1868 -- 1922
1873 -- 1899
1873 -- 1954

William Harrison (Harry) was born September 26, 1868 at the family home in Oak Run. His parents, Daniel Granvil and Sarah Martha Heryford Hunt were both members of pioneer families in Shasta County. He worked on the family ranch which expanded to over thirty thousand acres under the management of Harry and his son George.

Octavia and Flora Irene Atkins (twins) were born at Balls Ferry August 16, 1873 to Quintus Narcissus and Martha Adeline Hughes Atkins. Like their future husband they attended local schools and learned the domestic skills expected of women in those days.

Harry and Octavia were married in Millville May 1, 1893. They made their home on Clover Creek. They kept their food in a cave behind the house and raised some of their own food from the fields and a small orchard which was still producing some fruit in the middle of the next century. They settled down and started their family of five:

Daniel b. Mar. 31, 1894 d. Jul 14, 1977 m. Beatrice Marie Eddy
m. Nellie Bryant Holden
Elsie May b. Mar. 2, 1895 d. Nov. 18, 1958 m. William Hathaway
Roy b. Aug. 26, 1896 d. Feb. 25, 1976 m. Nelita Mae Eldridge
George b. Oct. 20, 1897 d. Feb. 25, 1966 m. Cleta Lorraine Meyer
Martha b. Feb. 13, 1899 d. Nov. 20, 1900

Octavia died the day of Martha's birth and Martha died before she was two years old. Seven years after Octavia's death, Harry married her twin sister Flora February 4, 1906. They made their home in Oak Run where they had six more children:
Flora b. Oct. 6, 1906 d. Dec. 9, 1921
Nelda b. Feb. 23, 1908 d. Jan. 7, 1994 m. Lloyd Macaulay
m. Stonewall J. Denham
Esther b. Sept. 29, 1909 d Apr. 9, 1988 m. Almon Harvey Taylor
Hattie b. Dec. 12, 1910 d. Sept. 9, 2000 m. Robert Bartell Sr.
Helen b. Sept. 4, 1913
William b. Jun. 9, 1919 d. Mar. 24, 1922

The two families seemed like one and they were much closer than most "step families". Harry and Flora treated all the children the same and saw them off into the world. Dan attended Healds Business College and took time for WWI before devoting himself to the ranch with help from Roy and George. Nelda became a nurse, Esther and Hattie became teachers and Elsie and Helen were homemakers.

Harry and Flora lived in their home in Oak Run which was built by two of Flora's brothers. Harry was a member of the local Masonic Lodge. Harry died of pneumonia January 16, 1922.

This was a very difficult time for Flora; her daughter Flora had died a month earlier and her son William died in March. She remained in her own home until her death February 21, 1954. All three are buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Millville.

Source: Shasta Historical Society - Aug 2000

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