YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





Among the fine orchard properties that surround O達anion Corners, Sutter County, is that owned and cultivated by Elmer C. Schuler, who has resided here for the past eleven years.  He was born in the Honcut District of Yuba County, on November 5, 1885, a son of Conrad and Emma (Gottwals) Schuler, the former a native of Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany, and the latter of Colusa County.  When Conrad Schuler was eighteen years old he left Germany for the United States and California, arriving here in 1868.  He at once settled in the Marcuse section of Sutter County.  Later he moved to the Honcut section of Yuba County, where he farmed until 1887, when he returned to Sutter County and purchased 469 acres of land in the vicinity of O達anion Corners, and farmed until his death in 1916, aged sixty-five years; Mrs. Schuler is still living in Marysville at the age of sixty-six years.  Seven children were born to this couple: Clara, now Mrs. Charles Erich of Harrington, Wash.; Minnie, now Mrs. Walter McAlpine of Marysville; Etta, the wife of C. G. Ott of O達anion Corners; Elmer C., our subject; Irvin of Modesto; Albert of Tierra Buena; and Lilly, deceased.  Elmer C. received his education at the Gaither District School and until he was twenty-four years old he was associated with his father on the home ranch.

On September 22, 1909, at Sacramento, Mr. Schuler was united in marriage with Miss Lena Da Cosse, a daughter of August and Virginia (Lemenager) Da Cosse, both natives of Illinois.  August Da Cosse came to Sutter County in 1892, where he farmed; he passed away at Oswald at the age of fifty-three, while Mrs. Da Cosse is residing at Oakland.  Mrs. Schuler is the eldest of five children, the others being Edward of Oswald; Mamie, Mrs. A. W. Goetz, of Tudor; Charles of Tudor; and Chester, in Oakland.  Mr. Schuler leased 309 acres near O達anion Corners, which he farmed for four years; then in 1913 he purchased thirty acres at O達anion Corners, which he has developed to peaches, almonds and prunes, and which is irrigated by a four-inch pump.  Recently a fine bungalow home has been erected on the ranch.  Mr. and Mrs. Schuler are the parents of two sons, Orlin and Aubrey.  Besides the home place Mr. Schuler owns a sixty-five-acre ranch and also leases 100 acres, which is devoted to grain farming.  In politics he is a Republican, and fraternally he is a member of Enterprise Lodge No. 70, F. & A.M., Yuba City, and of Shamrock Camp, W.O.W., in the same place.


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

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A very successful rancher, Robert Albert Taffinder was born on September 19, 1876, in New York City, a son of Robert and Mary (Adey) Taffinder, natives of Lancashire and Leeds, England, respectively.  Mr. Taffinder, Sr., who was a merchant and a tailor in New York and always active in business circles, came to California and passed away when he was seventy-eight years old.  Mrs. Taffinder is still living in New York at the age of sixty-seven.  They were the parents of eleven children: John Adey, deceased; Robert Alfred; Charles Adey; David William, Henry and Sarah Jane, all deceased; Margaret Ann; Selena; Lilly and Louisa, twins, deceased; and Anna Ruth.

Robert Taffinder attended school in New York City.  When he was eleven years old he left home, and at the age of fourteen he joined the United States Navy, in New York, and served for several years.  He served on the Old Constellation and made a trip to Europe on the U.S.S. Essex, and to San Francisco via Panama in 1895; he then served on the U.S.S. Olympia and later was discharged at San Francisco.  For a short time, he was superintendent of the Suisun Water Works, and then worked for the Ernest Luehning Packing Company, at the same place, of which he was manager.  In 1916, Mr. Taffinder came to Marysville and leased 465 acres of the old Sutliff ranch in the Linda section, which he devoted to grain, rice, fruit and general farming.  During the war, he leased 2500 acres of grain land and 3000 acres for pasture, ten miles south of Marysville, known as the Cline Bull place, and during the war he did his 澱it by raising foodstuff.  This ranch is the old historic place on the old Sacramento stage road.

On May 1, 1896, at Suisun, Cal., Robert Albert Taffinder was united in marriage with Miss Ruby Wing.  They became the parents of five children: Alfred (deceased), Mercy, Roberta, Adey, and Alfred (deceased).  Mrs. Ruby Taffinder was born at Suisun, the daughter of Josiah and Grace Wing, early pioneers of California, who settled here in 1852.  She passed away in 1902, leaving a wide circle of friends to mourn her passing.  Mr. Taffinder was married a second time, this time in Sacramento, on December 21, 1903, to Miss Myrtle I. Coffman, born at Hueneme, Ventura County, the daughter of Alfred Robert and Adaline (Triplet) Coffman.  A. R. Coffman was born in 1854, at Watsonville, Cal.  He and his wife are living at Benicia, having become the parents of eight children, namely: Alfred Thomas, Dauney Edna, Cora Ethel, Myrtle Irene (Mrs. Taffinder), Edith Marion, William Andrew, Earl Leland, and Cecil Oliver.  Grandfather Coffman crossed the plains in 1849, in an ox-team train with his family, and he farmed in Pajaro Valley, Santa Cruz County; and he had the first hotel in Watsonville.  Miss Myrtle I. Coffman was raised in Willows and educated in the Willows Union High School.  Mr. and Mrs. Taffinder have been blessed with one son, Robert Gale.  Mr. Taffinder is a Republican, while Mrs. Taffinder endorses the Democratic platform.  Fraternally, he is a Mason and belongs to the Blue Lodge at Santa Rosa, and is a member of the Sacramento Consistory, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, and Ben Ali Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. in Sacramento; he is also a member of Marysville Lodge No. 783, B.P.O.E. and he and his wife are members of the Eastern Star.


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

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