Amador County









††††† Mrs. Sabra R. Greenhalgh, county superintendent of schools, holds the distinction of being the first woman to ever hold a county elective office in Amador County, and that she is filling the position in a satisfactory manner is evidence by her repeated reelections.She was born on a farm near Plymouth, Amador County, and is a daughter of James and Charity (Alspaugh) Rickey.Her parents came to California across the plains and her grandfather crossed three times, his last trip being in 1850, at which time he arrived in Placerville.About that time the Rickey family located in Ione, of which place they were among the first settlers.They took up land by squatters rights, but later lost it, and then moved to the Shenandoah Valley, where the father took up land, which he farmed until seventy years of age, when he retired.His death occurred at Sutter Creek, on February 2, 1856.Charity Rickey, who was a school teacher, came from Iowa by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and her death occurred in 1918.To Mr. and Mrs. Rickey were born three daughters.

††††† Sabra Rickey received her education in the local public schools, in summer schools and by intensive private study.She received a teacherís certificate and taught in rural schools for six years, her professional career being interrupted by her marriage to William H. Greenhalgh.Mr. Greenhalgh, who died in 1916, was the county superintendent of schools, which office he had filled for nine years and in which he had done much important work in the interest of the schools.Upon his death, Mrs. Greenhalgh was appointed to fill out his unexpired term and is still the incumbent of that office, for which she has shown herself in every way well qualified.She is progressive in her ideas and methods and in 1928 she introduced into the elementary schools a system of individual learning and progress.

††††† To Mr. and Mrs. Greenhalgh were born two children, Howard C., who is a graduate of Stanford University, and since graduation is an engineer with the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company in San Francisco, and Gertrude, who is a graduate of the Jackson high school, and is now attending the University of Southern California at Los Angeles.Mrs. Greenhalgh is a Republican in her political views and is interested in public affairs.She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; Amapolar Parlor, No. 80, N. D. G. W., of which she is a past president; the California Teachersí Association; the California Public School Superintendentsí Association; the California Academy of Science; the Jackson Womanís Club; and a life member of the National Education Association, to which she has just been elected a delegate to represent northern California at the annual convention to be held in Columbus, Ohio.She is a lover of and is proficient in music and was a choir director for ten years.She is a lover of youth and their proper education and has been most effective in promoting the general efficiency of the schools and maintaining the high standard which has marked the educational record of this county.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 57-58. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010Gerald Iaquinta.



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