A highly esteemed and progressive rancher and stock-raiser of Yuba County, Charles Muck was born on February 13, 1854, on the old George Muck ranch at Wheatland, the son of George and Jane (Spencer) Muck, natives of Pennsylvania and England respectively. George Muck was born on August 7, 1816; and on October 29, 1843, he married his first wife, Elizabeth Spencer, who was born October 26, 1821. They were the parents of one son, George Cyrus, who was born September 9, 1844, and died September 15, 1845. Mrs. Muck passed away soon after the birth of her son, on September 21, 1844. George Muck was married a second time, being united to his deceased wife’s sister, Jane Spencer. They were married at Oquawka, Ill., on October 25, 1846. Jane Spencer was born on February 22, 1828, in England, and emigrated to the United States when she was a young girl. George Muck crossed the plains in 1850, and his wife followed in 1852. He mined for a short time and then settled on Dry Creek, two and one-half miles east of Wheatland, where he took up a half-section of government land and pre-empted it for $1.25 per acre. After buying several small pieces of land, he became the owner of 450 acres on which he raised grain, hogs, horses and cattle. This worthy couple were the parents of nine children: John Henry, deceased; Charles, of this sketch; Nathaniel Thomas and Mary Soloma, deceased; James Albert, a rancher of Wheatland; Sarah Jane, deceased; William Y. and George Edward, ranchers on the old home place; and Frank Henry, a partner of Charles. George Muck passed away December 12, 1886.
Charles Muck was educated at the Elizabeth school for one year, and at a school which the neighbors and his father built close to their home, in what was afterwards the Wheatland district. It was held in a small cabin, and was taught by a hired teacher. He worked with his father until he was twenty-three years old, and then started out for himself. About 1900 he and his brother, Frank H., purchased 350 acres of silt land on the Bear River for $2.75 per acre. The brothers did the reclaiming work and built the first levees here, using horse teams and scrapers, each year increasing the height of the levees until Reclamation District No. 817 was formed, of which he has been a trustee since its formation. The land was thickly covered with brush and timber, which had to be cleared and cut; and this they did, transforming it from a wilderness to one of the most productive farms in the State. In fact, there is no better soil in the world than this silt soil. They have engaged in grain- and stock-raising, running about 100 head of cattle, 300 head of sheep, and 250 head of hogs. They have sold off but eighty-one acres, having refused $300 an acre for their land. Mr. Muck still owns eighty-two acres of the old home ranch, which he farms to hay and grain. He is enterprising, and aids in movements that have for their aim the development of the county. Mr. Muck is a stanch Republican. Fraternally, he is a member of Sutter Lodge, No. 100, I.O.O.F., of Wheatland.
History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924
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