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16 Feb 2007 
   Wednesday, February 14, 2007

           Jack Higgins 

Jack Higgins, 87, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Napa, Calif., on Feb 4, 2007. He was born on Sept. 28, 1919, to Alexander and Alice (Harkins) Higgins

Jack was raised in Vallejo, Calif., and graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1941. After graduation, he worked for his father at the Higgins Shoe Store, which opened in 1908. The store closed in 1993. Jack was a senior member of Vallejo Rotary Club and Vallejo Elks. He was also active in St. Vincent's Alumni and Catholic Social Services. For the past 30 years Jack spent part of his summers and winters here in Ketchum with his son Alex. Jack loved fishing, backpacking and skiing in Sun Valley. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Dana Higgins, of Napa; threes sons, John (Janice), of Vallejo, Alex (Pat), of Ketchum, Dan (Cathy), of Vacaville; his Sister, Noelle Newland, of Vallejo; four grandchildren, Sean, Ash, of Ketchum, Patrick, and Laura, of Vacaville Calif. Rosary and funeral mass were held in Napa California. 

Donations may be made in his name to "Our Lady of The Snows Catholic Church, Building Fund" PO Box 1650, Sun Valley, Idaho 83353. 
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-Census Connections-
      Name Age 
    James D Allmon 31 Shoe Merchant
    Jennie M Allmon 28 wife
    Alexander Higgins 31 Shoe Merchant (Bro-in-law of Mr. Allmon)
    Joseph F Cunningham 42 lodger

       Name      Age 
   Alex Higgins 38 Owner of Shoe Business
   Alice Higgins 31 Wife
   John A Higgins 4/12 son

Alexander Higgins' World War 1 draft card states:
Name Alexander James Higgins
Born February 12,1875, Race White, born in USA
Occupation Shoe Dealer in own business
Nearest relative. Alice F. Higgins, wife, at address 347 Georgia Avenue Vallejo California 


01 Dec 2006

El Carmelo Cemetery Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California
Higgins, Elizabeth, b. 16 Jul 1859, d. 24 Mar 1898, 
            Beloved w/o J. Higgins, At Rest, 
            s/w Leslie J. Higgins, [HH]
Higgins, Leslie J., b. 20 May 1853, d. 02 Feb 1918, age: 65yr, 
           s/w Elizabeth Higgins, [HH]


24 Nov 2006 

Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura County (California) Biographies

…a rancher of Carpenteria Valley, was born in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1842. His father had large farm interests in the locality of Galesburg and much city property. His father and mother are still living, each at the age of seventy five years, and they are looking forward to their golden wedding in April, 1891. 
P. C. Higgins was married at Galesburg in 1864, to Miss Mary Jenks, and they then moved to Altona, Knox County, Illinois, to take charge of one of his father's farms. In 1867 they moved to Forest, Livingston County, where Mr. Higgins bought 160 acres of land, and carried on general farming for thirteen years, dealing largely in hogs, which he fattened for market. In 1880 they sold out and moved to Prairie City, Iowa, where he engaged in the hardware business, and remained three years. Through an unsatisfactory partner they made no progress, and in 1883 Mr. Higgins sold out and came to Carpenteria Valley, where he bought 108 acres of cleared land, all under cultivation. His main crop is Lima beans, the leading industry of the valley, of which he plants about ninety acres, with an average yield of from 1,500 to 2,000 pounds per acre. Mr. Higgins has a bituminous rock bed on his place, bordering on the sea, which, after careful examination is found to cover several acres in area, at an average depth of sixteen feet. They have taken out about 5,000 tons, which was used in the paving of State street in Santa Barbara. In boring for artesian water he struck natural gas, at a depth of 500 feet, although not in paying quantities: still by storing it was found to burn very rapidly. He raises, lemons and other fruits, but only for home use. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins have six children, all living.

-Best census connection-

HIGGINS A C 35 M W NY IL KNOX Township 11 N 1 E 1850 
     Phineas living with parents & family

     Phineas living with parents & family 

     Image 1  Image2 

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Phineas C. HIGGENS Self M Male W 38 IL Hardware Merchant NY NY 
Mary R. HIGGENS Wife M Female W 36 WV Housekeeping MA WV 
Jennie M. HIGGENS Dau S Female W 15 IL Student IL WV 
Paul C. HIGGENS Son S Male W 14 IL Student IL WV 
Lucian HIGGENS Son S Male W 12 IL Student IL WV 
Elva HIGGENS Dau S Female W 11 IL Student IL WV 

Source Information:
Census Place Prairie City, Jasper, Iowa Family History Library Film 1254346 
NA Film Number T9-0346 Page Number 174A 



Phineas Higgins' parents

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

A. C. HIGGINS Self M Male W 65 NY Farmer NY NY 
Lucy M. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 66 NY Keeping House CT CT 
Gust FANSTRUM Other S Male W 21 SWE Servant SWE SWE 
Albert BURGLUND Other S Male W 16 IL Servant SWE SWE 

Source Information:
Census Place Galesburg, Knox, Illinois Family History Library Film 1254220 
NA Film Number T9-0220 Page Number 158C

15 Dec 2005 
Newspaper Transcriptions
SACRAMENTO DEATH NOTICES & Other California Deaths The Bee, Sacramento
 -Tuesday Evening February 2, 1875 DEATHS In San Francisco, January 31, Edward HIGGINS, aged 50 years.
Saturday Sacramento Bee May 6, 1905
COOPER - In this city, May 5, 1905, Mrs. Sarah Cooper, wife of the late John H. Cooper, sister of Amos P STEWART of Truckee, Mrs. G.O. HIGGINS of Oregon and Mrs. Louisa CHURCHMAN of Fruit Vale, a native of Maryland, aged 74 years. Remains at Miller & McMullen’s chapel, 1021-1022 Ninth street. Funeral notice hereafter.
The Sacramento Bee Monday, May 12, 1913 
ROOKARD - In Napa, Napa County, May 9, 1913, Mamie E Rookard, mother of Mrs. R. CROWDER and Harry Rookard; daughter of the late Joseph and Mary WADE; sister of Mrs. Nellie HIGGINS, Mrs. R.E. EWART and Mrs. G.J. ZIEGENFUSS; a native of San Francisco, aged 53 years.
Sacramento Bee Thursday February 6, 1919 
HIGGINS - In Veterans’ Home, Napa County, February 4, 1919, Levi HIGGINS, brother of W.F .HIGGINS of San Jose, a native of Maine, aged 80 years.

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17 Jul 2005  
Original Source: A Memorial and biographical history of the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kern, California Lewis Publishing, Chicago, Ill (1892)

E  R  Higgins

E. R. Higgins, the well-known photographer of Fresno, was born in Canada, in 1845. In 1864 he came to California, his family having located here two years previous to that time. He made the voyage via the Isthmus of Panama, the trip consuming twenty-one days, nine days less than the steamer now requires to make the journey. On his arrival in San Francisco, in March, 1864, he entered the high school and took a business course. He subsequently attended the business college, where he acquired a thorough practical education, his schooling advantages having been limited in Canada. While pursuing his studies, Mr. Higgins also devoted some time to work in photography with his brother, who was established in that business in the city, and developing no little ability in that direction, he adopted the business himself.

Locating in Sacramento, he did a successful photographic business there for three years. Then he divided his time between working for several of the leading galleries in San Francisco and making periodical trips to the interior, until September, 1882, when he came to Fresno. He did not remain here long, however, and a few months later went back to San Francisco. In the spring of 1884 he again came to Fresno, and this time established himself permanently in the photograph business, which he still conducts. He is the pioneer photographer in Fresno and his work in justly celebrated throughout the valley.

Mr. Higgins is actively identified with the fire department of Fresno, and was the prime mover in the organization of the present department, which was effected in October, 1887. In March, 1889, he was elected chief of the department, and to him is generally conceded the greatest measure of credit for its present high state of efficiency, good management and excellent discipline.

He was married in 1876, to Miss Williams, a native of California. They have one child.

   E.R. Higgins Mariposa Street in Fresno, California

1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
  Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

  Egerton A. HIGGENS   Self M Male     W 33 CAN Photographer --- --- 
  Angelena N. HIGGENS Wife M Female W 26 CA Keeping House NJ --- 
  Alma P. HIGGENS        Dau S Female W 10M CA CAN CA 

  Source Information:
  Census Place Merced, Merced, California 
  Family History Library Film 1254068 
  NA Film Number T9-0068 Page Number 349B 

View 1900 CA Census Scan    Egerton R Higgins   age 55

View 1910 CA Census Scan    Egerton  Higgins     age 64 

Orient C. Higgins, M. D.

O. C. Higgins, M. D., is one of the oldest practicing physicians of Porterville. He was born in Ellsworth, Hancock County, Maine, in 1855. His father, Josiah H Higgins, was a school teacher by profession, and a boat builder by trade. For twenty-five years he taught winter schools about Hancock County, and his summers were devoted to his trade on Union river, where Ellsworth was situated. In 1875 he came to California, accompanied by his son Charles R., and together they worked at ship carpentering at San Francisco. O. C. Higgins was educated in common schools, and at the age of sixteen years he began the trade of boat-building and ship-joining, which he followed at Ellsworth until the fall of 1876, when he, too, started for California to join his father at San Francisco. They then took a house and followed boat-building by day, while the subject devoted his evenings to study, and in the winter of 1879 he took up the study of medicine under the preceptorship of Dr. Alexander McRea, paying all fees of tuition and expenses from his personal savings. He graduated from the California Medical College--Eclective--at Oakland, April 26, 1882. He was married in San Francisco, November 1, 1881, to Miss Hattie G. Perry, a native of Maine. The doctor commenced practice on Mission street, San Francisco, and came to Porterville in June, 1882, upon the suggestion and recommendation of Dr. G. G. Gere, a professor of the medical college, and a former practitioner at Porterville. Dr. Higgins rented Dr. Gere's house on the corner of Oak and Gum streets, and after five years of practice the location seemed so desirable, that he purchased the property. The doctor built up an extensive practice, traveling in every direction within a radius of forty miles. While he has made much money, he has also performed much gratuitous service; the circumstances of the applicant were never considered, as the appeal from the poor when suffering or in distress, received the same prompt attention. He is a devoted attendant to business, and either at his office or in professional attendances, is constantly engaged. He was elected coroner and public administrator in 1888, but after six months of service, was obliged to resign, owing to professional duties. Dr. and Mrs. Higgins have three children: Robert M., Eloise L. and Hattie M.

View 1860 ME Census Scan    Josiah H Higgins   age 30

View 1870 ME Census Scan    Josiah H Higgins   age 40 

1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
  Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

  T. B. DEWITT Self M Male     W 31 MO          Physician VA VA 
  Mary DEWITT Wife M Female W 25 N SCOTIA Keeps House  SCOT N.S. 
  Orient HIGGINS Other S Male W 25 ME          Ship Joiner ME ME 

  Source Information:
  Census Place San Francisco, San Francisco, California 
  Family History Library Film 1254078 
  NA Film Number T9-0078 Page Number 571D 

. . .
1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
   Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

  Charles R. HIGGINS Self S Male     W 22 ME Ship Carpenter ME ME
  Joseph H. HIGGINS Father M Male W 50 ME Ship Carpenter ME ME 

Source Information:
  Census Place San Francisco, San Francisco, California 
  Family History Library Film 1254078 
  NA Film Number T9-0078 Page Number 575C 
Surname-First Name-Age-Nativity-Precinct-Page- Registered-Naturalized
  Higgins Charles Raymond 32 Maine Porterville 34 8 Aug 1890
  Higgins Orient C             36 Maine Porterville 36 25 Aug 1890

View 1910 CA Census Scan    Orient C Higgins   age 54
                              Also     Robert Higgins     age 23

View 1920 CA Census Scan    Orient C Higgins   age 64 

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I.O.O.F. Cemetery 
  Buena Vista Road-Hollister, San Benito County, California 

Higgins, John 1822-1905 Husband of Louisa J. Higgins.
                        Native of Maine.
Higgins, Louisa J. 1825-1907 Wife of John Higgins.
                        Native of Maine.
Higgins, Mary J.1869-1944 *Mother*. Wife of Perry Higgins 
Higgins, Perry 1858-1936 *Father*. Husband of Mary J. Higgins


View 1860 CA Census Scan Higgins John 37 Sonoma


1880 Census Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
  Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

  Louisa HIGGINS Self M Female W 54 ME ME ME 
  Etta HIGGINS Dau M Female W 24 ME Keep House ME ME 

Source Information:
  Census Place Hollister, San Benito, California 
  Family History Library Film 1254072 
  NA Film Number T9-0072 Page Number 395A 

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Obituary: Dennis Owen Higgins, respected defense attorney
By Ramon Coronado -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PDT Thursday, October 7, 2004

Sacramento defense attorney Dennis Owen Higgins struggled with cancer for nearly five years, but he didn't stop coming to court until two weeks ago. "He was courageous how he fought for his clients, and he demonstrated that same courage in his fight with cancer," said Sacramento County Assistant Public Defender Linda Parisi.

On Monday, on his 18th wedding anniversary and the day before his 57 birthday, Mr. Higgins died of esophageal cancer.

He was the junior and varsity girls' basketball coach and president of the parents' board at St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School. He was a member of the president's advisory board of California State University, Sacramento. But Mr. Higgins was best known as a popular defense attorney in Sacramento Superior Court.

As word of his death passed this week through the Ninth Street main courthouse, a somber mood fell upon attorneys, prosecutors, clerks, stenographers, interpreters and judges, some of whom have known Higgins for the past 26 years.

"So many are saddened. We all knew what he was going through, and he wouldn't give up," said Judge James L. Long, who presided over one of Mr. Higgins last murder trials.

It was during the May trial of Deondre Terrell Hudson that Higgins received news that a special treatment he was receiving was no longer working on his growing cancer. The judge halted the trial one afternoon and sent the jury home for what was going to be a four-day break.

Mr. Higgins, however, notified the court the same afternoon and insisted upon finishing the trial without the long break. The jury was phoned and returned the next day.

The son of an Irish immigrant, Mr. Higgins worked his way through Lincoln Law School as a bartender and clerk at the Pine Cove Tavern and Bottle Shop at 29th and E streets, establishments that have deep roots in Sacramento.

He became a lawyer in 1978 and after a short stint as a Sacramento public defender, Mr. Higgins went into private practice, filing personal-injury lawsuits and defending people charged with crimes ranging from bribery and burglary to rape and murder.

"He dealt with some of worst people in jail," said Philip E. Carey, who shared office space with Mr. Higgins for the past 12 years.

"In some personal-injury cases where people were out of a car and needed to get around, he would lend his credit card so the client could rent a car. At the end of the case he would get his money back, but most attorneys wouldn't do that," Carey said.

Daniel P. Whaley, who was Mr. Higgins' partner for nine years, said their law firm was more than a business.

"Our annual law firm party was held on Halloween. We worked hard, and we goofed off hard," Whaley said.

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully, who went to law school with Mr. Higgins, said the ever-smiling man didn't take long to develop a reputation.

"He didn't assume the role of us against them. He developed relationships," Scully said.

Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley Franzoia has known Mr. Higgins since his family moved to Sacramento from Woodland in 1959.

"He was very opinionated. But he had a sweetness about him. He was very giving, generous and supportive of others," Bagley Franzoia said.

"I know of 10 of us he told we could go to law school and make it, and we did. I owe him for that," the prosecutor said.

Mr. Higgins remained a defense attorney despite being surrounded by others who selected careers in law enforcement. His older brother is a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles; one nephew is a Sacramento prosecutor; and another nephew is a Sacramento policeman.

Parisi, who also went to law school with Mr. Higgins, said successful defense attorneys like him are unusual.

"What he recognized in people was that they were more than the sum of their bad acts," Parisi said. "As defense attorneys we come to see our whole client, not just their acts. He would truly open his whole heart to that."

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gerald S. Bakarich, who has known the family for more than 30 years, said Mr. Higgins was not only a good lawyer, but also a good man.

"He loved his family and adored his wife and two girls," Bakarich said.

"I never heard him swear or say anything bad about anybody. He knew every day was a gift from God," Bakarich said.


Dennis Owen Higgins
Born: Oct. 5, 1947
Died: Oct. 4, 2004

Remembered for: His honesty and being a gentleman in
the most adverse situations.

Survived by: Wife Deborah Lynn Higgins, and daughters
Hayley Sutherland and Caitlin Elisabeth Higgins, all
of Sacramento; brother Thomas Higgins of Los Angeles,
and sister Maeva Berta of Woodland.

Services: A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today
at St. Francis Church, 26th and K streets, Sacramento.
Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery

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04 February 2003
Vital Records Database

BUTTE County (California)
Recorder's Office
Name Document Number Document Type Date 

HIGGINS A-000133 BIRTH 1919/08/18 
HIGGINS E-000275 BIRTH 1923/07/13 
HIGGINS 05-000072 BIRTH 1928/02/07 
HIGGINS 61-000041 BIRTH 1983/12/24 
HIGGINS 61-000991 BIRTH 1984/05/10 
HIGGINS 61-002011 BIRTH 1984/10/06 
HIGGINS 85-001668 BIRTH 1985/08/19 
HIGGINS 86-000042 BIRTH 1986/01/08 
                1200104001039 BIRTH 2001/05/17 
HIGGINS, ADELE BARION 89-000939 DEATH 1989/06/15 
HIGGINS, ALISON BROOK 1200204001086 BIRTH 2002/05/24

HIGGINS, AMANDA MARIE 91-002166 BIRTH 1991/09/10 
HIGGINS, ANNETTE GAE 1199804002147 BIRTH 1998/10/14 
             MARRIAGE 1964/10/05 
             DEATH 2001/09/08 
HIGGINS, BARRY LEE 3200204002150 DEATH 2002/11/23 
HIGGINS, BEATRICE KAY 4199904000848 
             MARRIAGE 1999/09/26 
             MARRIAGE 1985/05/08 
             MARRIAGE 1986/04/16 
HIGGINS, BERNARD JOSEPH 88-001070 BIRTH 1988/05/13 
HIGGINS, BERNARD JOSEPH 92-002920 BIRTH 1992/12/04 
HIGGINS, BILL 32-000145 DEATH 1955/03/06 
HIGGINS, BONNIE MARIE 38-000238 BIRTH 1961/02/03 
HIGGINS, BRADLEY PAUL 39-001336 BIRTH 1962/08/13 
HIGGINS, BRADLEY PAUL 56-001402 DEATH 1979/12/15 
HIGGINS, BRENDA MARIE 40-000334 BIRTH 1963/02/22 
HIGGINS, BRIAN EDWARD 52-001536 BIRTH 1975/12/13 
HIGGINS, BYRON FLOYD 3200004001442 DEATH 2000/08/20 
HIGGINS, CANDACE MAE 97-000384 BIRTH 1997/03/04 
HIGGINS, CAROL JEAN 61-002011 BIRTH 1984/10/06 
HIGGINS, CHARLES WILLIAM 52-000187 BIRTH 1975/01/25 
HIGGINS, CHARLES WILLIAM 93-000421 DEATH 1993/03/07 
HIGGINS, CHRISTIE LYNN 55-000107 BIRTH 1978/01/04 
HIGGINS, CHRISTIE LYNN 92-002756 BIRTH 1992/11/12 
HIGGINS, CHRISTIE LYNN 94-001686 BIRTH 1994/08/01 
             MARRIAGE 1995/01/20

HIGGINS, CHRISTINE LEE 42-001304 BIRTH 1965/09/20 
HIGGINS, CLAIRE NADINE 51-001304 BIRTH 1974/11/15 
             BIRTH 2000/10/26 
HIGGINS, CLARA M 93-000781 DEATH 1993/05/11 
HIGGINS, CODY ALAN 92-000226 BIRTH 1992/02/01 
HIGGINS, COLLEEN 42-000181 BIRTH 1965/01/27 
HIGGINS, COLLEEN 86-000474 MARRIAGE 1986/08/19 
HIGGINS, COLLEEN 88-000995 BIRTH 1988/05/01 
HIGGINS, COLLEEN 90-002960 BIRTH 1990/12/07 
HIGGINS, COLLEEN 93-000734 BIRTH 1993/03/22 
HIGGINS, CONNIE JEAN 37-000849 BIRTH 1960/05/23 
HIGGINS, DALE DARLENE 92-000185 DEATH 1992/01/21 
HIGGINS, DAWN MARIE 95-000819 BIRTH 1995/04/23 
HIGGINS, DONALD ELMER 3200104000643 DEATH 2001/03/29

HIGGINS, DONALD JEROME 58-000287 DEATH 1981/02/19 
HIGGINS, DONNA YVONNE 32-102686 BIRTH 1955/06/20 
HIGGINS, DOUGLAS ERIC 85-000328 MARRIAGE 1985/06/25 
HIGGINS, EDGAR HARVEY 3200204000193 DEATH 2002/01/24

HIGGINS, EDMOND JAMES 85-001050 DEATH 1985/08/07 
HIGGINS, ELMER LEE 23-000583 BIRTH 1946/07/10 
HIGGINS, ELMER LEE 38-000688 MARRIAGE 1974/10/15 
HIGGINS, EUGENE CLARK 60-001312 DEATH 1983/10/01 
HIGGINS, EVON R 4200004000977 MARRIAGE 2000/10/21 
HIGGINS, EZEKIEL GENE 1200104001039 BIRTH 2001/05/17

HIGGINS, FLOYD JR 16-000703 BIRTH 1939/10/23 
HIGGINS, FRANCES DAVIS 39-000038 DEATH 1962/01/09 
HIGGINS, FRANCIS FRAZER 44-000308 DEATH 1967/04/04 
HIGGINS, GEORGE CALVIN 02-000087 BIRTH 1925/02/22 

HIGGINS, GRACE MARY 3200204000405 DEATH 2002/02/22 
HIGGINS, GREGORY ALLAN 39-000398 BIRTH 1962/02/18 
HIGGINS, GREGORY JAMES 37-001184 BIRTH 1960/08/06 
HIGGINS, IRIS MARIE 31-000525 BIRTH 1954/04/22 
HIGGINS, IRIS MARIE 36-000727 MARRIAGE 1972/12/08 

HIGGINS, JAMES ADRIEN 36-000377 DEATH 1959/06/11 
              MARRIAGE 2001/06/23 
HIGGINS, JAMES ELKIN 48-000128 DEATH 1971/01/26 

HIGGINS, JAMES GENTRY 61-000711 BIRTH 1984/04/02 
HIGGINS, JAMES GORDON 37-000709 BIRTH 1960/06/02 
HIGGINS, JAMES GORDON 43-000205 MARRIAGE 1979/04/16 
HIGGINS, JAMES GORDON 4200004000664 
             MARRIAGE 2000/08/05 
HIGGINS, JAMES HENRY 18-000510 BIRTH 1941/07/25 
HIGGINS, JAMES HENRY 23-000333 MARRIAGE 1959/11/12 
HIGGINS, JEAN ANN 57-000854 BIRTH 1980/05/17 
HIGGINS, JEAN ANN 1199904002103 BIRTH 1999/10/06 
HIGGINS, JEAN ANN 1200104002487 BIRTH 2001/11/20 
HIGGINS, JEAN ANN 4200204000425 MARRIAGE 2002/06/08 
HIGGINS, JEFFREY ALAN 52-001537 BIRTH 1975/12/13 
HIGGINS, JEFFREY ALAN 97-000384 BIRTH 1997/03/04 
HIGGINS, JEFFREY ALAN 4199904000731 
             MARRIAGE 1999/09/11 
HIGGINS, JEFFREY ALAN 1200204001086 BIRTH 2002/05/24

HIGGINS, JERRY JAMES 18-000033 BIRTH 1940/12/28 
             BIRTH 2001/06/14 
HIGGINS, JESSICA ELLEN 91-002436 BIRTH 1991/10/06 
HIGGINS, JIMMIE DEAN 43-000490 MARRIAGE 1979/07/11 
HIGGINS, JOHN ADAM 91-002436 BIRTH 1991/10/06 
HIGGINS, JOHN LESLIE 47-000973 DEATH 1970/11/05 
HIGGINS, JOYCE DIANE 29-000407 MARRIAGE 1965/10/11 
HIGGINS, JUDY LEE 97-001082 DEATH 1997/06/05 
HIGGINS, KARIANN 1200104000791 BIRTH 2001/04/15 
HIGGINS, KELLY ALISE 89-000328 MARRIAGE 1989/07/22 

HIGGINS, LACIE JOYCE 86-001786 BIRTH 1986/09/05 
HIGGINS, LEE-ANNE 50-001235 BIRTH 1973/10/21 
             MARRIAGE 1989/12/30 
HIGGINS, LINDA BRINDA 1200204002164 BIRTH 2002/10/15

HIGGINS, LINDA JOY 37-000064 BIRTH 1960/01/19 
HIGGINS, LINDA KAY 41-001738 BIRTH 1964/12/15 
HIGGINS, LINDA LOUISE 39-000525 MARRIAGE 1975/08/20 
HIGGINS, LISA IRENE 95-000671 BIRTH 1995/03/31 
HIGGINS, LORI ANN 37-000710 BIRTH 1960/05/30 
HIGGINS, MARALEE ANN 37-000666 MARRIAGE 1973/10/17 
HIGGINS, MARGARET MARIE 94-000738 DEATH 1994/05/04 
             DEATH 2002/05/08 
HIGGINS, MARK DELAZON 92-000226 BIRTH 1992/02/01 
HIGGINS, MARTIN JOSEPH 31-000281 DEATH 1954/04/29 
HIGGINS, MARY ELLEN 36-000574 DEATH 1959/09/13 
HIGGINS, MARY LOU 10-000191 MARRIAGE 1946/06/17 
HIGGINS, MARY LOUISE 47-000631 MARRIAGE 1983/08/23 
HIGGINS, MATTIE MYRL 29-000443 DEATH 1952/07/23 
             DEATH 2000/02/28 
HIGGINS, MICHAEL ALAN 32-000255 BIRTH 1955/02/07 
HIGGINS, MICHAEL ALAN 39-000549 MARRIAGE 1975/08/27 
HIGGINS, MICHAEL EARL 30-000876 BIRTH 1953/08/21 
HIGGINS, MICHAEL RILEY 91-002166 BIRTH 1991/09/10 
             DEATH 2000/01/25 
HIGGINS, MILDRED PAULINE 97-001702 DEATH 1997/09/30 
HIGGINS, MILTON ROBERT 30-001375 BIRTH 1953/12/09 
HIGGINS, MINNIE EVELYN 97-000127 DEATH 1997/01/22 
             BIRTH 1998/03/08 
HIGGINS, MONA ANN 29-000514 BIRTH 1952/05/20 
HIGGINS, MONA ANN 4199804000391 MARRIAGE 1998/06/13 
HIGGINS, MONA NICOLE 1199904002103 BIRTH 1999/10/06 
HIGGINS, NADINE H 55-000907 DEATH 1978/08/26 
HIGGINS, NANCY NOELENE 14-000028 BIRTH 1937/01/03 
HIGGINS, NAOMI AMY 02-100308-DB BIRTH 1901/03/02 
HIGGINS, NATALIE MARIE 40-000054 BIRTH 1962/12/25 
HIGGINS, NEIL CURTIS 30-000737 BIRTH 1953/07/18 
HIGGINS, NELLIE MAY 23-000227 DEATH 1946/05/08 
             BIRTH 1984/12/15 
HIGGINS, ORVEL A-000224 BIRTH 1919/11/30 
HIGGINS, PATRICIA ANN 48-000658 MARRIAGE 1984/09/12 
HIGGINS, PATRICK WILLIAM 43-000441 DEATH 1966/05/07 
HIGGINS, PEARL RIPLEY 31-000219 DEATH 1954/04/19 
HIGGINS, PERCY CLARENCE 33-000179 DEATH 1956/03/21 
HIGGINS, PHYLLIS JANE 3200104000743 DEATH 2001/04/04

HIGGINS, RALPH K 85-000756 DEATH 1985/05/28 
HIGGINS, RICHARD EDWARD 41-000543 BIRTH 1964/03/30 
HIGGINS, ROBYN LYNN 97-002151 BIRTH 1997/10/15 
HIGGINS, RODNEY LIN 39-000549 BIRTH 1962/04/04 
HIGGINS, RODNEY LIN 47-000727 MARRIAGE 1983/09/23 
HIGGINS, ROXIE LORENE 30-000877 BIRTH 1953/08/04 
HIGGINS, ROXIE LORENE 31-000152 DEATH 1954/03/03 
HIGGINS, SANDRA LYNN 42-000693 BIRTH 1965/05/16 

HIGGINS, SEAN JOSEPH 92-002920 BIRTH 1992/12/04 
HIGGINS, SHIRLEY JUNE 3200004001708 DEATH 2000/10/03


HIGGINS, STEPHEN MARK 35-001099 BIRTH 1958/08/20 
HIGGINS, STEVEN GENE 53-000009 BIRTH 1975/12/21 
HIGGINS, STEVEN MICHAEL 35-000542 BIRTH 1958/04/26 
             MARRIAGE 1983/05/18 
HIGGINS, STEVEN RAY 32-001300 BIRTH 1955/11/04 
HIGGINS, STEVEN RAY 85-000200 MARRIAGE 1985/05/08 

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Quincy (California) Cemetery District Database
Ref.  Name                           DOD    Lot No.
1294 Higgins Frances Marie 1954       E 24 
 815 Higgins John B.           1938       E 24 
 180 Higgins Mrs. John        1903       E 24 

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

Monday, March 20, 2000

Obituary Tom J. Higgins, 77: cartoonist,  ' Believe It Or Not' contributor
For professional cartoonist Tom J. Higgins, trivia was a lifetime pursuit.

By the time he died March 11 in San Diego, a record of 487 of his items had been published in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!", a daily syndicated cartoon panel.

In stretching the bonds of credibility and making oddities accessible, Mr. Higgins became a cartoon character himself.

When his 100th item was published in 1981, his cartoon likeness was included in the "Believe It Or Not" panel. And Mr. Higgins had become a trivia addict's hero, sought for media interviews from New York to Australia.

Mr. Higgins, a San Diegan for the past 16 years, died of pulmonary failure at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 77.

In 1984, he moved from Solomon County in New York to San Diego in search of a better climate for his health, which began to decline after he suffered lung damage in the Army during the post-World War II occupation of Japan.

As a youth in his native Far Rockaway, N.Y., Mr. Higgins' fascination with unusual events and facts led him to submit his first "Believe It Or Not" item.

"Much to my surprise, it was used in one of the daily panels," he later said.

Each year, Robert Ripley, a former New York Globe cartoonist who originated "Believe It Or Not", would send Mr. Higgins an autographed copy of his latest hardcover book. It was both a reward for his contributions and a source of inspiration.

In 1943, Mr. Higgins put his hobby on hold when he was drafted into the Army. He served as an aircraft mechanic and was stationed in the Philippines during World War II. Later he was assigned to Japan as a staff sergeant.

"It was right after the (atom) bomb had been dropped and he suffered scarred lungs," said his wife, Teresa. "He spent 2 1/2 years recovering in a hospital."

After returning to New York, Mr. Higgins attended a school in Manhattan for cartoonists and illustrators and began a career as a free-lance cartoonist.

In Far Rockaway, he found the career to be hit-and-miss, so he combined it with landscaping to make ends meet. He then moved to Maine, where he drew cartoons and worked as a newspaper pressman.

By 1957, Mr. Higgins was writing a gossip column and contributing cartoons to the Townsman, a newspaper in Grahamsville, N.Y. Working out of his home in the Catskill Mountains, he also supplied trade publications with cartoons. His specialty, as he put it, was "oddity panels."

Over the years, they included such titles as "Mutual Mirror" for insurance clients, Autooddities" for automobile dealers, "Matter of Fact" for dairy products and "Electrivia" for an electrical wholesaler.

Throughout his cartooning career, "Believe It Or Not" items remained his passion. "Tom was a trivia nut," his wife said. "He was always looking for something different and out of the ordinary. Every time he picked up a newspaper, something would catch his eye that nobody else would notice."

He was working on cartoons and researching oddities until the day he died, she said.

Mr. Higgins also was known for his skill in building birdhouses and carving walking sticks. "He handcrafted the houses out of driftwood he found on the beach and gave them to friends," his wife said.

As a member of the Southern California Cartoon Society, Mr. Higgins contributed a memorial cover to the organization's monthly newsletter, "A Slice of Wry." His cartoon put together the names of every society member in the form of a Santa Claus.

"Tom's knowledge of cartoon history was encyclopedic," said Jim Whiting, president of the Southern California Cartoon Society. "He knew who drew which strips, starting when, and what the names of the characters were in those strips.

"He sold some cartoons to the major markets but his bailiwick, really, was trade journals and house organs. He was good at cultivating his own clients, publishers represented minimally on the cartoon market lists.

"And, of course, Tom was the all-time champ when it came to furnishing items for "Believe It Or Not".

Survivors include his wife, Teresa; a daughter, Gail Higgins of London, sons, Timothy and Patrick, both of San Diego; a sister, Marilyn Higgins of Far Rockaway, N.Y.; brothers, Jim of Cedarhurst, N.Y., and Edward of Copaigue, N.Y.; and three grandsons.

Cremation was planned. Ashes will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at 10 a.m. April 13. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 15 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Clairemont.

Donations in the name of Tom Higgins are suggested to the National World War II Memorial Fund, Courthouse Plaza 2, Suite 501, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. 

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Also See: 

                  CALIFORNIA  Part 2 
                  California Resources Part 3 
                  1850 Census of Napa County, California 

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