Ukiah Republican Press
Wednesday, November 30, 1921
John Ornbaum Ends Life's Journey
John S. Ornbaum, one of the most highly respected pioneer residents of Mendocino county died in a Santa Rosa hospital Thursday last after an illness of many weeks.
Mr. Ornbaum was born in Rockridge, near Richmond, Va., Sept. 23, 1833, and came to California in 1854 when 21 years old. He worked in the mines at Geyserville for a time and then came to Mendocino county and settled on Christmas day, 1856, in the valley which has since borne his name. He married Miss Lucy Ann McGimsey of Boonville, Dec. 15, 1861, and to the union 14 sons and daughters were born, all of whom and his wife surÂvive him.
Mr. Ornbaum was a type of the rugÂged argonaut, who made the CalifornÂia of early days famous.
Ukiah Republican Press
Wednesday, December 7, 1921
J. S. Ornbaun Was One Of Old Pioneers
J. S. Ornbaun passed away at his his home in Ornbaun valley, MenÂdocino county, on Thursday evening, November 24th.
Mr. Ornbaun was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, September 23, 1833. At the age of one year he moved with his parents to Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he made his home for twenty years. On the 29th day of March, 1854, he moved to the Sacramento river, California, where he was engaged in the gardenÂing business for a short time.
Christmas day of the year 1856 he drove his cattle into a pretty litÂtle valley in Mendocino county, which was so named in honor of Mr. Ornbaun, and settled on his ranch where he lived the balance of his life. He was later married to Lucy Anna McGimsey, of Boonville.
The funeral service was held last Sunday afternoon from his home, Rev. Orr of Cloverdale officiating. His remains were laid to rest in the family cemetery on his ranch.
He leaves to mourn his departure his aged wife, and fourteen chilÂdren. They are: Breck Ornbaun, of Point Arena; H. N. Ornbaun, of Ornbaun; Mrs. Ida Nobles, of Lemore, Kings county; W. F. OrnÂbaun, of Ukiah; C. P. Ornbaun, of Lemore, Kings county; H. D. OrnÂbaun, of Yorkville; M. E. Ornbaun, of Oakdale, Stanislaus county; A. P. Ornbaun, of Ornbaun; Mrs. Daisy Campbell, of Ornbaun; Mrs. Ona Gillmore, of Ukiah; Casper A. OrnÂbaun, of San Francisco; V. G. OrnÂbaun, of Lemore, Kings county; Mrs. Inez Davis, of Santa Rosa and Horace Ornbaun, of Ornbaun. Besides these he leaves a number of grand children and great grand chilÂdren.
There was a large attendance at the funeral service, and the many beautiful floral pieces attested the respect in which he was held by his family, friends and neighbors.