Sutter County










LEWIS T. STERNES.   A practical, industrious and thrifty rancher, Lewis T. Sternes is closely identified with the agricultural and horticultural interests of Sutter county, his ranch being pleasantly located six miles northwest of Yuba City.  Beginning life for himself with no assets excepting strong hands and a willing heart, he has labored courageously, and by dint of strenuous toil and wise management has increased the forty cents that was his sole capital when he arrived, a boy of nineteen, in Santa Rosa, to a comfortable competency.  A son of Joshua Sternes, he was born, February 27, 1855, in Ray county, Mo.


Joshua Sternes was born and bred in Old Virginia, and when a young man went to Missouri, where he worked for a few years as a brick mason.  Crossing the plains in 1864 with his family, he lived for two years in Nevada, and the following two years was a resident of Jacksonville, Ore.  Migrating from there to California in 1868, he lived in Sacramento until his death, at the age of fifty years.  He married Sophia Shaw, who was born in Missouri, whither her parents settled on removing from Tennessee, their native state.  She died in Oregon, leaving six children, all of whom her mother, Mrs. Shaw, took back with her to the old home town in Ray county, Mo.


Returning with his maternal grandmother to Missouri in 1868, Lewis T. Sternes remained there six years, completing his education in the public schools.  In 1874 he came to California, arriving in Santa Rosa with but forty cents in his pockets.  Learning the trade of a blacksmith, he worked at it four years, and in 1878 located in Sutter county, buying eighty acres of the land included in his present home ranch.  The land was raw and uncultivated, but he at once began its improvement.  As he succeeded well in his operations he was soon enabled to purchase forty acres of adjacent land, and subsequently made still another purchase, increasing the size of his ranch to one hundred and fifty-five acres.  He erected a small blacksmith’s shop on the farm, and for many years was kept busily employed, although he now does his own repairing and blacksmithing only.  He has been very successful as a general farmer, and for some time rented land, which he managed in addition to carrying on his own.  He has erected substantial buildings on his place, and has a good orchard of five acres, a vineyard of twenty-five acres, and has the remainder of his farm in grain land or pasture.


October 10, 1883, Mr. Sternes married Jennie Thorp, a native of Sutter county, and they are the parents of two children, Floyd G., twenty years of age, employed in a railway office in San Francisco; and Sadie, at home.  Politically Mr. Sternes is liberal in local affairs, but in national matters is a stanch[sic] Democrat.  Fraternally he belongs to the Woodmen of the World.




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Lewis T. Sternes


Findagrave Memorial:

Lewis T. Sternes

Birth:   Feb. 27, 1855

Death:             Sep. 19, 1909

Burial: Sutter Cemetery, Sutter, Sutter County, California, USA; Plot: 1-90-3

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Record added: Mar 10, 2014

Find A Grave Memorial# 126158360


1943 Oct 25, Sacramento Bee, P10, Sacramento, California

New Guard Unit is Set Up in Marysville

Marysville (Yuba Co.), Oct. 25 – Floyd G. Sternes announced he has begun the formation of a company of the California State Guard to replace the old company F, California National Guard, which was inducted into the armed forces before war began.  The company will be known as company A, 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of the California State Guard.  Sternes, recently commissioned a captain, has had long experience in local military organizations.  The new organization will accept men from 18 to 60 and will work with other agencies for the protection of the home front.  Sternes is recruiting the company evenings.  He lives at 811 Seventh Street.


1946 Jul 23, Sacramento Bee, P9, Sacramento, California

West Butte Native Dies in Marysville Hospital

Yuba City (Sutter Co.), July 23.  Mrs. Jennie Sternes Olson, 86, a native of West Butte, Sutter County, died yesterday in the Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville.  Mrs. Olson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Thorpe, early day residents.  She lived her entire life in Sutter County with the exception of 15 years spent in Sacramento.  She is survived by her son, Floyd Sternes of Marysville and her daughter, Mrs. Marie Jacobs of Fair Oaks.  Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. tomorrow in Hutchison’s Colonial Chapel.





Transcribed by Donna Toole.

­­­­Source: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 638-641. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

© 2017  Donna Toole.



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