|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1868|
|Death: ||May 25, 1948|
U. ORA ABELL
A successful grower of figs in California, who is highly esteemed in the community of Merced, is U. Ora Abell, who first saw the light near Indianapolis, Ind., on March 11, 1868. He was the eldest of the five children born to Perry & Rebecca (Klepfer) Abell, who were born in Pennsylvania & Michigan respectively. Perry Abell settled in Indiana where he helped his father carve a home out of the forest & where he farmed until the Civil War broke out, when he enlisted in the 70th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving throughout the conflict. He moved to Nebraska in the eighties, homesteading land 20 miles from a railroad, & about 1890 he removed to Salt Lake City, where he lived for six years. In 1896, he located in Merced with his family & here he & his wife both spent their last days.
The common school of Indiana & Nebraska afforded U. Ora Abell a good elementary education. Being a farmer's son, he worked steadily on the home farm & in the meantime learned the carpenter trade, accomplishing a great deal as a journeyman, & later engaged in the building trade as a contractor. He accompanied his parents to California in 1896, where he continued to work at his trade. That same year he invested wisely by purchasing a tract of land on the Merced River, one & one-half miles below Merced Falls, where he began farming & made improvements. By 1900, he had a few fig trees, & as the years progressed, he set out many more, until the property became a valuable one. At present, he is the owner of thirty acres of highly developed orchard set to Black Mission figs, the trees ranging from 10 to 25 years of age. A newly completed residence fills the need for an orchard home.
On January 14, 1913, at Merced, Mr. Abell was united in marriage with Miss Nan R. Peak, who was born in Merced, the youngest of seven children. Her father was the late Luke Peak, a Forty-niner & pioneer of Contra Costa County. He had come from Jacksonville, Illinois, to California, & in the sixties he moved to Plainsburg, Merced County, where he was a well & favorably known farmer. Just prior to moving to Merced, he owned & operated a grain farm adjoining the Atwater ranch. Mrs. Abell's mother came from Southern stock & was a member of the Hancock family who arrived in Contra Costa County in 1853. One daughter, Isabel May, has blessed the home of Mr. & Mrs. Abell, who are popular in Merced social circles. Mr. Abell is a baritone singer of ability, & has favored the public by appearing at many functions, giving his talent freely for general enjoyment. He was the director of the Merced Episcopal Church choir from 1912 to 1917. He has belonged to the Merced Lodge of Odd Fellows since 1899, & to the Modern Woodmen of America since 1903. His political views & efforts have been with the Democratic party, but any movement for civic & community betterment has his hearty endorsement.
~ History of Merced County, California, by John Outcalt, publ. 1925, pgs. 808-809
1920 US Census, Twp 2, Merced, CA:
Ora W. Abell, 50, farmer, b IN, fthr PA, mthr MI.
Nan, wife, 40, b CA, fthr IL, mthr TN.
Isabel, dtr, 1 yr 7 mos, b CA.
1930 US Census, Twp 1, Merced, CA:
Ulyses O. Abell, 62, m at 45, farmer, b ID, fthr PA, mthr MI.
Nan R., wife, 52, m at 32, postmaster asst., b CA, fthr IL, mthr TN.
Ora M., dtr, 11, b CA.
Alice Peak, sister-in-law, 65, sgl, b CA, fthr IL, mthr TN.
California Death Index
Name: U O Abell
Birth: 11 Mar 1868, Indiana
Death: 25 May 1948, Merced Co.
Mother's Maiden Name: Klepfer
Father's Surname: Abell
Perry Eugene Abell (1843 - 1915)
Rebecca Klepfer Abell (1848 - 1917)
Nan Rebecca Peak Abell (1876 - 1961)
Ora Mae Abell Lathrop (1918 - 2002)*
Ulysses Ora Abell (1868 - 1948)
Isadora Della Abell Willsie (1872 - 1939)*
Myrtle Abell Price (1878 - 1946)*
Vivian Abell Minor (1880 - 1936)*
Jessie Abell Bedesen (1886 - 1975)*
Merced Cemetery District
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Originally Created by: Linda Applegate Brown
Record added: Sep 15, 2007
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