YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





            Interesting as among the best-managed ranches in Sutter County is the trim farm of Samuel E. Reische, about three miles to the northeast of Meridian.  Its proprietor, popular and esteemed among his neighbors, was born at Mount Sterling, Brown County, Ill., on September 7, 1854, the son of Francis Louis and Louisa (Smith) Reische, and grew up in such an environment that he was permitted to attend school only a short time.  He remained at home helping his folks until his twenty-second year, and then, in 1876, he came out to California, arriving in August.  He settled in Sutter County, at a point some two miles to the northeast of Meridian; and there, for eighteen months, he worked for Lon Summy.  He then leased a ranch from Ira Wood, and for a number of years, was engaged in gardening; and in 1881 he bought eighty acres of land three miles to the northeast of Meridian, upon which he lived for a while.  In 1901, he bought 130 acres of the home place, where he lives today, buying the same from J. W. Howe.  The buildings were erected by Mr. Reische, who also otherwise improved the property.  The ranch is devoted to alfalfa, grain and hay, and maintains twenty-five head of cattle as well.

            At Meridian, on March 16, 1879, Mr. Reische and Miss Emma Jane Paine were married, the bride being a native daughter from Browns Valley.  She was born at Forbestown, in Yuba County, the daughter of John Paine, and was reared and educated in the Browns Valley school district.  Her father was a miner; and while she was still very young, he died.  Her mother married a second time, becoming Mrs. Conwell.  Six children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Reische.  Louis, the first-born, died when seven years old; Edward is at Meridian, as is also Commodore P.; Alverda is a doctor, practicing in Oakland; Hazel has become Mrs. Schuler, of Modesto; and Parker A. is with his father.  There are eleven grandchildren in the family circle.  Edward Reische married Miss Hathaway of Oakland, and they have three children; Alice, Helen and Florence.  C. P. Reische married Miss Bertha Plaskett, and is the father of five children; Gordon, Stanley, Ramona, Harold and Vera.  Mrs. Hazel Schuler has three children; Darold, Ellice and Wilson.  Mr. Reische has served for a number of years as a school trustee in his district.  In politics he is a Democrat.


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

p . 1314





            The decision which led Charles P. Peters to identify himself with the horticultural interests of Sutter County has brought good fortune to him, for he now owns a seventeen-acre orchard of highly developed cling peaches, which is considered one of the finest orchards in the vicinity of Yuba City.  He was born at Bethlehem, North Hampton County, Pa., February 4, 1865, the fourth of eight children, all sons, of Joseph and Mary Ellen (Lynn) Peters, both natives of Pennsylvania.  The Peters family came from Switzerland to Catasauqua, Pa.  Members of the family served in the Revolution and also in the War of 1812; while grandfather John Peters served in the Mexican War.  Joseph Peters was a miller by trade.  During the Civil War he served in a Pennsylvania regiment as a captain and was in the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.  After the war he ran a slate quarry until 1876, when he removed to Shawnee County, Kans., and for six years was engaged in farming at Kingsville.  In 1883 he brought his family to California, locating in Sutter County, and was engaged in farming and stock-raising until his death in 1897.  The Lynn family is also traced back to Switzerland, the ancestors being among the first Moravian settlers of Bethlehem, Pa., and among the founders of the Moravian Seminary at that place.  There were six sons who grew up in the family of Joseph and Mary Peters:  Henry J. and John F., both deceased; Thomas L., of Alameda; Charles P.; M. S., of Bogue Hall; and Fred, deceased.  Joseph Peters passed away at his home in Yuba City in 1897, his wife having preceded him in 1888.

            Charles Peters obtained his education in the public schools in Pennsylvania and Kansas, and came to California when eighteen years of age.  On his arrival in 1883 he was associated with his parents and brothers in grain-farming, and together they owned and operated the Meadow Farms Dairy for fourteen years.  Then Mr. Peters decided to embark in horticulture, which has far exceeded his expectations in every respect.  In 1897 he purchased this seventeen acres and began improving the place and setting it to a cling-peach orchard, which is now in full bearing.

            The marriage of Charles P. Peters, in Yuba City, in July, 1899, united him with Miss Effie Black, a daughter of John J. and Emma Black, who came to California in 1890 from Emporia, Kans., where Mrs. Peters was born.  Her father died, and her mother, now Mrs. Spitzer, resides in the Stewart district of Sutter County.  Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Peters.  Tracy L., who was in the United States Navy during the World War, is now a clerk in a store in Yuba City; Roy F. is also clerking in a store in Yuba City; Wesley P. is in the Marysville High School; and Thomas F. and Elsie F. are in the Lincoln Grammar School. For nine years Mr. Peters served as a trustee of the Lincoln school district.  Fraternally, he is a member and Past Grand and Past District Deputy of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Yuba City; is a member of the Encampment, and a Past Chief Patriarch and Past Deputy Chief Patriarch of that body; and Mrs. Peters belongs to Sunflower Lodge of the Rebekahs, in which she is Noble Grand.  He is a member of Marysville Lodge No. 783, B.P.O. Elks; and Shamrock Camp No. 360, W.O.W., of Yuba City.  In politics he is a Republican, and has served on the Sutter County Central Committee.


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

p . 1314-1315



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