|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1845|
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 1908|
Jeremiah "Doc" Standley was born August 20, 1845 in Andrew County, Missouri, the son of Harrison and Elizabeth Standley. When he was 8 years of age, the family moved away from Missouri to settle in California.
Jeremiah married Sarah Chastity Clay in 1868.
The couple had 3 daughters; Minnie J., Nellie Frances, Jessie N. (Standley) Hildreth & a son William Harrison Standley.
As a young man he worked on the ranch of his father Harrison Standley, as well as in the family's hotel, the Ukiah House. The lifelong nickname of "Doc" was earned as a boy after he doctored a sick cow back to health. At 16 he leased a ranch and began raising cattle, later entering school in Ukiah to complete his education.
In 1864, at the age of 19, he was appointed a deputy sheriff, in Mendocino County, and held that position until 1866. He then served as a teacher in Ukiah for 5 years before once more being appointed deputy in 1872. In 1874, laid off from the department due to budget cuts, he leased a sheep ranch, but continued to volunteer his services as a deputy whenever needed. He was elected sheriff of Mendocino county in 1882 and held that position until 1892. After being defeated in his bid for re-election, he continued to work his ranch and serve as a deputy sheriff, working at times as a special detective for Wells Fargo. In January 1896 he was wounded in while attempting to capture a man who had robbed a stagecoach in the area.
In 1897, fully recovered from his wounds, Doc joined in the Klondike gold rush. He settled in Nome, Alaska and engaged in the mining and freighting business, as well as serving as a deputy sheriff. His wife soon joined him, and the couple remained in Alaska until 1902, when they returned home to Ukiah. They remained there for a year or so, before returning to Alaska, this time accompanied by their youngest daugher Jessie.
In 1908 Doc fell on a staircase and injured his spine. The injury gradually paralized him and caused him to go blind. Sarah and Jessie began the journey to take Doc back home to California. They stopped for a few days of rest in Seattle, and then again in Portland, Oregen. On July 8, 1908, while in Portland, Doc passed away.
Doc's body was returned home and buried in Ukiah.
During his 30 years of public service, Doc became known as one of the great lawmen of the Old West, and when he died, the editor of the Ukiah Dispatch-Democrat stated that "Doc Standley was one of the best men this country has ever produced.
Harrison Standley (1814 - 1886)
Elizabeth Gladden Shelton Standley (1813 - 1909)
Sarah Charity Clay Standley (1851 - 1913)*
Minnie Jane Standley Jamison (1870 - 1959)*
William Harrison Standley (1872 - 1963)*
Nell Francis Standley Gibson (1875 - 1927)*
Jessie Norma Standley Hildreth (1884 - 1986)*
Jeremiah M Standley (1845 - 1908)
Harrison Hugh Standley (1847 - 1925)*
John Wiley Standley (1855 - 1931)*
Created by: Ancestry Seeker
Record added: Aug 14, 2008
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