Louisa Elnora "Nora" Crews, the fourth child and second daughter born to Robert and Mary Elizabeth Emmons Crews, was born October 25, 1870 in Kansas where the family stopped four years en route to California. The family settled at Bunker Hill near Burney.
On March 31, 1889, John and Nora were married about the time that he gave up teaching and became a rancher; he bought his mother's Cayton Valley cattle ranch from her.
Five children were born to this marriage:
|Leila, a teacher||m. Phillip Ward||m. Floyd Jacobus|
|Harold Adam, a storekeeper||b. July 4,1892||m. Nellie Stewart|
|John Buryl, a dentist||b. December 29, 1895||m. Edith Dorothy Hersey|
|Gerald, a dentist||b. July 14,1898||m. Harriet Greenwood|
|Muriel, a teacher||b. February 4, 1905||m. James Cameron|
Because of the heat and malaria-carrying mosquitos in Cayton Valley, John and Nora moved their brood to Galt where they raised alfalfa and grapes. Nora enjoyed raising flowers as a hobby and was known for the many beautiful patch work quilts she made for her family and friends.
After the children were grown and in their own homes. John and Nora were the first of the family to settle on Santa Cruz as a retirement site. They were joined by several brothers and sisters and remained there contentedly enjoying the remainder of their lives together.
Source: Shasta Historical Society