THOMAS E. STALLCUP
Thomas E. Stallcup is a member of one of Siskiyu county’s most prominent families, the members of which have done their full part in pushing forward the wheels of progress and are numbered among the successful ranchers of the Big Springs district. Mr. Stallcup was born in Los Angeles county, California, on the 21st of May, 1876, and is a son of Edward and Mary C. (Cotman) Stallcup, the former born in Texas and the latter in El Monte, California. Mr. Stallcup was married twice, his first wife being a Miss Hix, a native of Kentucky. He had seven children: Lizzie, who died young; John, who is retired and lives at Grenada; Thomas E; Joseph N., a partner in the horse ranch; Callie A., the wife of James A. Burns; Lilla Jane, the wife of William Wilson, who owns a fine ranch in Applegate, Josephine county, Oregon; and Susie, the wife of Scott Nicewood, a rancher at Halsey, Oregon. In 1888 Edward Stallcup and his family went to Oregon in their big wagon, but he could not find a satisfactory location as to schools, so he returned to Siskiyou county and located on part of the present farm. He had but little money when he came here, but by hard work and the assistance of his sons he acquired a good estate. His death occurred October 24, 1914, and he survived by his widow, who now lives with her son Thomas E., near Big Springs, at the age of seventy years.
The ranch was incorporated in 1912, under the name of Edward Stallcup & Sons Company. The farm comprises fourteen hundred and fifty-six acres, four hundred of which are under cultivation, the remainder of land affording good pasture. The place had to be cleared and all improvements made, but it has well established water rights, a pumping plant, irrigation ditches and other improvements, making this one of the most thoroughly modern ranches in this section of the valley. The land is particularly well adapted to raising melons, peppers, beans, and other vegetables, as well as a large variety of fruits. The Stallcup boys have devoted their attention very largely to live stock, as did their father before them, and every year they usually ship about a hundred head of fat steers to the market. For some years they also operated a dairy, but in late years they have leased that department of the farm to other parties. The family home in the Big Springs district is one of the best in this locality and is very well situated.
Thomas E. Stallcup is an independent voter, but stands for those things which promote the public good. He is industrious and progressive, has made a distinctive success of the ranching business and commands the uniform respect of those who know him. Deer are plentiful in this section of the valley and Mr. Stallcup greatly enjoys both hunting and fishing.
Transcribed by Craig Hahn.
© 2005 Craig Hahn.