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GEORGE WASHINGTON CAVITT

The arduous labors connected with the improvement and cultivation of a ranch occupied the time of Mr. Cavitt throughout almost the entire period from his arrival in California during 1865 until Ms death, January 24, 1907. His birth occurred in Rush county, Ind., in 1832, and some years later, in 1845, his parents removed from there to Iowa, where they engaged in farming pursuits until 1864. In that year he started for California, and settling in Sacramento county he eventually became the owner of eighty acres of ground. In that long era of agricultural and commercial upbuilding he witnessed the transformation of the commonwealth from a broad expanse of undeveloped and sparsely settled land into a region of prosperity and even wealth. In the difficult task of improvement he bore an honorable share. To the labors of such indefatigable pioneers may be attributed the present high standing of the entire state. Beginning to till the virgin soil ere yet a furrow had been turned in it and keeping up the labor of cultivation long after bare tracts had been transformed into finely improved ranches, he contributed his quota to the general agricultural prosperity and proved beyond question the adaptability of the soil to many important crops now grown with profit. When he came across the plains at the close of the Civil war rapid transportation was unknown. Large expeditions of emigrants were organized as a means of protection against the assaults of Indians. Oxen were utilized as motive power and supplies were conveyed in the old-fashioned "prairie schooner," in which also rode all the women and children together with the least rugged of the men, while others of the men acted as cattle-drivers or guards. Immediately after his arrival Mr. Cavitt took up land at Antelope, Sacramento county, and there he passed his remaining years busily engaged in general ranch pursuits on his eighty-acre ranch, situated two miles southeast of Antelope and fifteen and a half miles from the city of Sacramento.

Mr. Cavitt was married February 28, 1856, to Rebecca J. Perkins, a native of Virginia, who survived him for a few years, passing away May 8, 1911. Four children came to bless their union and crown their last days with affectionate devotion. One of the sons now resides in San Francisco; the other son and one of the daughters remain at the old homestead and superintend the eighty acres of almond trees, finding both pleasure and profit in the thrifty management of the finely improved ranch. The children were born as follows: William C, November 30, 1856; Thomas T., September 20, 1858; Ida Bell, January 30, 1860 ; and Eva T., April 10, 1867.

Mrs. Eva T. Stackhouse, who likewise owns an interest in the old home ranch, but makes her home in Sacramento, ]-)assed the uneventful years of childhood upon that farm and attended the country schools. When she left the homestead it was as the wife of Nathan Stackhouse and they became the parents of four children. The deepest sorrow that has come to the family has been the loss of two daughters, one of them, Hattie M., when a lovely young lady of twenty-two years, and the other, Mildred, when a loved child of only four years. George Alvin Stackhouse resides with his mother in Sacramento. The other surviving child, Effie A., born in Alameda county and educated in Sacramento, is now the wife of A. C. Moore, a native of Maine. A daughter, Angela Moore, blesses their union and represents the third generation in descent from that honored old. pioneer, George Washington Cavitt. Could he now speak it would be to endeavor to inspire in the hearts of the rising generations a deep affection for their native commonwealth and an unselfish loyalty toward its progress, inasmuch as a region, matchless in fertility and climate, with commercial prospects limited only by the energy of its people, forms a monument to the privations of the pioneers as well as the business sagacity of the citizens of the twentieth century. 


Source:
History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011