Biography of John R. Short
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





John R. Short. This old pioneer of Mendocino county, whose portrait w 11 be found in the body of this work, was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, January 2, 1818, the year in which that State was admitted into the Union. He was the fifth child of Hubbard and Sarah Slaten Short. He resided in his native county till he was twelve years of age, when he with his parents moved to Howard county, Missouri, where he remained till 1844. In that year, he proceeded to Dubuque, Iowa, where he engaged in the saw mill business for the next six years. May 18, 1850, he started with an ox team for the fabled land of gold, California, crossing the plains, and arriving at Nevada City, October 18th of the same year. He immediately began mining operations, and continued there till the spring of 1851, when he went to the North Fork of the Feather river, and opened a provision store at a place then known as Spanish Ranch, where he remained till December of that year. We next find him at Wyandotte, Butte county, where he was engaged in farming till the fall of 1852. His next move was to Petaluma, Sonoma county, where he again engaged in the occupation of farming, and continued there till the fall of 1856, when he moved to Ukiah, Mendocino county. At that time, Ukiah was not a town, but only a valley, where the few men who lived in that section, were engaged in stock raising and farming. Mr. Short did as all his neighbors did, and engaged in farming on the place now owned by Robert Gibson. For twenty long years he lived on one place, seeing the city of Ukiah spring from a single smithy by the wayside into a city of goodly proportions, and fair to behold. It should be recorded here, that Mr. Short in connection with Mr. A. T. Perkins, erected and donated to the public, the first school house in the city of Ukiah. In 1876, he moved to Miller (Bridgeport) in Big River township, where he still resides an old and highly respected citizen. In 1859, Mr. Short, in connection with Dr. John Hendley of Santa Rosa, was appointed as Commissioner to adjust the financial affairs between Sonoma and Mendocino counties, at the time Mendocino county was established. A full copy of their report will be found in the body of this work. He has been School Trustee for several years, and has always been identified with all that pertains to the best interests of the county May 22, 1848, he was united in marriage with Miss Martha Hammer, who was born in Cook county, Illinois, May 22, 1829. Their children are: Jeannette A., born December 3, 1850; Mary A., born June 23, 1853; Sylvester, born January 14, 1856; Sarah E., born February 14, 1858; Bleisteine, born November 4, 1861; Rolland, born August 14, 1863.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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