Biography of Ruel Stickney
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Ruel Stickney. This gentleman and pioneer, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Windsor, Maine, June 17, 1825, and is the son of Thomas and Nancy Stickney His mother's maiden name was Nancy Cleaves. He resided at his birthplace till 1856, receiving a common school education, and also learned the ship carpenter's trade. April 5, 1856, he sailed on the steamer North Star from New York to Panama, and was in the riot at that place, where twenty six of the passengers were killed. From there he came to San Francisco on the John L. Stevens, where he arrived May 1st. At the end of a week he and Mr. Coombs came to the Albion river, and for a few months worked in the woods. They then took the contract of logging for the Albion Mill, at which business they remained till 1863, when they came to Little River and made ties for one year. In 1864 they erected the Little River Mill under the firm name of Stickney, Coombs & Co.; and Mr. Stiekney remained associated with the firm till 1872 when he disposed of his interest to C. Perkins. Since then he has not been actively engaged in business, but has a sheep ranch in Anderson valley of one thousand six hundred acres, and his home farm of one hundred and sixty acres on the coast, has been a director of both of the Mendocino City banks since their organization. He believes explicitly in the doctrines of Seventh day Adventists, and lives strictly to the letter of his faith, observing the seventh day as the Sabbath of God. It can truthfully be said of the subject of this sketch, that he has always recognized toil as manly and labor as ennobling; and after passing through an honorable yet checkered life, he is now surrounded by the comforts of a happy home, beside the wife of his youth, blessed by his children and friends, and honored and esteemed by his neighbors and the citizens of his county. March 31, 1847, he was united in marriage with Miss Ann T. Coombs, a native of Whitefield, Maine, born September 6, 1826. They have six living children, as follows: Nancy E. (now Mrs. Perkins), born March 13, 1850; Barbara C., born July 10, 1852; Silas C., born April 13, 1861; Fred W., born February 4, 1864; Frank W., born December 12, 1866; and Annie D., born May 4, 1869. They have two children deceased: Vandalia, born March 25, 1848, died September 30, 1866; and Ruel G., born July 24, 1854, died August 15, 1861.

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


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