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been a neat and skillful penman, as well as an educated man. After he emi-
:grated to Rhode Island he left the Congregational church and joined the
Society of Friends. He had thirteen children, of whom John was born in
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1644, and married Sarah, a daughter of Will-
iam Spooner. He settled in South Dartmouth, followed farming and black-
smithing and there died in 1734. Their son Philip was also born in Dart-
mouth, and the Christian name of his wife was Hannah. They had seven
children, as follows: John, born in 1699; Jabez, born in 1700; Stephen, born
in 1703; Henry, born in 1705; Ichabod. born in 1708; Deborah, born in
1710; Abraham, born in 1713. The last named was married, in 1737. to
Susannah Delano, and their son Phillip, who was born August 5. 1739. was
married. December 12, 1758, to Mary Russell, daughter of Caleb and Rebecca
Russell. The children of this union were Caleb. Gamaliel. Ichabod. Susan-
nah, Rufus, Lydia and Mary Eunice.

Ichabod Sherman was the maternal grandfather of our subject. He



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Avas born May 13, 1764, and wedded Mary Wrightington, by wliom he had
the following children: Henry, Mary, Eunice, Patience, Susan and Xancy.
The following ancestral history of the Wrightingtons has been secured. Rob-
ert Wrightington, son of Robert and Margaret (Ward) Wrightington, was
married, in 1723, to Abigail Tew, and was one of the earl)- settlers of Dart-
mouth, Massachusetts, where he purchased the land at the head of the
Achushnet. including the land on which the village of the same name was
built. Their son Henry was born September 9, 1728, and his wife's name
was Mary. They were the great-grandparents of Mr. Shepherd. Their
children were George, Mary, Abigail, Patience and Anna. The father of this
family enlisted in the Continental army as a member of a company from
Dartmouth, in Colonel French's regiment, General Sullivan's brigade, and went
into camp at Winter Hill INIarch 13, 1776, the year in which American inde-
pendence was declared, — an independence that was maintained by force of
arms through an eight-years war and has resulted in the establishment of tlie
greatest republic on the face of the globe.

Now taking up the history of the family to which our subject belonged,
we note that his father, David Shepherd, was born July 15, 1790, in Dart-
mouth, ^Massachusetts, and died April 30, 1857, in New Bedford, Massachu-
setts. He was a master mariner and sailed many years from the port of New
Bedford. During the war of 1812 he was captured by the enemy and held
as a prisoner of war in Dartmouth prison, England, until peace was restored.
He wedded Mary Eunice Sherman, who was born January 26. 1797. They were
the parents of seven children, of whom Fred A. was the third in order of
Ijirth. An uncle of our subject. William C. Brown, who married Eliza H.
Shepherd, was a master mariner and died in De \'erde Islands, while master
of the schooner California.

Fred A. Shepherd also followed the sea for many years, shipping before
the mast at a very early age. However, he resolved to abandon "a life on
the ocean wave" for inland pursuits, and landed at San Pedro, California, hav-
ing made the trip "around the Horn" in the bark Eureka, from Boston. He
came at once to Sacramento, and resided in the vicinity of IMormon Island,
where he was engaged in mining until 1869. In that year he took up his
abode in the city of Sacramento, and in 1873 was elected city assessor by the
largest majority ever given any candidate for any office for many years in
Sacramento. He acceptably filled the position for five consecutive terms,
discharging his duties with marked ability. After serving for ten years in that
office he Ijecame deputy county assessor under James Lansing, and also served
under John T. Griffiths in the same office. He was deputy tax collector dur-
ing Sheriff Drew's last term and was registry clerk in the county clerk's office
when the last two great registers were made. He knows more about lands
of this county, the values thereof and the improvements that have been made
thereon than any other man in the county. His official duties have brought
him a wide acquaintance and his sterling qualities have gainerl him the friend-
ship of many and the respect of all with whom he has been brought in contact.

On the 19th of April, 1865, Mr. Shepherd married Mrs. Lucy A. Outten.



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iicc Cantlin, wlio was born in Worcester. Alassachnsetts, January 14. 1848.
By her former marriage she had two children: XelHe M.. who was born
in IMormon Island, California, April 27, 1856, and is now the wife of Gen-
eral Charles N. Post, assistant attorney general; and John M., who was Ijorn
at Mormon Island September i, 1861, and assumed the name of Shepherd.
Unto our subject and his wife have been born the following children: Susie
S., who was born in Natoma Valley, California, June 11, 1866, was mar-
ried, in 1887, to John B. Lewis, and died September 9, 1886; George F.. born
in Sacramento August 2. 1874, was married. September 2, 1896, to JNIinnie
Flint; Eunice the youngest, was born in Sacramento December 28, 1880.
The mother of this family was called to her final rest April 19, 1896. Early
in the evening of that day she went to the depot to meet her daughter Eunice,
who was returning from Wheatland, and while at the station was taken ill.
She was at once brought to her home in a carriage, but soon passed away, the
cause of her death being heart disease. She was a most estimable woman, a
devoted wife and mother and the news of her demise was received with sorrow
wherever she was known. Mr. Shepherd is regarded as one of the leading
citizens of Sacramento, and is a social, genial gentleman who has many friends.
In manner he is frank and outspoken, deceit being utterly foreign to his nature.
A contemporary writer has said : "He has fewer enemies than any other man
who has held office for so many years in Sacramento. His official career
has ever been marked by the utmost fidelity to duty, and over the record of his
life there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil.

JOHN ^lAXUEL.

John Manuel, who for a number of years was one of the most prominent
business men of Murphy, was born in England, in 1836, and died at his home
in California November 19, 1898. The intervening period of sixty-two years
covered a life record that was at all times honorable and upright and worthy
the high regard of those who knew Mr. Manuel. He was sixteen years of
age when he left the land of his birth and emigrated to the new world. He
spent the three succeeding years in New York and thence came to California,
arriving in this state in 1855. He was a young man of nineteen years, full
of energv. courage, ambition and determination. He engaged in mining at
Douglas Flat and Central Hill, and was the owner of a large hydraulic mine
at the former place, operating it most successfully and taking out a large
amount of the precious metal. In 1877 he abandoned mining and turned
his attention to lumbering, purchasing a saw-mill eight miles above Murphy.
His business grew in volume and importance and he increased the capacity
of the mill until now twentv tliousand feet of lumber constitutes the daily
(Hitput. In 1878 he established a lumber yard at Murphy where he had a
larcre local demand, supplving the miners throughout this locality and for a
con^siderable distance through the surrounding country. He conducted a
profital)lc and constantly growing business, winning that prosperity which is
ever the reward of carefully directed effort.



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 781

'Slv. ^Manuel was married, in J 856, to ^liss ]\Iary Williams, a nalive of
Wisconsin, who came to California when fifteen years of aj^e. Tliey had
twehe children, eight of whom are living, namely: Frances, now the wife
of William H. Matteson; M. Henry: Ella, at home: John: Roy; Emma;
Mizpah; and Joseph. The mother of this family passed away in 1894. She
was a member of the Congregational church, a consistent Christian woman,
antl faithful wife and loving mother, and was highly respected throughout
the community in which she resided. For his second wife Mr. Manuel chose
Miss Mary Alalspina, who yet survives him. Mr. Manuel was a prominent
member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows. On questions of national importance he was a Democrat, but was a
liberal-minded man, who in local matters was not bound by partisan ties, con-
sidering only the cjualification of the candidate and his fitness for public ot^ce.
He war regarded as one of the most reliable and successful business men of
his county, and as a result of his well-directed efiforts he was enabled to leave
to his family a valuable property. They now have a fine residence in Stock-
ton and also a good home in Murphy. The children have incorporated the
business under the title of the Manuel Estate and the eldest son, Henry, is
president and manager of the company.

Henry ]\Ianuel was born in Murphy on the 15th of November, 1871.
He ac(|uired his literary education in the public schools and was graduated at
Heald's Business College, in San Francisco, with the class of 1890. On the
1,3th of Decemlier, 1895. he wedded Miss Laura Jones, a native daughter of
Calaveras county. He belongs to the Masonic order, having been raised
to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in Ophir Lodge. No. 33, F. & A. M..
of Murphy, in 1892, when he was just twenty-one years of age. He is now
one of the prominent representatives of the craft in Calaveras county and is
serving as treasurer of his lodge. He has followed in the political footsteps
of his father, voting for the men and measures of the Democracy on questions
of state and national importance, but at local elections casting his vote regard-
less of party ties. The Manuel family is widely and favorably known through-
out ibis portion of California and the eldest son occupies a very crediUible
position in business circles, fully sustaining the untarnished name of the
father.

ABRAHAM BRISTOL.

As a representative of a class of pioneers who have been the builders of a
great commonwealth we present Captain Abraham Bristol, of Lincoln. He
has the honor of being numbered among the California pioneers of 1849,
liis memory serving as a link between the primitive past with its mining camps
and the progressive present with its thriving towns and cities having all of
the improvements and accessories known to the older civilization of the east.
The Catitain was born in St. Lawrence county. New York, on the 27th of
Tune. 1824. On crossing the .\tlantic his ancestors, natives of England.
located in the Empire state. His father. Levi S. Bristol, married Miss Olive



782 REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

Day. Tliey were 1j< itli natives of St. Lawrence county and removed to Oswego,
New York, where the father engaged in taking and executing contracts on
citv works. In 1839 lie removed west to Chicago, finding there a small town
which had been incorporated only two years previous. From that point he
made his w^ay into the country, securing a tract of government land in Du
Page county and transforming it into richly cultivated fields. There he
resided until his death, which occurred in the sixty-fifth year of his age. his
Avife surviving him for four years. On their remo\-al to Illinois they were
accompanied by their five daughters and two sons.

Through the summer months Captain Bristol, during his boyhood, might
have been found in his father's fields, assisting in the work of plowing, plant-
ing and harvesting. In the winter season he attended the public schools of the
neighborhood. On beginning to earn his own livelihood he worked as a
farm hand, being thus employed until 1849, 'when lured by the discovery of
gold in California he crossed the plains with a company of young men from
V(\\\ and Du Page counties. They started with thirteen wagons drawn by
oxen and took with them provisions for a year. They made a safe and suc-
cessful, tliough tedious, journey, being for one hundred and twelve days upon
the way. They came by way of Carson valley to Placerville, which was then
known by the less romantic but more suggestive name of Hangtown. Cap-
tain Bristol began mining in the gulches and obtained plenty of gold. On
one occasion he secured a nugget worth one hundred dollars. His company,
consisting of five members, secured an average yield of gold to the value of
twenty dollars each day. In 1853 ^^^ returned to his home in the east, bv way
of the isthmus, for his brother had died in the meantime and he felt that it
■was his duty to be near his parents and care for them in their declining yeais.
After remaining at home for about two years he engaged in steamboating on
the Mississippi river in the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad
Comi^any. and had command of a vessel for manv years. In that way he
earned his title of captain.

\\'hile in Illinois he was married to Miss Carrie Hugnin. and two chil-
dren were born to them in that state : Herbert, \vho is now operating a gold
dredge at the Calaveras river, and a daughter. In 1875 ^I''- Bristol returned
to California, where, two years later, he was joined by his son. In 1883 he
sent for his wife and daughter, but the daughter's health was poor and they
remained in the east, where both died.

Captain Bristol has been in the employ of the Pottery Company since
the establishment of its works at Lincoln, and for fourteen years acted in the
capacity of stationary engineer and he is still one of the trusted and valued
employes of the firm. As one of the brave California pioneers who crossed
the plains in 1849 lie certainly deserves representation in this volume. He
engaged in hauling lumber for the Marshall saw-mill from Coloma to Hang-
town. The lumber sold for four hundred dollars a thousand feet and was
manufactured into gold washers, at a cost of sixty-five dollars each. People
who now reside in California can form little conceotion of what the roads
were in that day. making teaming \cry dithcult. E\-erything else was in a



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 783

primitive condition. ^Mining camps, consisting mostly of tents or rnde
shanties, were scattered over the state, but there were no churches or scliools,
commercial or industrial enterprises of any importance and the miners who
came from the east in seach of gold laid the foundations of a commonwealth
that is nriw second to none in the Union, and is recognized as a leader in many
branches i.if industrial activity.

LEONARD REMLER.

The German-American citizens of California have a worthy representative
in the subject of this sketch, Leonard Remler, a prominent merchant and min-
ing man of Forest Hill. He was born in Germany April 5, 1839, son of
Adam and Julia (Hiesor) Remler, lioth natives of Germany. His mother
died there when he was seven years old and shortly afterward, in 1846, with
his father, three brothers and two sisters, he came to the Lmited States, set-
tling in St. Louis. Missouri, where two of his brothers had located two years
jirevious to that time and were engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes.
The father died in 1872, at the age of seventy-two years. In Germany he had
filled the office of justice of the peace for a number of years, and his religinus
faith was that of the Lutheran church.

]\Juch of Leonard Remler's boyhood was passed in Illinois, where he
received a good education in the public schools. With his brothers he spent
some time and in their establishment learned the trade of shoemaker, which
business be followed in Illinois until 1859, when he crossed the plains to Cali-
fornia. The Sheppard train, which started across the plains shortly in advance
of the party with which he traveled, were attacked by the Indians and mas-
sacred. Learning of this I\Ir. Remler and his party armed themselves well and
kept on their guard. They, howe\er, were not molested liy the red men and
after four months of tiresome travel landed in safety in tlie "(Golden state."
Arrived in I'lacerville. Eldorado county. Mr. Remler had in his p.^cket just
ti\e tlollars, antl with this for capital, combined with pluck and energy, he
hegan a career which has proved a most successful one. He first went to
Fiddleton, where he began work at his trade, having entire charge of a shop
and doing all the work, at a salary of five dollars per day. . Afterward he
worked at his trade at Volcano and Todd's Valley, and he was also for a
time employed in the butchering business by J. ^^^ Dickinson. At North
Star Ranch he started a shoe shop on his own account, which he conducted
for three years or until 1864. when he came to Forest Hill and established him-
self in iiis present business, beginning on a small scale and from tlie first
meeting with deserved success. In 1867 he began to handle ready-made lioots
and shoes; in 1870 he added a stock of dry goods and gent's furnishing goods,
and in 1878 he included in his store other lines, thus making it a general mer-
chandise establishment where everything needed in the town and surrounding
country can be found. In the meantime he had purchased the buildiu"- in
which his business was located, and in t887 he met with heavy loss by fire.
He had some insurance, however, and immediatelv after the fire set to work.



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with his characteristic enterprise, to rebuild. His present store is thirty by
ninety feet, with basement, and he also has a large warehouse in which he keeps
a full supply of stock. Throughout his long career as a merchant Mr. Remler
has also been interested in mining enterprises. At present his principal mine
is the Homestake, which has produced a great deal of gold. He has furnished
no small amount of money for the development of various other mines, thus
showing his enterprise and his public spirit and proving himself one of Forest
Hill's leading business factors. Farming has also recei\'ed a portion of his
investment and attention.

j\lr. Remler owns one of the best residences in Forest Hill, which he
and liis family occupy. He was married, at Michigan Blufif, California, in
1868, to Miss Lizzie Fredtag. a native of Germany, and they have five chil-
dren, namely : Minnie, Leonard C. Nellie, Maude and Walter. Leonard C.
is his father's assistant in the store. Fraternally, Mr. Remler is identified
with both the Chosen Friends and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He has been a member of the latter organization for a period of thirty-six
years, having been initiated into its mysteries in 1864, and he has passed all
the chairs in both branches and has represented his lodge in the grand lodge
of the state. Politically, he has always supported the Republican party.

PHILETUS \'. SIGGIXS.

This is a utilitarian age. in which man devotes his energies to business
afifairs, and the leading citizens of a community are now those who promote
commercial and industrial activity. Engaged in general merchandising in
Roseville. Mr. Siggins is now a well known and highly esteemed representa-
tive of commercial interests in northern California. His life history began
, on the 13th of March, 1835, and the place of his birth was in Warren county,
Pennsylvania. Tn his career he has manifested many of the sterling char-
acteristics inherited from his L'ish and Scotch ancestry. His father purchased
a farm of five hundred acres in Warren county, Pennsylvania, where he and
two of his brothers located and reared their families of from thirteen to fif-
teen children. Representatives of the name are now quite numerous in the
east and some of them are also found in the western states. They were
prominent early settlers of Warren county and took an active part in the
de\elopment of that portion of the country. The father of our subject was a
lumberman, following that business in order to gain a livelihood. Of the
Methodist church he was an active and leading member and his Christian belief
was manifest in his daily conduct, in his business associations and in his rela-
tions with his fellow men. He married Miss Margaret Kinnear, a daughter
of Henry Kinnear. a prominent merchant. Through four generations the
Kinnears were connected with mercantile affairs in the county, and on both
the paternal and maternal sides the mother was a member of large and influ-
ential families. Her father owned much valuable property m Warren county
and in public affairs was a man of prominence. Unto the parents of our
subiect were born thirteen children and se\en of the number still surx'ive.



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 785

The father hved to I)e seventy years of age, while the mother passed away at
the age of seventy-five.

Air. Siggins of this review is the only one ofjhe family in California.
In his native county he obtained his education and received his business train-
ing under his father's direction, working in the lumber yard in Pennsylvania
until his emigration to California in 1879. He came over the Central Pacific
Railroad, and from San Francisco made his way directly to Roseville. where
he has now resided for a quarter of a century. He was first engaged in the
stock and meat business and for a time was in partnership with William Saw-
tell in merchandising, but during the past four years he has conducted a store
of his own. He is a careful business man who earnestly desires to please
his customers, is courteous in his treatment and fair in his dealings. Thus
he enjoys the good will of the public and has gained a liberal patronage.

In 1857 occurred the marriage of Mr. Siggins and Miss Elizabeth
Fletcher, a native of Jamestown, New York. Their union was blessed with
one son, Lewis Fletcher, now a resident of Sacramento. The mother died
during the early boyhood of her son, and in i860 our subject wedded Miss
Mary Wilson, a native of Pennsylvania. They came to California together
and through the years of their residence here she has been to him a faith-
ful cf mpanion and helpmate. They now reside in a pleasant home in Rose-
A'ille and enjoy the esteem of neighbors and friends, while the hospitality of
the best homes in the community is extended to them. In political sentiment
Mr. Siggins is a Republican, but has never been an aspirant for office, prefer-
ring to give his time and energies to his business affairs. The qualities
which insure success are his and in his career he has shown himself worthy
of the confidence and support of the public.

JAMES T. CURREY.

A debt of gratitude that can never be rejiaid is due to the ])ioneers of any
country. In the midst of an ad\-anced civilization the ]ieople of to-day cannot
realize what was endured by those who reclaimed this country from its primi-
tive condition. They met nature in her wild mood and though her resources
were boundless it required great effort to utilize them and make them yield
good return for labor. Mr. Currey is one of those who crossed the plains with
oxen, making the long journey across the hot stretches of sand and over moun-
tains in order to secure a home on the Pacific coast. Here he found mining
camps situated in the midst of a land that had hitherto been the domain of the
Indians and the haunts of wild beasts. Few of the comforts of civilization
had been introduced, but the better element among those who came In search
for gold succeeded in laying the foundations of a commonwealth which now
stands second to none of the sister states of this great Union.

Mr. Currey is a native of Kentucky, his birth having occurred in Jefferson
county, on the 28th of December, 1826. His father, Edward Currey. was a
nati\-e of England or Ireland, and during his childhood accom])anie(l his ]iarents
when tlie\- crossed the l)rt)ad .\tlantic in the new world, taking ui) their abode



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in Pennsylvania. \Mien he was four years of age they removed to Jefferson
county, Kentucky, where he was reared to manhood and there he married Miss
Ehzabeth Smith, a daughter of PhiHp Smith. Both the paternal and maternal
grandfathers of our su1)ject were heroes of the Revolutionary war who val-
iantly aided in acquiring the independence of the colonies. The latter was of
German descent and his daughter. Airs. Currey, was born in the state of Penn-
sylvania. The father of our subject and his two brothers were soldiers in the
war of 1 812. He lived to be seventy-one years of age. but his wife parsed
away at the age of fifty-two. They were members of the Presbyterian church
and their lives were in harmony with their professions. The father held the
office of postmaster for many years and was a gentleman of sterling worth,



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