GEORGE K. BRAY
George K. Bray is another of the native sons of the Sacramento valley who have wisely remained here and have not only won success in material affairs, but have also by their own activities contributed to the development and prosperity of the valley. He was born at Fall River, Shasta county, on the 11th of April, 1875, a son of William John and Jennie (Beck) Bray. His father, who was a native of England, came to the United States in boyhood and spent a short time in Michigan. From there he came to California, by way of the isthmus of Panama, landing at San Francisco. From there he proceeded by boat to Redding, and settled at Fall River, Shasta county, where he met his future wife, she also being a pioneer of that locality. They became the parents of nine children. The oldest child was born in Siskiyou county, in which locality the parents had settled soon after their marriage. They returned to Shasta county, where their son George K. was born. Later they again came to Siskiyou county, where the father established his permanent home here, spending his remaining years. He followed the carpenter trade for a short time, and then turned his attention to ranching and stockraising, which he followed until his retirement from business, at which time he was occupying the home in which George K. now lives.
George K. Bray received a common school education and in boyhood became familiar with ranching and stockraising, which work he has followed throughout his active life. He is now the owner of eleven hundred and sixty acres of land, on part of which he raises hay and grain, all of which he feeds to his cattle, selling the latter on the hoof to local buyers. Formerly he and his father ranched in the Butte Creek valley, near Bray, which town was named in honor of his father. Later they bought the Cole ranch, including the old stage station, which they operated for three years. Then, selling that place, the father retired. His death occurred in 1922 and his wife passed away in the following year.
In 1905 George K. Bray was married to Miss Daisy High, a member of a pioneer family, who settled near the town of Dorris, where her family engaged in ranching and stockraising. Mr. Bray is a republican nominally, voting that ticket in national issues, but in local elections he supports the men whom he regards as best qualified for the offices they seek. He has been asked to run for office, but has always refused. Some years ago he became a member of the Knights of Pythias at Dorris, and now belongs to the order at Hornbrook. He is a man of sound judgment and practical affairs, has consistently stood for those things which contribute to the welfare of the community in which he lives and is regarded as one of its most estimable and substantial citizens.
Transcribed by Marie Hassard 02 June 2010.
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