches, apricots and English walnuts.  All these products are marketed through the various cooperative associations of which Mr. Jenkins is a member.

While he was yet a child, Mr. Jenkinsí parents moved from their home in Chemung County, N.Y., to the frontier of central Kansas soon after the retreat of the Indians and buffalo, and there he grew up on a farm, taught school, attended the State Agricultural School at Manhattan, and later the University of New Mexico.  He entered the Indian Service of the Department of the Interior as expert farmer, and was two years at the Albuquerque Indian School in New Mexico and five years at the Fort Mojave Indian School in Arizona.  For two years of this time he did special work for the Reclamation Service of the Geological Survey in measuring the flow of the Colorado River at that point.

At the Fort Mojave school Mr. Jenkins met Miss Minnie Galt Braithwaite; and in 1906 they were married, left the Indian Service, and settled in Richmond, Cal.  For four years Mr. Jenkins was successively editor of the Richmond Daily Record, superintendent of the Contra Costa County Hospital at Martinez, and assistant postmaster at Richmond.  He decided to return to ranching and, after considerable investigation of different sections of the State, purchased his home in Sutter County.

Both Mr. Jenkins and his wife are of old American stock.  The ancestors of each, paternal and maternal, were Revolutionary patriots, Mr. Jenkinsí being Puritan and Mrs. Jenkinsí Cavalier.  One, Lieutenant John Jenkins, served on the staff of General Washington at the siege of Yorktown and the surrender of Cornwallis; and another, William Henry Braithwaite, was first colonial Governor of Maryland.  Mr. Jenkinsí father was in the Federal army during the Civil War, and Mrs. Jenkinsí father was a lieutenant in Pickettís Division of the Confederate army.

Mrs. Jenkins was born in Williamsburg, Va.  A petition of hers to the board of trustees of the College of William and Mary, to be allowed to attend the lectures at the college, was refused, although ably supported by the president, Lyon G. Tyler, and Prof. Hugh Bird.  The college is now coeducational.  Miss Braithwaite was teaching in Virginia when she was interested in work among the Indians by a missionary friend.  Entering the Indian Service as a teacher, she was sent to the Navajo Indian School and later to the Fort Mojave Indian School, where she met Mr. Jenkins.  Since her marriage she has been active in club work in Richmond, donating space in the newspaper office for the free library started by the Womanís Club, and acting as librarian.  In Martinez she was president of the local Womanís Christian Temperance Union and State superintendent of the anti-narcotic work of that organization.

Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins are members of the Episcopal Church, which they attend with their three children, Bruce Talman, Raymond Braithwaite, and Dorothy Ballard.

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

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WESLEY ABEL MOON

Wesley Abel Moon accompanied his parents to California in 1874, and throughout his active career has been identified with its agricultural and industrial interests.  He was born in Dekalb County, Ill., July 4, 1864, a son of Orren Wesley and Elizabeth (Comstock) Moon, both natives of New York.  Orren Wesley Moon was a blacksmith by trade and also followed farming in the State of Illinois.  He brought his family to California in 1874 and settled at Meridian, where he farmed for a couple of years; then he purchased a quarter-section of land one mile south of the present site of Sutter City.  Five children were born to them.  Lela, now Mrs. Devore, resides in Oregon; Mary A. is now Mrs. Lybecker, whose sketch appears in this history; Annette R. is now Mrs. T. J. Moore and resides in Sutter; Wesley Abel is the subject of this sketch; and Lester G. is deceased.

Wesley Abel Moon received his education at the Washington district school adjacent to the home ranch, and has always been associated with his parents in farming.  The father of our subject passed away when he was seventy-two years old, and the mother survived him until 1922.  The home place of the Moons consisted of 240 acres, which remained the home place until 1919, when it was sold and our subject and his mother moved into Sutter City, where the mother passed away, aged eighty-seven.  Mr. Moon has never married and is now living retired from active business cares, but interested in the welfare and advancement of his home community.

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

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