Phebe Mason Abbott Rideout

Weston, Platte County, Missouri, USA
Death 17 May 1932 (aged 91)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Plot Briggs Addition
Memorial ID 9056753 · View Source
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California pioneer woman, banker and philanthropist. Her father was a 49'r from Missouri, and like so many of the men who ventured west to California for the Gold Rush, he later returned to his native state of Missouri, collected his wife and daughters and returned to the incredible land offerings of the Golden State. Phebe Rideout vividly recalled the trip west to California with her family, bouncing along the trails as she held her pet white chicken close to her; her chicken's feathers flew along the trail with few feathers left by the time the family arrived in Yuba County where her father successfully farmed for many years. Phebe attended the College of the Pacific (then located in San Jose), and at the age of 17 married Norman Dunning Rideout in 1858. Her husband was a successful capitalist with diverse business interests in railroads, steamships, lumber, banks and farms. For many years, the Rideouts made their home in Marysville, California where they raised their family and were the center of many civic endeavors. Causes involving children were very dear to Phebe Rideout (schools, orphanages, hospitals) and she engaged architect Julia Morgan to design Marysville Elementary School, an orphanage, a veteran's memorial building, and several family homes. The Rideout family eventually moved to San Francisco where they continued operating the family's business interests. In 1907, Phebe's beloved husband Norman died. She became at that time the first woman bank president in the United States (the bank later became incorporated into the Bank of Italy and later still became part of the Bank of America). She was the mother of Norman Rideout, E.G. Rideout, and a daughter, Grace. Always a dynamo with a predisposition to travel (perhaps dating back to her crossing of the plains at the age of 11), she continued travelling well into her 80's. "At the age of 87, she took a trip around the world, riding horses, donkeys and camels and elephants and flying in an airplane over Java. She saw the pyramids, visited Europe, including Paris, and traversed Asia on the Trans-Siberian railroad." She died in San Francisco, two weeks after her 91st birthday. She was buried at East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 9056753
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Phebe Mason Abbott Rideout (3 May 1841–17 May 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9056753, citing East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by MockingbirdTales (contributor 46817308) .