YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





            Since young manhood, Jesse Albert Stoker has been a resident of California and most of the time has been spent in Sutter County; he is the owner of a finely developed orchard property, consisting of ten acres, five of which is in peaches and five acres in Thompson Seedless grapes, located near the Lincoln School house, two miles northwest of Bogue Station.  He was born near Quincy, Ill., May 1, 1850, and when he was fourteen years old, he accompanied his parents, coming a round-about way to California, via Boise City, Idaho, thence to Oregon, and from there overland to Yuba City, Sutter County, arriving during the year of 1865.  He received his education in the grammar schools of Illinois and, after arriving in California, he helped his father in farming the home place until 1878, when he bought 160 acres near Sutter City, which he farmed until 1883, when he sold out and engaged in the blacksmith business in Sutter City.  Our subjectís father was Benjamin Franklin Stoker, who was born at Louisville, Ky., during the early part of the last century.  He came overland to California in 1852, and he married Elizabeth Jane Vinson, who was born in Missouri, and they became the parents of nine children, as follows:  Isaac James resides retired at Chico; William Henry died January 11, 1924, at the age of seventy-six, leaving a widow and three children; Charles Thomas will be remembered as a successful Sutter County rancher, who died unmarried at the age of sixty-nine, in 1918; Jesse Albert, our subject; Nancy Catherine, widow of N. Todd, resides in Chico; Mary Jane is the wife of Solomon Zigler, of Sutter City; George Smith is a retired rancher at Yuba City; Millie Olive is the wife of Ike Roderford, a rancher in Sutter County; Minta Maria is the wife of Charles Luther and resides on the Stoker home ranch.

            The marriage of Mr. Stoker united him with Miss Mary Lehella Lisle, a native of Yolo County, a daughter of John Q. Lisle, pioneer farmer of Yolo County.  John Q. Lisle was born at Lebanon, Ky., on August 8, 1827, while his wife, Icaphena McGrew, was born at Higginsport, Ohio, in 1839.  She crossed the plains with her parents when only twelve years of age, and with them settled at McDowell Hill, Eldorado County, in 1852.  They started from Kentucky, whither her parents had removed when she was but four years old; in that company with Lydall Bacon, the father of the noted actor and playwright, Frank Bacon, author of ďLightniní,Ē and a first cousin of Mrs. Stoker.  Lydall Bacon married Mrs. Stokerís aunt, Lehella Jane McGrew.  Mrs. Stokerís parents were married at Sacramento; soon thereafter they moved to Cache Creek, Yolo County, where Mrs. Stoker was born.  The Lisle family came to Sutter County in 1864.  John Q. Lisle prospered as a farmer, and for many years was the neighbor of Frank Baconís father, their farms near Bogue Station adjoining each other, and there Frank Bacon was born.  John Q. Lisle lived to be seventy-six, while his wife died at seventy-five.  They became the parents of nine children: Dorothy, who died in infancy; Mary Lehella, Mrs. Stoker; Philip Edwin, who died, aged two years; Sarah Louise, now the wife of Thomas Garner, of Tracy, Cal.; Margaret Elizabeth, who died, aged twenty-four; Bertha Lisle, graduated from the Sutter Union High School, and now the wife of Norval McCoslan, fruit grower at Princeton, Cal.; an infant who died unnamed; John Q., a mining man in Nevada; Anna Icaphena, also a graduate of the Sutter Union High School, who became the wife of E. L. Case, the furniture dealer in Marysville.  She died in 1921, and left four sons.  Mr. Stoker conducted his blacksmith shop in Sutter City for three years, when he removed to Yuba City and engaged in operating the Marysville and Yuba City bus line, which he owned until 1886, when he again took up ranching, purchasing a portion of the Duncan place, which he developed to orchard and later sold.  Eight years ago he purchased his present home place, which he brought to a high state of productiveness.  Three daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Stoker.  Mary Grace is now the wife of Lee Best, and they have two sons and two daughters, Marden, Mattie Lee, Blair and Woodrow, and they reside in Sacramento; Mattie is the wife of A. D. Gray, and they have one son and one daughter, Stuart and Mary Dorothy; and Dorothy is now Mrs. Richard Hodges, and they have one daughter, Dorothy Jane.  Since 1908 Mr. Stoker has been a member of the Yuba City Lodge No. 185, I.O.O.F., and also of the Encampment, while Mrs. Stoker is a Past Grand of the Rebekah Lodge, and on several occasions has been a delegate to the Grand Lodge of that order.  Mr. Stoker is a Democrat in his political affiliation.  The mother of our subject lived to be ninety-seven years of age, and died in August, 1923, on the old Stoker home place, where she had lived since 1873.  She left about one section of well-improved farm land near Bogue Station, which she deeded to her heirs about one year before her death.  She was a most capable business woman and was loved by all who knew her.


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

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            Ever since coming to California with his parents in 1864, George Smith Stoker has been a resident of Sutter County; and during this time his name has become associated with the progressive and substantial development of the county.  He is now living retired at his residence at No. 225 Shasta Street, Yuba City, but still retains forty acres of the old Stoker homestead.  He was born near Quincy, Adams County, Ill., November 13, 1860, the seventh of nine children born to Benjamin F. and Elizabeth J. (Vincent) Stoker, natives of Kentucky and Missouri, respectively.  Benjamin F. Stoker was married at Lyons, Ill., to Miss Elizabeth J. Vincent; and in 1864 the family crossed the plains to California and engaged in ranching in Sutter County.  Benjamin F. Stoker passed away on June 2, 1904.  His wife continued to reside on the ranch where she settled in 1873 until her recent death, July 8, 1923.  She was born on June 29, 1826, and so was in her ninety-eighth year at the time of her demise.

            George S. Stoker grew to manhood on his fatherís ranch, and with his two brothers, Thomas and William H., conducted the home ranch for several years.  Later, each of the brothers bought a ranch and farmed on his own account.  For eighteen years the brothers farmed as many as 2100 acres to wheat, and were very successful in this business.  Mr. Stokerís first purchase of land consisted of 160 acres, which he farmed until his retirement in 1920, when he removed to Yuba City.

            On May 4, 1887, at the Best home place, occurred the marriage of Mr. Stoker, which united him with Miss Fannie Best, a daughter of the late Henry Best, a pioneer farmer of Sutter County.  In 1915, Henry Best retired and moved to Sacramento, where he purchased a home, and there his wife passed away on April 26, 1920.  After her death, Mr. Best returned to Sutter County to spend his declining years, and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George S. Stoker, on April 26, 1921.  Mr. and Mrs. Stoker are the parents of one son, Albert L. Stoker, who married Miss Teresa Stohlman, by whom he has three sons, Laurence, Delbert, and Donald.  The son is a successful rancher in Sutter County, and owns thirty acres set to peaches.  For four years Mr. Stoker served as trustee of the Grant School district of Sutter County.


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

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