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accumulated a wide range of interests. He was one of the original incor-
porators of the Alaska Packers Association, serving as a director for many
years. He and his son Ferdinand were among the organizers of the
Nak Nek Packing Company and the Red Salmon Canning Comi^any.
operating canneries in Alaska. His name was also associated with civic
affairs, and he was active in the republican party. His wife, Mary Clausen,
was also a native of Denmark, and they were married in New York in
1854. She came to California with her husband across the Isthmus of
Panama, and made her home in San Francisco until her death in 1887.
Mrs. S. B. Peterson was one of the original incorporators of the Old
Peo]ile's Home, starting what is now one of the notable institutions of
San Francisco.

Ferdinand C. Peterson was born at San Francisco, February 2, 1855.
He graduated from the Lincoln Grammar School in 1868, completed his
high school course, and then took up the insurance business, with which he
has lieen identified for nearly half a century. For many years he was city
manager of the Commercial Union Assurance Company of London,
England, working his way through the different departments in the San
Francisco office from office boy to city manager. Severing his connection
with this company in 1914, he opened an office as a general insurance
broker, and has since continued in that line. He is also a director and vice
president of the Nak Nek Packing Company and of the Red Salmon Can-
ning Company, two of the large companies operating in the Alaskan waters.


The S. B. Peterson-Friis Company Estate, of wliich he is president, owns
large commercial and investment interests.

Mr. Peterson was one of the early members of the Lincoln Grammar
School Association, serving as its president during the year 1921-22, and
is now a life director of that institution. He has been one of the Board of
Trustees of the Old People's Home for a number of years, Mrs. Peterson
being one of the Beard of Woman Managers of that institution. Mr. Peter-
son has taken an active interest in republican politics, representing his party
at county conventions in past years. He is a memlier of the Commonwealth
Club and the Belvedere Golf and Country Club, and his home has been at
Belvedere for thirty years. He is a member of the Boys' Welfare Com-
mittee of the Young Men's Christian Association of San Francisco, and a
director of the Church Extension Board of the Bay Cities. He and
Mrs. Peterson are members of the Howard Presbyterian Church, of which
Mr. Peterson is senior elder.

Mr. Peterson and Miss Mae Somers were married in the Howard
Presbyterian Church, October 9, 1889. Mrs. Peterson is a native daughter
of San Francisco. Her father, W. J. Somfirs, was a pioneer of the city
and a capitalist. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have extensive property and other
large interests in San Francisco. Her brother is Dr. George B. Somers, of
the Lane and Stanford LTniversity Hospital. Mrs. Peterson has been presi-
dent of the Francisca Club, the most prominent woman's club in the city.
She is a life member of the Century and Woman's Athletic clubs, and one
of the lady managers of the Young Women's Christian Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have three children.

The oldest, F. Somers Peterson, graduated Bachelor of Science with the
class of 1912 from the University of California, and is in business as a
manufacturer's agent, representing large Eastern factories. During the
World war he enlisted in the military aviation service, and was stationed
at North Island, Pensacola and Key \\'est. He received a commission as a
first lieutenant, and was granted an honorable discharge after the armistice.
¥. Somers Peterson married Miss Helen Holton, of Hamilton. Ontario,
Canada, youngest daughter of W. .'\. Holton. They have one son, Holton.

Kate Peterson, the second child of Mr. and Mrs. Peterson, is the wife
of Ward Mailliard. of the firm of Mailliard & Schmieden. San Francisco
merchants. Their two sons are John W., the third, and William Mailliard.

G. Baltzcr Peterson, the younger son, was born in San Francisco, gradu-
ated from the University of California in 1916, with the Bachelor of Science
degree, and was an honor graduate of Harvard LTniversity in 1918. En-
listing in the light artillery, he went to France with the Ninety-first Division
toward the close of the war. having attended the Officers' Training Camps
at San I'Vancisco and at Camp Lewis. He was commissioned a first lieu-
tenant. Since the war he lias lieen engaged in the salmon canning business,
and he and his brother are members of the Boiiemian Club of San Francisco.

D.wii) i'.\cic..\i.ri'i, M, 1). .\ name prominently identified with San
l""rancisco's commerci;il, ci\ic ;ind jirofessional life since pioneer times is
that of Hacigalupi. .\ representative in the present generation is Dr.

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David P.acij;alupi. a iinmiiiKMit spt-cialist in children's diseases, at 25
Coliiml)ia Street.

One of his grandfathers arrived in California and San Francisco
as early as 1848. All his ancestors came from Italy. His grandfather,
Giovanni Bacigalupi, arrived in California about 1852. and by 1856 he
had seven brothers and one sister living on the Pacific Coast. From
these has descended the numerous members of the family whose range
of interests cover a large part of the state. Paul Bacigalupi, father of
Doctor David, was born in Italy and came to California in 1852. He
engaged in mining and later in the mercantile business in San Francisco,
and is now a retired resident there. He married Mary Demartini, who was
born in Italy, and died in San Francisco in 1922.

A son of these ])arcnts, David Bacigalupi, was born in San Francisco,
December 3, 1876, and in his profession has honored his fortune of birth
in being a native son of the Golden West. He was educated in the
grammar and high schools of San Francisco, and in 1900 graduated from
the Medical College of the University of California. He then went
abroad, taking post-graduate work in Italy and in London, and for one
year was an interne in a French hospital. For over twenty years
Doctor Bacigalupi has carried on an extensive private practice in San
Francisco, his attainments as a pediatrician making him especially well
known in his profession. He also has some commercial interests, and
is a director of the Italian-American Bank of San Francisco. Doctor
Bacigalupi is a member of the California State Medical Society, and is a
thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Islam Temple
of the ^lystic Shrine.

On September 18, 1906, he married Miss Alice T. Bacigalupi. Her
father, also an honored California pioneer, is James Bacigalupi, president
of the Columbus Bank of San Francisco. The three cloildren of Doctor
and Mrs. Bacigalupi are Eugenia and Margaret, students in the Burke's
School, and David, Jr., attending Potter's School. Doctor Bacigalupi has
two brothers, Giovanni Bacigalupi, of San Francisco, and Tadini Baci-
galupi. a well known practicing attorney of San Francisco, in partnership
with Charles Elkus.

Solomon B.ailev Boswell wrote his name among California pioneers
through an active and successful career as a business man in San Francisco,
where his memory is still cherished by the old timers and where some of his
family still resides.

He was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1828. He acquired an academic
education there, and as a young man of twenty-two started for California
in 1850. For about two years he was a miner in Grass Valley, where twice
he was flooded out.. He and his partner slept with their gold dust under
their pillows at night. In 1852 Mr. BoswcU moved to .San Francisco, and
was engaged in the produce business, joining the old firm of Shatthock and
Geddes, which then became Boswell, Shatthock and Geddes. The firm
owned a sailing vessel, the Brother Jonathan, and on one of its trips up the


Columbia River Mr. Geddes was drowned. The firm was then dissolved,
and Mr. Boswell engaged in the stock brokerage business, and for many
years the firm S. B. Boswell and Company enjoyed a high reputation as
dealers in mining stock.

The late Mr. Boswell was a Knight Templar Mason. He was a repub-
lican in politics, and his party once requested him to become a candidate for
mayor of San Francisco, but he refused. He died in 1884, at the age of

In 1853 he married Catherine Downes. Their two children were daugh-
ters. May Frances Boswell and Edith Marie Boswell. May Frances Bo.swell
married Hugh B. Jones, of Montreal. Edith became the wife of Frederic
R. King, son of Thomas Starr King. Mr. Hugh Jones is in the real estate
business in San Francisco. P'ive children were born to j\Ir. and Mrs. Jones:
Hugh Beaven, Edith Boswell, Gladys Katherine, Monta J. and Rhoda

Jefferson Fr.vnklin Wilcoxson was a California pioneer of 1849,
and was a man who wielded large and benignant influence in connection
with the civic and material development and upbuilding of Sacramento, the
fair capital city of the state.

Mr. Wilcoxson, in company with his brother Jackson and a man named
Stovall, set forth from Carrollton, Missouri, on the long and hazardous
journey across the plains to California, and after many hardships they
arrived in the "land of promise" in 1849, the year that marked the historic
discovery of gold in California. Jefferson F. Wilco.xson engaged in the
brokerage business, and eventually he became the owner of a large amount
of California real estate, he having been associated with Mr. Stovall in the
ownership of one of the finest ranches in the Sacramento Valley, in Colusa
County, a domain known as the Stovall-Wilcoxson Ranch. Mr. Wilcoxson
was long and appreciatively affiliated with the ^Masonic fraternity, and his
funeral was held under Masonic ofiices, his death having occurved in
-\pril, 1898. Mr. Wilcoxson remained a bachelor until the close of his
life, and his large estate in California was inherited by his nephews and
nieces, the cliildren of three of his brothers.

Fisher Ames. For nearly half a century Fisher Ames stood as one of
the leading representatives of the San Francisco bar. He was singularly
devoted to the practice of his profession, and while he accumulated a fortune
and was identified with a number of business enterprises, his heart and soul
were in the law.

He represented an old New England family of Colonial ancestry, and
was born in New Hampshire, l*"ebruary 8, 1844. He was reared on a farm,
was educated in Plymouth Academy and Kimball Union .\cademy in New
Hampshire, was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1869, and in 1870
finished his law course at .Mbany, New "N'ork. and was admitted to the New
York bar Mav 10, 1870. Mr. Ames arrived in California in 1871, and was
engaged in the ])ractice of law steadily in San Francisco until his death


forty-six years later, on December 8, 1917. He brought to his profession
unusual talent, though when he located in San Francisco he was compara-
tively unknown and without influential friends. During 1872-74 he was
assistant to W. C. Burnett, city and county attorney. He was engaged in
general practice, though he represented a number of business interests. At
one time he was a director of the Sutter Street Railroad Company, and was
also a director of an insurance company.

He was one of the ablest leaders of the democratic party in California
for a number of years.. He was a member of the San Francisco Board of
Education from 1875 to 1877, and in 1874 was appointed special counsel
by the Board of Supervisors. He was a member of the Board of Free-
holders, which framed a city charter in 1883, and from 1887 to 1892 was a
member of the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Mr. Ames married Miss Emilie N. Morrison, a native of Plymouth,
New Hampshire. Mrs. Ames resides in San Francisco, at the Colonial
Hotel. The two children of their marriage are both deceased.

Faxon D. Atherton was a California pioneer whose character and
large and beneficent influence were such as to make specially consistent a
tribute to his memory, and this publication is a proper vehicle for such a
memoir, for it was in San Francisco that he lived for many years, a sub-
stantial capitalist who used his resources wisely and well for the general
good of the community.. He was about fifty-nine years of age at the time
of his death, and his wife passed away in 1890.

Mr. Atherton was born in Massachusetts. January 2, 1818, and was a
representative of a family that was founded in New England in the early
Colonial period of our national history. He acquired his early education in
the schools of his native state, and at the age of eighteen years entered
the shipping and mercantile business, and as supercargo had charge of the
operation of vessels plying lietween Boston, Valparaiso. Chile, and Mon-
terey, California. He gained wide and varied experience. His first visit
was made to San Francisco, California, in 1836, when the future metropolis
was a small town but already an entrepot of no little importance. He was
established in business in South America at the inception of the great gnk!
excitement in California in 1849. He amassed a substantial fortune through
his connection with the exporting and importing trade and the shipping
business. His marriage was solemnized in Valparaiso to Senorita Dominiga
de Goni, a member of one of the patrician old families of that country. In
the early '60s, Mr. and Mrs. Atherton established their home in California,
where he purchased land and built a fine residence in what is now the exclu-
sive residential district known as Menlo Park. Retiring from the shipping
business, he became prominent as a very large land holder in diflferent parts
of the state, owning large tracts of land in Haywards. Watsonville and
other places. His financial resources and his influence were given freely
and lovally in advancing measures and enterprises for the general good of
the community. Mr. and Mrs. Atherton became the parents of seven chil-
dren, of whom only the youngest is now living. The names of the children


are here given in respective order of birth : Alexandra, who married J. L.
Rathbone; Elena, who married Frederick W. Macondray; Francisco;
George, who married Gertrude Horn ; Isabel, who married Enrique
Edwards, of Valparaiso, Chile, South America ; Faxon D., Jr., who married
Jeannie Selby ; and Florence.

The marriage of Miss Florence Atherton to Edward L. Eyre was
solemnized in San Francisco, and in this city Mrs. Eyre still maintains her
home, at 2112 Pacific Avenue, and also in Menlo Park, she having long
been a prominent and popular figure in the representative social life of the

Edward L. Eyre is a son of Col. Edward Engle Eyre and Mary (Tutt)
Eyre. His parents crossed the plains to California in 1849, and
Colonel Eyre was engaged in mining for a time, afterwards entering the
stock brokerage business in San Francisco. They were always prominent
and highly respected citizens of the community. Mr. and Mrs. Eyre are
the parents of two children, Edward E. and D. Atherton.

Hon. Tewett Willi.^m Adams. In the far-away days when California
and other states of the Western Coast were in the processes of development,
many were the opportunities for the acquirement of great wealth by men
possessed of sufficient initiative and vision to stake their all ujxjn an invest-
ment whose outcome to those less optimistic seemed decidedly problematical.
One of these pioneers whose rewards were commensurate with the great
risks he ran, and who won public commendation and high office, was the late
Hon. Jewett William Adams, whose activities covered many fields and bore
him to the gubernatorial chair of a great state.

Governor Adams was born on a farm in the vicinity of Burlington,
Vermont, August 6, 1834, a son of William and Nancy (Boardman)
Adams, both of whom belonged to old and honored families of the East.
After receiving an excellent education in his native state. Jewett William
Adams came West, and arrived in California in 1852, where he entered the
mines, and was fortunate to become a protege of General Fremont, and was
engaged in working the old Fremont grant.

Subsequentl}' he was attracted to Nevada, where he went into the team-
ing business, and in connection with it laid the foundation of his great
fortune. It was while Iniilding up this large enterprise that he invented and
put to practical use the iron hul), which gave him the nickname he held
throughout life, of "Ironhub" Adams While this is the most important
manifestation of his inventive genius, he produced a number of appliances,
and took in this kind of work, especially in after life, a relaxation that was
much needed. The cattle business next attracted him, and in partnership
with Mr. Maggill, under the firm name of Adams & Maggill, built up one
of the largest cattle industries in 'Nevada. This firm also handled sheep,
but were Ijest known as cattlemen. Governor .Adams was also the pioneer
of the plaster business at San Francisco, and controlled the Empire Hard-
wall Plaster C(im])any, which was a source of extensive profits. In fact, it
would be difficult to mention anything with which he became interested that



was not lucrative, for his was the genius which knew how to develop any
business to paying proportions. Entering politics at Carson City, Nevada.
he became one of the dominating factors in the democratic party, and was
elected lieutenant governor, under Governor liradley, and was really acting
governor for practically all of the term, and was elected governor on his

On January 16, 1878, Governor Adams married Miss Emma E. Lee, a
native of Philadelphia and a descendant of the Virginia Lees. They had
one daughter, Frances. She married George Corse, Jr., of San Francisco,
and they have two children : Jean and Frances ]May. After years of great
activity in varied lines Governor Adams retired as one of the very wealthy
capitalists of the West, and enjoyed a leisure he had undoubtedly earned
until his death, which occurred June 18, 1920. His widow and daughter
survive him. Governor Adams and his contemjxjraries are no more. They
have passed the torch of life to other and younger hands, but the results
they accomplished remain. They were the empire builders of the West,
who. while strenuously working to honestly and legitimately amass personal
fortunes, created something so wonderful and overwhelming that posterity
will continue to enshrine their names into the far-distant ages.

J\Iicii.\F.L Sanor was founder of one of the pioneer families of the San
Francisco Bay district. A number of his descendants still live in and
around San Francisco. One of them is his granddaughter, ]\Irs. Emma
Gummer O'Donnell, at 1374 Fulton Street.

Michael Sanor was a native of Pennsylvania, and moved from there to
Ohio and then to Missouri, and in 1849 set out with wagons and o.x teams
to California, Sacramento being his destination, though on his arrival he
settled in the Santa Clara Valley and took up land. He was one of the
pioneer agriculturists in that wonderfully fertile district. The partv were
on the way across the plains four months, experiencing no danger from
the Indians, and the daughters rode ponies all the way. Michael Sanor
finally sold his ranch in the Santa Clara Valley and lived retired. His first
house was built of hewed logs, and later he had a house sent around the
Horn by ship, and it was put togetli^r in Santa Clara.

Michael Sanor married a widow, Sina Frakes, who was a descendant of
Italian nobility. She had two sons by her former marriage. The eight
children of Michael Sanor were: Frank, who was killed by cattle thieves in
1851 ; Michael, a farmer, deceased; Jackson, a retired farmer; Van Buren,
deceased, who was also engaged in farming; Polly, deceased; Sophia, who
married James Williams, who came across the plains with the Sanor family
and was a contractor ; Isabelle. who married George W. Oldham, a farmer ;
and Sarah Frances.

Sarah Frances, the youngest child, became the wife of Samuel P.
Gummer. Mr. Gummer was born in Brunswick. iMaine. came to California
in 1850. was in the undertaking liusiness in .San Francisco, and subsequently
a contractor at Santa Clara. He spent his last years in San Francisco,
where he died. His widow, Mrs. Sarah F. Gummer, is now eighty-four

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years of age and is one of the three original charter members of the Asso-
ciation of Pioneer Women.

Mrs. Gummef was the mother of ten children, seven of whom reached
mature years: James J., a cattle rancher of Trinity County, California;
Everett E., head of the San Jose Undertaking Company; Lillian, widow of
H. F. Prien, and since his death continuing the business founded as an
importer at San Francisco ; Sadie, wife of J. J. Stephens, of San Francisco ;
Frank A., a furniture merchant at Stockton ; Grace, wife of Robert E. Reid,
in the automobile business at Santa Ana ; and Emma.

Emma Gummer, granddaughter of Michael Saner, is the widow of
Dr. C. C. O'Donnell. Doctor O'Donnell came to San Francisco in 1850.
He was a native of Baltimore. For a time he was in the mining district at
Mokdumne Hill, later at Sacramento, then at Santa Cruz, and after locating
in San Francisco continued the active work of his profession until he
retired. He was prominent in the jxilitical fiekl and served for two years,
1884-6, as coroner of the City and County of San Francisco. He was the
independent candidate for mayor against Mayor Ellert, making a very
strong fight and polling almost a winning vote. He was a member of the
constitutional convention of 1878. Airs. Emma Gummer O'Donnell is an
active member of the .Association of Pioneer Women, a charter member
and past president of Buena Vista Parlor No. 68, Native Daughters of the
Golden West, President's Assembly, Glenellen Woman's Improvement
Club, was the founder and is president of the Bertola Assembly of Cali-
fornia Women, California Club, of which she has served two years as
secretary of the social science department, and at present is chairman of the
department. She is also a member of the civic section of this club and is
taking an active part in all matters relating to public improvement.

Thomas Hansford Williams, who died November 5, 1915, was a
native of California, was distinguished by the great business interests which
he so ably managed, by national reimtation as a horseman and turfman, and
by a pulDlic-spirited generosity that made his personal services and his
resources ever at the disjjosal of the state and community which he so loved.

He was liorn in the City of Sacramento, December 9. 1859, a son of
Gen. Thomas Hansford and Mary Rebecca (Bryant) Williams. His
mother's people were long identified with the State of Mississippi, and
were of the same stock as the great .\merican poet, William Cullcn Bryant.
The Williams family were old Virginians, later transplanting to Kentucky.
His grandfather, Sherrod Williams, represented his iventucky district in
Congress twelve consecutive terms. He was a great friend of General Har-
rison, and helped elect Harrison to the presidency. The corresixindence
between Harrison and Sherrod Williams is still preserved by the descend-
ants of the late Thomas H. Williams, Jr.

Thomas H. Williams, Sr., came to California in 1S50, was a lawyer by
profession, and first ]>racticed in Eldorado County. He came to rank as
one of the ablest members of the liar, and subscciucntly was one of the
largest land owners in the state. l'\)r several years he was also interested


in the development of the great Conistock mines in Nevada. In 1859 he
was elected attorney-general of California and filled that office for one term.

Thomas Hansford Williams, Jr., was reared in the San Francisco Bay
di.strict, attended puhlic school at San Jose, in 1872 entered the Oakland
High School, was graduated in 1877 from the Golden Gate Academy, then
entered the University of California, hut completed his higher education
after 1879 in Santa Clara College, where he was graduated with the degrees
Bachelor of Arts and l^achelor of Sciences in 1880. While at the Univer-
sity of California he was president of his class and active in athletics.

His education comjileted, he found large and interesting responsihilities

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