Biography of Mrs. Susan Still
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MRS. SUSAN STILL. - The life of Mrs. Susan Still, of Eureka, Cal., has been from the first closely associated with the hard conditions attendant upon residence in the sparsely settled portions of our country. Born in Jefferson county, in eastern Tennessee, on October 29, 1831, she was the daughter of Robert L. and Margaret (Haynes) King, the father's family being natives of Virginia, and the mother a descendant of Revolutionary ancestors. With her parents, Mrs. Still removed to Johnson county, Mo., in 1839, and there she grew up and received her education in one of the primitive log school houses characteristic of that time, subsequently adding materially to her store of information by systematic reading, so that she is now a well informed woman and an interesting conversationalist. Her first marriage occurred in 1847 to John Marr, a native of Missouri. Two years after their marriage he came to California across the plains, engaging in mining for about two years, when he started on the return trip by way of Panama and the Mississippi river. In the meantime he had contracted cholera and he died of this scourge in Illinois in 1851. Mrs. Marr was subsequently married in Missouri, on September 14, 1854, to James E. Still, a native of Bowling Green, Ky. For some time after 'their marriage they continued to live in Lafayette county, Mo., where Mr. Still was engaged in farming, but later removed to the West, with other members of the King family, among them being Mrs. Still's brother, William W. King, who later became her husband's partner on his farm in Humboldt county, Cal. The journey across the continent, which was made by means of ox teams and wagons, was of six months' duration, continuing from April 6 to October 6, 1864. Arriving at Sublimity, Ore., the party remained there a year, driving from there to Crescent City, Cal., whence they shipped their goods on the steamer Del Norte to Eureka, they themselves coming down the coast with their stock by trail to Eureka, there being no wagon road at that time. Here Mr. Still and Mr. King rented land, which they farmed until 1868, at which time they purchased the Willowbrook farm of one hundred sixty acres near the mouth of Salmon creek from Captain Ticnor, and commenced clearing and improving the land, and by the addition of adjoining land became the owners of three hundred acres. Until Mr. Still's death they conducted the Willowbrook hotel on their property, Mrs. Still and her brother later giving their attention to dairying interests and the building up of their herd of cows, in that way clearing the estate of mortgage. They conducted the business in partnership until 1901, at which date they removed to Eureka, where they now reside on Harrison avenue, having leased their dairy and herd of sixty cows.

By Mr. Still's first marriage, to Mary Still, who died in Missouri, he had two children, Arabella, who became the wife of Thomas McDaniel and died in Willowbrook, and Alexander Leonidas, of Fields Landing. By his second marriage six children were born and of these three are now living: James H. is an engineer in Eureka; Roberta was twice married, first to Justin N. Adams, and after his death she became Mrs. McFee and now resides in Canada; and Louisa H., the wife of Walter Church, resides in Grizzly Bluff. Though now advanced in years, Mrs. Still is hearty and active, and busily engaged in household duties. Since the age of fifteen years she has been a faithful and enthusiastic member of the Baptist Church, and in her political interests is an upholder of the principles of the Democratic party.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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