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††††††††††† Albert B. Church, one of the large landowners and a successful farmer near Sattley, is a member of one of the oldest families in this section of the Sacramento Valley, members of which have done their full share in the development and progress of the country.His father, Isaac S. Church, was the first member of the Church family to locate here and establish a home.The family originated in England and the family records in this country go back to the eighteenth century.The family resided in Vermont through a number of generations and it was from that locality that Isaac S. Church came to California in 1850, by way of the Isthmus of Panama.On that trip he walked across the Isthmus, there being no continental railroads at that time, but when he made the second trip here in 1859 he traveled by railroad.After his arrival here in 1850 he and his associate, F. M. Rowland, who later became his brother-in-law, ran two pack trains, of sixty mules each, from Marysville, California, to Virginia City, Nevada, theirs being the first regular transportation service in this part of California.The helpers were mainly Mexicans and they transported groceries, provisions, tools, machinery and other freight.

††††††††††† Isaac S. Church took up the first piece of land at Sattley after it was surveyed.This tract, on which he settled in 1860, comprised one hundred and sixty acres.His father, Ezra Bliss Church, made settlement here at a later date, so that Isaac S. Church was the first permanent settler here.The place took the name of Churchís Corners, by which it was known for some time, but when it was decided to establish a post office here, in 1885, the office was given the name of Sattley, in honor of Mrs. Harriet (Sattley) Church, who was at that time the oldest woman resident of the place.With the advent of the railroad the packing and freighting business came to an end and thenceforth Isaac S. Church branched out into farming and stock-raising on an extensive scale, and in these lines he was successful.

††††††††††† In 1859 Mr. Church went back to Vermont and there married Miss Sarah Geer, a native of that state, and in the following year he brought his bride out to his California home.To them were born seven children.Francis, who died in 1929, at Riverbank, Stanislaus County, this state, at the age of sixty-eight years, was engaged in agricultural pursuits.He married Miss Etta Knuthson, of Sierra Valley, and they had four children, Willard, Regina, Oscar and Esther.Charles G., who is engaged in ranching four miles north of Loyalton, is represented on other pages of this work.Mary P., wife of William McNair, lives at Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California, and is the mother of two daughters, Helen and Ruby.Mrs. Charlotte A. Fowles, who also is a resident of Morgan Hill, is the mother of two daughters, Grace and Adelaide.Albert Bliss is the immediate subject of this review.Eliza Roxy, the widow of Charles McElroy, resides at Sacramento and is the mother of four children, Clarence, Vesta, Fern and George.Harriet died at the age of twenty-two years.

††††††††††† Albert Bliss Church, who was born at Sattley on November 10, 1870, spent his early life on his fatherís farm at Churchís Corners, and received his education in the public schools of Sattley.When eighteen years of age he started work, driving logging teams for the Hobart mills, the Lewis mill above Loyalton, the Roberts mill and other mills in this part of the state.Subsequently he bought his fatherís home ranch of three hundred and sixty acres, and there engaged in dairying and stock-raising.He added considerably to his land holdings by subsequent purchases, including the Alex Beaton place of one hundred and sixty acres, three hundred and twenty acres in Plumas County, and his grandfatherís farm of one hundred and sixty acres at Sattley.He kept high-grade Hereford cattle and had a good herd of Holstein cattle on his home farm.In April, 1930, Mr. Church suffered a severe loss in the destruction by fire of his home and dairy barns, but he at once moved another house onto the location and has remodeled it into an up-to-date and attractive country home.

††††††††††† On January 1, 1908, at Randolph, Sierra County, California, Mr. Church was united in marriage to Miss Edna E. Hamlin, a daughter of Roscoe and Eunice (Street) Hamlin.Her father fought as a sharpshooter under General McClellan during the Civil War and after the close of that conflict he came to California.His father, Calvin Hamlin, had come around the Horn to California in 1850.He subsequently moved back to Maine, his home state, but another of his sons, Edmond Higgins Hamlin, came to California and established the great Hamlin ranch of seven hundred and fifty acres near Sattley.He also owned a sawmill on Hamlin creek.Mrs. Churchís mother was living with one of her daughters at Sierraville at the time of her death, which occurred when she was seventy-six years old.The father died in 1913, at the age of seventy-two years, at the Soldiersí Home at Yountville, this state.They are both buried at Sattley.They were the parents of six children, namely:Charles, who died in infancy; Ethel, who is the wife of John J. Woodward, of Susanville, California; Helen H., the wife of Charles E. Kent, of Stillwater, Nevada; Roy A., who resides at Stillwater, Nevada; Alfred S., who is teaching high school at Porterville, California; and Mrs. Edna E. Church.Mr. and Mrs. Church are the parents of two children:Gordon K., who assists his father on the home ranch; and Frida A., who is in school.

††††††††††† Mr. Church gives his political support to the Republican Party and during all the years of his residence here he has shown a keen interest in public affairs.Mrs. Church is a member of Sierra Star Chapter, No. 129, O. E. S., at Sierraville, of which she is a past worthy matron.They are hospitable and friendly in their social relations, are widely acquainted throughout this section of the valley, and both are very popular among their associates.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 303-305. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

 © 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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