YUBA  COUNTY

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MRS. AGNES WEBER MEADE

     Mrs. Agnes Weber Meade, who is rendering very efficient service as superintendent of schools of Yuba county, came to this position with the advantage of years of practical experience as a teacher and well defined ideas as to educational methods, the results being that she has given the county an administration signalized by unusual efficiency. Born at Franklin Corners, Yuba county, she is a daughter of Nicholas Joseph and Mary Barbara (Deuser) Weber. Her father was born in Iowa in 1857 and in 1864 came to California with his parents, who settled on a government land grant, about four miles west of Yuba City. Mr. Weber was there reared to manhood and later followed farming in Sutter county. The old Weber ranch comprised one hundred and sixty acres and both the grandparents died thereon when their son was but twelve years of age. The father, who is seventy-three years of age, now makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. Meade, in Marysville. The mother passed away in 1915. To them were born six children, namely: Gertrude, who lives in Marysville; Agnes; Mary, who is the wife of B. W. White, conducting a book and stationery store and news agency in Monterey; Nicholas J. Jr., who runs a grocery store in Yuba City and also owns forty acres of the old home ranch, which he is devoting to orchards; Frank, who is engaged in the garage business, and Mrs. Cecelia Loughridge, who resides in San Francisco, where her late husband was in the employ of the Standard Oil Company.

     Agnes Weber was about six years old when her parents established their home in Marysville, where her father engaged in the draying business. She was there reared to young womanhood, attending the public schools and eventually became a student in the College of Notre Dame, from which she graduated with the class of 1902. She passed the county examination for teachers, after which she taught in the public schools of Yuba county until 1908. She then entered the State Teachers College, at San Jose, from which she was graduated in June, 1909. She then resumed teaching and after one year in Sutter county, came back to Yuba county and taught here in the rural schools until 1913, after which she taught in the grammar schools of Marysville until 1918, when she became the wife of William Joseph Meade, of Smartville, Yuba county. He died in 1921, at the age of forty-one years, leaving a daughter, Helen. There is also a posthumous child, William Joseph. Mr. Meade was a farmer and stockman at Smartville, where he was born.

     After her husbandís death, Mrs. Meade resumed her former place as a teacher in the grammar schools of Marysville, filling that position until 1926, when she received the nomination for county superintendent of school, and was elected for the four-year term. She has devoted her attention closely to the duties of her position, which she has discharged in an able and credible manner. She has under her supervision twenty-eight rural elementary schools, one city elementary school, two union high schools, those at Marysville and Wheatland, and the junior college at Marysville. There are fifteen hundred pupils in the elementary schools, five hundred students in the high schools, and one hundred and sixty students in the junior college, doing the first two years of university work. Mrs. Meade is not only a capable educator but also gives a due share of her attention to the health of the pupils, which she regards as of prime importance. Yuba county has a splendid educational record, the percentage of children in school being large and steadily increasing.

     Mrs. Meade is a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, being a past president of Marysville Parlor, No. 162. She is the grand regent of Marysville Court, No. 690, C. D. A., and belongs to the Soroptimist Club and the Business Womenís Club of Yuba and Sutter counties. She belongs to the Alumni Association of Notre Dame College; the Yuba County Teachersí Association, of which she is the president; the California Teachersí Association, and the National Education Association. She was reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church and is still faithful to her early teachings. Her sister Gertrude assists her in caring for her children and houseful, so that she may devote her attention to her official duties. Her chief recreational interest is in the game of tennis, which she greatly enjoys. In all her social relations she is cordial and agreeable, and throughout the community in which she has spent practically al of her life she is held in the highest esteem. 

Transcribed by Craig Hahn.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 pgs. 461-462. The Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

GEORGE W. MILLER

     George W. Miller, sexton of the Yuba City Cemetery, who performs his duties in a manner that is very satisfactory, was born in Modoc county, California, on the 27th of October, 1872, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Philip Miller, both of whom are deceased and are buried at Alturas, Modoc county. The father was married twice, having three children by his first wife, and nine children, of whom George W. is one, by the second marriage. John P. Miller crossed the plains with ox team and covered wagon in 1849, and at first gave his attention to gold mining. Later he became an extensive farmer and stockman in the Stone Coal valley of Modoc county.

     In that locality George W. Miller was reared and attended the public schools. He began his independent business career by buying a farm in Hot Springs valley, where he started ranching and stockraising thirty years ago. He prospered to a satisfactory degree and remained there until 1922, when he left the farm and went to Auburn, and subsequently to Yuba City in order to obtain the services of a chiropractor, for he was in poor health at that time. He was greatly benefited and soon afterward he secured a place as helper to the sexton of the Yuba City cemetery. When the sexton went away Mr. Miller was made assistant sexton, and later sexton, in the capacity he is still serving. This is one of the pioneer cemeteries of Yuba county, many of the first settlers being buried here. Mr. Miller takes great pride in keeping the grounds in fine condition at all times. Mr. Miller is also serving as caretaker of the mausoleum owned by the North American Mausoleum Association, located on land contiguous to the Yuba City cemetery. The mausoleum, which stands on land owned by Miss Nettie Snook, of Healdsburg, is a beautiful, commodious and modern structure.

     In 1905 Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Fellencer, who was born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, whence she came to California in young womanhood. To them have been born six children, namely, Bennita, Martha, Wilma, Genevieve, Orris and Virgil. In his political views Mr. Miller is a democrat and has always been interested in public affairs. He capably served as a member of the school board while a resident of Modoc county. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church and give their support to every cause which has for its object the betterment of the community.

Transcribed by Craig Hahn.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 pgs. 233-234 The Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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