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As It Was: Henry and Clara (Forschle) Abbott Settle in Igo, Calif.

One of the early settlers of Igo, Calif., Henry L. Abbott , was born in Ohio in 1854, traveled West as a boy, and showed up in the 1870 census as a teenager in Stony Creek, Calif.

Stony Creek, the second largest tributary on the Sacramento River’s west side, was an important mining center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  One of the first pioneers to cross the Sierra Nevada to California, Gen. John Bidwell, traveled in the Stony Creek area as early as 1846, but the area grew significantly only with the onset of the gold rush.

The 1880 census locates Abbott as a sheepherder in Tehama County.  

Abbott married Clara Elizabeth Forschle, a trained nurse, but he died just two years later at age 36 and was buried in the Igo cemetery.  The couple was childless.

Clara never remarried.  She resumed her nursing career in San Francisco, where many Shasta County friends visited her. 

When she died in 1944 in San Francisco, she was buried beside her husband in Igo.

Sources: “Stony Creek.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stony_Creek_(Sacramento_River_tributary); Abbott, Clara Elizabeth Forschler (1865-1944). History & Happenings: Acorns of Information About Local History and Genealogy. http://historyandhappenings.squarespace.com/igo-cemetery/

Gail Fiorini-Jenner is a writer and teacher. Her first novel "Across the Sweet Grass Hills", won the 2002 WILLA Literary Award. She co-authored four histories with Arcadia Publishing: Western Siskiyou County: Gold & Dreams, Images of the State of Jefferson, The State of Jefferson: Then & Now, which placed in the 2008 Next Generation Awards for Nonfiction and Postcards from the State of Jefferson.