Biography of Philip Upp
Little Lake Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Philip Upp, Whose portrait appears in this work, is the youngest living child of John Jacob and Barbara Lower Upp, and was born in York county, Pennsylvania, March 21, 1827. He received his education at the common schools of his native county, and resided there till October, 1849. He then proceeded to St. Louis, Missouri, where he began working at the carpenter's trade, having begun his apprenticeship to this trade when he was eighteen years of age. He followed his trade in St. Louis till the spring of 1856, when he returned home on a visit to his mother, and while there he was married on the 23d day of March, 1856, at Lewiston, Mifland county, Pennsylvania, to Susan Hawker. They immediately proceeded to New York City, and April 8, 1856, they sailed on the steamer Orizaba to Nicaragua, and was there during the Walker filabustering expedition, being under the protection of Walker and the American Consul. From there they tbok the steamer Sierra Nevada to San Francisco, where they arrived on June 8th of that year. He, with his party, put up at the International Hotel, there being five of them in all, Mr. Upp being the only one of the party who had money, and he had only $2.50. He spoke to the clerk and finally found out that he was acquainted with his brother, Adam Upp. Then the clerk offered his assistance to the party, but the next morning when the bank opened they got checks cashed, and that day proceeded to Sacramento via the Sacramento river, where they were met by their brother Peter Upp, and conducted by him to his and their brother Adam's farm, which laid nine miles up the north fork of the American river. The subject of this sketch engaged in running a threshing machine in that county during the fall of that year, when he proceeded to Sonoma county and settled on the farm now owned by Martin Gaston, situated about five miles from Petaluma, where he resided till June, 1858. He then came to Mendocino county and settled on his present place near Willitsville. When the land came into market in 1861, Mr. Epp proceeded to Eureka to preempt one hundred and sixty acres. From there he went to San Francisco on the schooner Dartawa and then returned to his home in this valley, where he remained till August, 1861, when he went to Vallejo, expecting to work at his trade, but found nothing to do. He there took a grain steamer and proceeded to San Francisco, where he finally succeeded in finding work on Second street. Soon after this he found work with the Spring Valley Water Company, and was in their employ during the squatter trouble and was one of the number arrested, but, having proved himself to have been on San Francisco bay at the time, was acquitted by the Court. He worked for this company three months. He then, with his brother Adam, proceeded to Fort Point, where they built the sutler's store. After their work was inspected the two brothers were picked upon to work in the Government quarters, and in that work he continued till July, 1863, when he proceeded to the Government works in Oregon, first going to Cape Disappointment in Washington Territory, where he worked for two months and then went to Point Adams, Oregon, where the present fortification of Fort Stevens now stands, and in those two places he was located till January, 1865. He then returned to his home and family in this valley, where he has since resided. In June, 1865, he went into partnership with Archie Whitehorn. They own one thousand nine hundred and twenty acres of land, well improved and well stocked. Mr. Epp is not a politician, but has been road overseer for six consecutive years. His wife was born in Mercersburg, Franklin county, Pennsylvania, October 26, 1833, and by this union they have: Sarah A., born July 25, 1858; George N., born January 25, 1861; Mary F., born November 4, 1865; Ida, born March 29, 1868; Archie, born April 11, 1873; Eddie, born July 15, 1875. They have lost one child, David P., born February 26, 1857, and died September 3, 1857. Sarah A., their oldest living child, was the first white girl born in Little Lake township

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


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