IRVING L. EDDY
Irving L. Eddy, owner of the Yreka Vulcanizing Works, is a member of one of Siskiyou county’s oldest and most favorably known families and in his own career he has maintained the family record for loyal citizenship, industry and dependability in every relation of life. The family was founded in this state by his great-grandparents, Levi and Lury (Lewis) Eddy, the former a native of Maine and the latter of Orange county, New York. To them were born seven children, namely: Edwin; Nelson H.; Mary A.; Henry; Lury C., who became the wife of Willard P. Stone; Charles J.; and William, who died in infancy. Mary A. became the wife of Norton Stone, of Big Valley, California. Nelson H. Eddy, second in order of birth of the above family, was born in Sheldon, Wyoming county, New York, December 25, 1830, and when about fourteen years of age accompanied his parents on their emigration westward, locating on a farm near Burlington, Kane county, Illinois. He remained on the farm there with his parents until April 6, 1854, when he fitted out an ox team and started across the plains. He arrived at Yreka, California, October 3, 1854, locating on what he called his mountain ranch, there living until 1867, when he bought another ranch, which was sold in 1901, after which he moved to Yreka where he spent the remaining years of his life. On March 27, 1854, he was married to Miss Olive Louisa Paddock, who was born near New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas county, Ohio, the seventh in order of birth of the eight children born to John and Olive Paddock, natives of New York and Massachusetts, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Eddy became the parents of three children, namely: Irving L. (father of Irving L. of this review), born on October 7, 1856; Alta Cadelia, born April 29, 1860, and Alice Grant, born April 7, 1865. Nelson H. Eddy farmed successfully in the Shasta valley, accumulated a fair amount of this world’s goods and always commanded the respect of his fellow citizens. It was said of him and his wife that when they arrived in Siskiyou county their sole possessions consisted of their yoke of oxen and one cow. Mount Eddy was named for him and he was one of the few men who observed the last eruptions of Mt. Shasta, which occurred twice in one year in the '50s.
Irving L. Eddy married Miss Augustine Kniest, who was born in Germany. Mr. Eddy, who was born at what is now Edgewood, California, became a farmer and stockraiser, which occupation he followed practically throughout his life, his death occurring in 1913. His was a noble character and he exemplified the highest religious and civic virtues. To him and his wife were born nine children, as follows: Irving L.; Alta, the wife of George Strofeld, owner of a transfer business in Yreka; Nelson, who has an electric store at Courtland, this state; Alma O., the wife of Willard Ehret, a rancher at Corning, California; Mildred, an expert accountant, now living at Palo Alto, California; Harrold, who is engaged in the transfer business at Yreka; Alicia, the wife of Andrew Pilcher, who is in the employ of Mr. Eddy; and two who died young.
Irving L. Eddy, Jr., was born at Yreka, Siskiyou county, on the 6th of April, 1890, acquired a public school education and then took a course in automobile mechanics in Heald’s Business College of San Francisco. With the exception of a short time during which he drove the stage from Yreka to Etna, in Scott valley, Mr. Eddy has spent his life in business relating to automobiles. In 1915 he started his present business on a small scale, specializing in the vulcanizing of tires, and through the advertising value of the superior quality of work which he turned out he soon commanded a good patronage. During the subsequent years he has developed this into one of the leading establishments in its line in this section of the valley. He is in an ideal location, being near the Yreka Inn, the leading hotel of Siskiyou county, and on the main highway from Canada to Mexico. He recently sold to the Yreka Inn the ground on which his service station stands. He handles gas, oil and tires and does all kinds of repairing. He has earned a wide reputation for the high order of service which he renders and is today one of Yreka’s most popular business men.
On December 25, 1912, Mr. Eddy was united in marriage to Miss Millie Owens, a daughter of David and Lizzie (Allen) Owens. Her father was born in Wales, but came to California in early days and successfully followed mining. He is deceased and his widow lives in Yreka. Mr. and Mrs. Eddy have two adopted children, Lucile and Wanda Joy, both at home. The family residence, which is owned by Mr. Eddy, is situated near the service station.
Mr. Eddy is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Dramatic Order of Knights of Khorassan at Medford, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Grange, both of Yreka. He is essentially a self-made man, for all that he possesses has been gained through his own efforts and ability, backed by fair dealing, which has won for him many warm and loyal friends.
Transcribed by Marie Hassard 01 June 2010.
© 2010 Marie Hassard..