For a period of seventy years members of the Walsh family have contributed to the development of California’s agricultural and mineral resources, and in the work of upbuilding John E. Walsh has borne his full share.  He is engaged in stock-raising near Smartsville and his ranch is supplied with all modern improvements.  He is a native son of California and was born in the Junction House, on the Sacramento-Marysville road, in Smartsville, July 22, 1861, his parents being John and Mary (Daugherty) Walsh, both natives of Ireland.  The father came to California in 1852, settling in Eldorado County, where he engaged in mining, and afterward followed that occupation at Timbuctoo, Rose Bar, Long Bar and various places along the Yuba River and also at Sucker Flat.  About 1858 he turned his attention to stock-raising, operating the Bowman place, at that time called Antelope Springs, owing to the fact that it was the only spot in that vicinity where wild game could obtain water during the dry seasons; and the place was also used for rodeos during the early days.  Mr. Walsh had secured a squatter’s claim to the place, which he later sold, moving to the Bushby ranch on the Marysville road.  There he built a home but afterward sold the property to Mr. Bushby, whose family have since lived upon it.  Mr. Walsh next became owner of a farm on the Sacramento road, which at that time traversed Bear River at Johnson’s Crossing and continued on through the Oak Grove country to Smartsville; he also bought the toll house, on the Sacramento road, and built a portion of the toll road.  He was one of the honored pioneers of Northern California and his life was a long, active and useful one.  The mother had come to California in 1858, and in this State her marriage occurred.  Mr. and Mrs. Walsh were the parents of seven children:  John E., Phillip, Edward, Mary, Nellie, William and Charles.

            Mr. Walsh obtained the greater part of his education in the Smartsville public school and remained at home assisting his father until he reached the age of twenty-four years.  He then started out on his own account and engaged in threshing, sheep-shearing and various kinds of farm work.  For several years he has devoted his attention to stock-raising and is now the owner of a 240-acre ranch in the hills, four and a half miles southeast of Smartsville.  He has a thorough knowledge of his occupation, gained through broad experience and careful study.

            Mr. Walsh was married in Grass Valley in August, 1884, to Miss Anna Quick, who was born on December 8, 1860, in Hansonville, Yuba County, a daughter of Granderson and Libby (Morgan) Quick, natives of Virginia.  In 1859 they crossed the plains to California, locating at Timbuctoo, which at that time was the largest settlement in Rose Bar Township.  The father engaged in mining and also participated in public affairs, serving at one time as constable of Timbuctoo.  Mr. and Mrs. Walsh had three children:  Charles Eugene, Walter Lucien and Marie.  Mrs. Walsh died on April 9, 1923, beloved by all who knew her, and is deeply mourned by her husband and children and a large circle of relatives and friends.   She was, for several years prior to her marriage, a successful public school teacher in Yuba and Placer Counties. She attended the common schools at Timbuctoo and the high school at Oakland, Cal, and completed her education for teaching at the San Jose State Normal, from which she graduated.

            Mr. Walsh votes according to the dictates of his judgment, placing the qualifications of a candidate above party ties, and where matters of progressive citizenship are concerned his support is never found wanting.  He was a member of the Smartsville Parlor, N.S.G.W., until the organization lost its charter through lack of membership.  Laudable ambition has prompted him to strive earnestly and untiringly for the attainment of his purpose and he deserves much credit for what he has accomplished, for it has been won through hard work and straightforward methods.

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

p. 833-834


            A rancher well-posted as to agricultural conditions in California is William P. Walsh, who has title to about 1300 choice acres in Yuba County about two and one-half miles to the southwest of Smartsville.  He was born in Yuba County, on the old Walsh homestead, on the Wheatland road, on February 28, 1875, when he entered the family of the pioneers, John and Mary (Daugherty) Walsh, both natives of Ireland. The father of our subject came from Dublin, and the mother from County Donegal.  John Walsh arrived here early enough to become on of the first settlers at Smartsville, and for a few years he tried his luck at mining.  He built a part of the highway known as the Toll Road between the Empire Ranch and Waldo, and the John Walsh place, which was also called the John Walsh Toll House; and when he died, at the age of seventy-five, after an extremely useful career in which he had done a great deal for others as well as for himself, he certainly was missed.  Mrs. Walsh, too, was so appreciated for her goodness of character, and her agreeable temperament, that when she breathed her last at the age of seventy-three, her demise was lamented by many.

            William P. Walsh was the youngest of a family of eight children:  John, Edward, Philip and Mary, all of whom are now deceased; Ellen, Mary, 2nd, Charles, and William P., who went to the Lone Tree school and then helped his father on the home ranch, until he died.  Mr. Walsh had acquired between 1200 and 1300 acres, where he raised sheep; and William now has the old ranch, to which he has added until he now has something over 1300 acres.  He raised cattle, and has on the average 300 head.  And he still lives in the old original John Walsh toll house.  He is chairman of the Smartsville Center of the Yuba County Farm Bureau that is a part of the United States Farm Bureau.  In political affairs he votes for what he deems the best men and the best measures, regardless of party appeals.

            Mr. Walsh was married at Sacramento, on May 5, 1908, to Miss Mary Kildahl, a popular lady of Colusa, and the daughter of Eugene and Rose (Mellarkey) Kildahl, both natives of California, and the latter hailing from Smartsville.  Grandfather Mellarkey was a miner.  Her father was a hardworking and honest laborer, in demand by those who had once employed him; he lived at Colusa for a while, and later he went to Arizona and died at Tucson.  Mr. and Mrs. Kildahl had four children:  Mrs. Walsh, Edward, (deceased), William, and Katherine.  Mrs. Walsh was reared by Grandfather and Grandmother Mellarkey at Smartsville, and she attended the Smartsville Grammar School.  Mr. and Mrs. Walsh have two daughters, Velma and Bernardina.

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

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