Albertis Hoy, whose splendidly improved ranch is located on the Weed-Edgewood Road in Siskiyou County, is one of the “old timers” of this locality and, through his diligence, good judgment and honesty; he has won very gratifying success. He was born on his father’s farm near Garnett, Anderson County, Kansas, on the 25th of February, 1877, and is a son of William Alexander and Nancy Jane (Kimmel) Hoy. His father, a native of Ohio, went to Kansas on attaining manhood and there engaged in farming. In the spring of 1877 he came to Nelson, California, where he remained a short time and then went to Red Bluff, where he took up a homestead, which he subsequently gave up and bought a piece of railroad land, on which he spent the major portion of his remaining years. A few years were spent in Shasta County, from which locality he returned to Red Bluff in 1890 and there lived until his death, in 1928. To him and his wife were born six children, all of whom are living, as follows: Martin Thomas, who is represented on other pages of this work; Albertis; Edward K., who is engaged in the meat business and conducts a hotel at Alturas, this state; Charles, who is a stock raiser near Red Bluff; Grace, the wife of Rev. Ruthford Haselden, a Methodist Episcopal minister in California; and John, who is a butcher by trade but is now engaged in the hotel business in Red Bluff.
Albertis Hoy attended the public schools of Shasta and Tehama counties, and since engaging in the practical affairs of life has devoted his attention mainly to the livestock business. In 1909 he came to Siskiyou County, locating in the Edgewood district, where he has four hundred and sixty-five acres of land, one hundred and twenty-two of which are under cultivation. The land is irrigated by water from springs to which he holds rights and from which he receives a bountiful supply. Mr. Hoy has a good herd of thoroughbred Hereford cattle, and a fine Hereford bull, from the big Charles Rule Hereford ranch at Santa Rosa, this state. This bull is a grandson of old “Prince Domino,” long recognized as one of the finest bulls of its breed in this country and one of his sons sold for twenty-five thousand dollars. Mr. Hoy also milks from twelve to twenty cows, the cream being collected at his gate by the Edgewood Dairy. He raises hay, grain and corn for ensilage and capably manages his ranch in all of its details. He has an attractive and well arranged home, which was remodeled from a schoolhouse, in which many of the pioneer children conned their first lessons.
In 1915 Mr. Hoy was united in marriage to Miss Nora Rucker, who is a native of Lassen County, but was reared and educated in Siskiyou County. Her father, Walter Rucker, was an old rider and horseman, whose death occurred in Oregon. His widow Isabelle (Arbaugh) Rucker, mother of Mrs. Hoy, was born in Shasta Valley and is now the wife of Richard Cavanaugh, a rancher of the Edgewood district. Mr. and Mrs. Hoy have one child, Elden, who is attending the public schools in Weed. One of the most pleasing sights in all this valley is Mrs. Hoy’s flower garden, in which she takes a justifiable pride, some of her dahlias and other flowers being of a prize winning quality. She raises a great variety of flowers, in the care of which she spends much time. She is a charming and hospitable woman, the spirit of good cheer always being in evidence in the Hoy home, and she is extremely popular throughout this section of the valley. Mr. Hoy gives his political support to the Republican Party and is interested in local public affairs. His chief interest however is in his home and farm and the success which has come to him stands in evidence of his industry and ability.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 116-119. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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