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Gottlieb Washington Betts
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Birth: Nov. 2, 1854
Greene County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 10, 1944
Tulare County
California, USA

Gottlieb W. Betts' father, Hermann Betts, came from Germany with his wife Catherine Schleigh; he was their only child. After the death of Hermann Betts, Catherine married a German widower in Iowa, Jacob Rittgers, who already had eleven children by his first wife; nine others were born to Jacob and Catherine.

In 1870, Gottlieb was living with an elder step-brother, Perry C. Rittgers, in Saline Co., KS. In 1873, Gottlieb came to California, and passing throught Tipton went to Lone Pine, where his step-brothers, Israel P. Rittgers and John Rittgers lived. They had come to the mines of California in 1850. Later these two farmed together at Traver, where John died. Israel died at Poplar; both were buried at Hanford. A third step-brother, Henry Rittgers, taught school at Lone Pine, as also did his wife, in 1876 and 1877; they returned to Iowa. A half-sister, Catherine Rittgers, married John Stewart, who, in 1879, was hotel-keeper and postmaster in Lone Pine, succeeding his mother who earlier kept the Lone Pine hotel.

Gottlieb's middle name was finally discovered on the 1876 Lone Pine, Inyo County, California voter registration listings.

Gottlieb came to Tulare in 1884, and to the Poplar community in 1906; he bought his present farm from A.B. Carpenter in 1913.

Porterville Recorder,
Wed. June 14, 1944 - Front Page

Final Rites Here for G.W. Betts, Old Resident

Funeral services yesterday afternoon at the Loyd-Frietzsche chapel for Gottlieb W. Betts, 80, who passed away last Saturday at the home of his daughter in the Poplar district, were largely attended by friends and neighbors, and there were many beautiful flowers. Rev. J. Stanley Bellinger of the Poplar Methodist church officiated with interment in the family plot at the Tulare cemetery. Mrs. Howard J. Frame provided the music and the following grandsons acted as pallbearers: Sherwood Betts, Oscar Betts Jr., Wyatt Harris, Edwin Harris, Don Rea and Bill Cloer.

Mr. Betts was born November 2, 1854 in Polk County, Iowa. He came to California in 1873 by train, arriving at Tipton, which was the terminus of the railroad. At that time the waters of Tulare Lake reached nearly to Tipton. He could recall fishing for perch and whitehorse with pitchforks. He took a stage from Tipton to Lone Pine. The stage was drawn by six horses and the trip required three days and nights. When the stage forded Deer Creek, Pesco Creek and White River the passengers were waist deep in water.

Mr. Betts was married to Julia E. Sappington at Lone Pine, Inyo county, January 29, 1879. Later he and his family moved to Portland, Ore. In 1884 the faily moved to Tulare. Mr. Betts engaged in grain growing in the Tulare Lake region and saw the building of Corcoran Junction. In 1906, the family moved to the Poplar district where they have since resided. Mrs. Betts preceded her husband in death October 9, 1940.

Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Betts, with the following surviving: Mrs. Grace Clark, Mrs. Catherine Cloer, Mrs. Ada Schaaf, all of Porterville; Mrs. Ore Rea, Hanford, and Oscar E. Betts, San Juan Bautista. Mr. Betts also leaves 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two sisters in California and two sisters and two brothers in Iowa.

Small plaque on stone reads:
Ada Ruth Betts Schaaf
1905 - 1989 
Family links: 
  Anna Catharine Schleigh Rittgers (1827 - 1913)
  Julia Eleanor Sappington Betts (1861 - 1940)*
  Grace Adeline Betts Clark (1880 - 1982)*
  Catherine Inez Betts Cloer (1892 - 1991)*
  Frank L. Betts (1897 - 1941)*
  Ada Ruth Betts Harris Schaaf (1905 - 1989)*
  Gottlieb Washington Betts (1854 - 1944)
  Daniel R Rittgers (1857 - 1916)*
  Catherine Ann Rittgers Stewart (1858 - 1946)*
  Salena Rittgers (1860 - 1862)*
  Benjamin Franklin Rittgers (1862 - 1944)*
  Priscilla Rittgers (1864 - 1953)*
  George McClellan Rittgers (1865 - 1956)*
  Andrew Johnson Rittgers (1867 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Tulare Cemetery
Tulare County
California, USA
Maintained by: DeoPatria
Originally Created by: Louise Chism
Record added: Aug 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21086426
Gottlieb Washington Betts
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Gottlieb Washington Betts
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Gottlieb Washington Betts
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Gottlieb W. Betts was my g-grandfather. He was married to Julia Eleanor Sappington. My grandmother, Ada Ruth Betts Harris Schaaf, is buried with her parents.
- DeoPatria
 Added: Oct. 14, 2007

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