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shotgun and found that it was taken from the same paper, the Sacramento
Weekly Bee of December 11, 1885. The cutting of the pauer and the cofTee
stains on it matched exactly and proved an incontrovertible element in the
evidence. Mr. Hilbert worked upon several other cases, displaying superior
ability and acquired great credit and commendation for his expert detective
work. He was very efficient in ridding the county of the criminals that
infested it. through his arrest, conviction and execution of a number who
had committed crime. He was first elected sheriff of the county in 1892
and filled the position so ably that he was re-elected in i8g6. making a very
enviable record. His dejnities were J. ^^^ G.rrigall and George Hofmeister,
both of whom rendered him valuable assistance.

In politics Mr. Hilbert is a Democrat, giving an unwavering allegiance
to his partv. He is a charter member of Parlor No. 9. Native Sons of the
Golden West, and belongs to Placerville Lodge. No. 70, K. P.. and has been
a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for a number of years.
Air. Hubert's occupation is that of an exj^ert amalgamist, and he has located
and owned a number of gold properties. He located and was the owner of
the Gentle Annie mine, out of which he took considerable ore. afterward sell-
ing the property to a good advantage. He is still engaged in mining enter-
prises and his judgment is regarded as authority on matters connected with


this industry, which is proliably tlie most important fulhnved by the citizens
of California. In social life he is a true friend, and has many admiral)le
(jualities which renders him popular with his fellow citizens.


One of the most prominent state otiicials of California is this gentleman,
who is occupying the position of deputy secretary of state, and the onerous
duties that devolve upon him he discharges with marked capability, fidelity
and promptness. He is among the best-known and most popular Republi-
cans in the commonwealth. Commanding the confidence of the leaders of
the party, and richly endowed with the tact that makes and retains friends, he
enjoys a well merited popularity. Few men have been so long in active politics
and created so few antagonisms, or awakened so little envious criticism: and
he owes much of his success and signal freedom from bitter partisan ani-
mosity to his cheery bearing toward all with whom he has relations, either
of a business, social or jjolitical character, and to his iniiformly consistent
honesty and integrity of character and through loyalty to friends and to

Mr. Hoesch was born in Louisville. Kentucky. September 28. 1848. and
is a son of John and Josephine (Semonis) Hoesch. His paternal grand-
parents were John and Rosina Hoesch, both of whom are natives of Ger-
many. The grandfather died in Indiana, in 1831, and tlie grandmother died
in Marysville. California, in 1874. The maternal grandparents of our sub-
ject were John and Catharine Semonis, and the former passed away in Louis-
ville. Kentucky, in 1850, while the latter departed this life in San Francisco,
in 1892. John Hoesch. the father of our subject, was liorn in Germany,
September 26. 1826, and became a capitalist of California. When about five
years of age he accompanied his parents on their emigration to America, the
family locating in Indiana. His father died when he was nine years of age
and he was therefore forced to begin life for himself. He secured a position
as cabin-boy on the Ohio and ^Mississippi rivers, and saving his money he
was eventuallv enabled to engage in business for himself in Louisville, Ken-
tucky. In 1852 he started for California, making the journey across the
jjlains to Sacramento. After a year he removed to Marysville, where he con-
ducted a restaurant and also engaged in other lines of business. He made
judicious imestments in property and became the owner of considerable real
estate, which gave him standing among the capitalists of the commonwealth.
His death occurred in Marys\ille. July 30. 1868. and his wife, who was
born in Germany, April 9, 1830, departed this life in San Francisco, April
15, 1898. They were the parents of three children who are now living —
Mrs. Mary Josephine Bodwell, Mrs. Annie Isaliella Packard and John : and
two sons and one daughter of the family are now deceased.

John Hoesch, whose name introduces this review, resided in his native
city of Louisville until 1859 when he came to California and took up his
residence in Marvsville. In t86[ he became a student in Santa Clara Col-


lege, which in those days was a leacUng institution of learning in the state.
There he continued his studies until the summer of 1865 when he returned'
to Marysville and engaged in the drug business, conducting a store that his
father had purchased for him. After five years he sold the property and
accepted a position in the United States land oilfice, also, in addition to his
duties there, acted as city editor of the Marysville Appeal, occupying that
position until the summer of 1875. when on account of illness he remox-ed
to San Francisco. There he engaged in the money brokerage business until
1880. when, through the intluence of Governor George C. Perkins, he was ap-
jK)inted secretary of the board of health of San Francisco, continuing iluring-
the governor's administration.

On his retirement from office he formed a business connection with
the Merchants' Exchange Association, remaining there for a short time,
after which he became an insurance agent and also did fraternal society writ-
ing for the San Francisco Chronicle. His time was devoted to the duties
of those positions until after the election of Governor Waterman, when he
was once more appointed secretary of the board of health and remained in
that office until the election of Governor Markham. during whose adminis-
tration he also served for about a year. He was then appointed financial
expert of San Francisco, by Mayor L. R. Ellert. and filled that position until
removal by a Democratic administration. Subsequently he was several times
appointed the expert of the grand jury and held the position as outside
deputy, for John D. Liebe, during his term as assessor of San Francisco.
In 1898 he filled the position in the county clerk's office at that place, ruul
is now acceptably serving as deputy secretary of state in Sacramento.

On the 2d of November. 1872, Mr. Hoesch was united in marriage to
Kate Sinclair, and they now have three daughters. Mary. Josephine ;md
Louise. Mr. Hoesch is a member of the Ancient Order of United Work-
men, the Maccabees and the National Union, and was recorder of Mag-
nolia Lodge. A. O. U. W.. for over twenty years and chairman of the
grand joilge of that order for ten years. He cast his first presidential vote
for L'. S. (h-ant and has never wavered in his allegiance to the Republican
part\-. Where to find him on party or public questions is never a problem :
he will be where a loyal citizen, with a keen sense of justice and the best
interests of government and the social organizations ought to be. and back
of this constancy of elevated purpose he throws all of his magnificent energy
and the force of his intellectuality.


During his long residence in California Colonel Cyrus Hayden Hub-
bard has been prominently connected with the business, military and ])oliticaI
interests of the state, and in all life's relations has ever commanded the
respect and confidence wliicli in every land and every clime is given toinen
of genuine worth and ability. His record of loyalty upon the battlefields
of the south is equaled by that of reliability in commrecial transactions, and


uplin the pages of the histur}- of Sacramento county lie well deserves hon-
orable mention.

[Mr. Hubbard \vas born in Poland, Mahoning county, Ohio, February
22, 1841, and is a representative of one of the most prominent families of
the United States. Fortunate is the man who has back of him an honorable
ancestry, and happy is he if his lines of life are cast in harmony therewith.
Colonel Hubbard is a worth}^ scion of his race and well may he be proud
of his lineage. Centuries ago the old Greek philosopher Thucydides said :
"Both justice and decency require that we should bestow on our forefathers
an honorable remembrance." The ancestry of Colonel Hubbard can be traced
back one thousand years to the old Norse king Hubba. In England the Hub-
bard family has long been very prominent. John Gillebrand Hubbard was
for many years a director-general of the Bank of England. The Hobards,
Hobarts and Hubbards are all descended from the same ancestry. In 1595
George Hubbard crossed the Atlantic to America and established a home in
the new world. Our subject is of the eighth generation in direct descent from
him. In the various important and honorable walks of life representati\-es of
the name have figured prominently, and the family has 1:)een especially hon-
ored in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia, where its rep-
resentatives have held very important positions. Three of the early governors
of Connecticut were Hubbards, while the chair of the chief executive of
Maine has twice been occupied by those of the name, and once in Vermont,
Virginia and Minnesota a Hubbard has occupied the position of governor of
the state. During the Revolutionary war they manifested marked valor
upon the field of battle and se\-eral of the name were high in command in
the Colonial army. Henry Hubbard, father of our subject, was a merchant
by occupation and engaged in the manufacture and sale of hardware and
stoves. He married Eliza Ann Robinson, who belonged to a family of no
less prominence in Kentucky than his own.

Their son, Cyrus H. Hubbard, was educated in the common schools of
Poland, Ohio, and in the Methodist Academy of that place, but put aside
his text books at an early age in order to assist his father. His youth was
passed in the manner usual to most boys of the period, his time being devoted
to play and work. In the events of the day he manifested a hearty interest,
which is always shown in a wide-awake and growing boy, and thus the years
of his life passed until the inauguration of the Civil war. when, fired by the
spirit of patriotism, he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting
in June, 1861, as a member of Company E, Twenty-third Ohio Infantry.
He served throughout the entire struggle between the two sections of the
cduiitry, was several times promoted, and in August, 1865, was honorably
discharged with the rank of cjuartermaster of his regiment. He was with
his cnmmand either as a private soldier or officer in all of its imix)rtant engage-
ments. The Twenty-third Ohio Infantry was one of considerable import-
ance, being numljered among the famous four hundred "fighting regiments."
It has furnished to the Union eminent statesmen and liusiness men, including
both Presidents Haves and ]\IcKinlev, antl others who wore the blue in the


Twenty-third Ohio have won fame in the council chambers of the nation.
Colonel Hubbard participated in many liard fought engagements, including
the battles of Giles Courthouse, South Mountain, Antietam, Buffington Island,
Cloyd's Mountain, Lynchburg, Cabletown, Kerrtown, Winchester, Fisher's
Hill, Cedar Creek and many skirmishes. He was captured at the battle of
Kerrtown, July 24, 1865, and after being held a prisoner for about thirty
days he succeeded in making his escape. He returned home with an hon-
oraI)le military record, for on the field of battle he displayed marked loyalty
and bravery.

Having- no business connection in tlie east Colonel Hubbard determined
to seek at once a home in California, and traveling by the way of the isthmus
of Panama reached San Francisco in October, i8'65. Soon he secured a
position as barkeeper with the firm of Holbrook & Merrill, and not long
afterward was offered and accepted a position with the firm of Baker & Ham-
ilton, with whom he remained for twenty-seven years as manager of their
important business, which under his direction grew from a small beginning
to an immense concern, becoming one of the largest in its line in the state.
His reliability, capable service and fidelity to his employer's interests are
indicated in unmistakable terms by his long connection with the house. For
mau\- years he has been connected with the hardware business and with
fruit-growing in Chico, Butte county, where he now spends most of his time,
and his keen discernment and sound judgment in business affairs are mani-
fest in his capable control of his horticultural enterprise.'

On the 3d of February, i86g. Colonel Hubliard was united in marriage
to Paulena A. Smith, daughter of Sydney Smith. Slie died December 5,
1 87 1, and the Colonel was again married December 24, 1876, his second
union being witli Mary Blanche Cusliman.. daug'liter of M. S. Cushman. They
now have two children. — ^luriel. Iiorn in Decemlier, 1878; and Hazel, born
in February, 1882.

Tn politics Colonel Hulibard has always been an ardent Republican, believ-
ing firmly in the principles of the party of his choice. He is not, however,
a biased person who is willing to accept unscrupulous measures or to sup-
port corrupt men in office, for he believes that a public office is a public trust
and that the utmost honesty and fidelity should be manifest on the part of
those who are thus raised to official honors. Tins belief was manifest in his
own official career after he was elected mayor of San Francisco for a two-
vears term. His administration was business-like, honest and progressive,
and under his leadership many needed reforms and improvements were
secured. His interest in military affairs has never abated, and with a sol-
dier's love of the life lie is still thrilled by the beat of a drum and the music
of tlie fife. While residing in Sacramento he was for thirteen years con-
nected with the national court of California, and through a considcralile
period was a staff officer. For eight years or more he served as adjutant
general of the brigade. He has lieen a prominent member of the Grand .\rmy
of the Repulilic through a long period and is also a valued representative of
the Loyal Legion. For almost a third of a century he has been a Master


'M-ASim in good standing, and ni>\v holds meniljership with Tehama Lodge.
No. 3, F. & A. M.. and Sacramento Chapter. K. A. M. Altiiougii. not a
cliurch member, his sympathy is with the Alethodist church, in which he was
reared. In the various relations of life he has ever been true to the prin-
ciples of right, justice and honor, and his many friends in Sacramento county
esteem him highly for his sterling worth.


Holding marked prestige among the prominent business men of Colusa
county is Colonel George Hagar. There are few men whose lives are crowned
with the honor and respect which is uniformly accorded him. and through
more than fifty years" connection with the west his has been an unblemished
career. With him success in life has been reached by sterling qualities of mind
and a heart true to every manly principle. In his varied business interests his
reputation has been unassailable, and to his duties of citizenship he has always
displayed a loyalty that has classed him among the valued residents of the
commonwealth. He has passed tlie eightieth milestone marking earth's pil-
grimage but is still connected with the active concerns of life, being the well
known president of the Colusa County Bank, of Colusa, which pi)sition he
has occupied since 1876.

Colonel Hagar is a native of Massachusetts, his birth having occurred
in Lincoln on the i'7th of February. 1820. His boyhood days were spent upon
a farm, but not wishing to carry on agricultural pursuits as a life work he
entered mercantile circles, and at the age of sixteen secured a clerkship in a
general store in Keene, New Hampshire, where he remained for several years.
Later he engaged in merchandising on his own account. He was one of
the first residents of the old Granite state to be attracted to California as
the result of the gold discovery on the Pacific slope. Believing that it would
prove an advantageous field of labor even if he did not find wealth in the
mines, he left his home and took passage on a sailing vessel which rounded
Cape Horn and proceeded up the Pacific coast, arriving in San Francisco
after a voyage of six months. He at once made his way to the mines, going
first to Big Bar, where he studied the working of the sluices and made him-
self familiar with mining operations. Two months, however, ser\'ed to con-
vince him that the pursuit was not one which he wished to follow and he made
his way to Stockton, where he conducted a general store for four years. In
1852 he came to Colusa and with others purchased the Jimeno grant. In
i86o he became a permanent resident of Colusa and has since been actively
identified with the business interests, his efforts contributing largely to the
material prosperity of the town. He became one of the charter members of
the Colusa County Bank in 1876, and throughout its existence he has been
its president. His thorough knowledge of the banking business, the safe,
conservative policy which he has followed and his capable management have
made the institution one of the most reliable and prosperous in this section
of the state.


In 1867 Mr. Hagar was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Winship,
of Colusa, and they have one daughter. .VHce \\ ., who is now married. Theirs
is one of the most palatial homes in Colusa, both its external and internal
appearance being such as to please the most fastidious taste, while its hos-
pitality charms all who pass through its portals. In early life, wliile a resi-
dent of New Hampshire, he served as a member of the state militia, and
thus won his title of colonel. In politics he has been a stanch Repul)lican
since the organization of the party, believing firmly in its principles, for it
has ever stood as the champion of reform, progress and advancement. He
is now an honored meml)er of the Pacific Union Club of Pioneers, of San
Francisco, and well does he deserve a place in the ranks of the organization,
for he was one of the first to come to the Golden state after the discovery of
the precious metal had been made. Prior to that time California practically
rested under Spanish conditions, making little progress, but from all sections
of the country there came good, enterprising men, chief among whom were
the emigrants from New England, whose ingenuity, energy and unfailing
perseverance enabled them to accomplish a great work in laying the founda-
tion for the state and building thereon a substantial structure. He takes
just pride in what has been done, for the works of man have vied with those
of nature in making California one of the most wonderful as well as one of
the most progressive states of the Union.


Dr. Ford's standing as a citizen is 'indicated by the ofifice which he is
now filling, — that of president of the board of trustees of the city of Rocklin,
Placer county. That he is a capable physician and prominent business man
is a fact also widely recognized. He is a native of Missouri, his birth hav-
ing occurred on the nth of March, 1838. From Ireland came his ancestors,
who were early settlers of the state of Virginia. His grandfather, Hezekiah
Ford, being the progenitor of the family in the Old Dominion. William
C. Ford, the Doctor's father, was born in that state and was married there to
Miss Martha Epperson, a native of Virginia, descended from one of the old
families of that commonwealth. They removed to Missouri and spent the
remainder of their days in that state, the father following the trade of the
wheelwright. They were respected and valued members of the Baptist church
and enjii\ed the high regard of all with whom they came in contact by rea-
son of their many excellent characteristics. The mother passed away in the
forty-eighth year of her age, but the father attained the age of seventy-nine
years. They were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom grew to
years of maturity, while five are still living.

The Doctor was educated in St. Louis Medical College, of St. Louis,
Missouri, in which institution he was graduated in the class of 1859. He
began the practice of his chosen prfifession in the southwestern portion of his
native state, but later returned to his old home in Montgomery county, where
lie practiced medicine for twenty-two years, having a large patronage. In


1888 he removed to Calif(iniia. hoping that a change of cHmate wnnld prove
beneficial to the health of a beloved daughter. After arriving in Rocklin
he resumetl the practice of medicine and soon secured a large and constantly
growing business. Soon he demonstrated his skill to successfully cope with
the intricate problems that continually confront the physician. He has gained
a wide acquaintance in this portion of the county and since establishing his
home in Rocklin he has been actively identified with its interests and is
recognized as a liberal and progressive resident, doing all in his power to pro-
mote the growth and well-being of his town. His devotion to the public
good has been recognized by his fellow citizens and the esteem in which he
is universally held is indicated by the fact that in 1900 he was accorded the
honor of being chosen president of the board of trustees of his town. The
Doctor is also one of the successful and enterprising business men of Rock-
lin. He and his brother-in-law, Frank Tull, are the owners of a large gen-
eral mercantile store and drug business in Rocklin, but the Doctor gives his
attention principally to the practice of medicine. He is devoted to the pro-
fession on account of his love of scientific research and more on account of
his deep and sincere interest in humanity, and he always responds to a call
whether it comes from rich or poor and is enjoying tlie highest esteem of
the families who call for his professional skill.

In 1867 was celebrated the marriage of Dr. Ford and ]\Iiss Ellen M.
Tull, a native of Ohio. Three children have been born to them, of whom
two are living: Jessie, who is now the wife of F. J. !Metzgar and resides in
Rocklin ; and Harry T., who is now in school. The Doctor is a member of
the Masonic fraternity, having been identified with the lodge since i860. He
takes an active part in the work of the order, is a past master of his lodge
and belongs to the chapter of the Royal Arch Masons. In politics he has
been a life-long Democrat. His worth as a man and citizen are widely rec-
ognized and Rocklin counts him among its \'alued representatives. His efforts
have contributed in no small degree to the upbuilding, progress and sub-
stantial advancement of the community during his residence in California.


Peter J. Shields is a representative of one of the most prominent families
in California and his own record has added luster to the history of those who
bear the name in Sacramento. His father, John Shields, who for many years
was one of the most prominent fruit-growers of central California, was born
in Ireland April 26, 1835, a son of Patrick and Mary Shields. In 1843 the
family came to the United States, settling in Kendall county, Illinois, where
Patrick Shields, a farmer by occupation, devoted his energies to the cultivation
of his fields until November, 1856, when liis life's labors were ended in death,
he being then sixty-five years of age. His wife survived him for several years,
but has now passed away. They were the owners of a valuable farm in
Kendall county, comprising two hundred and ten acres of land, and on an
extensive scale the father carried on stock-raising. In his family were three


sons, Frederick, John and Dennis, the eldest and youngest being now resi-
dents of Minnesota.

John Shields, the second of that family and the father of our subject,
spent the days of his boyhood and youth in his parents' home. He was only
eight years of age at the time of the emigration of the family to tlie new
world. He resided in Illinois until he had attained his majority and then
determined to seek a home in California, whither he made his way by the
New York and Panama route, leaving Illinois on the 4th of ^lay, 1866, and
arriving in San Francisco on the 14th of June. In the employ of another

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