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On the old Thisby homestead on Andrus Island, Sacramento county, and the place on which he still resides, was born George Thisby on September 24, 1873, son of George and Rebecca (Elliott) Thisby. The parents came to California in 1850 via Panama, and as early as 1852 settled on Andrus Island. The country was wild and in many parts society was unorganized. The father's experience in some respects was remarkable; he ran the first craft on the Sacramento river and was otherwise interested in pioneer doings. He was descended from an old English family.

After leaving school George Thisby, Jr., began to work on ranches and he was thus employed during all the years of his early manhood. In 1897 he went to Alaska, where he lived a strenuous and adventurous life through five memorable years. Then returning to California, be settled down to farming on his ranch near Walnut Grove. In Sacramento in 1905 be married Miss Lillian Campbell, a native of Placer county, Cal., daughter of David Campbell, who is now deceased, and his wife, Mary J. (Wiley), who still resides in Auburn. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Thisby: George C. and Mary Jane, aged in 1913 six years and four years respectively. In everything pertaining to the public welfare of his community Mr. Thisby is deeply concerned. While he is not active as a politician be has been elected trustee of Georgiana school district and is trustee of Reclamation district No. 556. His homestead is a fine ranch of two hundred and twenty-one acres, highly improved in every respect and devoted to the cultivation of fruits and vegetables. Mr. Thisby was made a Mason in Franklin Lodge No. 143 and is a member of Isleton Lodge No. 108, I. O. O. F., of which he is past grand. In politics he is a Republican. 

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