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marion Shimmin born 1859 Arena Iowa Co WI
Posted by: Mallory Smith (ID *****6517) Date: May 31, 2011 at 23:54:09
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Marion was the second child of that name born to Wealthy Paul Farwell b Nov 1825 NY and William Edward Shimmin. Weathly's parents, Isaac Farwell d 1883 and Mahala Daniels d 1874 are buried in the Arena Cem.

Isaac Farwell was from Charleston Sullivan Co NH and Mahala b 20 Nov 1801 West Rutland Vt. They first lived in Niagra NY had had two children there before moving to Ohio and having two more children, then in 1837 removing to Stephenson Co IL (about 4 miles from Ridott) where they had the last of their five children, Francis Marie Farwell Lampham.

Isaac Farwell's parents, Isaac and Prudence Allen Farwell are buried in the Howard Union Cem Winnebago Co IL. Mahala's mother, Phebe Miller Daniels, and her youngest brother John Daniels Jr are also buried in the Howard Union Cem. Mahala's other brother, Nelson Daniels, is buried in the Arena Cem.

The Shimmin had two young name Marion who died as infants and are buried in the Arena Cem.

William Edward Shimmin and Wealthy Paul Farwell were married 13 May 1845 in Stephenson co Il. Weathly was named after her mother, Mahala Daniels, sister Wealthy who married David Paull and lived in West Bloomfield Ontario Co NY. Mahala also had a daughter Ruth who married Samuel F Steele in Arena. Mahala had a sister, Ruth, who was married to the brother of Weathly Daniels husband. He was Zebadee Paull.

Biography of Marion Shimmin:

The possibilities of San Luis Obispo County have called forth the most creditable ambitions of a few men who are destined to make their way in the commercial world, and whose strength of character and conservative judgment have been fundamental to the growth of the commonwealth. This has been emphatically true of Marion Shimmin, whose well-directed energies have placed him among men of standing in the city of Paso Robles and have invested him with an enviable reputation for business sagacity and integrity, tested during the passing of many years. Those who come in contact with him are in accord in believing that so long as the destiny of this great state is committed to such citizenship as he represents, no one need fear for the future of California.

Mr. Shimmin’s father was William Edward Shimmin, a native of the Isle of Man who, in 1850, joined one of the great ox-team trains crossing the desert wastes, came to and mined in Nevada, and finally reached California. While he was in Esmeralda county, Nevada, he discovered, with Brawley, the Aurora mines, and was one of the men first to put a pick into the famous Garibaldi. He made and lost several fortunes, went back and forth between the West and the East, and in the end sent for his family, who arrived in San Francisco, via Panama, April 19, 1863.

Marion Shimmin was then four years old, having been born in (Arena Iowa Co) Wisconsin April 20, 1859. His father and his household resided in Nevada until the fall of 1864, when they removed to Grass Valley. Later they returned to Nevada, and still later, in 1868, settled in Mendocino county, California. A great stock of cattle, horses and wagons had to be transported overland, and Marion, not yet ten years old, rode horseback from Nevada to Mendocino county and assisted in driving and guiding the stock, so often inclined to stray away. They located in Sherwood valley, where Mr. Shimmin became a large stock-raiser. In 1874, they again moved, this time to Tulare county; and in 1881 he came to San Luis Obispo County, where the father, invalided through a sunstroke, died in 1882. The wife of William Edward Shimmin was Wealthy Paul Farwell, a daughter of Isaac Farwell, a well-known resident of Wisconsin, where she was born. (Weathly was born Nov 1825 in NY) After a life filled with her share of frontier experiences, she died in Fresno county, aged eighty-five years and the mother of eight children.

Fifth among these in the order of their birth, Marion early became used to the rounding up of cattle, riding after stock in Sherwood valley and covering the very ground where, so soon afterward, the terrible Little Lake tragedy occurred. His schooling was limited to frontier facilities, and in the middle seventies he was in charge of a band of horses, going from Mendocino to Tulare county. The next year or two he was with the family at Fresno; but Mendocino and an uncle there drew him back in 1876, and for some time he again rode the open range. His uncle offered him a partnership in his great ranch; but owing to the condition of his father, young Shimmin felt that he ought to care for his parent’s interest, and so continued farming and cattle-raising in Fresno county.

In 1881, he bought part of the Corral de Piedra Rancho at San Luis Obispo, and there he remained two years, conducting the farm in as advanced manner as his circumstances would permit. Then he sold out and went to Adelaida, and was there engaged in farming and stock-raising on the Ed. Smith place, a tract of sixteen hundred acres. His next serious venture was in homesteading and pre-empting in the Eagle district, near Shandon, at the same time that his mother and brother, William F., also homesteaded and pre-empted. In the beginning they had some eight hundred acres adjoining, and this they increased to sixteen hundred, when Mr. Shimmin and his relations divided their interests. The brother continued to farm in that vicinity, but on January 12, 1899, Marion Shimmin came to Paso Robles and for the next four years worked for George F. Bell.

He then formed a partnership with Thomas Stevens in a general merchandise business known as Shimmin & Stevens’ Emporium, the proprietors commencing with a capital each of $2,500; and in that business he continued eleven and a half years, at 12th Street near Spring. So great was their prosperity that the business increased to over $100,000 a year, the firm at the same time, and for some years, having a branch at Shandon with a five thousand dollar stock, while the main store carried goods to the value of $35,000. When Mr. Stevens became paralyzed in June, 1914, the store was offered for sale, and in December of that year it was disposed of to the Fleisig brothers. Since that time Mr. Shimmin has given himself largely to settling up the business affairs and collecting the old accounts of the firm, as well as to managing his own business interests, lands and properties. He is, indeed, a man of affairs, having become a large stockholder and a director of the Citizens Bank of Paso Robles, as also one of the organizers and a large stockholder of the First National Bank of King City and a stockholder in the States Consolidated Oil Co. He still owns an office building on Spring street, near the corner of 12th.

In May, 1889, in the pretty town of Willits, Mr. Shimmin had married Miss Frankie Upp, a native of Little Lake Valley, a district in which her sister, Sarah, was the first white child born. She is the daughter of Phillip Upp, who was born March 21, 1827, in York county, Pennsylvania, where he learned the carpenter’s trade. He removed to St. Louis in 1849, and followed carpentering there until 1856, when he returned to his old home. On March 23, 1856, he was married at Lewistown, Mifflin county, to Susan Hawker, a native of Mercersburg, Pa., where she was born October 26, 1833; and soon after the festivities, they set out for California by way of the Nicaragua route. They traveled from New York to Greytown on the steamer “Orizaba”; but owing to the Walker filibustering expedition, the pioneers were delayed several weeks. Reaching the Pacific, they took the steamer “Sierra Nevada” to San Francisco; and after spending two years in the Sierra region, Mr. Upp located, in June, 1858, in Mendocino county, becoming one of the first settlers in Little Lake valley, where he homesteaded. He built a house, and began pioneering in true Western fashion. He also followed contracting and building in various places in California; and as he was a good mechanic, his talent as a builder was much sought after. As a farmer and stockman, too, he was successful, and accumulated a large tract of land. At their old home near Willits, Mr. and Mrs. Upp lived in comfort; and there they finally died. They had had seven children, two of whom, besides Mrs. Shimmin, are still living: Mrs. Ida Smith, of Paso Robles, and George W. Upp, who resides at Willits. Mrs. Shimmin was educated under Professor King at the Conservatory of Music, of the University of the Pacific, San Jose, and her pronounced natural talent, together with her superior training, has made her one of the best-known musicians in this section. A son, Marion Francis, reflects most creditably upon his father, as a Standard Oil Co. representative here; while two other children, Cleora and Mildred Inez, are a home.

A Republican in politics and a foremost worker in the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Shimmin was for nine years a trustee for the schools in Paso Robles, and for seven years a school trustee in the Eagle district. He is a member of Santa Lucia Lodge, No. 250, I. O. O. F., of Paso Robles, and is a Past Chief Ranger of the Independent Order of Foresters. He also takes an active interest in religious matters, being a trustee and dean of the Congregational Church.

History of San Luis Obispo County and Environs California with Biographical Sketches
Mrs. Annie L. Morrison and John H. Haydon
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California – 1917
Biography transcribed by June Worsham – Pages 261-263

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