YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





A native of Wheatland, Cal., and also one of its oldest residents, is Cyrus Harry Dam, who was born on his fatherís old homestead, a quarter of a mile from what is now the town, April 14, 1868, a son of Cyrus K. and Frances Leoni (Scott) Dam, who are represented on another page in this work.

Harry Dam, as he is familiarly called by all who know him, was reared on the home place and educated in the public schools of Wheatland.  From a youth he assisted his father on the farm, and early learned habits of industry and thrift.  Thus, he followed farming and stockraising with his father until his death, after which he took up the management of the ranch interests.  As they prospered, they added to the holdings until the Dam estate now comprises over 2700 acres, devoted to raising grain, cattle and sheep; and of late they have also turned their attention to horticulture, and they also own and operate the warehouses at Wheatland.

Mr. Dam was married in Wheatland, on May 24, 1891, being united with Miss Sarah Magdalene Haines, who was born in Pekin, Ill., a daughter of Murray and Mary Catherine (Glover) Haines, natives respectively of Pekin, Ill., and Bethany, Mo.  The former was a graduate of the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Business College, and served as its secretary for two years.  During the Civil War he was a member of the 62nd Illinois Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, and rose to the rank of Captain.  He was engaged in manufacturing in Pekin, Ill., when he died.  His widow now makes her home in Oakland.  Grandfather Jonathan Haines was born in England, and came to Illinois, where he was married to Sarah Hinsey, who was born in Scotland.  He became a successful manufacturer of farm implements in Pekin, Ill., where he was the inventor of the Haines Header and the Buckeye Mowers.  He was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, the great Emancipator.  Mrs. Damís grandparents, Elcana and Magdalene (Stipes) Glover, were natives of France, and on coming to the United States located in New Orleans, where Elcana Glover was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  Mrs. Dam attended school in Pekin, Ill., until sixteen years of age, when she came to Wheatland to make her home with her uncle and aunt, Dr. and Mrs. Durst, and it was here she met and married Mr. Dam.  Their union was blessed with four children: Leoni Katherine, the wife of R. H. Blackford, of Wheatland; Mildred Ethel, wife of A. L. Phillips, also residing in Wheatland; Dorothy Magdalene, the wife of L. D. Boone, of Roseville, and Eleanor Rosella, a graduate of the Marysville High School, now attending Healdís Business College in San Jose.  Mrs. Dam is prominent in civic and social affairs, being a Past Matron and Past District Deputy in the Order of the Eastern Star, and a former Nobel Grand and the present District Deputy in the Rebekahs., She is ex-president of the Wheatland Civic Club, and ex-president of the Bi-Counties Federated Womanís Clubs, and is one of the vice-presidents of the Northern District Federated Womanís Clubs.  She also holds memberships in the Wheatland Wednesday Study Club and Marysville Art Club, and is active in the work of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.  Mr. Dam and his family reside at the family home, established in Wheatland as early as 1875.  He is a stockholder in the Sperry Flour Company.  In fraternal affiliation, he is a member of Nicolaus Chapter, No. 129, F. & A.M., Wheatland; the Eastern Star; and Sutter Lodge, No. 100, I.O.O.F., Wheatland, in which he is a Past Grand; and is also a member of the Rebekah Lodge.  Mr. Dam is a Republican in national politics, and has served acceptably as a delegate to county and State conventions; and he has served three times as a member of the grand jury.


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

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An experienced, optimistic and up-to-date rancher is Ira E. Nall, who lives about two and one-half miles northeast of Meridian, where he exerts an enviable influence in favor of agricultural development and deserves his full share of credit for what has been accomplished there.  He was born about four miles to the east of Meridian, so that he is now living and operating under an environment with which he has been familiar these many years.

On December 6, 1860, Ira Nall entered the family circle of Matthew and Charlotte (Ormsby) Nall, both natives of New York, the former a pioneer of 1854, when he came out to California around Cape Horn.  Mr. and Ms. Nall married in the eastern metropolis, and Mrs. Nall followed her husband to the Coast in 1855.  Mr. Nall worked in the mines for a short time, and then settled about 1856, at a place about one mile to the north of West Butte, where he bought half a section of grazing land and engaged in the cattle business; but later he sold out his Butte holding, and purchased eighty acres three miles east of Meridian.  He built a comfortable and attractive home, and lived the life of a California rancher until he retired, when he sold that place and removed to San Jose; and there he died at the age of eighty-four.  Mrs. Nall, who breathed her last at Meridian, lived to be sixty-three.  Seven children were happy in the enjoyment of life at the Nall homestead: Ida became Mrs. Cope, of San Jose; Ira is the subject of this instructive story; Clara is Mrs. Jones, of Wheatland; Ada has become Mrs. Raub, and lives near her sister, Ida Cope; Jesse passed away at the age of twenty-eight; Edith, Mrs. Stevenson, lives at San Jose; and Waldo is at Meridian.

Ira E. Nall attended the West Butte grammar school and the college at College City, in Colusa County, and when of age, he started out in the world for himself.  He leased a ranch and garden in the vicinity of Meridian, where he was married.

On October 28, 1888, Mr. Nall and Miss Nettie Paine were married.  She was born in Yuba County, the daughter of John Allen Paine, and she came to Meridian when a little girl, and so attended school there, her father being a miner; and she grew up to be familiar with the vicinity.  After his marriage, Mr. Nall leased 120 acres of his fatherís farm for twelve years, and about 1900 he bought the present home place.  This ranch has 140 choice acres, devoted to a dairy of from twenty-five to sixty cows.

The following children blessed the happy family life of Mr. and Mrs. Nall.  Reeta became Mrs. Hixson and is deceased; Pearl has become Mrs. Knox, and lives at Meridian; Alice, or Mrs. Taylor, lives near her; and Howard is the youngest in the group.  Mrs. Taylor has one son, Wesley, and one baby girl named Bettie Joyce.  Mrs. Hixson had two children, Emerson and Donald; and Howard had a son named Howard, Jr., who was taken with scarlet fever and passed away January 14, 1924, being two years and two months of age.  Mrs. Nall died on October 16, 1906, and was mourned by all who knew her.  In politics Mr. Nall is a Republican.


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

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