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Jacob Willard Benner
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Birth: Dec. 26, 1869
Lassen County
California, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1922
Butte County
California, USA

"J.W. BENNER - The reputation of J.W. Benner as one of the substantial citizens of Butte County rests upon a solid foundation of actual merit, upon honesty of purpose and never failing devotion to the best interests of his community. For several generations the family has been a race of up-builders under pioneer conditions. When thousands were drawn to California in the gold-mining-excitement period, the father of our subject, John Aaron Burns Benner, a native of Harrisburg, PA, began the long and tiresome journey overland to California, in 1850. John A.B. Benner married Emily Charlotte Pratt.

"J.W. Benner was the second child in order of birth of the six children born to his parents, of whom five are living. He was born on December 26, 1869, at Big Meadows, on the Benner Ranch. He accompanied the family to Cold Canyon, then to Lovelock, where he lived until he was twelve and attended the public school. When the family moved to Vina he went to the schools there, after which he was employed on the Stanford Ranch, taking care of the thoroughbred horses kept by Mr. Stanford. Thirteen years of his life were spent following the races, and he rode running horses until he became too heavy. He has taken care of some of the best horses, both thoroughbred and standard, in California, and has traveled through many states of the Union when following the races on the grand circuit. On the local circuit he has traveled over a considerable part of the Coast territory.

"At the breaking out of the Spanish-American War he was in the employ of Meek Brothers, on their stock farm at Hayward. He enlisted in the Eighth California Volunteer Infantry and was stationed at Camp Barrett, until his battalion was broken up and he was sent to Vancouver, Wash., where he remained until he was mustered out, in 1899, on account of ill health. He went to San Francisco and from there came to Chico. After he had recovered his health he was appointed to the police force in that city and served for two years. Ill health forced him to retire and he spent the next two years in the mountains, after which time he was employed in grading lumber at the mills owned by the Wood-Sheldon Lumber Company for three or four years; from there he went to the Diamond Match Company's plant at Barber and was in the shipping department, becoming chief clerk and remaining there twelve years. Once more failing health necessitated a change and he was advised to get out of the office. He came back to Chico and became a candidate for constable of Chico Township, in 1914, was elected and assumed the duties of the office on January 4, 1915. He is also serving as deputy under Sheriff Riddle.

"Mr. Benner was married, in Oroville, to Mrs. Carrie Belle Summers Scarborough, a native of Missouri, and they have one daughter, Genevieve. By her first husband, Mrs. Benner had four children: Edith and Clarence, who are at home; Otis, who is an officer in Company A, Second California Regiment; and Edgar, who is in the Aviation Corps. Mr. Benner is a member, Past Grand, and Past District Deputy of the Odd Fellows, and is Grand Conductor of the Grand Lodge of California; he belongs to the Canton, and to the Encampment, of which he is Past Chief Patriarch, and to the Rebekahs. He is Worthy Counsel of the Modern Woodmen of America, and belongs to the Native Sons and to the Foresters of America. He is officer of the day in Chico Camp, Spanish-American War Veterans. He attends the Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Republican." Source: History of Butte County, CA 1918, by George C. Mansfield, B. L. pgs 1158-59.
The Chico Enterprise, Chico, CA, Tuesday Evening, January 24, 1922: "Benner Escapes Injury In Crash. Constable J.W. Benner of this city figured in an accident this morning near Wheatland and narrowly escaped serious injury, when a car he was driving collided with a machine driven by Harry Dam, aged resident of Wheatland.

"According to advices reaching here, Benner was returning from Napa and was driving an old machine belonging to Attorney Lon Bond of Chico which he was bringing back from that city. At a point one mile north of Wheatland Benner was passing a number of camp wagons on the highway. The machine driven by Dam, it was said, bore down on Benner while the latter was on the left side of the road. In an effort to avoid a collision, Benner swung his car towards the fence on the left side of the highway.

"He was struck broadside by Dam's machine, both cars being badly damaged. Dam received bruises on the head and was taken to the Rideout hospital in Marysville where he now is. Benner escaped injury." 
Family links: 
  John Aaron Burns Benner (1833 - 1886)
  Emily Charlotte Pratt Benner (1849 - 1880)
  Carrie Belle Summers Benner (1879 - 1962)*
  Genevieve Benner Aaronson (1912 - 1997)*
  Jacob Willard Benner (1869 - 1922)
  Eva Lena Benner Bouton (1872 - 1961)*
*Calculated relationship
Chico Cemetery
Butte County
California, USA
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Record added: Nov 08, 2010
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Jacob Willard Benner
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