Saturday, May 10, 2008
The home pictured here was built in 1900 and is located at 500 Center Street in Yreka, California. The home was originally built by Maurice Renner who was born in Switzerland in 1839 and immigrated to the United States in 1863 according to the Great Register of Siskiyou County. Unverified history tells us that he came originally for the gold!
He married Amelia Vetterlein in Yreka in November of 1867. He had four known children born of this union, Josephine, Louis, Charles, and Amelia. According to the 1880 census information Maurice and his family were living on Center Street and his wife, Amelia had cancer at the time. Also according to census records both in 1870 and 1880 Mr. Renner is listed as a saloon keeper. The Siskiyou Historical Society has a publication (Siskiyou Pioneer, 1981) that lists Mr. Renner as the Proprietor of the Eagle Saloon, which once stood on Miner Street. He also served as a Notary Public for Siskiyou County.
Whether Mr. Renner built this home in the same (or near same) location as his previous home is not currently known, but he lived on Center Street from at least 1870 until his death in 1908. This home may have been built for his second marriage, which occurred in December of 1900 to a Christina Iffland. In 1910 Mrs. Renner (Christina) is listed in the city directory.
Today the home has been lovingly restored and sits as a fine example of a turn of the century home. Center Street is one of the older residential areas in Yreka being located only a block or so from Courthouse Square and within a couple of blocks of Miner Street where the main business section has been since the 1850's.
Copyright: Claudia East, 2008.