YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





            In 1866 William P. Niesen arrived in California and thereafter he spent the time until he was eighteen in Sutter County, after which he was occupied in Tulare and Kern Counties, and in Washington; but since 1882 he has made his home in Sutter County, on a ranch southwest of Sutter City, where he now has 160 acres of fine land.  He was born in Osage County, Mo., August 21, 1856, a son of Phillip and Katherine (Marconi) Niesen. With other members of the family, he came via Panama from Missouri to California, arriving on April 12, 1866, at the place where the long bridge crosses Butte Slough south of the buttes, and settled in that neighborhood.  He began to make his won way at the age of eighteen, and spent one year in the San Joaquin Valley.  He then went to eastern Washington, in 1877, and in 1879 homesteaded 160 acres of land near Spokane, where he remained until 1882, when he came back  to the home place near Sutter City.

            On October 11, 1888, Mr. Niesen was married to Miss Ruby Davis, a native daughter of California; and one son, Phillip D., was born to them.  Mr. Niesen is a Democrat in politics, and for eight years he served as supervisor for District No. 3, of Sutter County.  For several years, also, he served as a trustee of the Brittan school district; and when the Sutter Union High School was founded, he served as clerk of the board of trustees for seven years.  Fraternally, he is an Odd Fellow, having joined the order in Spokane, Wash.  He was demitted to Yuba City Lodge in 1883; and during that year he became a member of the Marysville Encampment.  He is a Past Grand and a Past Chief Patriarch of the order.


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

p. 955-956





            A very efficient and popular public official of Sutter County is George B. Baker, the deputy sheriff, who is also deputy city marshal of Yuba City.  A native son of the Golden State, he was born at Upper Lake, in Lake County, on September 5, 1882.  His father, Jesse Kilgore Baker, was born in Kentucky in 1841, but was raised in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., from the age of nine years.  In 1862 he crossed the plains in an ox-team train to California, where he became a rancher in Lake County, engaged in raising hops at Upper Lake.  Later he removed to Gilliam County, Ore., where he ranched for a few years, and then returned to California, spending his last days in Marysville.  George Bakerís mother was Tabitha Ellen Palmer, born in Schuyler County, Mo., in 1859.  She came to California as a young lady, and now resides in Sacramento.

            George B. Baker is the fourth in order of birth in a family of eight children, and was reared and educated in Sutter County from the age of seven years, attending school in the Live Oak district.  At the early age of thirteen, he commenced to work for himself, finding a job on the ranch of William Saunders, where he drove an eight-mule team in the grain fields; and he continued to follow ranch work until he was seventeen.  Then he worked on the flume at the Colegate Power House, after which, for four years, he was in the wholesale department of the J. R. Garrett Company, at Marysville, and still later was ditch tender for the Excelsior Mining & Water Company at Smartsville.  For four years, too, he was with the Nevada Transfer Company, at Reno; and then he farmed with his brother in Yuba County, next going north into the State of Washington, to work in the harvest fields.  Returning south to California and Marysville, he worked in the machine shops of the Yuba Construction Company. Now he is engaged in trucking for himself, using a G.M.C. truck; and he owns a ten-acre vineyard in Sutter County, set out to the Thompson Seedless grapes.

            As an officer, Mr. Baker has proven fearless and efficient, seeking at all times to do the right thing, and never failing to encourage others to keep within the law and thus to preserve that degree of order which is the foundation of human liberty and safety.  In this respect, he is something more than a mere office-holder; he is a public-spirited citizen, and exerts the helpful influence that should accompany the enforcement of law and order.

            Mr. Baker was married at Yuba City on September 5, 1906, when he took for his wife Miss May Louise Luyster, a native daughter of Kansas, born near Neosho Falls, and a gifted, devoted woman.  She is the daughter of Isaac Newton and Margaret Alice (Brandstatt) Luyster, born in Indiana and Ohio, respectively.  They moved to Kansas, where, after their marriage, the father engaged in farming.  He came to California in 1888, located in Yuba City, and was there employed at carpentering.  He died in 1914; but his widow is still living, and resides in Los Angeles.  The oldest of four children in her parentsí family, Mrs. Baker was educated in the Yuba City schools. Three children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Baker:  Hazel, George and Bea.  Mr. Baker is a member of Shamrock Camp No. 360, W.O.W., Yuba City.  He served a term of three years in Company D, 2nd Regiment, National Guard of California, rose to ranking sergeant, and saw service with the company at the time of the big fire.


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

p. 956



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