Eliza Ellen (called Ellen) Bainbridge was born November 12, 1871 in
Colusa. In 1877, her parents, Sophronia and Eugene Bainbridge purchased
the Rising River Ranch where they lived for seventeen years. During that
time Eugene acquired the store where Frank and Ellen met; they were married
November 11, 1888. The couple had five children:
|Sophronia Nan "Phronie"||b. Nov. 12, 1890||d. Dec. 23, 1961||m. 1st Henry Martin
m. 2nd Augustus Gronwoldt
|Eugene Alan||b. July 20, 1892||d. Apr. 12, 1979||m. Dorothy Bethel|
|Lilas||b. Aug. 13, 1898||d. Aug. 1898|
|Bryl||b. July 18, 1900||d. Sep. 3, 1900|
|Meryl Agnes||b. Mar. 31, 1904||d. May 31, 1997||m. Cleveland Riddle
Was elected to four terms as
Shasta County Treasurer
Frank and Ellen's youngest child, Meryl was born in this house. Ellen phoned the doctor in Fall River and, also, sent a hired-hand for a midwife. Meryl arrived before Dr. Pratt. A more serious medical problem was an epidemic of diphtheria on Hat Creek; Frank became ill and to protect the children, they had to live in a tent in the front yard.
Every trip over Hatchet Mountain was an adventure, especially during Winter or Spring--snow and ice, followed by floods--but after Frank was elected to the County Board of Supervisors, he made the trip at least once a month and sometimes took his family. This was not expensive because Ellen's parents had moved to Redding and welcomed their visits.
About 1912, Frank developed a kidney problem, later diagnosed as cancer. Meryl describes the hectic years, attending schools at Hat Creek, Burney, Redding, Oakland and San Francisco, at least three a year as Frank sought medical treatment. She never had to repeat a grade. (At that time, the State issued textbooks, so the curriculum was basically the same everywhere in California.)
Before his death, September 28, 1916, Frank made an agreement with Alan who was in highschool that he would will him half the ranch if he would come home and help his mother manage it. Ellen worked for in-laws in their store in Fall River for twelve years and another twelve in Weaverville before moving to Redding to be near Meryl. She died in Redding, March 21, 1951.
Source: Shasta Historical Society - May 1997