One of the ablest and most successful mining engineers of the West is Charles Moore, whose operations have for many years centered in Utah, but who is an honored resident of Yuba City, where he has a beautiful and commodious residence and office. Mr. Moore was born near Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, August 12, 1871, and is a son of Joe and Mary (Fondren) Moore, both of whom are deceased. When he was about twelve years of age, the family moved to the vicinity of Fort Worth, Texas, where the father engaged in farming and stockraising. He was the owner of three thousand acres of land, six hundred and forty acres of which were under cultivation. There Charles Moore was reared and his early education was received in the rural schools of that neighborhood. At fifteen years of age he entered high school in Fort Worth, which he attended three years, after which he matriculated in the University of Texas, from which he was graduated with the degree of Civil Engineer in 1892. He engaged in surveying in western Texas and in New Mexico, but, discovering a technical knowledge of mining engineering also was essential in this western country if he were to succeed, he returned to the University of Texas, at Austin, and pursued the mining engineering courses during 1901-2. In 1903 he went to Colorado and completed his mining engineering studies in the Colorado School of Mines, at Golden. He took a special course, in which he secured practical experience at actual work, handling pick and shovel in order to get practical knowledge of every phase of the business, including mining and milling. His first practical efforts were at Leadville, Colorado, where he became financially interested in mines. Subsequently he went to Utah, locating at Park City, where he built two mills of his own, and was operating his mines there when, in April, 1906, word was received of the San Francisco earthquake and fire. In 1910 Moore’s mines and mills were merged with the Utah-California Exploration Company, Mr. Moore being still the principal owner and active manager. It is worthy of note that his mining property has never missed a dividend since 1910.

     Recently Mr. Moore became interested in two other mines at Park City and is now the principal owner of the Star of Utah Mining Company and the Mayflower Mining Company. Owing to the long, hard winters of Utah, and being snowbound in Park City about seven months of the year, Mr. Moore decided to seek a more agreeable climate in which to establish his permanent home. He had first considered San Diego, California, but was finally prevailed upon, in 1926, to locate in Marysville, California. He now has one of the finest country residences in Sutter county, located at 560 Cooper avenue, Yuba City. The building is an imposing structure of red brick, and from his office here he conducts the operation of his Utah mines, for which work he employs three clerks and stenographers. Mr. Moore is greatly impressed with the agricultural and horticultural possibilities of Sutter county, but adheres to the old adage, “Shoemaker, stick to your lasts,” and confines his entire business activities to his mining interests in Utah, in which he has been distinctively successful. However, he is the owner of a thousand acres of fine land in the Imperial valley, which he rents out to good advantage.

     On March 21, 1907, in North Carolina, Mr. Moore was untied in marriage to Miss Louise Harris, who was born in that state and is a daughter of the late J. N. Harris, a planter, who died in May, 1930, at the age of eighty years. Mr. and Mrs. Moore are the parents of three daughters, Louise, Mary and Charlie. Mrs. Moore is a member of one of America’s old families that came from England to this country in 1733 and settled in North Carolina. They were related to the Holmes and Gray families. The Moore family also is of English origin, having come over and settled in North Carolina in 1730, and during the subsequent two hundred years member of the family have been large landowners and planters. Three Moore brothers fought in behalf of the colonies in the war of the Revolution. Mr. Moore’s mother, Mary (Fondren) Moore, was a granddaughter of Colonel Block, who fought under General Marion in the Revolutionary war.

     Mr. Moore takes an active interest in public affairs, though he maintains and independent attitude as far as political party lines are concerned. For many years he was a member of the Park City commercial club of Park City, Utah, and was for nine years its president. He was several times importuned to accept the office of mayor of Park City, but each time declined the honor. He assisted in the organization of the State Bank of Park City and in various ways contributed to the welfare of that place. He is identified with a number of Park City’s fraternal organizations, including the Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Loyal Order of Moose, and for the past three years has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Yuba City. He is a man of action rather than words and has accomplished much through his persistent energy and industry, backed by sound, practical judgment.

Transcribed by Craig Hahn.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 pgs. 326-340 The Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

(see document from his Utah=California Exploration Company)



     Erling S. Norby, a member of the Yuba county bar, who ranks as a learned and successful lawyer and a capable and trustworthy district attorney, was born in Ada, Norman county, Minnesota, on the 4th of  December, 1890, and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Norby. The father, who died when his son was about twelve years of age, was born in Trondhjem, Norway, and the mother in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, their marriage taking place in the Red River valley of Minnesota. The father, a pioneer of Norman county, Minnesota, became a successful farmer, cultivating six hundred and forty acres of land. He was also a lumberman, owned a flour mill at Ada and as publisher of the Norman County Herald exerted a marked influence on public affairs of this locality. He served two terms as county clerk of Norman county and two terms as county auditor. To him and his wife were born three sons: Erling S.; Fritz, who is in the real estate business at Great Falls, Minnesota, and Joris, who is engaged in contracting and building at Corpus Christi, Texas. After the death of her husband, the mother became the wife of Dr. W. B. Holmes, of Ada, Minnesota, and died in 1927, at the age of sixty-five years.

     Erling S. Norby obtained his early education in the public schools of Ada, Minnesota, after which he entered the law school of the University of Minnesota, and was graduated in 1915. He worked his way through college, being employed in the law office of Frank and Louis Hubachek, corporation attorneys in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1915, Mr. Norby was admitted to the bar and engaged in the practice of law at Great Falls, Montana, where he formed a partnership with Loy J. Molumby, under the firm name of Molumby & Norby. They became well established and were building up a nice practice about the time the United States was drawn into the World war. In December, 1917, Mr. Norby, enlisted in the air service of the Untied States Army and on completing his training was assigned as flying instructor to Rockwell field, San Diego, and to March field, Riverside, California, where he remained until the termination of the war. In June, 1918, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and after hostilities cease, continued in the service as a first lieutenant, until December 20, 1922, when he resigned, though he is still a member of the Reserves, in which he holds a commission as captain. On leaving the active service he had decided to locate in southern California, but was transferred to the major field at Sacramento, under Major Atkinson, who made Lieutenant Norby his adjutant and second in command at that place. Mr. Norby then located in Marysville, California, in 1926. He gained prompted recognition as a capable lawyer and in 1928 was elected district attorney, which position he is still filling in a very satisfactory manner. He also served as United States Commissioner for northern California during 1925-6.

     On December 10, 1919, at Ada, Minnesota, Mr. Norby was united in marriage to Miss Florence Allen, making a special trip home from the army to claim his bride. She is the daughter of C. C. Allen, who was a business associate and partner of J. C. Norby at Ada. The Allen family is descended from the old colonial family of which Ethan Allen was a member. Mrs. Norby was born and reared in Minnesota, and takes an active interest in the club, social and civic affairs of Marysville. Mr. And Mrs. Norby have three children, Charles Allen and Barbara, who are attending grammar school, and Marjorie, who is in kindergarten.

     Politically a republican, Mr. Norby is a member of the state central committee. He belongs to the Corinth Lodge, No. 9, F. & A. M., at Marysville; Marysville Lodge, No. 783, B. P. O. E.; the Fraternal Order of Eagles, of which he is a past president; the Marysville Lions Club; Yuba-Sutter Post, No. 42, A. L., of which he is a past commander; and is an honorary member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He and his wife are earnest members of the Presbyterian Church in Marysville, in which Mrs. Norby is a very active worker. Mr. Norby is essentially a self-made man and has worked his way to the front through his ability, good judgment and persistent industry. A man of sterling qualities, stanch integrity and high ideals, since coming to Marysville he has gained and retained the uniform respect and esteem of his fellowmen.

Transcribed by Craig Hahn.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 pgs. 165-167 The Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.


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