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he operated a threshing machine for three months through all the valley from
San Pablo to San Lorenzo. Thus he earned the first money he ever made
in the Golden state. Subsequently he engaged in mining on the American
river, working for three dollars per day for eight or ten months, after which
he purchased a squatter's title to a ranch in Brighton township, Sacramento
county. It was a tract of three hundreil and twenty-four acres, covered with
brush and timber, and with characteristic energy he began to clear the land
and prepare it for the ]3low, placing fifteen acres under cultivation the first
season. All of the improvements upon that place he has made himself and
the highly cultivated ranch is a monument to his enterprise and indefatigable
labor. He extended its boundaries in 1879 Ijy an additional purchase of one
hundred acres. He is one of the extensive fruit-growers and shippers in this
part of California. About 1877 1"'^ began planting fruit trees and now has
an orchard of more than one hundred acres planted to peaches, pears, plums,
French prunes and other fruits capable of shipment. He also has a vine-
yard of twenty acres, and his knowledge of horticulture enables him to pros-
ecute his work in a way to bring to him a handsome return. The place is
on the old Coloma road, thirteen miles from San Francisco, bordering the
American river, which bounds the ranch on the north. Mr. Shields has
indeed been successful in his chosen calling and his opinions on fruit-growing
are regarded as authority in this part of the country. He is a well-known
representative of this industry, which is one of the chief sources of wealth
to the state, and through his diligence and perseverance in business Le has
accumulated a handsome competence.

On the 1 8th of Xovember, 1859. ^Ir. Shields was united in marriage
to Mrs. Elizabeth (Bow) Lynch, a native of Ireland, who came t(j California
in 1855. Seven children have been born of this marriage: Mary, wife of
Charles Deterding; Lizzie A., wife of ~M. C. Pike; Alice: Hannah, who is
an accomplished musician, displaying particular talent in both instrumental
and vocal music: Emily: Peter ].; and Robert F. ]\Irs. Shields is a lady
of culture and refinement, widely knr)wn throughout the entire state.

Peter J. Shields, whose name introduces this record, was born in Sacra-
mento county at the family homestead. His education was acquired in the
public schools and in private institutions, and with a broad and thorough
literary knowledge to serve as a foundation on which to rear the superstructure
of professional learning he began the study of law and in course of time
was admitted to the bar. Opening an office in Sacramento he has since been


munljered among its leading practitioners, having gained a position of dis-
tinction in connection with the legal fraternity. He is a man of strong-
mentality, keen discrimination and splendid analytical powers, and in the
trial of his cases no detail escapes him, while at the same time he gives due
prominence to the important points upon which the decision of every case
finally turns. Well fitted for leadership he exercises a strong influence on
puhlic thought anil opinion. Capable of filling important positions he was
called to serve as secretary of the state board of agriculture and made for
liimself a record for integrity and ability unequaled by any predecessor. The
success of the state exposition was in no small measure due to his efiforts.
Alert, wide-awake, progressive and enterprising, he is very prominent as a
leader of public movements and at the same time he possesses those social
qualities which render him a favorite in social circles and make him a popular
resident of the capital city.


John H. Batcher is one of the pioneer merchants of Sacramento, having
in early days established a grocery store in this city. Throughout the inter-
\'ening years he has been actively connected with the mercantile interests of
this place and his well-directed efiforts, guided by sound judgment and prac-
tical common sense, have brought to him desirable financial returns. ]\Ir.
Batcher is a native of Germany, his birth having occurred in Bremen on the
24th of December. 1831. His father, John Batcher, was also a native of
that country, and died there when about seventy-one years of age. He served
as burgomaster of his town, and was a leading and influential citizen. His
wife, who bore the name of Margaret Meyer, died in Germany, at the age
of sixty-tive years.

The subject of this review pursued his education in his native town and
when twenty years of age entered the German army, serving for a year.
After he had attained his majority he determined to seek a home and fortune
in the United States and sailed from Bremen. After forty-two days spent
upon the broad Atlantic he landed in New York, wdiere for two years he
occupied a position as clerk in a grocery store, but gold had been discovered
in Californja and he believed the rapidly developing state "afiforded better
advantages to those who wished for quick advancement in business life.
Accordingly, in the spring of 1855. he started for California, by way of the
isthmus, and after reaching Sacramento lie secured a clerkship in a grocery
store. Two years later he bought out his employer and carried on business
on the same block until his retirement, while the city grew up around him.
extending out in every direction. His honorable dealing and courteous treat-
ment of his patrons secured for him a liberal patronage from the beginning,
and his large and growing trade brought to him an excellent income. In
1876 he sold the store, having in the meantime derived an excellent income
from his actix'e ojierations in mercantile circles. He has also made judicious
investments in real estate and is tlie owner of extensive ranches. He has no


business now. save the management of his property interests, hut through
his own efforts he has hecome one of the capitahsts'of California.

In 1858 Mr. Batcher was united in marriage to Miss Marv Kort, a native
of Germany, and to them have been born two children, — ^Mary, wife of A. P.
Booth, by whom she has a daughter, Elsie M.; and John H.' who was mar-
ried September 12, 1883, to Maggie Muer, by whom he has two daughters.
Rena and Edna. To the children of Mr. Batcher the educational privileges
of Sacramento were extended and thus they were well fitted for the practical
duties of life. In his political views Mr. Batcher has been a stalwart Repub-
lican since the organization of the party and has been a leading factor in
political circles. He has served as a member of the state central committee
and has been chairman of the city central committee. In this way he has
largely promoted the welfare of the party and has labored untiringly in its
growth and success. Socially he is connected with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, is a charter member of the Order of Elks, and belongs to the
Pacific Coast Commercial Travelers' and the Travelers' Protective Associa-
tions, being president of the latter since its organization. His capability in
controlling extensi\-e business interests and his wisdom in making judicious
inxestments ha\e brought to him wealth that is well deserved, and in busi-
ness circles he gained an unassailable reputation. While prominent in the
councils of the Republican party in Sacramento, while a public-spirited citizen
whose name is connected with nearly e\-ery movement that promises good for
society, while conspicuously connected with social and fraternal organiza-
tions, his chief interest has centered in his business and he is justly proud
of the honorable name whicli he hears among commercial representatives.


Among the younger representati\'es of professional life in Xevada county
is r3r. Cecil Corwin, who has achieved success in the practice of dentistry
and is now enjoying a liberal and constantly increasing patronage. The
Doctor is a native of Oregon, his birth having occurred in Tillamook county
on the 26th of June, 1871. His father, Samuel Corwin. was a native of
Canada, born February 19. 1834, and the ancestors were from Ohio. Thev
had removed to Canada, but later returned to the United States, locating in
Iowa, where Samuel was reared to manhood. He came to California with the
pioneers of 1852, and ten years later removed to Oregon, where he engaged
in mining and merchandising. His death occurred in 1883. During his
residence in Oregon he was united in marriage to Miss Emeline A. Richard-
son, a native of that state and a daughter of Clayton Richard.son, who was
one of the first emigrants to that state, taking up his abode there in 1842.
The mother of our subject is still living and now makes her home in .\uburn,

Dr. Corwin is the youngest in a family of three children, lie was
reared in the (iolden state, acquiring the greater i)art of his education in
the public .schools of Oakland, where he was graduated in 1886. .\ftcr a


period of clerical and railroad service with the Central Pacific system he began
the study of dentistry in the oilke and under the direction of Dr. Crechbaum,
and was graduated in the dental department of the University of California
with the class of 1891. He practiced his profession in the city of Oakland
for seven years and then located in Grass Valley, where he has since secured
a large and lucrative patronage. He is thoroughly conversant with the
science of dentistry, and is an expert in the use of its mechanical appliances,
so that his labors are crowned with a high degree of success.

On the 8th of April, 1895, the Doctor was united in marriage tu Aliss
Bessie F. Hall, a native of Alameda county and a daughter of Alwell R.
Hall, of Maine, who came to California in 1853, and has been county assessor
of Alameda county for eighteen years. Dr. and Mrs. Corwin have one
child, Cecil M. Politically Dr. Corwin is an active Republican, and socially
he is connected with the American Order of United \\orkmen, of Grass Val-
ley. For several years he has been a member of the State Dental Association
and keeps thoroughly abreast with all the improvements that are being made
along professional lines. He is recognized as one of the prominent and suc-
cessful citizens of his adopted town, being active in support of all measures
which he beliex'es will pnn-e of public benefit.


Thomas H. Carr was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, on the iith of
April, 1850, and is now a resident of Nevada City, California. He is the
youngest in a family of eight children born to James and Sarah E. (Donohen)
Carr, both natives of Ireland. TLe father came to America in 181 8, locating
in Ohio in 1826, and in 1868 he made the voyage to California by way of
the isthmus route. He was not long permitted to enjoy his new home, how-
ever, his death occurring in 1869. By occupation he was a farmer. His
wife, long surviving him, passed away in 1893.

Thomas H. Carr obtained his education in the public schools and was
graduated in the normal school of the state. He was a youth of eighteen
when he came with his parents to the Pacific slope. His boyhood days were
spent upon the home farm and he was ever familiar with the work of fields
and meadows, but after his arrival in California he engaged in teaching school
for twelve )-ears, proving a most capable instructor. For three years he
held the office of deputy county clerk, and later engaged in the drug business
for three years. He was again called to public service by appointment as
deputv assessor, in wliich office he served for four years, and in 1880 he was
elected to represent Yulm county in the state legislature, where he took an
active part in advocating many measures which have proven of great good
to the commonwealth. He served for one term as justice of the peace, and
in 1887 was elected city trustee, which position he has since filled, covering a
period of more than twelve consecutive years. He was also a candidate for
secretarv of state in 1883. Init the Democratic party met defeat at that time.
For twentv vears he has l.ieen a member of all the state conventions, and his


counsels carry weiglit in such political organizations. He now represents
several okl-time insurance companies and is doing a good business in that wav.
On the 30th of JNIay, 1873, Mr. Carr was united in marriage, in Trinity
county, California, to Miss Ella M. Husen, of Illinois, a daughter of \\'. C.
Husen, who came to California in an early day. Their children are: Leo
F., .\gnes C, Sadie J., Clarence C, Eugene E., Ernest C. and Lena M., but
the last named is now deceased. Mr. Carr belongs to the Ancient Order
of United Workmen, of Sacramento, to the Hibernians, the Legion of Honor
and to the Order of Pendo. He is a communicant of the Catholic church.
His public service has been worthy of the highest commendation, for he is
ever faithful to his duty and the trust reposed in him.


A. J. Wilson is a well-known business man of Sacramento and is num-
bered among the nati\e sons of California, his birth having occurred in the
capital city on the 22i\ of April, 1864. His father, Jesse W. Wilson, who
has long been closely identified with' the growth and prosperity of the city,
is now in Europe, having gone abroad in connection with his business inter-
ests. He was born in the Buckeye state and at the present writing is sixty-
seven years of age, although one not acc|uainted with this fact would take
him to be not more than fifty-five. He is hale and hearty, possessing the
energy of a much younger man and is still an active factor in the business
life of Sacramento. During his early boyhood he removed with his parents
from Ohio to Granville. Lidiana, where he was reared and educated. Li
1854 he came to California and for many years he has been engaged in deal-
ing in horses, and in connection with his sons conducts the largest and best
equipped livery stable in the city, catering to a very fashionable patronage.
In politics he has been a prominent factor, and his fellow townsmen, recogniz-
ing his worth and ability, have frequently called him to public office. He
has served as fire commissioner, as coroner, as supervisor and as county sheriff,
filling the last named office for eight years. He is now a member of the
state board of agriculture. After his arrival in California he was united
in marriage to Miss Anna E. Ryan, a lady of Irish birth, who came to the
Golden state in 1859. Their family includes four children, A. J., of this
re\iew. being the eldest.

Mr. Wilson, whose name introduces tliis sketch, spent his youth in Sacra-
mento and is indebted to its public-school system for the etlucational priv-
ileges which were afforded him. He made good use of his opportunities,
gaining knowledge that well fitted Iiim for the practical and responsilile duties
of life. He has been connected with his present business from boyhood. He
is a well-known horseman of Sacramento. His judgment of the noble steed
is rarely at fault and is based upon practical experience, covering a long con-
nection with the business. The firm of Wilson & Sons enjoys a very liberal
patronage and carries a very large line of handsome and stylish turnouts,
while the stables are filled with a liigh grade of horses.


On the loth of October. 1890. Mr. Wilson was united in marriage to
Aliss Josey Sellinger. a native of California and a daugliter of Charles Sell-
inger, of Sacramento. They now have an interesting family of four chil-
dren, namely: Irene M.. Jessie W., Clara ]\I. and Josey. Mr. Wilson is
connected with the Native Sons of California, the Order of Foresters and
the \'. M. I. In politics he is an ardent Republican and does all in his
power to secure the success of the party. His life has been one of continuous
activity, in which has been accorded to him due recognition of labor, h
interests are thoroughly identified with those of the west and at all times
he is ready to lend his aid and co-operation to any movement calculated to
benefit this section of the country or advance its wonderful development.


For twelve years Daniel Webster Carmichael has been a resident of
Sacramento, connected with its business, political and social advancement.
He is distinctively American and has aided in developing at this place a
typical American city, whose progress and enterprise are worthy of the spirit
of the west. He is now a member of the firm of Curtis, Carmichael & Brand,
who are in control of one of the largest real-estate and insurance businesses
in the capital city. In the real-estate business the fact is especially apparent
that realty is the basis of all security. This basis is found in the knowledge
and probity of those through whom the transactions are conducted. In view
of this fact there is probably no one in Sacramento possessing more of these
(jualifications than Daniel W. Carmichael. He has been connected with some
of the largest sales of property that have been made here during the past
decade, and his business interests have been closely interwoven with the history
of the city. This knowledge, together with his experience, is an invaluable
aid to investors and has enaliled him to contribute materially to the substantial
improvement of Sacramento.

Mr. Carmichael is a native of Georgia, his birth having occurred in
Cherokee county February 15. 1867. The Carmichaels are of Scotch extrac-
tion, the first of the family in America being William Carmichael, the great-
grandfather of our subject, who emigrated to the United States during the
close of the eighteenth century and served in the war of 181 2 as a member
of the American army. William M. Carmichael, the father of our subject,
was born in North Carolina and after attaining his majority married ?^Iiss
Evaline Fincher, a native of Georgia and a daughter of Joseph Fincher. who
was born in the Hawkeye state, w-hence he removed to Georgia. They were
married in the latter place and have had six sons and a daughter.

Daniel Webster Carmichael. the sixth in order of birth, was reared to
manhood in Georgia and acquired his education in the public schools. His
early life was devoted to farming, and in January, 1885, he came to Cali-
fornia, where for a year he engaged in agricultural pursuits near Modesto.
Later he tcxik up his abode in the city of Stockton and in order to further
prepare for the responsible duties of life he entered the Stockton Business


College, completing a course in that institution in 1887. Immediately after-
ward he located in Sacramento and for several years held the p(jsition of houk-
keeper in the house of Kendall & Company. He then became a memljer of
the firm of Curtis. Carmichael & Brand, real-estate and insurance brokers,
doing business at Fourth and J streets. This is perhaps the best organized
real-estate firm in the county and controls a greater amount of business than
any other. They handle property throughout the entire section of northern
California, and also negotiate large money loans, collect rents, write deeds,
mortgages and other legal documents. A specialty is made of handling prop-
erty and transacting business for non-residents. The firm was organized
January i. 1895. ''^"'^1 ^^'is incorporated on the 15th of February of the fol-
lowing year. Each member of the firm is a thorough-going and reliable busi-
ness man and the enterprise has been most successful from the beginning,
their patronage constantly increasing. Mr. Carmichael is the secretary and
treasurer of the Sacramento Oil Company, which was incorporated in Feb-
ruary. 1899. They own and operate wells in the Kern river district in Kern
county, this state.

Mr. Carmichael was married in Sacramento. January 12. i8()2. to Miss
]\Iirtie Robb. a native of Nevada. In politics he is associated with the i)ro-
gressive wing of the Democratic party and takes an active interest in political
matters. In 1895 '^^ ^^''is elected city treasurer, which position he acceptably
filled until 1897. Socially he afiiliates with the A. F. & A. M.. the Inde-
l)endent Order of Odd Fellows and the Order of Elks. In ofiice he is resolute,
determined, enterprising and at all times thoroughly honest, and in social
life he is a courteous, affable gentleman. Above all. wherever he is f. und.
whether in public or in private life, his integrity is above question an 1 his
honor abo\-e reproach. Sacramento owes much to him and number- him
amcjng her valued citizens.


Iowa has given to California many citizens who have attained i)rom-
inence in different ways, and one of the best known of these is John Walter
Barrett, manager of the West Coast I - umber Company at Carters. Tuolumne
county. Mr. Barrett was born at Dubuque. Iowa. December 19. 1844. a son
of John and Mary (Guinan) Barrett. His father and grandfather Barrett
were both born at Baltimore. Maryland, and his mother was a native of
Paris, France. The Barretts descended from an old English family and emi-
grated earlv from Liverpool to Marvland. and John Walter Barrett, the grand-
father of the present John \\'alter Barrett, fought for .-Vmerican independence
in the Revolutionary war. The parents of Miss Guinan died of cholera, and
while she and her brother were en route for New Orleans she first met John
Barrett, whom she soon married. After they were married they located at
Galena. Illinois, where Mr. Barrett was employed at lead-mining. He soon
acquired land and mining interests and owned considerable property in Iowa the river from Galena. He died of typhoid fever in 1844 and left a


wife and six cliildren. He was in his twenty-nintli year at the time of his
death and his wife survived him many years, dying at the age of sixty-eight.
She was an estimable woman, a Hfe-long member of the Christian church and
exerted herself to the utmost to bring up her children to good and useful
]i\-es. Three of her sons are living at this time.

Mr. Barrett was educated in his native town, learned the carriage-maker's
trade and worked at it for four years. He then turned his attention to mill
construction and became an expert millwright, and as such has achie\-ed great
success. He came to California in 1866, arriving on the loth of Alay, and
located in San Francisco, and since then has devoted much of his time to
building sawmills on the Pacific coast and has achieved a reputation second
to no other in his field of endeavor. He built the mill of the company by
which he is now employed at Carters, and as the manager of that and the
company's other extensive interests there has achieved a notable business suc-
cess. The sawmill has a capacity of one hundred and fifteen thousand feet
per day. and the company owns in connection with it sixty thousand acres
of land heavily timbered with yellow and sugar pines, and has a large depart-
ment store, also under Air. Barrett's supervision.

\\'hile not in the ordinary sense a politician, Mr. Barrett has pronounced
views on all political questions and is active in the furtherance of such inter-
ests as he deems worthy of advancement. He is a self-made man who deserves
the high position he has gained and fills it honorably and capably, with great
credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the corporation he serves.


Wdiile this gentleman is numliered among the pioneers of the Pacific
coast and lias been an important factor in the development and progress of
California, his ancestors were among the early settlers of the Atlantic coast.
In the year 1730 William Cravens, the great-great-grandfather of our sub-
ject, crossed the broad Atlantic to the new world. He was a native of county
Louth, Ireland, and took up his abode in Virginia in 1730. John, the great-
grandfather, was born in Ireland and came with his parents to America.
His son, Joseph, was born in the Old Dominion in 1769 and became the
paternal grandfather of our subject. The father of the Judge was John
■Cra\ens, who was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1797. He mar-
ried Ruhama Chapline. On the maternal side the ancestry of Air. Cravens
can be traced back in direct line to the year 1092, the first known ancestor
heing John Nourse. Ruhama Chapline was a native of Washington county,
AIar}-land, born Alarch 26. 1805, and was of English lineage, although several
generations of the Chapline family had resided in AIar3-land.

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