ARTHUR R. PRIDE
††††††††††† One of the oldest mining men in the vicinity of Sierra City is Arthur R. Pride, who is a native of the Sacramento Valley and is the owner of some valuable gold-mining property in Sierra County.† He was born at Courtland, Sacramento County, California, on the 7th of February, 1877, and is a son of Baruch and Maggie (Haddox) Pride.† His father was born in what is now West Virginia and came to California in 1856 locating in Sierra City later in the same year.† He followed the vocation of mining, working at the Sierra Buttes and Independence mines, and did much prospecting and mining in various localities.† At that time Sierra City was in its embryo stage, and there was not a road or hotel there.† In Virginia he married Miss Maggie Haddox, who was born in that state and was of Welsh ancestry, while he was of English antecedents.† Her father was a gunsmith, blacksmith and machinist and was an excellent workman, being able to make guns or tools of the highest quality.† He was an ardent Methodist in his religious belief.† Baruch Pride died on January 2, 1916, at the age of eighty-six years, and his widow is still living in Sierra City, at the age of eighty-two years.† They were the parents of six children, of whom three survive, namely:† Arthur R., of this review; Mrs. Richard Thomas, of Sierra City, whose husband is a miner; and Mrs. Frank Fischer, a widow, of San Francisco.
††††††††††† Arthur R. Pride received his educational training in the public schools of Downieville and has devoted practically all of his active life to mining, either hydraulic, surface or underground.† When sixteen years of age he discovered the Pride hydraulic mine of two hundred and eighty acres, on which he worked for many years, also taking charge of other mines and prospects in this vicinity.† He is a miner, blacksmith and machinist and, though he still owns the Pride hydraulic mine, he has it leased out under bond and is now working for the Hayes Brothers, the owners of the Independence and Sierra Buttes mines, near Sierra City.
††††††††††† On December 25, 1912, in Sierra City, Mr. Pride was united in marriage to Miss Evelyn Champion.† She was born in Cornwall, England, and while still a babe in her motherís arms she was brought to California by her parents, Joel and Elizabeth (Stapleton) Champion.† Her father was engaged in mining in Grass Valley and Sierra City.† He also conducted a dry goods store in Sierra City and was postmaster here for nineteen years.† He died in Sierra City at the age of sixty-six years, and the mother passed away in Auburn, this state, on January 26, 1930, when seventy-eight years old.† Mr. and Mrs. Pride have had two children:† Mildred Elizabeth, who died at the age of two years; and Lillian Mildred, who is in the eighth grade.† Mr. Pride owns his own home in Sierra City is well known throughout this part of the Valley and is deservedly held in high esteem.† He filed his questionnaire for World War service on November 1, 1918, but the armistice was signed before he got into the army.† He is a member of Harmony Lodge, No. 164, F. & A. M., at Sierra City, and since 1897 has been a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, of which he is a past president and has been secretary for several years.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 337-338. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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