Los Banos Enterprise, Los Banos, CA.
August 8, 1914
MRS. CHEATHAM, PIONEER, PASSES AWAY WEDNESDAY
The funeral of Mrs. N. J. Cheatham, who passed away Wednesday morning August
fifth was held Thursday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. C. W. Long
at the cemetery.
Nancy Jane Talbott was born in Kentucky in 1835 she was married to Richard
Cheatham. Six children were born, five of whom survive her. They are J. W.
Cheatham of Fort Stockton, Texas, Mrs. Elizabeth Chappell, Wm. T., and Harry
Cheatham of Los Banos and Mrs. Hattie Ogden of San Jose.
In 1873 the family moved from Kentucky to California. They lived in Gilroy
five years, moving at the end of this time to the San Joaquin valley. These
were the pioneer days of Old Los Banos and the Cheatham home, two miles south
of the present town, was one of the few for miles around.
In 1893 the severe affliction of blindness fell upon Mrs. Cheatham, but she
bore her cross very cheerfully and continued in spite of this trying handicap
to keep house with her husband till his death in 1903. Since that time her
home has been with her daughter, Mrs. Chappell.
"Grandma Cheatham" as she has been familiarly called by many besides her own
family, has lived in this community thirty-six years. During this time she has
won friends by the score. Her sunny temperament her uncomplaining patience,
resignation and self-helpfulness during her twenty years blindness, and her
appreciation of friendship made her a favorite among all she met. She
delighted in every attention showed her, treasured every handshake and kindly
word and learned to recognize readily those who spoke to her. And yet, tho a
favorite with her family and acquaintances, her disposition remained sweet and
Her life was characterized by alert interest in all about her. She kept in
close personal touch with her twenty-one grandchildren and lived to enjoy
eight great grandchildren.
She was keenly interested in the lives of her neighbors and their welfare,
and noted every event in the career of many in the community from babyhood to
manhood and womanhood.
Mrs. Cheatham was united with the Baptist Church at the age of sixteen years
and has ever since been a loyal member and faithful Christian. Her pleasant
face and ready smile have become very familiar as she has sat in her
accustomed place in the church of many years.
Grandma Cheatham was one who thoroughly enjoyed living to the very last.
Her's was a strong youthful in a frail body. she passed away peacefully after
a happy old age. She lived her four score years well.
Those who have known her have felt brighter influence thru her life.
transcribed by: Alma