YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





An esteemed representative of an interesting and honored pioneer family is Mrs. Louisa Whiteside, nee Kuster, born in Ohio on March 25, 1847, the daughter of Stephen and Maria (Weist) Kuster, natives of Switzerland, who came to Ohio about the year 1845 and there made their home until 1854, when they crossed the plains to California with their family, coming by the overland trail in an ox-team train, and on their arrival located in Yuba County.  Louisa Kuster was one of a family of nine children, the others being Hannah, John, Samuel, Fred, Mary, Alexander, Caroline, and Susie.  Her parents died in California, her father reaching only his fiftieth year, while her mother lived to be eighty-four.

On February 10, 1865, Louisa Kuster was married at the home of her parents to Orlo Whiteside, who was born in Ohio and came out to California, settling in Yuba County and becoming one of the earliest settlers in the Elizabeth school district.  He took up farming, first contenting himself with the purchase of a quarter-section of land; and from time to time he bought additional tracts, until at the time of his death, on October 16, 1904, he had an estate of 1000 acres in the old home place, and half a section of land lying to the north.  He raised grain and stock.  Mr. Whiteside was fifty-nine years old when he died, and had the respect and good-will of his fellow-men.  Fraternally he was a member of Sutter Lodge No. 100, I.O.O.F., at Wheatland.  Six children and twenty-seven grandchildren have been born in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Whiteside.  The children are: George Martin; Mary, now Mrs. J. B. Proctor, of Maryland; Ella, Mrs. J. J. McDonald, of Salem, Ore.; Bertha, Mrs. Joseph Pheal, of Marysville; Almon, who is on the home ranch; and Sena, Mrs. Durbin Perkins, whose husband is deceased, and who resides with her mother.  To Mr. and Mrs. George Martin Whiteside were born eleven children: Herman, Harold, Irene, Leta, Leslie, Orpha, Esther, Alton, Verna, Mervin, and Merle.  Harold, Irene, Leslie, and Merle are deceased, all having been stricken with the influenza, and so suddenly that they died within four days of each other.  Mrs. Proctor has four children: Myrtle, Linnie, Orlo and Louisa; Mrs. McDonald has five: Lyman, Irene, Glenn, Alta, and Martin; and Mrs. Pheal has two: Evelyn and Inez.  Almon was born on the old Whiteside ranch on October 13, 1880.  He married Miss Ruth Welch on April 19, 1910; and they have four children: Clarence, Lila, Bernice and Mildred.  He is trustee of the Erle school district.  Mrs. Perkins, whose husband also was taken away by the influenza, is comforted in the companionship of her one son, Joseph.

Since her husbandís death Mrs. Whiteside has continued to reside in the old home, still keeping the whole property intact.  With the assistance of her children, she is engaged in raising grain, hogs, sheep and cattle.  She is now one of the oldest remaining settlers in this section of Yuba County, having lived here for a period of seventy years.  Mrs. Whiteside is highly esteemed and much loved for her kindness to everyone, and her amiable manner and many winsome attributes of mind and heart.


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

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