|Birth: ||Mar. 31, 1874|
An orchardist whose reputation for wide and valuable experience and practical, up-to-date ideas and methods is in itself an asset such as many would wish to possess, is Henry Van Buskirk, of Marysville, in which historic city he was born, on March 31, 1874, the son of George and Bertha (Newman) Van Buskirk, esteemed pioneers of influence. George Van Buskirk, the father, was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and came to Marysville in 1864. He set out from Pennsylvania for California, and first pitched his tent at Sacramento, later removing to Marysville, where he engaged in staging, worked around horses, and after a while worked for Dave Knight, and was with the Gas Works for a number of years. Then he embarked in the wood and coal business, which he followed for thirty years. When he retired, it was not because of old age, but on account of failing eyesight. He was blind, in fact, for twenty-one years, and then regained his eyesight. By this time he had acquired a large strip of property on B Street, in Marysville. Mrs. Van Buskirk's parents were New Yorkers, and she came to California with them when she was two years of age; and here she was married to Mr. Van Buskirk. She died in 1897, the mother of the following children: Henry, Theodore, Emma, Nettie, Ida, Carrie, who became Mrs. Chapman, and Tillie.
Barney Van Buskirk, as Henry Van Buskirk is familiarly known by his many friends and acquaintances, attended the public schools in Marysville and then, for about twenty years, was in business in the old home town. When he took up orcharding, he went in for the raising of peaches. He now has seventy-five acres set out to that fruit, and the orchard is said to be one of the finest in the county.
In San Francisco, Henry Van Buskirk was married to Miss Nellie Devine, a popular lady of that city, who has come to share with him his popularity in the fraternal circles of the Eagles. One child, a son named George William Bernard, has blessed their union. Mr. Van Buskirk has always been fond of boxing and baseball, and he particularly enjoys outdoor life and sports. He is a Republican and stands by that party's platforms as being the best for fostering American industry.
History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924
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Record added: Oct 28, 2011
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