YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





Prominent among the educators who have helped to confer distinction upon the Golden State, is Frank B. Schoch, the proficient and popular principal of the Wheatland High School.  He was born in Sumneytown, Pa., on April 2, 1885, the son of Allen E. and Mary (Benner) Schoch, both of whom are now living at Burbank, in Los Angeles County.  Frank Schoch attended the public schools in his district, and then put behind him the required courses of the high school there; and after that he matriculated at the Pennsylvania State College, at State College, Pa., where he was graduated in 1909, with the B.S. degree.  Then he followed civil engineering for four years, and acquired much valuable practical experience.  After that he was married, and took up teaching in Los Angeles County, having come out to California in 1910 and located in Los Angeles for two years.  He then removed to Pasadena, and for five years taught in the high school there, an institution regarded as one of the very best of its kind in the State.

Coming north, Mr. Schoch was in the Oakland schools for two years; then for a year he was vice-principal of the Lincoln Union High School, and in 1921, he came to Wheatland as principal, since which time he has done much to develop and raise the standard of the high school of which the citizens of Wheatland are so proud.  He is a Democrat, but of course knows no partisanship when it comes to working for the best interests of town and county.  A good student, especially of the history and science of pedagogy, Mr. Schoch keeps abreast of the times, and it is certain that whatever institution he is thus directing, will hold its own under his enlightened and efficient leadership.

At Pasadena, in the year 1915, F. B. Schoch married Miss Madeleine Cassell, who passed away in January, 1919, leaving one child, Charlene M.  In Carson, Nev., in 1921, Mr. Schoch was again married, choosing for his second wife Miss Elena Kimball, a native daughter of Eureka.  She is a graduate of Leland Stanford University, class of 1915, with the degree of A.B., and after a year of graduate work she taught in the Lincoln Union High School for one year, next in the San Juan Union High School, and now has charge of the Commercial Department and is also instructor of Spanish in the Wheatland High School.

Mrs. Schoch is active in civic and social circles and is a member of the local women’s clubs.  Mr. Schoch is a Scottish Rite Mason, and with his wife is a member of the Eastern Star.  He devotes some of his leisure time to fishing and hunting in the mountains, being very fond of outdoor life and that recreation so easily to be had in this favored garden spot of the world.


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

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Among the native sons of California well and favorably known for their ability, enterprise and true worth is Durrell H. Murchie, a successful dentist, located in the Odd Fellows Building, in Marysville, in which community he is popular in business circles.  He was born in Nevada City, Cal., on September 17, 1885, a son of W. H. and Mary E. (Price) Murchie, natives of Maine and Missouri, respectively.  W. H. Murchie came around the Horn to California in 1849; while the Price’s had crossed the plains in an early day.  W. H. Murchie engaged in hydraulic mining at Nevada City and there he was married to Miss Mary E. Price.  They were the parents of five children, our subject being next to the youngest in the family.  The father passed away at the age of sixty-eight years, while the mother is still living in Sacramento.

Durrell H. Murchie began his education in the grammar school at Nevada City, then entered the Nevada City High School, from which he was graduated, after which event he entered the Affiliated College of Dentistry of the University of California at San Francisco, and was graduated with the class of 1907, with the degree of D.D.S.  He first opened an office and began practice in Nevada City, where he remained until he located in Marysville, where he has found a wider field for his activities.  Fraternally, Dr. Murchie is a member of the Elks of Nevada City and politically is a Republican.


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

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