Well-known among the horticulturists and viticulturists of Sutter County, Nelson F. Todd was born near Sutter City, April 5, 1871, the second in order of birth of the six children born to N. F. and Matilda Ann (Beacons) Todd.  The father was born in 1834, in Missouri.  When he was eighteen years old, he crossed the plains to the Golden State, and from 1852 to 1859 he was engaged in teaming and freighting from Sacramento and Marysville to Downieville and Virginia City.  He married Matilda Ann Beacons at Durham, and worked on the farms there; the place is now called Townsite.  The family then moved to Sutter County, about 1859, and here Mr. Todd took up 160 acres of government land, which he sold in 1870.  They then moved to a ranch two and one-half miles south of Live Oak, and here they remained until 1919, at which time Nelson F. Todd disposed of it.

            Nelson F. Todd received a good education in the public schools.  He was reared on his fatherís farm, and when about nineteen years of age he leased his fatherís ranch and produced pretty fair crops for three seasons.  In 1895, he moved to Butte County, where he worked for Mr. Weber.  Later, he purchased the old Weber place near the Manzanita School.  This tract of land embraces about fifty acres; and he set it out to orchard and to vineyard.  He also set out one of the original walnut orchards in Northern California, and was one of the early settlers who disposed of their crops to the retail and wholesale stores at Oroville; but for the past ten years he has worked in conjunction with the California Walnut Growersí Association.  In 1915, Mr. Todd returned to the old Todd ranch, two and one-half miles south of Live Oak, and set  it out to vineyard; and in 1919 he had a splendid offer for it, and therefore sold it.  In the meantime, he has still been conducting his Butte County ranch.  In 1919 he purchased his present place, the old Metteer homestead at Live Oak, and in 1922 completed a handsome residence, which is presided over most graciously by his wife.  He also owns forty acres of land in Placer County, located about half-way between Rocklin  and Loomis.

            The first marriage of Nelson F. Todd occurred at Gridley, and united him with Miss Dora Campbell.  She passed on at the home ranch, leaving him one daughter, Irene, the wife of George H. Bihlman, an orchardist residing  at Live Oak.  On April 22, 1916, Mr. Todd was married a second time, to Mrs. Anna (Andrus) Todd, his eldest brotherís widow.  She was born at Camptonville, the eldest daughter of the late O. B. and Mary Elizabeth (Harding) Andrus, natives of Vermont and Ohio, respectively.  O. B. Andrus was a true Yankee, and came to California during the gold rush.  He carried the Wells Fargo express on pack burros at Camptonville and through the Yuba foothills.  In 1873, he removed to Brandy City, where he conducted a hotel for many years.  Mrs. O. B. Andrus was a prominent and well-liked teacher in the public schools of Yuba, Sierra, Butte and Sutter Counties. She first came to the Golden State with her Uncle Seth, during the gold rush.  Mrs. Todd was first married to William Todd, on May 4, 1893, and they resided happily at the Todd place two and one-half miles south of Live Oak, where he died on January 25, 1912.  William Todd was an honored member of the Masons, belonging to the Gridley lodge.  Mrs. Todd is past president of the Live Oak Womenís Club, and in 1923 she served as chairman of the building committee, at the time of the construction of the new club house.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Todd are members of the newly formed Pioneer Association of Butte and Sutter Counties.  Mr. Todd is a member of North Butte Lodge, F. & A.M., at Gridley; and both he and his wife belong to Vernon Chapter, O.E.S.  Mr. Todd is also a member of North Butte Lodge No. 267, I.O.O.F., Live Oak, and with his wife is a member of Blue Bell Rebekah Lodge at Live Oak.  Always interested in the cause of education, Mr. Todd served ably and well as a trustee of Manzanita school district for eighteen years, during which time the new school building was erected.  He was active and influential in the formation of the Live Oak Union High School district, and has been a member of the board of trustees of the high school ever since its organization.  He was actively interested in the voting of the necessary bonds and in planning and building the beautiful and modern high school building, which now has an attendance of 100 pupils.

            Politically, Mr. Todd is a Democrat, but in local matters he casts his ballot in favor of the candidate whom he thinks is best fitted for office.  Through honest endeavor and hard labor, his efforts have been crowned with an unusual degree of success, and he is highly esteemed for his integrity, straightforwardness and true worth.

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

p 425-426


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