JOSEPH HOGEBOOM. Among the names held in high esteem in Sutter county is that of Joseph Hogeboom, a pioneer rancher of this section, who was noted throughout the community for his genial, liberal nature and uprightness of character. In his death the village of Pennington lost a citizen who can never be replaced, which is one of the highest tributes that could be paid to his memory.
In the early part of the nineteenth century, a member of the Hogeboom family left his home in Holland and came to the United States, locating in Oneida county, N. Y., where, March 24, 1824, Joseph Hogeboom was born. At that county he lived with his parents until he had reached the age of twenty years, when the family moved to Illinois, where his father followed farming until his death, which occurred at an advanced age. In 1853 Joseph Hogeboom married Jane E. Bigelow, who was born in New York state, March 16, 1829, a daughter of Allen Bigelow, the latter a native of New England and the descendant of Irish ancestry. The day following his marriage Mr. Hogeboom and his wife started overland to California, and upon his arrival located in Siskiyou county. About three years after their settlement in that county the Indians created such a disturbance that Mr. Hogeboom moved south into the Sacramento valley, and purchased a squatter’s claim near Pennington, Sutter county, which he devoted to stock-raising and general ranching. In 1864 he made a trip to Illinois and upon his return, brought with him a band of horses and cattle.
Mr. Hogeboom remained upon this farm until his death, which occurred January 7, 1880, as the result of an accident the previous December. Politically he held firm Republican views, and though never accepting public recognition, gave his best efforts to the advancement of the cause. Mrs. Hogeboom passed away in March, 1893, at the age of sixty-four years. They were the parents of seven children, namely; Nelson W., a rancher in this vicinity; Emma, the wife of F. L. Neer, a rancher in Sutter county; Steven Allen, a rancher near the home place; Edgar David, who lives in Pennington; Ida J., the widow of George E. Clyma; Frank and Samuel H., partnership ranchers. Frank, an energetic agriculturist and a prominent member of North Butte Lodge No. 267, I. O. O. F., of Pennington, married Bettie Draper Pennington, a native of Virginia and the adopted daughter of J. T. Pennington, in honor of whom the town of Pennington was named. They are the parents of two children: Charles J., a student, and Bessie. Frank and Samuel H. Hogeboom operate the old Pennington ranch, upon a portion of which the town of Pennington is located. Both are successful ranchers and are respected and esteemed by all who know them. Like their father they vote the Republican ticket and are untiring in their efforts to promote the welfare of their party.
Transcribed by Doralisa Palomares.
Source: “History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the Sacramento Valley, California” by J. M. Guinn. Pages 594-595. Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago 1906.
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