Richard Delancie was born in England, May 15, 1839. In 1847, his parents came to the United States, landing at New York in June of that year. They settled near St. Louis, Missouri, where they remained till the spring of 1854, when they came to California, settling at Evansville, Butte County, which has since been his home. During his early years on the coast, Mr. DeLancie engaged in mining, but with indifferent success. He tried his hand at all kinds of work done in the mines till 1865. In that year he enlisted at Oroville in Co. A., First Cavalry volunteers, commanded by Captain E. C. Ledyard. The company was ordered to Arizona and detailed to act as escort to the commanding general, John S. Mason. He traveled over all the territory, a great deal of which at that time was wholly unknown. In 1866, the troops were discharged and he returned to his home in Butte County, where he worked on his stepfather's farm for some years, when he began teaching school in Mohawk valley, Plumas County. He taught several schools in Butte County, and while so engaged became acquainted with and married Miss Mattie A. Sherwood, of Crum's ranch, on the twenty-fifth of November, 1872. In the summer of 1875 he was appointed one of the teachers in the Chico public school, where he taught till March, 1878. Sheriff Sprague then appointed him under-sheriff, the duties of which office he performed till the fall of 1879, when he was nominated on the republican ticket, and elected treasurer of Butte county, an office which he still holds, with credit both to himself and his party. Mr. DeLancie is an open-hearted, genial man, beloved by a large circle of friends. Source: History of Butte County, H.L. Wells, 1882.
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