Another early rancher who for over two decades operated large acreage to grain in Sutter County before turning to horticulture, is Noack Soderlund, who has been a resident here since 1872, and in the meantime has seen many changes take place in ranching operations in Superior California, as to both methods and product.  Born in Jungby, Kroneborslan, Smaaland, Sweden, July 8, 1856, he is a son of Jonas Munson and Inga Danielsdatter Soderlund, who were farmer folk in their native country, where the motherís death occurred in 1869, at the age of fifty-nine years.  A brother of Noack, Johannes Soderlund, came to California in 1870; and in 1872 the father brought his family to the United States and settled in Sutter County.  Of the family of nine children, Noack is the only one now living.

            Noack Soderlund had his schooling in the public schools of Sweden, and also attended the Central district school of Sutter County.  At the age of seventeen years he started in for himself, working on ranches for wages, at first receiving only twenty-five cents a day, and then fifty and seventy-five cents, the most he ever was paid being three dollars per day.  He then rented 320 acres of land and began to raise grain; and for eighteen years he continued farming on leased land southwest of Tudor.  He then came to the Feather River bottom-land and there leased 415 acres for eleven years. His first purchase was a twenty-acre piece of land; and he later added two more parcels adjoining the first, of twenty-one and twenty-two acres each.  These sixty-three acres he now calls his home ranch, for he later purchased a thirty-one-acre strip north of this holding, making ninety-four acres.  He improved the ranch, bringing it to a high state of cultivation and setting out orchards of pears, peaches and prunes; and today it is one of the most productive and profitable ranches in its locality.

            The marriage of Mr. Soderlund, which occurred on April 29, 1885, on the John Soderlund ranch, southwest of Tudor, united him with Ida Danielson, also born in Smaaland, Sweden, the daughter of Daniel and Greta (Knutson) Nelson, farmers in Smaaland, who spent all their lives there.  She took the name of Danielson; and in 1885 she came to California, on the same boat with her future husband, for he had taken a trip to his native land, and their marriage occurred on their arrival in Sutter County.  Seven children have blessed their union:  Linda (Mrs. Carl A. Johnson), Noah Edwin, Joseph, Arnold, Leonard, Amos, and Clarence.  All the sons are successful orchardists in the vicinity of the old home.  Mr. Soderlund is a Republican in politics.  He was made a Mason in Enterprise Lodge No. 70, F.&A.M., Yuba City, when twenty-one years of age.  He is also a Royal Arch Mason, a member of Washington Chapter No. 13, of Marysville; and he belongs to Marysville Lodge No. 783, B.P.O.E.  Mr. Soderlund is a member of the Wilson Farm Center of the Yuba County Farm Bureau, and Mrs. Soderlund is a charter member of the Wilson Womanís Club.  A representative citizen of his adopted land, he is interested in all things which concern its progress, and more particularly in the welfare of his home community, an integral part of the great commonwealth.


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

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            Few ranchers of experience and enterprise are better or more favorably known in Northern California than Louis Tarke, of West Butte, in which locality he was born, the representative of a historic family, on December 21, 1856, the son of Frederick and Maria (Stohlman) Tarke.  His father was born in 1824 in Westphalia, Germany; and when twenty years of age, at the threshold of a vigorous and promising manhood, he emigrated to the United States, and like the German emigrants described by the poet Freiligrath, the friend of Longfellow, made his way to Missouri.  He worked on the Mississippi River for a few years, as a deck-hand on boats; and he was in a race up the Mississippi River, from New Orleans to St. Louis, when the firemen so forced their fires that the boilers blew up and killed most of the men on the boat.  Frederick Tarke himself was badly hurt, but survived, and came out to California, driving across the plains in company with F. Hoke.  On arriving in Sacramento, they sold their teams and outfitted for the mines, Mr. Tarke going to Rough and Ready, in Nevada County, where he remained all winter.  In the spring of 1861 great excitement was created by the discovery of rich diggings at Rich Bar; and early in March he returned to Sacramento, where he bought more animals and started on a prospecting tour.  On the way, he encountered a severe snowstorm, which delayed him for some time at Box Ranch, twelve miles from Bidwellís place; in places, the snow was twenty feet deep, making it impossible to travel with animals.  He tried to make his way on foot, carrying fifty pounds of flour upon his back, but found that to be impossible.  After a wait, and a long, weary journey, he arrived at Rich Bar, and found that the miners were giving gold for flour, pound for pound.  He engaged in mining until 1855, when he returned to the Middle West.  The same year, he was married in Iowa to Miss Stohlman.  With his bride he started out for his Western home, this time traveling by way of the Isthmus, and again arrived in California in 1856.  They located on the ranch where he lived until his death, and with which his name is so honorably associated.  It was then that he settled in Sutter County, at West Butte, and engaged in the raising of cattle.  He acquired a claim, and in 1864 the government sent surveyors, and he was given a quarter-section under preemption, and bought out other land-owners.  He acquired about 3000 acres of tule and hill and valley land, and raised about 100 head of horses and 500 head of cattle; and at one time he had 3000 head of sheep.

            Three children were granted Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Tarke, and our subject was the eldest of the family and the only son.  His sisters were Anna, who became Mrs. Hawn of Oakland; and Emma, Mrs. Graves, now deceased.  Mr. Tarke passed away on the home ranch in 1888, at the age of sixty-four, from the effects of a horse-kick; Mrs. Tarke died at the age of fifty-six.

            Louis Tarke attended the West Butte school, and then went for six months to Healdís Business College, at San Francisco, after which he was always associated with his father.  Now he has his fatherís favorite place, to which he has added other land, so that he owns 4500 acres, some of it in District No. 70.  In national political affairs he is a Republican.  He takes a public-spirited interest in local affairs, has served as a school trustee for the West Butte school, and is at present a trustee of the Sutter Union High School.  He has also participated more influentially in public life, actively serving as a member of the Assembly in the notable legislature of 1197.

            At West Butte, on May 13, 1891, Mr. Tarke was married to Miss Nancy Santee, also a native of West Butte, and the daughter of G. W. and Elizabeth Santee, both natives of Missouri.  She was educated here, and has had the satisfaction of seeing her parents attain to ripe old age, Mr. Santee having died at the age of eighty-two, while her mother is still living.  G. W. Santee was born in Missouri in 1831, and came out to California in 1850, stopping in what was then Eldorado County (now cut off as Amador), where he engaged in mining for eight years.  In 1860 he married Miss Elizabeth Compton in the East; and three years later he returned to California, his wife accompanying him on that perilous drive across the uninhabited, uncharted plains.  He again engaged in mining near Oroville, but in 1864 he came into Sutter County.  Four daughters and a son were born to Mr. and Mrs. Santee, but the son and one daughter died in infancy.  Carrie died unmarried at the age of twenty-two; and Geneva, who became the wife of George Straub, has also passed on, leaving no children.  Mrs. Tarke is therefore the only living child of the Santee family.  She presides most graciously over her home, and together with her distinguished husband is most highly regarded and respected.  Five children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Tarke.  Anna has become Mrs. Marshall Shields, of Meridian; Freda E. married G. M. Sanstrum, in 1923, and lives at Woodland; and Frederick, Elden, and George are with their father.  Mr. Tarke is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Marysville; and he is also a Mason, affiliated with the Yuba City Lodge.


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

p. 786-791



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