YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





            A rancher whose enterprise and success in up-to-date agriculture does credit to the Cranmore district, where he lives, is James Redmond Young, a native of Audrain County, Mo., born on January 2, 1855.  His parents, Moses and Mary Ann (Smith) Young, were both natives of Missouri.  When James Young was three months old, his parents removed to Bourbon County, Kans., and there homesteaded land; and in Bourbon County our subject was reared and educated.  Mr. Young died when James was a little boy; but Mrs. Young lived to be sixty-five years old.  She was married to William Hinton, as her second husband; he was a native of Kentucky and a farmer.  There were two children in Mr. and Mrs. Young’s family, and three in Mr. and Mrs. Hinton’s family.

            When seventeen years of age, James R. Young started out to work for wages.  Two years later he came out to California, and in April, 1874, settled in Sutter County along the Sacramento River.  He found his first employment in that region upon his uncle Hayden Smith’s ranch; and finally he bought 169 acres in the Cranmore district, to which he added 240 acres in the Sutter Basin.  On the former, or home place, he raises sheep and hogs, while the Sutter Basin ranch is devoted to the growing of barley.  Mr. Young served as a grammar school trustee in the Salem district for many years, and was also a trustee of the Sutter Union High School.  In politics he is an influential Republican.

            At Woodland, Cal, on April 29, 1880, Mr. Young was married to Miss Ida N. Myers, a native of Maryland, the daughter of Hezekiah and Mary Myers.  She came alone to California in 1878, after she had been reared and educated in Maryland; and she found her mission in life in the training of her family of six children, five of whom were privileged to grow up.  Nita became Mrs. William McClain, of Oakland; Roy is at Grimes; Grace is Mrs. White, of Kirksville; Fannie is teaching at Meridian; and Lawhead is the youngest.  Florence, who came after Fannie, died in her second year.  Mr. Young was bereaved of his wife on February 14, 1921.  She was a noble Christian woman in her lifetime, and was widely mourned at her death.


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

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            A rancher who has attained to success through scientific and practical methods that have brought results is Harvey Tharp, a native son now resident in Grafton.  He was born at Kirksville, about twelve miles north of Knights Landing, on May 24, 1888, the son of Elijah J. and Susan (Thompson) Tharp, the former a native of Missouri, and the latter of California, both worthy folk standing well with their generation.  Mrs. Tharp died when our subject was a baby.  Mr. Tharp came out to California at about the age of seven, in 1872, and settled in Sutter County, where in time he took up the business of stock-raising, had flocks of sheep, and carried on general farming, having bought 713 choice acres, which he left as part of his valuable estate.  He was married a second time to Lulu Gray, born in Missouri, who survives him.  By his first marriage he had four children:  Mrs. Maude Baker; Clyde, of Sacramento; Mrs. Ollie Hinckley, of Knights Landing; and Harvey, the subject of this review.  The second marriage also resulted in the birth of four children:  Mrs. Verna Poffenberger, of Sacramento; Mrs. Gladys Willis, residing near Woodland; and Roma and Robert, who reside with their mother in Oakland.

            Harvey Tharp was sent to the grammar schools in Woodland and was able to strike out for himself when fifteen years of age.  He entered the service of the Sacramento Transportation Company, on their river boats, and took up marine engineering.  For ten years he traveled between Sacramento and San Francisco, and at times went as far north as Red Bluff.  Leaving the river, Mr. Tharp started in as a farm-hand, working for wages, and continuing in that capacity until nine years ago, when he embarked in farming for himself on the old Tharp ranch.  He leases 690 acres of this ranch, of which he is part owner and which is devoted to grain and beans, and to the raising of cattle, sheep and hogs.  He has done well in his ranching operations, in which he uses a 75-horse-power Holt and a 25-horse-power Sampson sieve-grip tractor.  Mr. Tharp is a Democrat.

            At Oakland, on May 12, 1913, Mr. Tharp was married to Miss Belle Margaret Sylva, born at San Leandro, the daughter of Manuel and Mary Sylva.  Her father was a grain-farmer of San Leandro, and there she was reared and educated.  They have two children, Elijah Jackson and Luella Vertna.


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

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