YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





Well deserving the enviable status he enjoys among railway officials in California, Harold J. Morley fills a position of helpful service to the public in the performance of his duties as freight and passenger agent of the Western Pacific Railroad at Marysville.  He was born at Dyersville, Iowa, on August 3, 1877, and started to work with the Illinois Central Railroad Company, filling positions in various parts of Iowa.  In 1906, he moved westward to Colorado, where he worked for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad; and later he was traveling auditor for the Nevada Northern Railroad Company.  In 1908, he entered the employ of the Western Pacific Railroad in Nevada, as traveling freight agent, and in 1909 he was transferred to Marysville as freight and passenger agent.  Coming here only a year after the railroad he represents was built, and entering into the solution of local problems with enthusiasm, Mr. Morley has been a constructive factor in building up and advancing the interests of the Western Pacific Railroad in the Marysville district; and the public has been quick to appreciate his helpful devotion to its service.  In addition to his activities as a railway official, Mr. Morley owns and successfully operates a ranch of forty acres in Sutter County.

At Nashua, Iowa, Mr. Morley and Miss Celia Louise Stuelke, a native of Nashua, were united in marriage.  Mr. and Mrs. Morley are the parents of three children: Frederick B., with the Standard Oil Company at Anaheim; Dorothy, attending college at Fullerton; and Robert, a student in the local high school.  Mrs. Morley is active in club work, being a member of the Marysville Art Club.


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

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An experienced rancher, well-known in and beyond the Cranmore district, is George Correll, who was born at Downieville, Cal., on August 19, 1853, the son of Dominique and Virginia (Gainey) Correll, the former a pioneer who came to California in 1849 by way of Panama.  He was a native of the province of Gascony, in France; and on making for the United States, he first came to New Orleans and then migrated westward to California.  He went into the gold mines at Downieville, Sierra County, and soon afterward started a butcher shop; and the latter enterprise he maintained for some time.  Mrs. Correll was a native of Louisiana, and was married to Mr. Correll in New Orleans.  In 1852 she joined her husband in California, coming by way of Panama.  George Correll was the first white child born in Downieville; and the next day after his birth a girl baby, Isabelle Ayres, also first saw the light there.  There were four children in the family.  George is the eldest; Anthony is in Sutter City; Mary Louise has become Mrs. Poffenberger, of Yuba City; and Theodore is in Sacramento.  In 1860, Dominique Correll removed to Marysville, where he had a butcher shop for a year.  On selling out, he removed to a farm near Kirksville on the Sacramento River; and there he died at the age of eighty-four, highly esteemed by all who knew him.  His good wife passed away on the same ranch at the age of almost ninety-nine years.

George Correll attended school awhile for only two months out of each year; but eventually he went to Hesperian College in Woodland.  Thereafter he was associated with his father on the home place of 440 acres until twenty-seven years ago, at which time he started in to farm for himself.  He bought his present ranch of 179 acres, eight miles north of the old home-place, the ranch he now operates; and there he raises sheep, hogs, corn, barley and alfalfa.

At Sacramento, on September 12, 1904, Mr. Correll was married to Mrs. Mary Louise (Matlock) Thayer, a native of Calloway County, Mo.  Her parents were William H. and Martha Ann (Slavens) Matlock; and her father was born and reared in Warren County, Ky., while her mother was born and brought up in Middleton, Montgomery County, Mo.  Mr. Matlock was a farmer, and the father of eight children, among whom Mrs. Correll was the third in the order of birth.  She attended a private school in Missouri, and accompanied her folks to California in the autumn of 1874, when they settled at Kirksville on the Sacramento River.  And there, on the ranch they had so greatly improved, and where they had won the respect of their new neighbors, these worthy parents died, the father in his eighty-first year, the mother in her seventy-third.  Before her marriage to Mr. Correll, Mrs. Correll was the widow of Daniel Sabin Thayer, a native of Oneida County, N.Y., who had come to California in 1852, had worked in the mines, and had settled in Sonoma County in the late fifties, and later still at Kirksville.  He died October 14, 1884, at Kirksville, leaving his widow with two children, Harry M. and Daniel S. Thayer, both of Yuba City.  Prior to her union with Mr. Thayer Mrs. Correll had been married to Jesse Davis, her first husband, by whom she had one son, William Spencer Davis, also now at Yuba City.  Mr. Correll is a Democrat, while Mrs. Correll is a Republican–a contrasting difference in political views and support that helps to maintain a perfect “balance of power.”


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

p 888



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