Laura H. Farris

Genealogy Worksheet
Jane Mason, September 5, 2004

Laura Helen Farris (8) 
B  30Sept1861 Rogue River, Jackson county OR  (1)(8)
D 7Mar1929 Santa Cruz CA;  buried Lower Lake cemetery Lake county CA(2)
Parents: Young and Mary "Polly" Dunbar Farris (7)

M 17Oct1882 Lake county CA (2)(3)
Lionel Mitchell
B Apr1858 Dowham(9) England(1)(9)
D 10Aug1931 Santa Cruz CA;  buried Lower Lake cemetery, Lake county CA(2)
Parents Benjamin and Marianne Ridgley Mitchell (9)

Children (6)
2 Violet  1883-1975
2 Eula  M. 1885-1912
2 Edith   L. 1886-1913
2 Iris  L.  1890-1977

California Death Index
Mitchell, Laura   L  67  44[Santa Cruz county]  3/7/29

Santa Cruz Sentinal, March 8, 1929, pages 4 and 11  
Mrs. Lionel Mitchell, who has been ill for many months, passed  away 
yesterday morning in a local hospital, and thus was relieved  of the 
suffering borne with patience and fortitude.    During her illness she 
had the devotion of her daughter and son- in law, Mr. and Mrs. George 
Cardiff, and the husband.    Mrs. Mitchell was born in Oregon, and as a 
child came to  California. and was especially prominent in Chico and 
Sacramento,  where she resided before coming to Santa Cruz.  She was a 
woman of  the highest ideals and nobility of character.    She is 
survived by her husband and two daughters, Violet, wife of  George 
Cardiff of Woods St. and Iris, wife of Rex Rice of Douglas,  Ariz.  Mrs. 
Rice is expected today.    A sister, Mrs. S. E. Clayton of Oakland, as 
well as several brothers  and sisters in the east, are additional 
surviving relatives.  Mrs.  J. B. Orr of Oakland, formerly of Santa 
Cruz, is a niece.  
Rev.  J. B. Orr, former pastor of the Congregational church here, will 
be  in charge of the services.    The funeral, which is to be strictly 
private, will be held at the  Wessendorf mortuary Saturday morning, to 
be followed by cremation.   Flowers are to be omitted.     

California Death Index
Mitchell, Lionel  L  72  44[Santa Cruz county] 8/10/31

Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 11, 1931, pages 3 and 8  
Services for Lionel Mitchell  
Funeral services for Lionel Mitchell, who died in this city  yesterday, 
will be held this morning at 11 o'clock at the Santa  Cruz crematory.  
Services will be strictly private.  Mr. Mitchell was 72 years old and a 
native of England.   

DIED  MITCHELL,  In Santa Cruz, August 10, 1931, Lionel Mitchell, a  
native of England, aged 72 years and 3 months.    Services will be held 
at the Santa Cruz crematory today Tuesday  at 11 a.m.  Funeral strictly 
private.  Kindly omit flowers.   	

1900 CA Butte county Chico twp…Laura with husband Lionel and four daughters;  Lionel gives occupation 
of fruit dealer, he imigrated in 1879(1)
1910   CA Butte county, Chico living with Laura and three daughters working in real estate(4)
1920 CA SanJoaquin county Stockton City…Laura and husband boarders, his occupation fuel salesman(5)
1930 CA Lionel with Violet and her family

(1)	1900 CA R84 Butte county, Chico twp ED11S14L3
Lionel Mitchell  Apr1858  41  m17y  Engl  Engl Engl  imm 1879  fruit dealer
Laura  Sept1861  38  m17y Children 4/Living 4  OR  Engl  IN
Violet  Sept1883  16
Aila  Oct1885  14
Edith  Dec1886  13
Iris  June1890  9
(2) Material collected during visit to Lake County Genealogy and Historical Society and the Lower Lake 
cemetery, gravestones noted.
(3)	Lake County Marriage Index, also gives Laura's age as 21 and birth OR.
Laura H. Farris, 21y, OR m Lionel Mitchell  17Oct1882
(4)  1910   CA Butte county  1stward Chico  E.D. 4 Page 1A Line 4 Roll 73
Lionel L. Mitchell  head  50  married 27y  Engl Engl Engl  read estate renting
Laura H.  wife  48  married 27y  Children 4/ living 0[??]   OR KY IN
Eula M.  dtr  24 single  CA  none
Edith L.  dtr  23  single  CA  sorter newspaper
Iris L.  dtr 18  single  CA  none
(5)  1920 CA R144 SanJoaquin county, Stockton City Pct 1  ED169S6L63
Loenal Mitchell  lodger  60  Engl Engl Engl  imm.1879 nat.1881  fuel salesman
Laura H.  58  lodger  OR KY IN
(6) Names taken from the 1900 census.
(7)  Lake County CA Superior Court, #277 filed 25Feb1889, Probate for the estate of Young Farris – 
Laura Mitchell, aged 27 years
(8) Written material received from a great granddaughter of Laura.  She feels the information was 
written by either Violet or Iris, Laura’s daughters.
(9) Written material received from a great grandson.

Gravestones in the Farris cemetery plot Lower Lake cemetery Lake county CA:
Lionel 1858 - 1931
Laura  1861 - 1929
Eula   1885 - 1912
Edith  1886 - 1913 

G. Cardiff, 66 
V. Cardiff, 75 
R. Rice, 47 
I.	Rice, 77 

1880 CA Lake county Dowg Valley Pct  ED49 p12 L34  R66
in home of Charles Gillett farmer
Lionell Mitchell  21  partner  Engl 

B 6Sept1883 CA 
D 3Oct1975 Salinas Monterey CA buried in Lower Lake cemetery Lake county CA
M .
George Henry Cardiff
B 13Jul1872  Almonte, Lanark, Ontario Can
D 26Apr1966 Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz county CA
Parents  John and Mary Smith Cardiff

3 Robert Lionel 1908-1986
3 George Howard 1909-1988

CA Death Index 
Cardiff  Violet  I.  6Slept1883  CA Monterey 3Oct1975  92y

Salinas Californian, October 6, 1975, page 2  
Violet I. Cardiff  Violet I. Cardiff, 92, died Friday at the Romie Lane 
Convalescent Hospital  following a lengthy illness.    She was a native 
of Lower Lake, Calif. and lived in Salinas for 10 years  at 200 Riker 
Terrace.    She is survived by sons Robert Cardiff, Salinas, and Howard 
Cardiff,  Scotts Valley; one sister mrs. Iris Rice, Santa Cruz, four 
grandchildren  and nine great-grandchildren.    Private funeral services 
were held Saturday in the Healey Mortuary  Chapel.  Private inurnment 
will be in the family plot in the Lower Lake  Cemetary. 
CA Death Index 
Cardiff George H.  13Jul1872  Smith   CA  Santa Cruz 26Apr1966  93y

Santa Cruz Sentinal, April 27, 1966  
George Cardiff Services Friday  
Funeral Services for George Henry Cardiff, who died yesterday at the  
age of 93, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Wessendorf and Thal chapel with  
the Rev. Alexander Anderson of Calvary Episcopal Church officiating.    
Private inurnment will follow in IOOF crematory.  Mr. Cardiff, long-time 
manager of the Henry Cowell Lime and Cement  Company in Sanata (SIC) 
Cruz, until recently had been property  representative for the Samuel H. 
Cowell Foundation here.  The foundation  owns about 7000 acres in the 
county and sold about 2000 acres to the  University of California for 
the Santa Cruz campus.  Mr. Cardiff had a long career as a civic leader, 
and was a member of  Santa Cruz Lodge 38, F&AM; Santa Cruz Lodge 825, 
BPOE, and the Santa  Cruz Rotary Club.    He is survived by his wife, 
Violet; two sons, Robert Cardiff of Salinas  and Howard Cardiff of 
Kansas; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren,  and a nephew, 
Darrell Cardiff of Santa Cruz.   

FUNERAL NOTICES  CARDIFF - In Santa Cruz, Calif., April 26, 1966, George 
Henry Cardiff.   Survived by his wife, Violet Cardiff of Santa Cruz; two 
sons, Robert  Cardiff of Salinas and Howard Cardiff of Wichita, Kansas; 
4 grandchildren  and 3 great-grandchildren.  Also survived by his 
nephew, Darrell Cardiff  of Santa Cruz.  Native of Canada, aged 93 
years.  Member of Santa Cruz  Lodge No. 38, F&AM; Santa Cruz lodge No. 
824, BPOE; Santa Cruz Rotary  Club.    Services will be conducted at the 
Wessendorf & Thal chapel, 223 Church  St. Friday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m. 
with Rev. Alexander Anderson of  Calvery Episcopal Church officiating.  
Friends are respectfully invited  to attend.    Private unurnment, IOOF 

LDS/IGI  [note obit and family states George Henry]
George Howard Cardiff
B 13Jul1872 Almonte, Lanark, Ontario, Can
D Apr 1966  Santa Cruz CA
Father John Cardiff  B 1842  Almonte, Ont, Can
Mother Mary Smith  B 1846  Almonte, Ont, Can

1910 CA Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Ward 2  R106 ED127S15AL19
George H. Cardiff head  38  married2  4y  Can Can Can  immigrated 1881 naturalized  
owner lumber yard
Violet  wife   26  married1  4y  Children 2/Living 2   CA  CA  CA  
Robert  son  1 11/12  CA
George H.  son  1/12  CA

1920 CA Santa Cruz Pct 12 Santa Cruz county ED223S2BL65
George H. Cardiff 47 imm. 1888 na. 1894/96 Can Can Can occupation owner/manager 
lumber company
Violet Irene 36 CA Can OR
Robert Lionel 11 CA
George Howard 10 CA

1930 CA Santa Cruz  Santa Cruz ED13P1A  L35   R215
Geroge H. Cardiff  head  own $15,000  56  m@33  Can Scot Can imm 1873 na  sales 
manager building supply
Violet I  w  45  m@23  CA  Engl  OR
Robert L.  son  21  single  CA  occupation none
G. Howard  son  19  single  kCA  none
Lionel Mitchell FIL  70  wd  Eng Eng Eng im 1877 na  none

B 13May1908 Glenn county CA
D 4Aug1986  Salinas, Monterey county CA
Edythe Santucci [Edythe changed surname  to Sandy](9)
B 1909 Washington
Parents Nickolas and Marie Loyacon Santucci

4 son
4 daughter 
4 daughter

CA Birth Index
Robert L. Cardiff  13May1908  mother Mitchell Glenn county

CA Death Index 
Robert Lionel Cardiff  13May1908  CA  Mitchell  4Aug1986 Monterey CA

No obituary in the Walnut Creek, Contra Costa county paper, the 
Monterey-Salinas paper or the Santa Cruz paper.  

B 15Sept1909 CA
D 26Apr1988 Scotts valley, Santa Cruz county CA
M  27June1931

4 daughter

CA Death Index 
George H. Cardiff  15Sep1909CA  26Apr1988  Scotts Valley Santa Cruz CA

Santa Cruz Sentinal, April 27, 1988  
George H. Cardiff  No services are scheduled for George Howard Cardiff, 
who died early  Tuesday morning at his home in Scotts Valley after a 
long illness.   He was 78.    Mr. Cardiff was born in Canada and lived 
in Santa Cruz in his early  years.  He graduated from Stanford 
University.  He was president of  Frasier Johnson Inc. for 24 years and 
worked as vice president with  Metal-Fab Inc. for seven years.  He 
returned to Santa Cruz County in  1972 and settled in Scotts Valley.    
He was a past master of the San Mateo Masonic Lodge.  He is survived by 
his wife; his daughter,  his daughter; and by two grandchildren.  A 
private interment will be in Santa Cruz Memorial Park Mausoleum.    
Contributions to the Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz County,  P.O. 
Box 670, Aptos, 95003, are preferred.     

CARDIFF - In Scotts Valley, California, on April 26, 1988, Mr. George  
Howard Cardiff.  Survived by his wife,  his daughter, stepson, 
grandchildren.  Preceded  in death by his brother, Robert Cardiff, 
Native of Santa Cruz, aged 78  years.  Past member of San Mateo Masonic 
Lodge; Master of Masonic Lodge  #226; Patron of Eastern Star in San 
Mateo.    Private Services will be held with inurnment at Santa Cruz 
Memorial Park.   Norman's Family Chapel, 3620 Soquel Dr., Soquel, in 
charge of arrangements.   In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice 
Caring Project of Santa Cruz  County, P.O. Box 670, Aptos, CA 95003 

Email from daughter with obituary correction –
My father's obituary in the Santa Cruz Sentinal, April 27, 1988, was partly incorrect. I had it 
corrected the next day. He was born in Santa Cruz. Graduated from Stanford as it said. He 
was Chief Engineer for 21 years and General Manager for 3 years of Frasier Johnson Inc. in 
San Francisco. Westinghouse purchased the company, picked his brain for 3 years, then let 
him go in 1964. He invented an electronic air filter with the gimmick that you could wash the 
filters in the dishwasher. He sold it to Metal Fab in Wichita, KS and became a Vice 
President in 1965. He retired to Scotts Valley in 1973.   

gravestone 1885-1912,  1900 census gives birth as Oct1885
died of consumption per family member
CA Death Index
Eula M. Mitchell  26yo  26Apr1912 Butte county  #36(or8-blurred)3

gravestone next to Eula worn away but Lake county records list 1913 as death date, 1900 
census gives birth as Dec 1886
died of consumption per family member
CA Death Index
Edith L. Mitchell 26yo 23July1913 Butte county #11476(or8-blurred)4

B 28June1890 CA
D 5July1977 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz county CA; buried Lower Lake Cemetery, Lake 
county CA
Rex Rice
Gravestone 1890-1947; buried Lower Lake Cemetery, Lake county CA

4 son
4 daughter

Per Iris’ niece.  "Rex died in the late 40s and Iris moved to Santa Cruz and bought a 
house on 2nd street that had two apartments upstairs and a home downstairs.  She taught 
school in Watsonville for many years"  

CA Death Index 
Rice Iris L.  23June1890  CA  Santa Cruz 5July1977  87y

Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 6, 1977  
Iris L. Rice Died Tuesday  
Iris L. Rice, 87, a retired teacher who lived in the Santa Cruz area for  
the last 30 years, died Tuesday in a local convalescent hospital.    
Born in Lower Lake, Calif., she spent fost of her life in California and  
was a teacher for many years.  She was a member of Omega Nu and the 
California  Retired Teachers Association.    Mrs. Rice is survived by 
her son, a daughter, nephews Howard Cardiff of Scotts Valley and  Robert 
Cardiff of Salinas; and two grandsons.    Memorial services will be held 
at Calvary Episcopal Church on Friday at  2 p.m. with The Rev. Wayne 
Welch officiating.  Interment will be in Lower  Lake Cemetary.  
Wessendorf & Holmes Funeral chapel is in charge of arrangements.

FUNERALS  RICE - In Santa Cruz, California, July 5, 1977, Mrs. Iris L. 
Rice.   Survived by one son,  one daughter,  two nephews,  two 
grandsons.  Native of Lower Lake, California, aged 87 years.  Mrs. Rice 
lived in the Santa Cruz area for the past thirty years and  has spent 
most of her life in California.  She was a teacher for many  years 
before her retirement.  She was a member of Omega Nu and California  
Retired Teachers Association.    Memorial Services will be conducted at 
Calvary Episcopal Church, Center  and Lincoln Streets; Friday at 2:00 
p.m.  Reverend Wayne Welch officiating.   Wessendorf and Holmes Funeral 
Chapel, 223 Church Streed in charge of  arrangements.  Friends are 
respectfully invited to attend.  Interment  in Lower Lake Cemetery, 
Lower Lake, California.   	

1920 AZ Cochise county Douglas twp  ED 23 P 9B L64  R47
Rex Rice  head  29  CA WI IN  real estate agent
Iris  wife  29  CA  Engl  OR
Caleb Rice  brother  25  CA WI  IN  real estate agent

1930 AZ Cochise county Douglas twp  ED 32 P4B L69 R55
Rex Rice  head  own $5000  40  m@26  CA WI IN  real estate broker  no-veteran
Iris  wife  39  m@25  CA Engl OR