YUBA COUNTY  Family Ties





I looked up references at the Yuba County Library for any Kuster entries for newspaper articles.  Below is what was found.  Kathy

* Note - all errors in this transcription are left as appeared in the original source - no corrections have been made.



Wheatland Free Press – Aug 21, 1875, page 2

MARRIED – Near Wheatland August 15th at the residence of the bride’s father E. Hacker by Rev. B. H. Berry, Mr. John Kuster to Miss Susan Hacker.



Marysville Appeal – Jun 20, 1888, page 3


            In the Superior Court yesterday Susie E. Kuster was granted a divorce from her husband, John Kuster, on the grounds of cruelty, he not making any appearance.  By the terms of the settlement he gives her $3,000 and she takes the three girls, for whose support he is to pay $10 per month each during their minority.  He takes the four boys and all the real estate.



[Notes:  Marysville Appeal - Aug 17, 1888, page 2 - Susie Kuster married Fred Harris in Sacramento. Both from Marysville.]



Marysville Appeal – Feb 23, 1896, page 1


            Mrs. Maria Kuster, better known as “Grandmamma” Kuster died at Earl on Friday evening.  The deceased lady, who was a native of Switzerland and eighty-three years of age, was much respected in the community where she has resided so many years.  She was the mother of Mrs. Orlo Whitesides and Mrs. P. J. Hutchinson who resides near Wheatland, of Mrs. Hannah Houser, of Oregon, and of Fred, John and Sam Kuster, well known residents of this county.

            The funeral will take place from the residence of P. L. Hutchinson this morning at 10 o’clock.  Interment at the Lofton cemetery.



Marysville Democrat – Mar 20, 1897, page 1


            Mrs. Mary  Kuster, wife of Frederick Kuster, died this morning at 11:30 o’clock at their home near Earle, in East Bear River Township, of pneumonia, aged 44 years.  She had been ill only a short time and her death was not then expected, even by the physician in attendance.  The date of funeral will appear later.


Marysville Appeal – Mar 21, 1897, page 1


            Mrs. Mary Kuster died a little before noon yesterday at her home near Earl, in East Bear River Township.  The deceased, the wife of Frederick Kuster, a well-known rancher, had been very ill for several days with pneumonia, but her friends did not expect her illness to terminate fatally.  She was a native of Massachusetts and forty-six years of age.  Services will be held at St. Joseph’s church to-morrow morning at 10:30.




Marysville Daily Appeal – Mar 4, 1902, page 4

MARRIED – In this city, March 3d, by Rev. W. M. Woodward, Daniel F. Kuster and Miss Irene Welch.



[Notes: Marysville Appeal - Sep 9, 1902, page 1 - Sam Kuster married Miss Annie J. Barrie.]



[Notes: Marysville Appeal and Marysville Democrat - Oct 6, 1904 - Martin Kuster married Ada Woodroffe of Smartsville.]



[Notes:  Marysville Appeal Apr 19, 1907, page 2 - Sam Kuster Jr. married Ethel W. Harrison of Wheatland.]



Marysville Appeal – Jun 26, 1908, page 6


            Mrs. Nevada A. Kuster, wife of John Kuster, died at Stockton yesterday morning.  The funeral will take place at Spenceville on Friday, June 26th, at 10 o’clock a.m.

            Mrs. Kuster was a native of California aged 55 years.  She was the daughter of Dorson Nichols of Spenceville and sister of Mrs. A. Carades and Ed Tabor of Marysville, Mrs. M. J. Hein of Sacramento, Mrs. Ed Spencer of Lodi, Al Nicols of Nevada City, Peter Nicols of French Corral and Frank Nichols of Spenceville.  She leaves four children. They are Mrs. Joe Welch, Mrs. Robert Shetterley, Walter Reed of Spenceville and M. E. Reed of Wheatland.

            R. E. Bevan has charge of the funeral which will take place Friday morning from the home place at Spenceville.



Marysville Democrat – Jul 14, 1909, page 8


            The many friends of John D. Kuster in Yuba county will be pleased to learn that he has been appointed to take charge of the business of the Pacific Gas and Electric company at San Jose, vice H. J. Edwards deceased, to become effective August 1st.  In speaking of the appointment of Mr. Kuster, the San Jose Mercury says:

            “It is understood that the policy of the company will not be changed in San Jose, as the head officials in San Francisco not only esteemed Mr. Edwards very highly in a personal sense, but had absolute confidence in his business management of their affairs here.  It is also said that the force of employes, who for so many years were associated with Mr. Edwards, will retain their positions, and that no changes will be made in this respect.  The improvements under way will be carried to completion as rapidly as possible.  Mr. Kuster comes highly recommended from Fresno, where he has made a managerial record.  A prominent official of the company, when asked if the new manager would be a San Jose man, made quick to say that while he would not be a San Jose man, it was not because of any disbelief in the ability of members of the San Jose staff to fill the place satisfactorily, but because of the necessity of having one of executive experience at a time when large improvements were in progress and others contemplated.”



Marysville Appeal – Sep 27, 1911, page 8


            The death is announced of Fred Kuster, one of the best known pioneers of this part of the state, and a man who has been identified with Yuba county since 1854.  Frederick Kuster was a native of Switzerland and came of that hardy mountain stock that has made good where ever it has had a chance, both at home and abroad.  He was born on March 20, 1838, and was only a boy of 4 years of age when his parents brought him to America.  They first settled in Ohio, but later moved to Illinois and from that state they crossed the plains to California when the gold excitement was at its height.  A place was taken up near Earl and there Mr. Kuster has lived ever since.  He leaves a wife, Mary Kuster, a foster son, Dr. Chas. Kuster of Los Angeles, a brother, John, in Washington and a brother, Samuel, at Earl, and two sisters, Mrs. L. Whitehead of Earl and Mrs. Edward Howser of Harney, Wash.  No man stood higher in the estimation of his neighbors and all who knew him, and the loss of no one will be more missed by his relatives and friends.

            The funeral of the late Frederick Kuster will take place from his home near Erle Thursday morning at 8 o’clock, thence to St. Joseph’s church in this city, where a requiem high mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul, commencing at 10 o’clock.

            The remains will be taken to San Francisco for interment.  Kelly Brothers have charge of the services.


Marysville Appeal – Oct 7, 1911, page 1


            The funeral of Fred Kuster, who died recently at his home near Wheatland, Yuba county, took place in San Francisco yesterday.  Born in Switzerland in 1843, he came to America in infancy and before he was 10 years of age drove an ox team from Council Bluffs to the western Sierra foothills.  He settled upon a government claim and through later purchased acquired a vast acreage, devoted to grain and cattle.



Marysville Democrat – Jul 27, 1916, page 1


            P. J. Delay this morning received a telegram from Bartlett Springs notifying him of the death at that place of Mrs. Mary D. Kuster, widow of the late Fred Kuster, of Erle.  Mrs. Kuster, according to reports from Bartlett Springs, died quite suddenly and her death will come as somewhat of a shock to her friends in this community.

            Mrs. Kuster is owner of The Lois apartments on D street, in this city.  She is an aunt of Jno. D. Kuster, manager of the Pacific Gas and Electric company at San Jose.

            Undertaker J. K. Kelly departed this morning for Bartlett Springs, and will bring the remains to this city, from which place they will be shipped to San Francisco, where interment will take place in the Holy Cross cemetery.

            Mrs. Kuster was quite well known in Yuba County, where she has resided for many years.  She had gone to Bartlett Springs for a short vacation.


Marysville Democrat – Jul 28, 1916, page 8


            The remains of the late Mrs. Mary D. Kuster were shipped from Kelly Brothers’ mortuary chapel this afternoon on the 1 o’clock train to San Francisco. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross cemetery tomorrow.



Marysville Democrat – Jul 5, 1917, page 8


            San Jose, July 5.  The death of Mrs. John D. Kuster of this city at 2:35 yesterday afternoon came as a painful surprise, for only the day previous her friends had noticed her apparently in good health and were unaware that her condition was such as to warrant anxiety.  The heartfelt sympathy of the whole community goes to Mr. Kuster, who, as manager of this district of the Pacific Gas and Electric company for several years, has attained unusual popularity.

            Mrs. Kuster, who had been ailing since the early part of 1915, though able to go about her duties, was taken suddenly ill of heart failure at 2 o’clock yesterday morning.  She was immediately attended by Drs. J. Underwood Hall, D. A. Beattie and M. F. Hopkins, but failed to rally, and passed away the same evening.

            Arrangements have been made to hold a prayer service for the decedent at St. Patrick’s church at 2 o’clock this afternoon, after which the remains will be conveyed to Marysville and interred in the family plot in the Marysville cemetery, under the direction of Kelly Bros.  Mass will be held in St. Joseph’s church, Marysville, on Friday morning at 9 o’clock.

            Mrs. Ellen B. Kuster was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth O’Brien, a distinguished pioneer family of Marysville.  She remained at her home until shortly after the earthquake, when she came to San Francisco, marrying Mr. Kuster there in 1909.  Soon afterwards her husband took charge of the San Jose district of the company and came here to live.  Since then Mrs. Kuster has endeared herself to the hearts of friends in every part of the city and county by a life devoted to charity in every form.  Her name was associated with almost every good cause in the community, and her time and service were freely and cheerfully given whenever the opportunity came of serving the less fortunate.

            Mrs. Kuster will linger in the memory as one whose natural charm and gentle, loving disposition drew friends instinctively towards her.  She was a perfect lady in all she did and her refined taste for music and art in all its forms distinguished a life of singular beauty and sweetness and loving devotion to her husband and home.

            Mrs. Kuster leaves one sister and two brothers to mourn her loss, Miss Katherine O’Brien, who for the past three years has been living at the family residence in San Jose; E. A. O’Brien, an attorney in San Francisco, and William P. O’Brien, of Wheatland.


Marysville Democrat – Jul 6, 1917, page 1


            The funeral of Mrs. John D. Kuster was held at 9 o’clock this morning, from the Catholic church here, with Father Sears officiating.  Many friends and acquaintances of the deceased were in attendance.  Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery, under the direction of Kelly Bros.  The following acted as pallbearers:  P. J. Delay, A. C. Stagner, Henry Creps, W. H. Carlin, Ed Wallis, and J. L. Sullivan.


Marysville Appeal – Jul 6, 1917, page 4


            Funeral services will be held this morning at 9:00 o’clock for Mrs. Nellie B. Kuster, who died suddenly in San Jose Wednesday evening following an attack of heart failure.  Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the requiem mass which will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.  Prayer services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock in St. Patrick’s Church in San Jose following which the body was shipped to this city.  Interment will take place in the Catholic Cemetery.

            The untimely passing of Nellie O’Brien Kuster Wednesday afternoon was received in Marysville where she was reared to womanhood, with the deepest regret.

            She was taken ill at two o’clock in the morning with a sudden attack of heart failure and twelve hours after had been summoned by the Angel of Death in spite of the best medical aid to be had.

            Mrs. Kuster was the eldest daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth O’Brien, pioneer residents of this county.

            She was a graduate of the College of Notre Dame and for a number of years was assistant postmistress in this city.  By her genial personality she gained for herself a legion of friends.

            In 1909, she was married in San Francisco, to John D. Kuster, a former resident of this city and at present general manager of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Jose.

            Following her marriage, Mrs. Kuster made her home in San Jose where she endeared herself to a large circle of friends by her lovable disposition and charitiable deeds.  She took an active part in the social and musical life of San Jose and was supremely happy in her home surroundings.

            In March, Mrs. Kuster visited friends in this city and appeared in splendid health.  She was a native of Wheatland and aged 41 years.

            Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her loss, a sister, Miss Katherin O’Brien, who makes her home in San Jose, Attorney Edward A. O’Brien of San Francisco and William P. O’Brien, manager of the O’Brien farm near Wheatland.


Marysville Appeal – Jul 7, 1917, page 5


            The funeral of Mrs. John D. Kuster was held yesterday morning from St. Joseph’s Catholic church where a requiem mass was celebrated. – Father Sears officiating.

            Many friends of the deceased were present to pay their last tribute.

            During the services Mrs. Henry Malloch rendered several vocal solos.

            The following acted as pall-bearers: Peter J. Delay, W. H. Carlin, Edgar Wallis, John L. Sullivan of this city, Henry Creps and A. C. Stagner of Wheatland.

            Interment was made in the family plot in the Catholic Cemetery, where the grave was banked with floral offerings.



Marysville Appeal – Mar 3, 1918, page 4


            John D. Kuster, a former resident of this city, now residing in San Jose where he is manager of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, was married to Miss Ella Casserly at the Vendome hotel in San Jose in the presence of a few relatives and close friends.  Rev. James K. Kramer, pastor of the First Baptist church, performed the ceremony which was followed by dinner.  Mrs. Kuster has been making her home with her aunt, Mrs. A. C. Appel in San Jose.  The couple are enjoying a short honeymoon.



Marysville Appeal – Jul 26, 1918, page 5


            Msr. Mary E. Kuster, wife of Samuel Kuster, died at the home ranch at Erle last night.  She was 66 years old, and crossed the plains by ox team.  Funeral services will be held Saturday.


Marysville Appeal – Jul 27, 1918, page 8


            Msr. Mary Kuster, wife of Samuel Kuster, a resident of the Earl district near Wheatland, and one of Yuba County’s well known pioneers, died Thursday evening about 11 o’clock, after a long lingering illness.

            She was a native of Missouri, and was 66 years old.  She crossed the plains by ox team fifty-three years ago. She is well known all over the county, and would have been married fifty years had she lived until next March.

            Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. A. Nutt, and four sons, Martin Kuster, Samuel Kuster, Jr., all of Wheatland; John D. Kuster, of San Jose; a sister, Mrs. George A. Bucklew, of Red Bluff, and seventeen grandchildren.

            Three of her daughters, Mrs. Rose Fraser, Mrs. Susie Kilroy, and Mrs. R. Wellman, have all preceded her to the grave.

            Funeral services will be held from her Earl residence, Saturday morning at 10 o’clock, and interment will be made in the Lofton cemetery.  R. E. Bevan & Son have charge of the funeral.


Marysville Appeal – Jul 28, 1918, page 4


            Gathered around the bier of Mrs. Mary E. Kuster at Erle yesterday was one of the most notable gatherings in the history of Yuba County.  They gathered to pay last respects to one of the builders of Yuba County and the Sacramento Valley.

            She was the wife of Samuel Kuster and mother of Mrs. Arthur Nutt and Martin Samuel, Emory E. and John D. Kuster, the latter of San Jose.  She was born in Missouri, and crossed the plains by ox team in 1865.  One sister, Mrs. Bucklew of Red Bluff, survives her.  There are seventeen grandchildren.

            Three of her daughters are dead.  They were Mrs. Susie Kilroy, Mrs. Rose Frosser and Mrs. Rie Wellman.

            Rev. Fred C. Zimmerman, pastor of the Christian church of Wheatland, oficiated at the services, and the interment which took place in the family plot in the Lofton cemetery, under the direction of R. E. Bevan & Son.

            The Christian church choir, composed of Mr. and Mrs. Will Jessup, Mrs. A. G. Oakley, Miss Mattie Beilby, Miss Luella Akins and Earl Akins rendered several songs for the occasion at the home and the interment service.

            The following were the casket bearers:  A. C. Stagner, Henry Creps, George Galligan, Ernest Nutt, William Boardman and Harry Dam.



Marysville Appeal – Sep 7, 1918, page 8


            The funeral services for John Kuster, who died in Los Angeles, Thursday, will be held at the home of E. E. Hutchinson in the Earle District, Sunday morning, at 11 o’clock.  Interment will be in the Lofton cemetery under the direction of R. E. Bevan & Son.

            John Kuster is a former resident of the Erle district, but has resided in Los Angeles for some time.  For many years he was engaged in farming in Yuba County, arriving here in 1853, where he remained until 1905, when he moved to Washington, later going to Los Angeles.  He was a native of Switzerland, and was past 80 years of age.

            Kuster is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joseph McDevitt of Sacramento, and Mrs. Ernest Hutchinson of Yuba County; and four sons, Dan, of Washington; Pert of Marysville; Sam, of Folsom, and John Kuster, Jr., of Los Angeles.

            Kuster leaves a brother, Sam Kuster, of Yuba County, and two sisters, Mrs. Louisa Whitesides of Yuba County, and Mrs. Hannah Howser of Oregon.



Marysville Democrat – Jan 2, 1919, page 5


            Experiencing the actual hardships and dangers, Samuel Kuster, pioneer resident of Yuba county, who died at an early hour this morning at his home in the Erle district, crossed the plains to California with his parents in 1853 when a small boy.  They were six months en route from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Nevada City.  Starting with a small band of cattle and a team of mules, they lost all but the team, an ox and a cow while the team they were finally forced to trade for provisions.  Upon their arrival here they located in Nevada City where they engaged in mining.  In January, 1854, they located in Yuba county, settling on a government claim and Samuel Kuster has been a resident here ever since.

            Samuel Kuster was a native of Berne, Switzerland, and was 78 years of age.  He came to America when but seven years of age about 1817, settling in Ohio.  He is the father of John D. Kuster of San Jose, Martin and Emery Kuster of this county and Mrs. A. F. Butt of Wheatland.  He also was a member of Sutter Lodge of Odd Fellows of Wheatland.  R. E. Bevan and son have charge of funeral arrangements which will be announced later.

            The funeral will be held at 1:30 Friday from the family home in Erle and interment made in the Lofton cemetery.


Marysville Appeal – Jan 3, 1919, page 4


            Samuel Kuster died early yesterday morning at his home in the Earle district. With his passing is goen another of the early pioneers who helped to build up the state.

            Kuster came to California from Iowa, in 1853, experiencing many of the hardships of the prairie.

            He was born in Berne, Switzerland, 78 years ago.  He came to the United States when 7 years of age and to California while still very young.

            The funeral will be held at 1:30 this afternoon from the family home, and interment will be made in the Lofton cemetery.

            He is the father of John D. Kuster of San Jose, Martin and Emery Kuster of this county, and Mrs. A. F. Butt of Wheatland. He also was a member of Sutter Lodge of Odd Fellows of Wheatland.  R. E. Bevan and son have charge of funeral arrangements.



Marysville Appeal – Jan 1, 1920, page 1


            A daughter was born in San Jose, December 20th to Mr. and Mrs. John D. Kuster, former residents of Marysville.  Kuster is the manager of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Jose district.



[Notes:  Marysville Appeal - Oct 6, 1922, page 8 - Ruby Kuster married Elmer Lathrop of Sutter Co.]



Marysville Appeal – Nov 13, 1923, page 1


            Funeral services for Reynolds Loomer Kuster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kuster of Linda district, who was killed in an automobile accident near Pentz early Sunday morning, and in which M. S. Woodruffe, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Woodruffe of Chico, his cousin, was probably fatally injured, will be held this afternoon at 1 o’clock from the Bevan Funeral Home.  Interment will take place in the family plot at Lofton cemetery.

            Woodruffe, who is a cousin of Kuster, is suffering from internal injuries and abrasions about the head and body.  He said that he and his cousin were returning from Marysville to Stirling City, where they were employed.  Woodruffe was driving the car when the boys came to a sharp turn in the road, and before the curve could be negotiated, the car swerved and turned over.

            The body of Kuster was taken to Oroville and his parents were notified of the tragedy.  According to Dr. J. Wilson of Oroville, Woodruffe has a slight chance for recovery.

            Young Kuster, with his cousin, visited his aunts, Mrs. David Canning and Mrs. Charles Schellinger, in this city on Saturday.

            Reynolds Kuster is survived by two sisters, Muriel and Veda Kuster, both of Erle, besides his parents.  Mrs. J. T. Vineyard of Marysville is his grandmother.  The remains were conveyed to Marysville yesterday, following the inquest held at Oroville.

            Reynolds Kuster was born in Wheatland, July 19, 1905.  He was educated in the Wheatland Grammar School, the Marysville High School, and was working for funds with which to complete his education.

            The deceased leaves a host of friends to mourn his untimely death.



Marysville Daily Appeal – Feb. 1, 1925, page 5


Sacramento, Jan. 31. – At a pretty wedding ceremony at 3 o’clock toady Miss Anna Kuster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Kuster, became the bride of Edward  Carnahan of this city, formerly of Marysville.

            The home which the newlyweds will occupy on their return from their honeymoon and which is located at 2810 O street provided the setting for the service and 25 of the relatives and more intimate friends witnessed it.  The Rev. A. Watson Brown of Calvary Baptist church officiated.  Later there was a reception and dinner.

            The wedding bower was made from stands of smilax interwoven with pink and white carnations, and an arch and a wedding bell were arranged in the living room, where the couple took the vows.

            The bride wore an afternoon gown of orchid taffeta with silver trimming.  It was fashioned in youthful bouffant mode with an apron effect and silver lace edging.  There were no sleeves and a silver flower was the only hair ornament.  A corsage of orchids and lilies of the valley replaced the formal bridal bouquet. 

            Mrs. P. J. Hartman was her sister’s one attendant, and Leo Girot accompanied the groom and best man.

            The matron of honor wore satin, a pale shade of pink, and her flowers were pink roses.

            Mr. and Mrs. Carnahan will go south on their honeymoon, with Los Angeles as their destination.  They will be away a week or 10 days.



Appeal Democrat – Aug 19, 1948, page 6


            Word of the death Aug. 17 in Washtucna, Wash., of Mrs. D. F. Kuster, 64, a native of Yuba county has been received here by relatives.

            Mrs. Kuster, whose funeral is to be conducted in the northern state, was the eldest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Welch, early residents in the Waldo area where Camp Beale now exists.  She was born in Waldo and went to school in the long-since abandoned rural school called Long Ravine.

            She had been a resident of Washington for many years, and is survived by her husband and eight children and six grand-children.

            She is also survived by sisters, Mrs. A. A. Whiteside of Terra Buena, Mrs. J. W. Sutfin of Yuba City and Mrs. Chris Butler of Grass Valley, and brothers, Chester, Ira and Nevens of Lincoln, Ray of Browns Valley and W. R. Welch of Sacramento.