Among the many worthy citizens and capable and industrious agriculturists of Sutter County was Robert Keck, whose home place is located five miles southwest of Yuba City, not far from Oswald Station, and is now operated by Mrs. Keck and her youngest son.  A son of Joel and Caroline (Young) Keck, Robert Keck was born February 12, 1848, in Allentown, Pa.  Of German ancestry, Joel Keck was born and reared in Pennsylvania, as were also his parents.  Learning the trade of the carriage manufacturer when young, he followed it in his native State for a number of years.  In the fall of 1848 he removed his family to Ohio, locating in Canfield, where for fifteen years he was employed as a hotel-keeper.  Coming via Panama to California in 1864, he was engaged in ranching near Yuba City for several years.  He subsequently migrated to Texas, where both he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, his death occurring at the age of seventy-six years.

Brought up in Ohio, Robert Keck obtained his early education in the public schools of Canfield, completing his early studies at the Mahoning Academy.  But sixteen years old when he came with his family to Sutter County, he remained at home for a while, and then began life on his own account as a ranchman, at first renting land, and afterward buying a small farm.  Disposing of this, Mr. Keck subsequently engaged to some extent in a real-estate business, buying and selling farm properties, at the same time raising grain, in company with Eli Weaver.  In 1885, the partnership with Mr. Weaver being dissolved and the farm sold, Mr. Keck traveled through different sections of the State looking for an advantageous location for a fruit ranch.  Finding no place better situated for the growing of fruits of all kinds than Sutter County, he returned to his former home, and here purchased eighty acres of land, which he improved.  He set out a fine orchard, containing principally peaches and apricots, and a few Bartlett pear trees.  His land is all under irrigation from a pumping plant.

In 1869, Mr. Keck married Sophia Alice Bacon, a native of England, who came to America with her parents when a child.  Mr. and Mrs. Keck were the parents of seven children: Ida May, wife of Morris Peters; Irene, wife of Charles Best; Frances, wife of Samuel E. Best; Carrie Alice; Osquetta, wife of Alfred Bowers; Robert J.; and Leslie, who is assisting his mother with the management of the home place.  Mr. Keck took a public-spirited interest in educational matters, serving his community as a school trustee.  Politically, he was an independent Republican, voting for the best men and the best measures.  He passed away at his ranch home, on September 19, 1915.

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

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Among the serviceable establishments in Marysville is “Heisch’s” Confectionery and Cigar Store, at 131 D Street, conducted by its proprietor, Edward F. Heisch.  He is a native son and a patriotic American, and was born at Sacramento, on December 12, 1878, spending his boyhood and school days partly in the capital and partly in Amador City.  He came to Marysville in 1893, and also attended school here.  As a boy of eight years, he commenced to carry papers for the Marysville Democrat, with which he was connected for eighteen years, for a time as printer’s devil, then as the boy in charge of the mailing list, and later on as manager of the paper for four years.  For ten years he was a clerk in C. L. Bowen’s grocery store at Fifth and E Streets, and later he was with E. C. Coats in the Tourist Garage.

On November 18, 1917, Mr. Heisch opened a confectionery store at 131 D Street, making it a point from the very beginning to carry a line of high-grade candy, cigars, ice-cream and soft drinks.  He specializes in the Golden Pheasant, Wilson’s and Buckhart’s candies.  The cosmopolitan character of Marysville suggests the wide range of tastes to which such an establishment as that of “Heisch’s” must cater; but Mr. Heisch’s varied experience, together with his never-failing desire to render the best of service, has enabled him always to meet every demand and has insured his success.  He is a public-spirited man, and his fellow-citizens are not slow to observe and encourage just that quality.

In 1899, Mr. Heisch was married at Marysville to Miss Anna G. Wheeler, a native of San Francisco.  He belongs to Yuba-Sutter Parlor No. 6, N.S.G.W., at Marysville; Lodge No. 783, B.P.O.E.; and Court Pride No. 34, Foresters of America.

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

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