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Reca Dalby

MRS. RECA DALBY.A native of Ohio, Mrs. Reca Dalby, was in maidenhood Reca Fink, was born near Marion, September 19, 1849. Her father, Jacob Fink, was born in Germany and came with his parents to Ohio when a young man.   There he farmed until 1859, when he removed to Batavia, Wis. In 1873 he located near Crows Landing, residing on his farm there until his death. His wife was Rozalia Harsh, who was also born in Ohio and died in California. They had seven children, all of whom are living, Reca of whom we write; Mrs. Caroline Warren of Cottonwood, Merced County; Wm., a farmer at Crows Landing; Jacob resides at Pasadena ; Charles of Lodi; George of Crows Landing, and Julius of Oakland.

Reca Fink came to Wisconsin when she was ten years of age, and there she was first married September 12, 1869, to Mathew Kniebes, who came to Wisconsin as a boy.  He had made the journey to California across the plains in pioneer days and returning to Wisconsin he married Miss Fink, and they came on one of the early overland trains to his farm, three miles south of Crows Landing. Here he died in 1875, and the widow was married again three years later to Samuel Price Dalby, a native of Boston, Mass., who was a veteran of the Civil War, and who came to California soon after his discharge and became a successful stockman and farmer. 

He owned a farm adjoining Mrs. Kniebes' and as soon as the canal was complete,  forty-two years ago in February, 1879, they improved their 320 acres to alfalfa and engaged in dairying. In 1910 they sold and removed to Newman, where Mrs. Dalby still resides, her husband having passed away on August 19, 1919, aged seventy-seven years and six months. He was a prominent Mason.

By her first marriage she had three children: Albert resides near Gustine; Mrs. Caroline Boggs lives at Newman; Walter also lives in Newman. By her marriage to Mr. Dalby she had one child, Savillion C. Dalby, a prominent rancher and dairyman at Newman. Mrs. Dalby is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Source:  History of Stanislaus County California with 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  by George H. Tinkham, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles California   1921.

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