Actuated by a spirit of progress and perseverance, Henry Burtt Payton has won material success in the fruit industry in Sutter County.  In 1913 he purchased twenty acres of the Weber tract, two miles west of Yuba City, which he has developed into a prize orchard with concrete irrigating system; and he also developed a nine-acre orchard, which he sold for $13,000, and owns a ten-acre peach orchard in this district.  He is a native son of California, born at Red Bluff on May 1, 1867, the eldest son of James Edward and Mary J. (Simonds) Payton, natives of Missouri and New York, respectively.  James Edward Payton was a carpenter by trade, and was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.  He passed away at Thermalito in July, 1907; and his wife passed away at Dunsmuir on February 19, 1900.

Henry B. Payton attended the grammar school at Red Bluff until he was thirteen years of age, when he entered his father’s shop as an apprentice of the carpenter’s trade.  Later he followed his trade as a journeyman for many years, for some years as a bridge-builder and carpenter with the Southern Pacific Railroad, working from Ashland on the north to Davis and Roseville on the south.  He also resided in San Francisco for seven years, from 1902 till 1908, where he followed his trade.  His first experience at ranching was gained in July, 1908, at Meridian, Sutter County, where he conducted a dairy and also did some bridge-building for the county.  In 1913 he sold his Meridian ranch to the Alameda Sugar Company and purchased his present home ranch, where he has since resided.

At Red Bluff, Mr. Payton was married to Miss Nora Daly, daughter of Edward Daly, a pioneer Southern Pacific Railroad man, now deceased.  Edward Daly was a son of Michael Daly, and was born on August 24, 1842, in County Clare, Ireland, where he was reared on his father’s farm.  In 1859 he came to New York City.  Going to western New York, he went to work for the Buffalo & Erie, now the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, and became assistant foreman.  In 1860 he returned to Ireland on a visit, and from there sailed for Melbourne, Australia, where he engaged in mining.  Subsequently going to New Zealand, he there took part in the Morean War, enlisting in the defense of the government in Wellington, in Company A, New Zealand Cavalry, and serving until the revolt was quelled.  In 1865 he came to San Francisco and on to Sacramento, where he became foreman on the Central Pacific Railroad.  On March 18, 1870, he was sent by the railroad company to Marysville.  After remaining here about two years, he was transferred on April 14, 1872, to Red Bluff, where he remained until March 1, 1904, when he was sent to Nord.  In October, 1908, he was retired on a pension.  He died in San Francisco, July 26, 1909.  Edward Daly was married in Ireland to Annie Meehan, a native of the Emerald Isle; she is still living, now past eighty years of age.  Mr. Daly was a member of Oriental Lodge No. 45, I.O.O.F., at Marysville, and of Red Bluff Encampment No. 21, in which he served as Chief Patriarch for five years.  Nora Daly was born at Red Bluff on September 11, 1875.  She was graduated from the high school course at the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy; and on April 17, 1895, she was married to Mr. Payton.  Nine children have blessed their union.  Edward served over seas in Company D, 328th U.S. Infantry, 82nd Division, A.E.F., and now resides in Yuba City.  Anita is now Mrs. Richard Johnson; they have two children, Dorothy and Francis, and they reside in San Francisco.  Donald is with the Pacific Lumber Company at Scotia, Humboldt County.  Elmer and James Markham are both ranchers in Sutter County.  Eugene is in the United States Navy.  The others are Francis, Clifford and Alice.  Mr. Payton is a charter member of the California Canning Peach Growers’ Association.  Since 1893 he has been a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Red Bluff.

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

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