YUBA  COUNTY

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E. A. NOYES

            Among the most successful ranchers and breeders of Hereford cattle in this section is E. A. Noyes, who owns a finely improved ranch of 320 acres one mile west of Sutter City.  Born in Yuba County on the Indiana Ranch, November 21, 1856, he is a son of Allen S. and Philena (Cilley) Noyes, natives of New Hampshire and Maine, respectively.  Allen Noyes was born in the same house where Horace Greeley was born.  He resided in his native State until he was twenty-one years of age, and then removed to Massachusetts, where he lived for a little over two years.  Then, in 1849, he came via Cape Horn to San Francisco, the journey taking 145 days.  He mined for a year at Foster Bar, and thereafter engaged in the butcher business for five years at the same place.  Meantime he had returned to Massachusetts and married Miss Philena Cilley, and with his bride returned via Panama to California and purchased one of the finest ranches in Sutter County, five miles north of West Butte, containing 2000 acres, where he engaged in general farming and stock-raising.  He passed away at the age of seventy-six, and the mother lived to be sixty-nine years old.           

            In 1909 E. A. Noyes sold the family home place and purchased his present fine ranch of 320 acres.  Here he specializes in pure-bred registered Hereford cattle.  He has never failed to receive premiums at all the California State Fairs at which he has exhibited his stock.  In 1921 he was the recipient of nine premiums, and in 1922 he received seven.  He has a herd of 110 head, one of the largest and best herds in California, and the only herd of all registered cattle in Sutter County.  Mr. Noyes’ ranch is in grain, alfalfa and Soudan grass, and is equipped with three five-inch electric pumps.

            On February 8, 1876, Mr. Noyes was married to Miss Isabella Dean, a native of Ohio, daughter of the late Capt. Thomas and Hannah (Hyndman) Dean. Capt. Thomas Dean owned a stock and dairy ranch of 1800 acres three miles southwest of the present site of Sutter City.  He lived to be seventy-three years old, and his wife was eighty-four when she died.  Captain Dean took a leading part in one of the most unique events in the history of Sutter County, when, on July 4, 1861, some 500 people gathered at the base of South Butte to witness the raising of the Stars and Stripes on the flagstaff which had been planted the evening before.  South Butte rises to an altitude of about 2250 above the valley, and one-third of the distance is very steep. The flagstaff was eighty feet long, and had been brought up the Sacramento river by boat by Amos Wilbur and landed at Meridian on the Jones ranch; from this ranch it was taken to South Butte Pass by wagon.  The staff was cut in three sections and carried to the top of the butte by twenty-two men, among them being Ebenezer Jones, Dan Sandlin, Frank Jones, Captain Dean, Dexter Cook, Jesse Cope, Harvey Jones, John Wilkinson, William Waburton, James Jones, Beverly Gray, Sanford Blodgett, Lewis Doty, and Jacob Doty.  The flag was made by the women of the county; and at ten o’clock on the morning of July 4, 1861, it was raised to the top of the pole, and simultaneously there was a salute of thirty-four Union guns.  A large pavilion had been erected in South Butte Pass, where a program was carried out.  The Declaration of Independence was read, songs were sung, prayers were offered for the continuance of the Union, and orations were delivered by Gen. George Rowe, of Marysville, and Mr. Bunyan.  After the program there was a great dinner, and at the close of the day all enjoyed a dance.  During these stirring times, sentiment was running high; and it was necessary to have a guard, for fear the flag would be torn down by the Southern sympathizers.  Harvey Jones and Dan Sandlin filled this rather difficult position.  The flag could be seen for ten miles around, and floated to the breeze for many years.

            Mr. and Mrs. Noyes are the parents of five children:  Bernice, Mrs. O. W. Hill; Abbie, Mrs. Antone Vagedes; Myrtie, Mrs. J. L. Haynes; Charles  A., a partner with his father in the stock business; and Edna B., Mrs. L. H. Meyer, all of Sutter County.  In politics, Mr. Noyes is a Republican; and fraternally, he was a charter member of Colusa Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West.

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

p  368-371


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