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Politicall}- he is what is called an independent. He is thoronghly posted in
regard to public matters and casts his vote where he thinks it will serve the
best purpose, choosing for his candidate the best man — or the one he believes
best fitted for the office — regardless of party affiliation. A man of strictest
integrity and enjoying a justly deserved business success, Francis J. Locher
stands high in the esteem of his fellow citizens.

CHARLES AI. BECKWITH.

In no profession is there a career more open to talent than in that of the
law, and in no field of endeavor is there demanded a more careful prepara-
tion, a more thorough appreciation of the absolute ethics of life, or of the
underlying principles which form the basis of all human rights and privi-
leges. Unflagging application, intuitive wisdom and a determination to fully
utilize the means at hand, are the elements which insure personal success
and prestige in this great profession, which stands as the stern conservator
of justice; and it is one into which none should enter without a recognition
of the obstacles to be overcome and the battles to be won, for success does not
perch on the falchion of every person who enters the competitive fray, but
comes only as the direct result of capacity and unmistakable ability. Possess-
ing all the requisite cjualities of an able lawyer, Charles "Si. Beckwith has
attained distinction in his profession.

A native of California, Mr. Beckwith was born in Woodbridge, San
Joaquin county, on the 28th of June, 1863, and is a son of_ Francis M. and
Betsey (Ouiggle) Beckwith. both of whom were natives of Ohio. His father
was one of the honored California pioneers of 1850. He returned to the
Buckeye state for his bride, but after his marriage again came to California,
in 1858. He was a man of prominence and broad influence. He held
the office of justice of the peace and presided over the first Union federal
meeting held in that state for the supjxirt of the Union. He died January
20, 1863, five months before the birth of our subject, and the mother passed
away in 1871, so that at the tender age of seven years Mr. Beckwith of this
review was left a full orphan.

He was reared and educated by his paternal micle. Byron D. Beckwith,
pursuing his studies in the schools of Woodbridge and Lodi. supplemented
by private instruction and one year's course in Oberlin College, in Oberlin,
Ohio. After completing his literary education he spent several 5rears in
following difl'erent vocations, including farming and stock-raising. He was
also a special agent for an insurance company, but throughout that period he
carried with him the determination to make the practice of law his life work,
and in 1893 he associated himself with Colonel Gus G. Grant, in Stockton, in
the study of law and later spending a short time in the office of Hon. Frank
H. Gould, of San Francisco. He successfully passed the examination and was
admitted to practice before the supreme court of the state of California on
the 17th of November, 1893. Immediately afterward he opened an office in



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Sacramento, where he has maintained an increasing patronage and is to-day
numbered among the rising young attorneys of the state.

On the 27th of November, 1895, Mr. Beckwith was united in marriage
with Mrs. Annie (Ross) Hurd, a daughter of Thomas Ross, one of the pioneer
settlers of Sacramento, having come to this state from Ohio in 1849. He
was grominetly identified with the busines interests of the capital city and
aided in laying the foundation for the present prosperity and advancement
of Sacramento. In politics Mr. Beckwith is a Republican, standing with
unswerving fidelity upon the platform and supporting the principles of the
party. He is a member of Woodbridge Lodge, No. 131, F. & A. J\I.., is
a past chief ranger of the Independent Order of Foresters, and a past regent
of Capital Council, No. 1183, R. A. In his religious views he is liberal.
His business Cjualities and his sterling worth of character have made him well
known and highly esteemed at the Sacramento bar. He seldom loses a
case in whose support he is enlisted, which affords the best evidence of his
capabilities in the line of his chosen calling.

CHARLES DONALD SWAN.

The combination of Highland Scotch and German ancestors is one which
under ordinary circumstances must make for progress and prosperity and result
in citizenship of highest grade. Of such ancestry is Charles Donald Swan,
of Modesto, California, county auditor and recorder of Stanislaus county,
whose creditable career has not belied the promise of his nativity. Mr.
Swan was born in Pike county, Illinois, January 6, 1866, a son of Donald
and Ann M. (Aliddlekanff ) Reeves Swan. His father was born on the
island of Skye. nft' the wc^i coast of Scotland, and when a young man emi-
grated from his nati\e town of Dunvegan to Canada. From Canada he went
in 1855, to Pike county, Illinois, and located on land near Barry, where he
married Mrs. Ann M. Reeves, a native of Harper's Ferry, Maryland, of the
German family of Middlekaufif, and where he lived until his death, at the
age of seventy years. His wife surives him and is living, aged seventy-two
years, with a daughter at Modesto, California. Mr. Swan was an industrious
and successful farmer, a respected citizen and during all the active years
of his life a devoted supporter of the Baptist church, of which his widow has
been practically a life-long member.

Charles Donald Swan was educated in public schools in Pike county.
Illinois, and in 1883, at the age of seventeen years, came to California, with-
out money or influential friends, but with a firm determination to make his
way to a good position in life. His first employment was on a ranch near
Modesto. Later he handled grain in different warehouses in the county until
he had saved enough money to enable him to enter a buisness college at San
Francisco, where he obtained his business education. Not long afterward he
married ]\Iiss Mary A. Jones, a daughter of Levi J. Jones and a granddaughter
of J. W. Jones, a highly respected California pioneer of 1849. He resumed
the warehouse business and farming at Montpelier, Stanislaus county, where



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he and Airs. Swan own a fine farm which he still operates. They have a
pleasant home in Modesto, made hrij^hter hy the presence of their little son,
Charles Leslie Swan, another and older son, Clare Jones Swan, having died
Decemher 7, 1897.

Mr. Swan is a Knight of Pythias, a Free and Accepted ^lason, a Royal
Arch Mason and a Knight Templar. In politics he has been a life-long Repub-
lican and in 1898 he was, on that ticket, elected to the office of auditor and
recorder of Stanislaus county, a position which lie is now serving.

JAMES F. LUCAS.

Among- the residents of Placerville who are the native sons of the town
is James Franklin Lucas, who now occupies a creditable position in business
circles. On the 22d of December, 1853, he first opened his eyes to the light
of day, his parents being W. C. and Ellen (Johnson) Lucas. The father
was one of the honored pioneers of 1849. He was born in the state of Tennes-
see, and at Galena, Illinois, was united in marriage to Miss Johnson, a native
of Fredericksburg, Virginia. They became the parents of five children dur-
ing their -residence in Galena.

When the news of the discovery of gold in California was received \V.
C. Lucas became imbued with a strong desire to try his fortune upon the
Pacific slope, hoping to gain easily a competence that would amply provide
for his family. He made the journey by way of the isthmus of Panama, and
arriving in Eldorado county engaged in placer-mining in \Miite Rock canyon,
with excellent success. \n 1851 he returned by the way of the water route
for his family, whom he brought to California, this time making the journey
across the plains, arriving September 9. 1852. On again reaching the
Pacific slope he renew'ed his mining operations and later engaged in teaming,
at a time when that business was profitable, hauling goods from Sacramento
to Virginia City and other points in the surrounding country. During this
time he made his home in Eldorado, locating there in i860. He continued
in the teaming [jusiness through the greater part of his remaining days and his
efforts brought him a good financial return. In all business transactions he
was thoroughly reliable, and he not only enjoyed the patronage but also the
confidence of his fellow men. He w-as a worthy representative of that pio-
neer class that came to California in 1849-50 and succeeded in establishing
the foundations of a commonwealth that is now- second to none in the Union.
Both he and his wife are valued members of the Episcopal church. He
died in his forty-first year and was buried at Mud Springs. Mrs. Lucas
still survives him and is now in the seventy-seventh year of her age. They
had eight children, five of W'hom are living. James F. Lucas, the fifth in
order of birth, acquired his education in the public schools of Eldorado. He
and his brother walked from Eldorado to Shingle Springs to see the first train
of cars that ran into that town. Mr. Lucas began work on the railroad
October 18. 1873, in the jiosition of fireman, in which capacity he served for
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in 1883 he became a conductor. He has since fiUed that position on the
Southern Pacific branch running from Sacramento to Placerville and is
one of the most trusted employes of the corporation, his long service being
a high testimonial of his fidelity. He is also the proprietor of a cigar manu-
factory in Placerville. Among other brands manufactured is the J. F. L.
cigar, which has found a ready sale on the market, owing to its excellence.

In 1886 Mr. Lucas married Miss M. C. Burke, who was born in FoJ-
som, California, and is a daughter of J. J. Burke, one of the early pioneers
of California who in early life took an active part in reclaiming the state
for the purpose of civilization. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Lucas have been born
three children, — George T.. Alice Ida and Mary Ellen: Li politics Mr. Lucas
is a Republican. In 1900 he was chosen as one of the aldennen of his town
for the first ward. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, in which he has
taken the Knight Templar's degree. He is also a member oi the Mystic
Shrine. For the past three years he has enjoyed the honor of being
the high priest of his chapter, and in the commandery he is the senior war-
den. He holds membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and
the Knights of Pythias, and is the captain of the uniformed rank of the
latter. His life stands in exemplification of the principles of mutual help-
ness that form the basic element of these fraternities. As a public officer
he is true to the public trust and at all times he has contributed as he could
by influence and aid to the promotion of those interests calculated to prove
of benefit to the general welfare.

THOMAS H. GARTLIX.

One of the widely and favorably known citizens of lone is Thomas H.
Gartlin, assistant superintendent of the Preston School farm. He is a native
of Massachusetts, born on the 19th of November, 1855, and with his parents
he came to California in i860, when only five years of age. His father, Pat-
rick Gartlin, was born in county Monaghan, Ireland. He was there educated.
On crossing the Atlantic he took up his abode in Massachusetts, where he
was married to Miss Alice Kelly. They now own and occupy a farm on Irish
Hill, in Amador county, where Mr. Gartlin is successfully engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits and stock-raising. During his early residence in California
he engaged in mining with gratifying success. Both he and his wife are
members of the Catholic church, and in politics he is a Democrat. He has
reached the age of seventy-five and is still actively connected with business
pursuits. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Gartlin were born six children, two sons and
four daughters, all of whom are yet living. The daughters are engaged in
school-teaching and the family is one well worthy of the high regard in which
it is held.

Thomas H. Gartlin, the eldest child, conned his lessons in the ])ublic
schools of Amador county. For a number of years he has been enga,ged in
hydraulic mining and has also been successfully employed in farming for
some time, h} 1897 he was appointed to his present position as assistant



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superintendent of the Preston School farm and in that position is serving
with marked abiHty, for he has a comprehensive knowledge of the best meth-
ods of farming so as to produce the desired results.

In 1895 occurred the marriage of Mr. Gartlin to ]\Iiss Bryson, a native
of Amador county. They have one child, Clara Alice.

In his political views Mr. Gartlin is a stalwart Democrat who keeps well
informed on the issues of the day and he is therefore enabled to give an
intelligent support of the principles of the party. For a number of years he
has served on the Democratic county central committee and has done much
valuable service in the interests of his party. He belongs to the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and has passed all the chairs in the order. He is also
a past district deputy, has represented the subordinate lodge in the grand
lodge, and is a member of the Knights of Pythias fraternity. His energv and
earnest purpose have enabled him to work his way upward to a plane of
affluence and now in business circles he occupies a leading position.

JOHN H. TINXEY.

John Henry Tinney, one of the prominent young men and successful
fruit-growers of Eldorado county, is a native son of California, born October
8, 1870, at Granite Hill, on the farm where he now resides and on which
his father settled at an early day in the history of this state.

His father, Henry John Tinney, was born in Somersetshire, near the
Cathedral of Wells, in England, April 19, 1831, and was a son of Thomas
and Elizabeth (Griffin) Tinney, both natives of England. Unfortunately
his father died when he was a mere lad and his educational privileges were
limited and his boyhood days were mostly spent at work. With the hope of
bettering his condition and securing a fortune in the new world he likewise
crossed the ocean, at the age of seventeen years, going direct to Chicago,
where he learned the trade of sailmaking; and his spare moments were
devoted to attending night school, until 1850, when he went to Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, where he followed his trade and furthered his school work until
1853. He had learned of the rich gold fields in California and the fortunes
that were awaiting the ones who had the courage and strength to battle with
the hardshi])s of pioneer life. He likewise determined to cast his lot in the far-
off west and with a small company crossed the plains, with ox teams, landing
in Placerville in the fall of 1853. For five years he was engaged in placer-
mining in Eldorado county, with the usual "ups and downs" of a miner. In
1858 he located upon the ranch above referred to, where he resided for a
period of thirty-nine years and where his death occurred, Juh^ 5, 1S97. when
he had attained the age of sixty-four years. He early turned his attention
to fruit-raising, beginning at first in a small way and proving the adajnibility
of the soil for fruit culture, including peaches, French prunes, pears and
apples, before he extended his operations. Then he planted a large portion
of his land with fruit trees, of choice varieties, and gave his best efforts to
their cultivation, tlie result being a superior product. I-'requeiUly he exhibited



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his fruits at the Eldorado county fair and was the recipient of numerous pre-
miums. His hopes of success in the new world were surely gratified, for when
death claimed him, yet in the prime of life, he was enjoying many of the lux-
uries of life and left his family in very comfortable circumstances. He had
hosts of friends in the county in which he lived so long, and his best friends
were those who knew him longest.

JNIr. Tinney was happily married. November 21, 1864, to ^liss Mary
Linehan, a native of Ireland, born March 5, 1834, whose death preceded his
some years, occurring November 13, 1880. They were the parents of two
sons and four daughters. The elder son, George, is engaged in the livery
business at Auburn, Placer county, California. On January 31, 1900, he mar-
ried Miss Mary E. Brady, a native daughter of California, being a resident
of San Francisco. Their home has been made brighter by a little son, born
February 3, 1901. Elizabeth is the wife of Daniel J. Akin, a farmer living
near Granite Hill. Clara is engaged in teaching school; and Hannah, Ellen
and John Henry occtipy the home place, he having charge of the farming
operations, which he has conducted since his father's death, having been
reared to the business and being familiar with every phase of fruit culture as
conducted in this locality. They are among the representative people of the
community and are held in high esteem by all who known them.

CAROLINE ROGERS DeYOE.

Tlie subject of this sketch, who is one of the representative women of
California, came to the state in June, 1855. She was born Caroline Cotton in
Schoharie county, New York, April 16. 1832, a daughter of Sir John Cotton.
The latter was born in Columbia county. New York, January 26, 1788, and
his father, the grandfather of Mrs. DeYoe. was a native of Germany, who
after living some years in England emigrated to New York, where his
descendants were prominent in the Dutch Reformed church. Sir John Cot-
ton married ]\Iiss INIaria Bame, also a native of Columbia county. New York,
where thev began their married life favorably, and Mr. Cotton lived to be sev-
enty-three years old. A lady and gentleman of the highest respectability, they
exerted an influence for good upon all with whom they associated during their
long and useful lives and were especially helpful to the Dutch Refonned
church. Mrs. Cotton, who lived to the advanced age of eighty-four years,
bore her husband ten children, and three of their daughters are living, the
eldest near Hudson, New York, aged eighty-three years.

Mrs. DeYoe was educated in her native county, finishing her studies at
a ladies" seminary at North Chatham. She was married April 7, 1850, to
Stephen Rogers, who was born in Saratoga count3^ New York, August 20,
1822, a son of Piatt Rogers, whose pilgrim ancestor landed at Plymouth
Rock. In 1853 Mr. Rogers came to California, by way of the isthmus of
Panama, pulling a boat up the Chagres river and crossing the land on a mule.
He mined half a day and made a "bit," as he was fond of saying, and then



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turned his attention to farming and the Calaveras river near Stockton. After
he began to attain a Httle permanent success he several times asked her to
join him, but her parents opposed her making the journey and prevailed upon
her to remain with them for a time. At last he sent to her by a friend a letter
which led her to override her parents' objections and she came to California,
by way of Panama, bringing with her her little son, Stimpson P. Rogers. She
visited her parents frequently as long as they lived, making the journey
by way of the isthmus five times and later crossing the continent several times
by rail.

Mr. Rogers prospered so well that it was not long before they owned
one thousand acres of land, on the Calaveras river. He became promnient
as a sheep and cattle raiser and gave such careful attention to his stock that
in one dry season, when sheep were perishing all around him, he looked after
eleven thousand sheep and saved them all. As he prospered he added to
his landed possessions, acquiring in addition to the land already mentioned,
seventeen hundred and fifty acres in Stanislaus county. He had two good
residences on his home ranch and one hundred and ten acres of it was
planted in fruit, and he had a vineyard of ten thousand grape-vines. Late in
life he moved to Modesto, where he died, in 1888. He took a deep interest in
everything pertaining to the welfare of the town, was helpful to the cause
of education and was one of the organizers of, and until his death a stock-
holder in, the First National Bank of ^Modesto. In politics he was a stanch
Republican, but declined the many offices offered him.

Stimpson P. Rogers, a son of Stephen and Caroline (Cotton) Rogers,
became one of the most prominent business men of Stanislaus county and died
in his thirty-fifth year, deeply regretted by all who had knt)wn him, for his
honest, upright character and many lovable traits attracted the friendship of
all whom he met. He built the first brick block at Modesto and the first stone
sidewalk and was prominently identified with numerous public improvements,
and, until his untimely death, was a stockholder in and cashier of the First
National Bank. His "little son and only child, Stephen Roy Rogers, died in
the sixth year of his age, leaving his grandmother bereft of all relatives in
California, and she erected to the memory of the boy and his father a costly
and handsome water fountain at the central point in ilodesto.

For six years after the death of her husband. Mrs. Rogers lived a sad and
lonely life. April 25, 1894, she married Nathan Emory DeYoe, a furniture
merchant and prominent. resident of Modesto, and after their marriage they
visited her relatives and his in the east. Mrs. DeYoe has proved herself a
true friend to Modesto and has advanced its interests in every way possible.
She was prominent in founding the Rogers' Ladies' Library Association,
which has a librar}' of nearly one thousand volumes, and to which additions
are frecjuently made. She formerly owned fi\e thousand acres of land on the
Coast Range, thirty-two miles east of Modesto, but has sold it and is in receipt
of one hundred dollars per month interest on deferred payments on account of
it. She has built one of the handsomest residences in the city and her home is
widely known as one of refinement and elegant hospitality.



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GEORGE SOUIER.

George Squier, now deceased, was one of the highly esteemed citizens
of Dutch Flat who came to California in 1852. He was born in Hamilton,
Ohio, on the 24th of January, 1826, and represented a family that was
founded in America by English emigrants. In 1836 his father, Samuel
Squier, removed to Michigan and became one of the pioneers of that state, and
from his tenth year until his removal to California George Squier resided in
the Wolverine state. In 1850 he was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca
Parker Allen, a native of Ellery, Chautauqua county. New York. Together
they crossed the plains to California, in 1852. On the 20th of April of that
year they left the Missouri river, arriving at Placerville on the 30th of July.
They reached their destination in safety, but Mrs. Squier suffered greatly
from mountain fever during the latter part of their perilous journey.

The subject of this review engaged in mining at Placerville for about two
years, securing some gold there, after w'hich he went to Chilly Bar, on the
American river, where he purchased a claim and followed mining. Subse-
quently he engaged in the same pursuit at Kelsey, Eldorado county, and
mined on the American river at Euchre Bar. At Pokerville, in that cour.ty,
he mined for a few months, having a river claim there, but that property did
not prove profitable and he removed to Sacramento. In September, 1858,
he arrived at Dutch Flat and continued mining for a number of years. Dur-
ing the latter part of his life he held the office of watchman at Dutch Flat.
His death occurred on the 19th of March, 1898, at the age of seventy-two
years and the community in which he resided mourned the loss of one of its
valued citizens, for he was a man of the highest integrity of character and
true to every trust reposed in him. In politics he cast his first vote for
Buchanan, after which he affiliated with the Republican party, and socially
he was a charter member of the Order of Red Men, filling all the offices
in the local lodge. In 1869 he purchased the home in which his widow and
their daughter now reside. It is a pleasant and comfortable residence located
on the little fiat where the first pioneers of the town took up their abode, and
from the number of people of that nationality who lived on the fiat the place
naturally took its name. This name became dear to the hearts of tlie older



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