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relief was only temporary. Since his death his business has undergone but
slight change, being incorporated under the name of the E. G. Freeman
Company, his widow, daughter Pearl and two sons, C. W. and C. H., being
the principal stockholders.


The popular citizen of Quartz, Tuolumne county, California, whose name
is above and who fills the responsible position of postmaster of the town
mentioned, is a native born son of the Golden state and is descended from
early California pioneers. He was born at Sutter Creek, Amador county,
December 27, 1854, a son of Isaac N. and Mary Minerva (Morrow) Randolph.
Isaac N. Randolph was born in Pennsylvania, January 27, 1824, and was
educated in his native state and in Maryland. He served as a soldier in
the United States army in the Mexican war, and in 1846 came to California,
in the command of General Phil. Kearny, and was honorably discharged
from the service at Sonoma, Sonoma county, in 184 j. He engaged in the
hotel business in that town and was married May 12, 1850, to Mary Minerva
Morrow, a native of Missouri and a daughter of Samuel Morrow, who in
1846 came with his family to California, by way of Salt Lake. The family,
which consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Morrow and their four sons and four
daughters, camped in the mountains at Donner lake a short time before the
Donner party met with its terrible fate at that point. Mr. Morrow settled
in Sonoma county near Santa Rosa and farmed there until 1851, when he
moved to South Creek with his family, which then included Isaac N. Ran-
dolph and his wife. There Mr. Morrow and others of his party engaged in
placer-mining and he was successful for a time, but sunk his gains in later
mining enterprises. He died at the age of seventy-six years.

Isaac N. Randolph became a leading citizen of California, and, being a
resolute man of much decision of character and of military experience, was
several times elected to the office of constable and was for some years the
sheriff of Amador county and did much toward ridding his part of the state
of lawless characters, and was prominent in the capture of the Mexicans who
committed the Rancheria massacre. He died March 26, 1883. aged fifty-
nine years. His wife survives him and is now (1900) sixty-eight years old


and is a well known and respected resident of Sutter Creek. Isaac X. and
Mary Minerva (Alorrow) Randolph had five children, as follows: George
S., a resident of Idaho; M. C, the immediate snhject of this sketch: Orville
C, who lives at Sutter Creek; I\iary, who is Mrs. John Lithow, and Joseph
S., of Sutter Creek.

The subject of this sketch was educated at Sutter Creek and at Xapa
College, and was in the real-estate and insurance business and in trade as
a general merchant at Napa, Napa county, and at Quartz, Tuolumne county.

Politically Mr. Randolph is a Democrat. He is a past president of the
Amador Parlor of Native Sons of the Golden West, is a member of the
Order of Red Men and of the Ancient Order of Foresters. He has a pleasant
home at Quartz, where he has lived during the past five years and where he
and his family are highly esteemed. He was married December 8, 1881, to
Miss Mary H. Shaw, a native of Calaveras county, California, and a daughter
of Mathew Shaw, who came to this state in 1858, and they ha\-e three chil-
dren, — Ethel May, Edith and Frederick W.


In the re\-ie\v of the history of Sacramento it will be found that this
gentleman figured prominently in connection with the legal and judicial
interests of central California, and that he was an active factor in the upbuild-
ing and progress of the city. He left an indelible impress upon its public life.
No resident of the community has ever been more respected and no man
has ever fully enjoyed the confidence of the people or more richly deserved
the esteem in which he is held. His fellow townsmen, recognizing his
merits, rejoiced in his advancement and in the honors which he attained.
Honorable in business, loyal in citizenship, charitable in thought, true to
every trust confided to his care, his life was of the highest type of American

Mr. CatHn was a native of the Empire state, his liirtli having occurred
in Red Hook, Dutchess county, on the 25th of January, 1823. The first of
the name of Catlin of which we have record was Thomas Catlin, who came to
this country from the county of Kent, England, in 1646 and took up his
abode in Hartford, Connecticut. His posterity for five generations were
born in Connecticut, the date of their births and deaths being as follows:
Samuel Catlin, born November 4, 1673, died in the year 1768; John Cat-
lin, born October 20, 1703, died in 1768; David Catlin, born April 6, 1747,
died October 13, 1839; and Percy Catlin, born September 3, 1789, died July
31, 1872. David Catlin, the grandfather of our subject, was a captain
in the Connecticut militia, and served in the action in which General W'ooster
was killed, — an attack made by the British general Tryon in the town of
Danbury. He died at the age of ninety-two years. His son, Percy Catlin,
was a school-teacher and also, incidentally, a farmer, owning a large car-


riage factory in Kingstuii, New York, and li\ed to the age of eighty-four

On the maternal side tlie subject of this review was of German lineage,
the Winegar family, the original American ancestors, leaving the fatherland
in the year 1700, and taking up their abode in Dutchess count}^ New York.

Judge Catlin spent his Ixiyhood days in the Empire state, and was grad-
uated in Kingston Academy, in Ulster county, in 1840. Determining to
make the practice of law his life work, he began study under the prercptorship
of the law firm of Forsythe & Linderman^ both of whom were distinguished
attorneys of eastern New York. When he had mastered many of the prin-
ciples of jurisprudence, Judge Catlin passed an examination before the su-
preme court of his native state, and was admitted to the bar on the 12th of
January, 1844. He practiced some four years in Ulster county and then
removed to New York city, wdiere he formed a partnership with George
Catlin, a connection that was maintained for about a year. The wide field
of California, offering excellent opportunities to young men, attracted him,
and on the 8th of January, 1849, he took passage on the bark David Hin-
shaw, commanded by Captain David Pinkham, and sailed around Cape Horn,
arriving at San Francisco on the 8th of July, following.

After a month spent in tliat city Mr. Catlin, like many of the early pio-
neers, sought a fortune through mining and also practiced law in Sacramento
county, near Mormon island. After spending the winter of 1849 i''' that
locality he returned to Sacramento city, where he entered into partnership
with John Currey, which connection was continued but a short time, how-
e\er, when Mr. Currey returned to San Francisco, owing to ill health. The
practice of the Judge steadily increased, and his extensix'e clientage brought
him into connection with much of the important litigation tried in the circuit
and district courts of the state, in the courts of San B'rancisco and Sacra-
mento, the supreme court of California and the United States courts. Ex-
cellent success attended his efforts, and his marked ability won him prestige
among representatives of the profession.

He also possessed superior literary ability, and at different times was
the editor of the Sacramento Union. His political editorials were chiefly
recognized as fair and impartial, and his editorials written at the time of
the execution of Maximillian, and headed 'The End of the Tyrant." at-
tracted wide notice, and were copied by the leading Spanish papers of

In 1891 he was elected a judge of the superior court of California, and
served on the bench for six years. His course there won him the highest
commendation, and his decisions were regarded as models of judicial sound-
ness. His legal learning and analytical mind and readiness with which to
grasp a point in an argument all combined to make him one of the most
capable jurists that have ever graced a bench of the superior court, and his
colleagues in the profession acknowledge hini as a peer of any one who had
ever occupied that position.

On the 1st of May, i860, Mr. Catlin was united in marriage to ^liss


Kutli A. C. Donaldson, a natixc of Inwa. The Donaldsons on the maternal
side trace their lineage to the well known Butler family, whose advent on
this continent antedates the Revolutionary period. Her mother, Phoebe
Butler, became the wife of A. C. Donaldson. She was a daughter of Lord
Butler, a son of Zebulon Butler, of Revolutionary fame, who served as a
colonel under Washington in the war for independence and commanded
the right wing of the American forces in the battle of Wyoming. Mrs.
Catlin, a lady of culture and refined qualities, died on the i/th of February,
1878, and her loss was deeply mourned by her many friends throughout the
community. She left four children. — Alexander Donaldson, John Conyng-
hame, Ruth Butler and Harry Crispell.

The Judge was never identified with any secret societies^ but was an
esteemed member of the Sacramento Society of California Pioneers, the
California Historical Society, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and
The Sons of the American Revolution.

As a practitioner he was remarkable among lawyers, for his wide re-
search and provident care with which he prepared his cases. At no time
had his reading ever been confined to the limitation of the c|uestions at issue;
had gone beyond and encompassed every contingency to provide not alone for
the exi)ected, but for the unexpected, which happens quite as frequently in
the courts as out of them. In public life he was an active factor in promot-
ing the welfare of the city. He was largely instrumental in securing the
permanent establishnienl of the capitol at this jjlace, and at all times his ir.flu-
ence was given to reform, progress and achancenient along social, material and
educational lines.

For two years just preceding his death his health failed greatly, while
his patient endurance and persistent vitality blinded the public to that fact.
J-;\en while he appeared much as usual and attended to the duties of the
firm of which he was the senior member, his family suffered much anxiety
on his account. He suffered greatly at intervals. About the beginning of
October, 1900, he was taken with a most sexere attack of his malady, and
though not confined to his bed, and often well enough to spend an afternoon
at his office, he gradually succumbed to the weakness resulting from his
intense suffering. On Sunday, November 4th, he suflfered greatly, and
through the night following. Early on the morning of Xovember 5. he
fell asleep quietly, and some time about 9 .^o o'clock passed peacefully away.
while still sleeping. He was buried in the city ceiuetery of Sacramento
on the afternoon of Xovember 8, 1900.


The specific and distinctive office of biographer is not to give voice to
a man's modest estimate of himself and his accomplishments, but rather to
give a perpetual record of his character as established Iw tlie consensus of
opinion on the part of his fellow men. That great factor, the public, is .1
discriminating factor, and yet lakes cognizance not so much of insinuating ex-


altatioii or 5ul)jecti\'e modesty as the intrinsic essence of character, striking
the keynote of iniHviduality and iinindnncnit^- judicially and unequivocally
upon the true worth of tlic man, and in\arialily distinguishing the clear
resonance of the true metal from the jarring dissonance of the baser. Thus,
in touching upon the life history of the subject of this review, the biog-
rapher would aim to gi\'e utterance to no fulsome encomium, to indulge in no
extravagant praise; yet would he wish to hold for consideration those points
which have shown the distinction of a pure, true and useful life, — one char-
acterized by indomitable perseverance, broad cliarity, marked ability, high
accomplishments and well earned honors. To do this will be but to reiterate
the dictum pronounced by his fellow men.

Anthony Caminetti is a "native son of the golden west." his birth hav-
ing occurred in Jackson, Amador count}-, on the 30th of Jul}-, 1854, and here
his entire life has been passed. It was on the ist dav of that month
that the county was organized, and therefore he has been identified with
its progress, de\-elopnKMn and welfare throughout the entire period of its
e.xistence. As his name indicates, he is of Italian descent, his father, Roche
Caminetti, having been born in Sicily, in 1821. He went to Boston, Massa-
chusetts, in 1839, and in 1849 came to California with the Argonauts who
sailed around Cape Horn from New York in search of the golden fleece.
He became the owner of one of the rich placer claims of Ohio Hill, and has
Ijeen engaged in mining and farming up to the present time. He is now
in the seventy-eighth year of his age, one of the highly respected pioneers
who has borne his share of hardships of life on the frontier, and has met with
losses and successes. He was married in Boston to ]\Iiss B. Guisto, a native
of that city, and to them were born eleven children, of whom tixe are still
living. The mother also survives, and the worthy couple ha\-e many warm
friends in Jackson, where they make their home.

Senator Caminetti is the eldest of their children now living. He was
educated in the public schools of Jackson and in the grammar school of San
Francisco, after which he attended the University of California. His law
education was olitained in the office of Quint & Hardy, in San Francisco,
and in the office of Senator James T. Farley, of Jackson. He applied him-
self diligently to his work, and after his admission to the liar made rapid
advancement toward a foremost place in the ranks of the legal fraternity of
his native county. His marked ability, strong mentality, thorough under-
standing of political questions and liis sympathy for the people as against
monopolies and trusts have led to his selection to various offices. In politics
he has always been an ardent Democrat.

In 1877 he was elected district attorney, and so capably filled the office
that he was re-elected in 1879, discharging the duties of that ])osilion with
great credit to iiimself and to the fullest satisfaction of the citizens of the
county for five years. He manifested energy, ability and impartialit}- in the
discharge of his duties. In his treatment of citizens who required his ser-
vice as a law officer of the county and in prosecuting violators of the law
he made no distinction, politically or otherwise. He met some of the strong-


est counsel in the state and won many noted lurensic triumj)lis during tiie
years of iiis incunil)ency as district attorney. His talent as a criminal lawyer
is most marked, and the same power of analysis that characterized his hand-
ling of his cases has been a potent element for success in his political career.

In 1882, upon his retirement from the office of district attorney, he was
elected to the general assembly and took his seat in that body in January,
1883. He at once became one of the most efficient members, exerting a wide
intiuence in behalf of the people whom he represented. His efforts were
instrumental in securing many needed reforms and progressive measures.
In the regular session the bill introduced by him on municipal corporations
was made the basis of the act which afterward became a law. Many of
the reforms introduced in the county government system in that year were
offered by him. He also took an active interest in the educational and min-
ing affairs of the state. In 1886 he was elected to the state senate, and
wdiile a member of that body did much valuable work, winning distinction
in connection with his labors on behalf of education. He was the chairman
of the committeee on education, and as such secured many amendments to
the then existing law, which are to-day incorporated in the school system
of the state. Through his labors he secured changes in the grammar-schixil
course intended to give additional facilities to the interior^ and obtained for
this purpose a large appropriation. Alany schools under this system were
established throughout the state, and have since been converted into high
schools. The president of the University of California, in his ceport of
1886 to the governor, speaks in a most commendable manner of what he
terms the Caminetti course. While a member of the senate Mr. Caminetti
was also the author of the law providing for the erection of the monument
to James W. Marshall, the discoverer of gold, and introduced a bill making
Admission day, September 9, a legal holiday in California. He is also the
author of the proposition establishing at lone City a public institution for
the training of wayward children, now known as the Preston School, and
since its establishment he has been most active in promoting its interests. As
a result of his lal)ors the United States Foothill Experiment Station, near
Jackson, conducted under the ausi)ices of the University of California, was
located there.

In i8go Mr. Caminetti was nominated and elected to congress. Dur-
ing the campaign the mining and river questions were made prominent issues,
and early in his congressional career he proceeded to maintain his pledges
thereon. He was the author of what has since been named tb.c "Cami-
netti mining bill," which made hydraulic mining again possiljle on the basis
of protection to river interests and by which new life was given to the min-
ing industry of the state and general prosjierity thereby enhanced. He \\as
also active in securing the passage of the river improvement measures,
which resulted in opening the navigation of the Sacramento river to Red
Bluff and to other river points on the Sacramento, and the San Joaquin
river to landings where for twent>" years vessels had been unable to go.
Freiglit rates to all points reached by navigation were thus greatly reduced.


For this valuable service the state assembly passed resolutions congratulating
Mr. Caminetti upon the successful enactment of these laws, and the Dem-
ocratic state convention of 1892 passed complimentary resolutions stating
that the whole commonwealth owed him a debt of gratitude for the sal-
utary and wise legislation introduced by him for the relief of the suffermg
mining industries and for the preservation of water ways.

In consideration of these eminent services he was re-elected to con-
gress by a large majority, and during the succeeding session assisted in de-
leating'the Pacific Railroad funding bill, and introduced the bill for govern-
ment operation of the l.'nion and Central Pacific roads from Omaha to the
Pacific coast in California. He was again re-nominated for congress, but
mainly through the efforts of the railroad interests interested in the funding
scheme he was defeated. In 1896 he was again tendered the unanimous
nomination for congress, but declined. The same year the Amador county
convention of the Democratic and People's parties, notwithstanding his re-
fusals to run for congress, nominated him for the assembly, and after an
exciting campaign he was elected by a large majority. The minority hon-
ored him with the complimentary nomination for speaker, thus naming him
as their leader, a position for which his talent and legislative experience
eminently fitted him. He at once entered upon the work, and with 'his
party associates well organized kept up an able fight on behalf of the people.
In 1898 he was again elected to the legislature, and received the compli-
mentary vote of his party for United States senator. In 1880 he had the
honor of being alternate elector on the Hancock ticket, and in 1888 he was
a candidate for presidential elector on the Cleveland ticket. In 1896 he was
a delegate to the national convention, and assisted in the nomination of
William J. Bryan for president of the United States.

On the 29tli of May, 1881, Mr. Caminetti was united in marriage to
Miss Ella E. ]\Iartin, a native daughter of California, born in Springfield.
Tuolumne county. Her father. Dr. R. E. ]\Iartin, was one of the prumi-
nent physicians of the state. The union of Air. and Mrs. Caminetti has been
blessed with two sons, — Farley Drew and Anthony Boggs, — both of whom
are attending school. The family ha\-e a pleasant home in Jackson, where
Mr. Caminetti has spent his entire life. He is an active member of the bar,
and engages in the general practice of the law in his home county and else-
where. He is also deeply interested in mining pro]3erties in_Amador and
Calaveras counties and has valuable farming property. He is the first native
son of California ever elected to the United States congress, a distinction
that was well deserved and worthily wim. His study of political questions
has ever been comprehensive, and his opinions were the result of mature
deliberation, of earnest thought and of deep interest in his Tellowmen. He
is numbered among the most eminent men of the commonwealth, and as a
statesman is widely and favoraijly known among the most prominent i)e()ple
of the nation. A good parliamentarian, with an extensive ac(|uaintance
among prominent men, long experience in public affairs and ^ thorough
knowledge of the needs of the people, he proved most capable in public office.


Agricultural, mining and eilucatinnal interests uwe their progress in no small
degree to his labors, and the material welfare of the state has been advanced
by him in a large measure. He regards public office as a public trust, and
has ever placed the welfare of the nation before partisan prejudice and the
good of the many before personal aggrandizement.


This gentleman, who is acceptably serving as a county supervisor, has
always been a loyal and public-spirited citizen, manifesting in the discharge of
his duties at the present time the same fidelity which he displayed when upon
the southern battle-fields he aided in the defense of the starry banner and
the cause it represented. He was born in Ralls county, Missouri. February
14, 1 84 1, and is a son of J. R. and Eliza Garnett. His father, a native of
Kentucky, followed the occupation of farming and in 1820 removed from
the state of his nativity to Missouri, where his death occurred when he was
about fifty years of age. His wife, who was born in Virginia, also died in
Missouri, at the age of sevent\-tbree years. In their family were ten chil-
dren, four of whom are yet living, one lirother l)eing a resident of Solano
county, California.

Upon his father's farm Peter R. Garnett spent the days of his childhood
and assisted in the labors of the field and meadow. At the age of seventeen
he left home in order to attend school, and when twenty years of aee he put
aside his text-books in order to enter his country's service. On the day on
which he left the school-room he enlisted in the army, becoming a member
of Hawkins' battalion, which was commanded by Colonel Hawkins, a veteran
of the Mexican war. He was several times wounded and for six months was
forced to remain out of the army, but otherwise he was always on ckity with
his regiment. At Grenada, Mississippi, he was commissioned lieutenant, in
recognition of his meritorious service. The brigade was ca])tured at ^h>l)ile
Bay. at which time Mr. Garnett and his comrades were sent to Xew Orleans
and thence to Jackson, ^lississippi, where they were paroled.

Mr. Garnett remained in the south for about three months and then
returned home, but after a short time he again went to Mississippi and for
about two years was engaged in teaching school, near \'icksburg. On the expi-
ration of that period he returnetl to Missouri. wJiere preparations were made
for a trip to California. Making his way to Xew York, he continued his
journey liy way of the Panama route and on the 15th of Jun^, 1868. ar-rived on
the Pacific coast. He joined his brother. J. S. (jarnett. of Solano county, and
resided there for five years. On the ex])iration of that i)eri(Kl he took up
his aliode in Colusa county.

In October. 1873, Air. Garnett was united in marriage to Miss Ruth
A. McCune. a daughter of H. E. McCune, of Solano county. Three children
have been born to them: Inez, born December 2\, 1874; Reba. who was born

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