William attended the local school and then was sent to McClure's Academy in San Francisco to finish his education. As the oldest child he assisted in running the hotel while he worked as copier at the Courthouse. He tried mining, banking and spent a year as Postmaster. About the time of his marriage he became a partner in the hotel in Trinity Center.
Lucy Jane Allison was born at
French Corral, Nevada June 9, 1859, but her family soon moved to Trinity
Center. She attended the local school and Mills Seminary (College). March
27, 1881 she and William Vollmers were married. They spent their lives
building a future for their six children:
|Arleto||b. 1881||d. 1965||m. Gus Peterson|
|Otto||b. 1883||d. 1967||Never married|
|Alberta||b. 1885||d. 1982||m. Tom Petersen|
|William Jefferson||b. 1887||d. 1960||m. Irene VanMatre|
|Adelia||b. 1890||d. 1978||Never married|
|Shelby||b. 1895||d. 1956||m. Sarah Ruth Miller|
Four years later, when they decided to come north, the Autenreith ranch was for sale and became home for the family and Vollmers' Summer Resort. All of the kids returned but Otto and Shelby never left. Otto managed the cattle and farming -- the most and the best strawberries in the world -- plants and fruit. The smithy became a Service Station.
Lucy died August 24, 1917, after several years of declining health. William remained in the store until 1924 where Shelby joined him. He was fatally burned Sept. 8, 1928 when a can of gasoline exploded at his feet. William and Lucy are buried in Redding Cemetery.
Source: Shasta Historical Society - Nov 2002