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"DAVID BATY -Identified with the history of Modoc County from a very early day, Mr. Baty has experienced all of the hardships and privations incident  to live upon the frontier, and during a very long period of residence in the same locality has become familiar with the soil, climate, and possibilities of this section of the country. Years ago when white settlers were few and Indians hostile, he frequently offered his services as a private citizen and a volunteer to assist in quelling the savages, whose depredations brought heavy losses upon the ranchers.  Several times he lost his stock through the Indians and in other ways he was made to suffer inconvenience and heavy financial loss through the hostility of the red men, yet in spite of this trouble and many other adverse circumstances he has accumulated a valuable property. The son of John L. and Mary (Moore) Baty, natives of Ohio. David Baty was born in Brown County, that state, Feb. 4, 1843.  While he was yet a very small child he was taken to Illinois by his parents,who settled in Effingham County, and there he grew to manhood.  During the summer months he aided his father on the home farm, while in the winter he was permitted to attend the neighboring school. In the spring of 1864 he went to New York City, where he took passage on a vessel bound for the Isthmus of Panama. From there he came up the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco and then traveled across the country to Modoc County, arriving in Surprise Valley during the fall of 1864.  Southwest of where he now resides and near the military post of Fort Bidwell he preempted a tract of one hundred acres from the government. On this place he made his home for a number of years, but later bought one hundred and twenty acres, known as the Ross Ranch. The new tract was partly under fence, and later he make further improvements, erecting a house and barns, building fences, and making other improvements that add to the value of the ranch. At this writing he has thirty acres in alfalfa and the balance in timothy and wild hay. In the early days he raised grain extensively.  In addition to his home place he has filled a claim to a tract of timber land. The property which he owns represents his unaided exertions and possesses an increasing value. After a number of years as a bachelor on his ranch, in 1873, Mr. Baty returned to Illinois and in Effingham County married Miss Sarah Strief, whose father, John B. Strief, now makes his home near Lake City, Modoc County. Eight children were born of their union, six of whom are living, namely: Mary, who married Charles Peterson, now of Oregon, and has five children, Edna, Nettie, David, Peter, and Powell; Nettie, who first married Harry H. Peterson, by whom she had two children (Hazel, being now the only one living), and after obtaining a legal separation from him married Robert Tarance, of Reno, Nevada;  Albert L., who married Eunice Reeds, has three children, Roy Raymond, Marie, and Ruth, and resides on a farm adjoining his father's homestead; Samuel, who married Grace Chapman and lives near Alturas;  Carrie, who married Luman Foskett, they with their two children, Jennie and Florence, making their home in Warner Valley;  and David Jr., who remains with his father. Mrs. Sarah Baty died in 1896, and was buried in the Bidwell Cemetery. A few years afterward Mr. Baty was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary ( Wails) Reeds, who was born, reared and educated in Illinois, being a daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Brown) Wails, natives of Ohio, who died in Illinois. In her young  girlhood Miss Wails became the wife of Thomas Reeds, now deceased. Four children were born of this union, but all of the sons, John, Frank, and Roy have passed away. The only daughter, Eunice, is now the wife of Albert L. Baty, and lives near her mother's home. The family are consistent members of the Christian Church and contribute to religious and charitable movements. Politically Mr. Baty has always voted the Republican ticket and has taken a warm interest in local affairs.  For one term of four years he was a member of the board of supervisors of Modoc county and during that time he was foremost in favoring plans for the developoment of the county.....Submitted by: Dawn

 F. TED HACKETT, was born in Camargo, Ill. On March 17, 1934, the son on A.P. (1895-1975) and Elizabeth Brewer Hackett.  Other children of A.P. and Elizabeth are: Louise Petrovich of Brookfield, Ill.; Ray of Danville, Ill.; Dale of Charleston; Joyce Arbogash, living near Chicago; Carol Jeanne Rose of Charleston; Ned, twin brother of Ted, of Charleston; and Maxine Cole of Loxa.  The Hackett family moved from Douglas to Coles County in 1942. Ted and Vera J. Rutan were married on Feb. 27, 1953.  She was born in Charleston on Nov. 5, 1934, the daughter of Clifford, better known as Wick, (1905-1970) and Olive Bryant Rutan.  Other children of Wick and Olive are: Evelyn Satterfield; Chuck; and Harold, all living in the Charleston area.  One daughter, Catherine (Katie) Van Tassel is deceased. Ted and Vera are parents of four children: Teresa Lyn ( Terry), born July 4, 1959; David Wayne, born July 16, 1961; Sheryl Ann, born June 4, 1965; and Scott Lee, born July 25, 1966.  The family reside inCharleston, where Ted has been employed by Moore’s Business Forms for 15 years.- Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hackett- Page #637....Submitted by: DeAnn 

GEORGE F. HACKETT was born Aug. 27, 1827 in Scott County, Ky. And died June 14, 1900 in Coles County, Ill.  He came with his parents to Coles Co. in 1834.  In 1850, at the age of 23 years, he drove an ox-team, overland, to California to the mines, finding fair success and bringing home silver and gold.  On March 9, 1854, he married Ednah Angeline Pemberton, born Feb. 18, 1826 in Virginia and died July 30, 1881 in Coles County.  She was the youngest daughter of Stanton Pemberton.  The children of George and Ednah, surviving infancy, were: Fred S., Anzonette M. Reel, William Edward, and George Wilbur. George Wilbur was born April 30, 1867 in Coles County and died April 15, 1940 in Oakland.  He married Minnie Irene Mathews, born March 18, 1979 in Shell City, Mo., died July 29, 1972 in Charleston.  She was the daughter of Smith and Laura Chowning Mathews.  The Hacketts were active in farming and raised their family of five children on the farm.  They later retired and moved toOakland, Ill.  Their children are: Owen Wilbur, born July 3, 1900, now living in Hindsboro, Ill.; Edna Ann Hallowell, born Sept. 14, 1903 and died July 29, 1907; Arthur George, born Dec. 14, 1906, died Oct. 25, 1973; Edward Frances, born March 23, 1909, now living in Charleston Ill.; and Charles Dale, born Oct 8, 1919, now living in St. Charles, Ill.-  By:Helen B. Curtis-Page#637
....Submitted by: DeAnn
 

JACK A & LOUISE BROWN GRAY reside on Old State Road in Charleston Township. Jack is the son of Oren and Mary Elizabeth Wall Gray. The Gray family came to Coles County from Cumberland County, Louise Brown Gray, daughter of Seton and Diantha Tefft Brown, was originally from Hutton Township, where the Brown family had lived for over 100 years. Louise’s great-grandfather Francis Brown donated the ground where the Liberty Church is located. Seton Brown, a carpenter who built many homes in the Charleston area, helped to build the present Liberty Church. Jack Gray worked on the railroad prior to entering the Navy during World War II. Four generations of Grays have worked for the Nickle Plate Railroad.  After returning from the war, Jack and Louise Gray purchased, “the half-mile store,?which they named Gray’s Market. All types of oil food products were very sparse and bread was rationed. According to Mrs. Gray, “We did our best to take care of our customers but had many people come looking for toilet paper, soaps, ect., that we just couldn’t supply.?/FONT>  After selling the store, the couple bought their present farm home, “Zero Hill,?a well-deserved name. Mrs. Gray remembers that they chose the name because “we nearly froze to death.?SPAN> We had no storm windows, and the wind would whistle through them. And with a, wood stove things would become very chilly before morning.?/FONT> Jack Gray has served as road commissioner for Charleston Township for 20 years. He will retire from his railroad job in 1978. The couple has three children: James A., Diantha Sue and Robert Oren.  James married Karen Cutright and has two children, Jeff and Cara Louise. Diantha married Wayne Erickson and has two children.  Denise and Douglas W. Rober Oren Gray was appointed a cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co., and expects to graduate in 1978..by: Mrs. Jack Gray...Submitted by: DeAnn

 

 

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