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Aug072012

HUBBARD, Bela Crose (1851-1930)

Bela C. Hubbard, one of Shasta County's pioneer residents, died at the home of a daughter in Ashland, Oregon, February 4, 1930, according to word received here.

Born March 5, 1851 at Schoolcraft, Michigan, he crossed the plains with his parents by ox team, arriving at Ono then known as Eagle Creek, in 1853.

At Ono his father engaged in farming, stock raising and the mercantile business, taking up and settling on what is now the Booker Gill place. For years he catered to the needs of the hoards of hungry miners who swarmed the region and prosperity attended his efforts.

In the late fifties, he built the fine home which still sands as a landmark in that region. It was considered a mansion in those days. Some of the finer lumber that went into the structure was shipped around the horn especially for the job.

Here Bela C. Hubbard grew to manhood. Financial reverses occurred and in his early twenties he went to Adin, Modoc County, where he engaged in lumbering, blacksmithing and wagon making and later in farming. While at Adin he met and married Carrie I. Sheldon. They had ten children, seven of whom still survive.

In the nineties, he sold his interests in Modoc County, and moved his family to Sisson, then a prosperous sawmill town and there engaged in lumbering and the building trade. While there he constructed the fish hatchery, a point of interest to everyone who visits Mt. Shasta. It was about this time that his wife passed away.

In 1900, because of bronchial and asthmatic trouble, he moved to Ashland, Oregon, where he had made his home. Until age made it necessary for him to retire, he followed contracting and building and held the record at the time of his death of having erected more homes in the city of Ashland than any other contractor or firm.

In the last two years he was greatly enfeebled and almost blind. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. Although he had lived most of his life away from here, he loved to visit Shasta County and always spoke fondly of Ono as his home. A younger brother, Dayton H. Hubbard of Igo, died in 1922.

[Article found in Behrens-Eaton archives, author unknown. Some records state he died in Marion County, Oregon, however he is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland, Jackson, Oregon. Bela was the elder son of Stephen Return Hubbard (1813-1889) and Catherine Rope Crose Hubbard (1821-1886).]

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