William Walker Bane

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William Walker Bane

  • Birth 24 Dec 1876 Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
  • Death 23 Dec 1943 King City, Monterey County, California, USA
  • Burial King City, Monterey County, California, USA
  • Plot Section 4, buried next to wife, plots 340 & 341
  • Memorial ID 29760905

William was born in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County, California he died at home at 66 years of age of a heart attack.

1880 Federal Census: William W., age 3, living with his family: father, Joseph W. age 32, mother, Salina, age 31, sisters, Mary, 11, Susie, 9, Lizzie, 8, Jane, 5, Lavina Vaughn, 84, relationship not stated, in San Simeon, San Louis Obispo County, CA. Note: per the California Death index: William's mother's maiden name was Ship.

newspaper article, Gonzales Tribune, Sat., May 19, 1900:
"Marriage Licenses."
"May 15 - William Bane of King City and Miss Rebecca Biscarro of Gonzales, Monterey county, Cal."

newspaper article, Gonzales Tribune, Sat., May 19, 1900:
"Married in Salinas"
"William Bane of King City and Miss Rebecca Biscarro of Gonzales were married by Rev. Father Farley of Hollister Wednesday. The wedding of the happy couple occurred in the parlors of the Jeffrey House, Salinas. The bride was born and raised near Gonzales and the groom is a young business man of King City. They went to King City Wednesday, where the groom had fitted up a nice home."

Marriage source information from the book:
Index to Marriages 1, 1893 - 1906, Monterey County:
Source: Book 3, p. 17
License Date: 15 May 1900
Marriage Date: 16 May 1900
Marriage Location: Salinas
Groom: William Bane Bride: Rebecca Biscarro
Age: 23 Age: 20
Nativity: California Nativity: California
Residence: King City Residence: Gonzales
Married by: Philip Farley, Clergyman
Witnesses: Eva Biscarro, resident of Gonzales
William Dobson, resident of King City
Statement: "Neither of the contracting parties were ever married before and their parents are Americans."

1900 Federal Census, 4 June 1900: William and Rebecca living in King City, California. William's occupation listed as a day laborer.

newspaper article, Gonzales Tribune, Sat., October 6, 1900: "Born"
"BANE-In King City, September 27, 1900, to the wife of William Bane (nee Rebecca Biscarro), a daughter [Myrtle Estella Bane]."

Willaim and Rebecca's son, William Warren "Teddy" Bane, was born on September 15, 1911.

1920 Federal Census, Feb. 9, 1920, William, Rebecca, Myrtle and William W., living in San Antonio Township, Monterey County, California. William's occupation listed as a farmer on a general farm.

1930 Federal Census, April 15, 1930, William and Rebecca living in San Antonio Township, Monterey County, California. William's occupation listed a Rancher on a stock ranch.

December 23, 1943, William died in King City, California at age 66. He was buried in King City Cemetery, where his wife joined him in 1971 when she died. They are buried in Section 4, plots 340 & 341.

From Monterey County Place Names A Geographical Dictionary by Donald Thomas Clark

"Banes Soda Springs Here is a puzzle: Metsker's Map of Monterey County shows a Bane Soda Spring high (near the 3400-ft level) in the Santa Lucia Mountains in Fort Hunter Liggett near the headwaters of Anthony Creek about 0.5 m N of Basket Spring and 2.5 m N of Alder Peak in Sec.19 T23S R6E. However, Earl W. Hart, in his work on minerals of Monterey County, lists a Bane's Soda Springs located in Sec.25(?) T24S R5E. But on his map Hart does not locate the springs, which, he states, are along the Pacific in the extreme SW corner of the county.
Carbonated water issuing from a bluff overlooking the ocean has built a small, but notable terrace of iron-stained calcium carbonate.
Could Metsker be wrong; could he have mislocated Bane Spring? If Hart is correct, Bane's Soda Springs may well be springs that caused the naming of the nearby stream: Soda Spring Creek (q.v.) Will and Rebecca Bane, who owned a ranch called "Las Potrancas" (little mares) along Las Potrancas Trail to the Lucia coast, are mentioned by Howard:
The Banes were famous for their cordiality and entertainment ability. Will carried the mail to the coast and was traditionally full of exciting tales of pack-trains and marauding animals. His wife, Rebecca, was known for her guitar and the friendly air it created. It is known that the Banes were living in (Las Potrancas) adobe at least until 1922. and by Rachel Gillett:
William Bane bought the Leon Gil Ranch at the mouth of the San Miguel Creek on the Nacimiento River and renamed the ranch Las Petroncas (sic), or "pastures of little mares," He carried the mail over the mountains on the mail trail (later called the Bane Trail) to the coast at Lucia.
Could Will or William Bane be the Joseph W. Bane [or perhaps this is William's father] listed in the records in the National Archives as the second postmaster at Mansfield? According to Howard Strohm, Bane carried mail fro Gorda to Jolon and there was a trail known as "Bane Trail." Kenneth Melville Sr. said that the Bane Trail passed a spring near the top of the Coast Ridge. Court records show Joseph W. Bane received a patent to 156 acres in SWQ Sec.4 T24S R5E adjacent to Soda Springs Creek in July 26, 1899.
Ref:Mining in California, Vol.21, No.1, January 1925:45; Hart 1966:133, Howard 1973:81; p.c. JN September 7, 1989, and November 28, 1990 (quoting Melville);p.c. Howard Strohm February 2, 1990, August 17, 1990; Gillett 1990:20-21; Roberts 1990:238
Map: Great Register 1894; 1952LOS, 1940LOS, 1970MET as Bane Spring; 1940LOS, 1952LOS also shown Bane Ranch 4 m to the NE of Bane Spring"

Newspaper Obituary, The Rustler- Herald, King City, California, Thursday, December 30, 1943, front page:
"Sudden Death Claimed W. W. Bane At Home Thursday"

"The sudden passing of William Walker Bane Thursday created a pall of sadness over the holiday festivities planned by relatives, friends and acquaintances: Never one to complain, even his immediate family had no idea of serious illness; when death abruptly followed his evening meal, the shock to Mrs. Bane, alone with him at the time, was great. The heart attack was acute and final.

Those who knew him best will ever remember Will Bane as a teller of anecdotes. At Las Potrancas Rancho (which he and Mrs. Bane left in 1941 when taken over to become part of Hunter Liggett Military Reservation) his favorite place to rest after a day of work was on the front veranda. There, lighting his pipe, with his faithful dog at his feet, he'd settle down for an hour or two of story-telling. Those who were with him would wait for the crinkle to form about his eyes, for the gleam of merriment that would come into them--for they knew a good of the early days was on its way. His memory was remarkable, his humor delightful, his stories true. Kindly, sincere, trustworthy was Bill Bane--a friend, in the fullest conception of the word, to those he liked. The ranch was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Bane for many years, after they moved from town, as a health resort. There hunters from all over the state gathered, to be guided over mountain trails by Mr. Bane.

Since moving to town the Banes erected residences on their property, opened a dining room for the public and have enjoyed the high regard of fellow townspeople. During
[continues on page two] the last six months Mr. Bane has also been an employee at Mesa del Rey.

William Walker Bane was born in Cayucas Dec. 24, 1876 and there spent the first few years of his life. He later lived in Los Burros but the greater part of his life was spent in King City. His parents were pioneers, for his father, Jos. W. Bane, came from Missouri in a covered wagon when quite young. His mother, then Salena Evelena Ship, was born in Louisiana, and reached California via covered wagon, at an early age. Her family settled in Visalia and it was there she and young Joseph W. Bane were married--and there both are also buried.

William Bane and Rebecca Biscarro were married in Hotel Jefferey, Salinas, in 1900, by the Catholic priest of that city; Rebecca Bane is now his widow. To them was born a daughter, Myrtle Estella, and a son, William W. The former, the wife of Colonel Robert Haskell of Washington, D. C., survives her father as does their daughter, June. William W. Bane, known better as Teddy to friends, is a staff sergeant in the army, in service in Egypt. Mrs. Haskell was unable to attend the funeral of her father; Col. Haskell, en route by plane, was grounded in Tennessee but plans to continue the trip to California.

None survive Mr. Bane, of his five sisters and a brother. There are several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, most of whom live in Sonora and Angels Camp. Of them only one niece, Mrs. E. Stockwell of Santa Cruz, was able to attend the funeral which was held at the Ree Grim Chapel Tuesday afternoon.

The Rev. Seth Hawley of St. Mark's Episcopal Church officiated at the chapel and committal service in the local cemetery. Mr W. C. Hamilton was organist during the funeral service and Mrs. Wm. Steglich sang two of the favorite hymns of the deceased, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In a Garden." The active pallbearers were Wm. Wason, J. W. McKinsey, Wm. Steglich, E. L. Rianda, C. M. Armstrong and K. W. Burns. Honorary pallbearers: F. G. Vivian, J. A. Carlson, Frank Doyle and Roy Gleason."



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  • Maintained by: Monte Duran
  • Originally Created by: Erice Wilcox
  • Added: 12 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29760905
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Walker Bane (24 Dec 1876–23 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29760905, citing King City Cemetery, King City, Monterey County, California, USA ; Maintained by Monte Duran (contributor 47145623) .