History of Sutter County, California
Thompson & West, 1879
Biographies Q and R
RACKERBY, W. M., farmer; P.O. Grand Island; lives about 3 miles south of Kirksville; owns 400 acres in the county. He was born in Missouri, 1830; where he lived until 13 years of age, when he moved with his parents to Wisconsin; came across the plains 1849 with his parents, and settled in Georgetown, El Dorado county where he engaged in mining until 1851; in the fall of 1862 he removed to his present location on Sacramento river, where he has since resided; married in April, 1875 to Miss Ruth Adams, of St. Charles county, Missouri. They have 2 daughters.
RAKELBUSCH, Henry, farmer; P.O. Live Oak; was born in Germany, October 12, 1826; emigrated to the U.S. in 1849, and settled in Texas, where he lived 5 years; came to California in 1854, being about 4 months on the plains. He spent his first two years in the State about 12 miles below Los Angeles; he then went to the mines, and engaged in mining for two years. He settled in this county in 1858, where he owns 160 acres. He was married in 1864 to Miss Jennette McAuslin; they have 4 children - Franklin A., 13; Bertha M., 9; Henry F., 4; and William L., 2.
RAMSEY, J. B., farmer and stock raiser; P.O. Meridian; lives four miles south of Meridian; owns 360 acres; was born in Kentucky, 1830; when quite young moved with his parents to Missouri; in 1850 he came to California, across the plains, and settled in Colusa county, where he remained until 1853; in that year he removed to this county and settled in his present location. He was engaged in cattle raising in Idaho for about ten years. Mr. R. was the first one adventurous enough to take a pack train over the mountains from Oregon to Idaho, which undertaking he successfully accomplished. His farming interests are in this county, while his cattle are on Pitt river, Modoc county. He was married September 23, 1863, to Miss Mary Webdell; she was born in Baltimore, November 25, 1838; they have one child - a son.
RAMY, Elizabeth, farming on section 7, township 15 north, range 2 east, she owns 400 acres; P, O. South Butte; she was born in Jefferson county, Virginia in 1819; she lived in that county until 1836, when she moved to Shenandoah county; living there about 7 years when she moved to New Franklin, Howard county, Missouri. She left Missouri, in 1853, and came to California, locating in Sutter county, where she has ever since lived. Mrs. R. was married in Virginia when only 15 years of age to Isaac Ramy; she lost her husband March 1, 1863. He was born in Shenandoah county, Virginia in 1815. She has 7 children living - 2 sons and 5 daughters.
RIGGINS, H. B., farmer; P.O. Kirksville, lives about three miles south of Kirksville; was born in LaPorte, Plumas county, California in 1857; only one year later his parents moved to Grand Island, Colusa county; his father died in 1858; in 1867 he removed with his mother from Colusa county to this county and settled on his present location, on Sacramento river, where he has since resided. He has one brother and two sisters living.
ROBERTS Wm. E., farmer; P.O. Pleasant Grove; was born in Illinois in 1830. He moved with his parents to Iowa in 1833, and lived there until 1850; he came to California in that year, being over four months crossing the plains; he at once engaged in mining near Georgetown, El Dorado county. He also mined in Placer county, living there until 1869; he then settled in this county and has lived here ever since, where he is now farming. He owns 360 acres of land on section 11, township 11 north, range 4 east. Of all the states Mr. Roberts has lived in, this is the only one that has had a railroad built in it during his residence. He was married in 1855, to Miss A. M. Johnson, a native of Ohio. They have three sons living.
ROBINETT, Joseph, farmer; P.O. Pleasant Grove; was born in Missouri in 1838, and lived there until 1854; in that year he came to California across the plains, being six months on the way. He settled in this county in 1856, where he has since resided. Mr. Robinett was married in 1878 to Mrs. E. C. Mowbray, also a native of Missouri. He own 480 acres in the county; lives on section 27, township 12 north, range 4 east.
ROBINSON, Wm., farmer; P.O. Yuba City; was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Oct. 31, 1812; lived there 43 years. He came to California in 1855, and settled in this county the same year; he engaged in mining for a short time, but soon turned his attention to farming. He is now farming just north-west of Yuba City, where he owns a very fine place. A view of his comfortable home is to be seen elsewhere.
ROCKHOLT, R. M., blacksmith; P.O. Grand Island, Colusa county; lives about nine and one-half miles south of Meridian; was born in Missouri in 1837; he lived in that State until he was19 years of age, when he came to California, across the plains, and settled in Sutter county, near South Butte; moved to his present location in 1876. He was married April 5, 1866 to Miss 0. E. Noland. She was born in West Virginia in 1848; they have four children - one son, and three daughters.
ROLISON, Allen M., farmer; P.O. Yuba City; lives on section 23, township 15 north, range 2 east; owns 160 acres, he was born in Winnebago county, Illinois in 1845; moved to Kansas in the fall of 1859; in the spring of 1860 he came to California and settled in San Joaquin county. He afterward traveled over the State for some time, coming to Sutter county in December, 1863; he settled on his present location in 1867.
ROTH, C. G., farmer and stock raiser; P.O. Nicolaus; owns 894 acres; lives on northeast ¼ of section 23, township 11 north, range 4 east; was born in Pennsylvania in 1824; and lived there until 1848, when he moved to Ohio, living in that state 4 years; he came to California in 1852, by way of the Nicaragua route, and settled at Fremont, Yolo county; while there he was engaged in the mercantile and hotel business; he held the office of Postmaster there; he also owned half interest in the ferry at that place. In the fall of 1855 he moved to Sonoma county and engaged in dairying and stack raising. In May, 1859, he removed to Vernon, Sutter county, just opposite Fremont, and again engaged in the mercantile and hotel business until 1864; since then he has turned his attention to farming and stock raising. Mr. Roth lost about $8,000 in the flood of 1878. He was married February, 1849 to Miss Rebecca Spect, a native of Pennsylvania; they have only one child - a son.
RUSSELL, A. P., farmer; P.O. South Butte; lives on section 9, township 16 north, range 2 east; he owns160 acres; he was born in Somerset county, Maine, in 1836; when 18 years of age he moved to New Hampshire, where he lived for about two years; he came to California in 1857, and settled in Sutter county, where he has since resided; He was married in 1860, to Sarah E. Rarick, who was born in the state of New York; she died in 1869. In 1873, Mr. Russell was married again, to a sister of his first wife; children by his first wife - Ella E., aged 17; Melia A., aged 15; and Edward E., aged 13; by his present wife - Etta, aged 5; Ranus, aged 2; and Jessie, an infant.
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