Schee, William Fulton (1822-1897)

William Fulton Schee, one of the many who have retired to Redlands to end long and active lives in peace and rest, was born in Harrison county, Ohio, in 1822.  His early years were spent upon a farm and his schooling was of the desultory kind common on the frontiers at that early time.  He fought his own way in life and early became proficient in the trade of a millright, to which he subsequently added that of contractor and builder.  While in business at Uricksville, Ohio, he married Miss Mary Myers, December 24,1844, by whom he had four sons and four daughters, all of whom are living except the oldest son.  In 1855 he moved to Mahaska County, Iowa, where his wife died in 1868.  Here he was also a large breeder and shipper of cattle and horses and was for some years a member of the board of supervisors.


In April 1870, he married Miss Rebecca Ross, cousin of his first wife, by whom he had one son and one daughter.  After a preliminary visit here, he came to reside permanently in Redlands in 1891.  He purchased a large ranch in the Barton tract, set it out to oranges and deciduous fruits, and recently erected a very commodious residence.  After a short illness, on September 17, last, he passed away, respected by his friends and loved by his wife and children all of whom are living California except two.  His oldest sons are engaged in ranching at Santa Monica, and also have an eighty-acre orange ranch near Redlands.


(Source:  Illustrated Redlands, 1897, p. 63.)