|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1876|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1953|
Flood Ranch A Century Club Member
The Colusi County Historical Society area boasts several ranches that have been accepted as members of the California Exposition One Hundred Year Club. To be eligible a ranch must have been in a direct family line for a hundred years. The Flood Ranch of Newville was awarded membership in this club in 1970.
The ranch has been in the possession of the Flood family since 1856, a period spanning five generations. The original owners, John and Mary Flood united the talents of the Irish and the English to master the new land. John emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1849 as a young boy. Four years later he crossed the plains to California with John James, helping to drive the latter's cattle. Mr. Flood built the first cabin in what was later Henleyville and ran a blacksmith shop with John Simpson in Tehama.
In 1856 he took up a claim of 160 acres in the Newville area where he built a house and blacksmith shop – the first one in the district.
Mary Williams Flood was a native of Liverpool, England coming to the United States with her parents as a young girl. In 1853 the Williams family crossed the plains, settling in 1858 three miles north of the Newville site, where they engaged in the dairy business.
On Sept. 6, 1860 John and Mary
were united in marriage. The young couple established a home on the acres which have continued to be the home place to this day. (The original house was washed away in a flood in the early years. The present home was built about 1868.) Gradually adding to his acreage by purchase Mr. Flood sold his black smith shop in 1866 to devote all his attention to his agricultural and stock raising interests. Known as ‘the mule ranch' emphasis in early days was on mule production. Wheat and barley was raised up and down the flats.
The Floods became the parents of nine children. One son Lester of Paskenta still survives. After the death of John Flood Nov. 22, 1898, the ranch was operated by sons John Thomas and Lester.
In October 1934 Leo, son Louis, and Minnie Millsaps Flood, moved to the home ranch with his family to take charge of operations. He continued to do so until during the last four or five years because of failing health he turned the operation over to his son Lyle. The ranch now grown to 1,725 acres produces sheep and hogs together with barley, oats and hay.
An interesting feature on the ranch is the Flood Museum started about 1965 by Leo and son Lyle to house hundreds of items of historical interest ranging from a mouse trap and cheese cutter from the old Henleyville store to a John Deere tractor. Some thousand visitors have visited it, a particular attraction to school children.
Wagon Wheels Volume XXIII Number 1 February 1973 -transcribed by A. Canon 27 Sep 2008
Orland Unit, Monday, 21 December 1953:
MINNIE FLOOD, LOCAL PIONEER RESIDENT DIES AT SACRAMENTO
Mrs. Minnie Flood, 77, member of one of Glenn county's oldest pioneer families, died Saturday in Sacramento at the home of her Sister, Mrs. Electa Tatham, where she had spent the last six months of her long life. Funeral services are planned at the Sweet chapel here Tuesday afternoon at 2, to be followed by burial in the Newville cemetery, west of here.
Mrs. Flood (Minnie Millsaps) was born near Newville June 22, 1876. Her father, Andrew Millsaps, had come to California as a child, with his parents, who were members on the Donner party. They had settled in the area south of Newville in the late 1850's, where the family is still prominent.
As a young woman she became the bride of Verdi Flood, son of another Glenn county pioneer. His father had been Newville's first blacksmith, later closing his shop and going into farming on a ranch which he built up to over 1200 acres, and which is still in the family.
Mr. Flood passed away a number of years ago, but Mrs. Flood continued to make her home in the Newville section until a few years ago, when she moved to Chico, then to Sacramento about six months ago.
Surviving are her four children: Leo Flood, now operating the home ranch just east of the old town of Newville; Mrs. Nora Calvert [Colbert], Klamath Falls; Mrs. Mae Loomis, Richmond, and Tom Flood, of Oakland. One sister, Mrs. Electa Tatham, with whom Mrs. Flood had been making her home in Sacramento, also survives. - Transcribed by M.
Andrew Jackson Millsaps (1848 - 1915)
Aurora Marilla Hull Millsaps (1854 - 1934)
Leo Earnest Flood (1898 - 1972)*
Nora Flood Colbert (1902 - 1984)*
Tommie Andrew Flood (1910 - 1987)*
Electa Mae Millsaps Tatham (1875 - 1957)*
Minnie Millsaps Flood (1876 - 1953)
Ettie Millsaps (1880 - 1884)*
Created by: A Canon
Record added: Feb 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18069540
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