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after his arrival on the Pacific coast he resided in Colusa county and then
came to Placer county, practicing for a short time in Colfax, after which
he located permanently in Auburn, where he has acquired a liberal support.
The public and the profession accord him prominent rank as a medical prac-
titioner and as a surgeon. He not only has a comprehensive knowledge of
the principles of the medical science, but he is also thoroughly informed on
anatomy, and this renders him very capable in surgical work. His office
is thoroughly equipped with everything necessary for the successful and safe
conduct of his business, and he has a large library with the contents of
which he is very famihar. He is also a prominent -t^ ick - .wncr of the Jupiter
Consolidated mine at Iowa Hill, a valuable prnperiy which is yielding a
good return ; but he makes the practice of his profession his chief business.
In politics the Doctor is a Republican and has served his county as
coroner and administrator for a number of years. He is a past master of
the Masonic lodge, past high priest of the chapter, and has taken the council
degrees of cryptic Masonry. He is a past noble grand of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. He is also an active member of medical associa-
tions, belonging to the American Medical Society and the State Medical
Society. He is also a past president of the California Northern Dis-
trict Medical Society and is the secretary of the County Medical Society,
honors which indicate his high standing in the profession. The Doctor is
a man of high literary attainments and he finds one of his chief sources of
pleasure in an extensive and well selected library which adorns his beautiful
home and indicates the cultured taste of the occupants. The Doctor and
Mrs. Rooney are prominent in social circles and to them is extended the
hospitality of the best homes in Auburn. A man of strong convictions, o£
earnest purpose and of sterline worth, his position in professional, business
and social circles is enviable and indicates his right to be classed among the
representative men of Placer county.


This is an age of advancement when all movement is in a line of progress
and primitive methods are rapidly giving way to improvement, and when
all natural resources are turned to account for the benefit of man. It is
interesting to note the line along which progress is made and to learn of
tlinse who have been most active in promoting the upbuilding of localities
with which they are connected. Associated with Calaveras county in this
way is John K. Pattee, who is living at Valley Springs and who is numbered
among the honored pioneers of the state of 1849. The experience of the


Argonauts who started out in search of the golden fleece in the mythological
days of Greece were not more interesting and unusual than those with w-hich
the pioneers of this stale underwent in their attempt to gain a fortune in
tlie newly discovered gold fields of the Pacific coast.

Air. Pattee is a native of Fort Covington, Franklin county, New York,
born on the 26th of September, 1821. His English ancestors on crossing
the Atlantic took up their abode in New England at an early period in
colonial development, being among the first setUcrs of Salem, Massachu-
setts. They took an important part in the e\'ents which formed the annals
of that historic town. Dr. Moses Pattee, the grandfather of our subject,
was a prominent physician of New Hampshire, later practiced his profes-
sion in New York and subsequently became a member of the medical fra-
ternity of Canada, in which country he attained the ripe old age of ninety-
four years. Joseph Pattee, the father of our subject, was born in the old
Granite state, and wiien he arrived at years of maturity wedded Lucinda
G. Kellogg. They removed to Wisconsin and her death occurred in that
state, leaving six children, of whom four are still living. The father after-
ward removed to Dakota and in 1875 came to California, living with his
son John for nine years or up to the time of his death, which occurred in
the eighty-fourth )^ear of his age. He had held the office of justice of the
peace in Wisconsin and was recognized as a man of intelligence and worth,
commanding the regard of all with whom he was associated in business and
social life.

John K. Pattee, the second of the family, pursued his education in
New York and Canada. He was a young man when the news of the dis-
covery of gold was received, and with the hope of gaining a fortune without
waiting through the interval of a long business career he sailed from New
York for the Pacific coast on the Crescent City, but the vessel landed its
passengers on the isthmus of Panama and Mr. Pattee proceeded to Gorgona.
He aided in hauling a life-boat to Panama with a rope, a distance of about
thirty-six miles. Later he took passage on the whaling ship Sylph for San
Francisco, and the vo3-age was successfully accomplished. One of the pas-
sengers, however, died of the Panama fever and was thrown overboard into
the sea. After reaching the Golden Gate the subject of this review made
his way to Mokelumne Hill, in Calaveras county, and engaged in placer
mining on Two Mile Bar, working for wages. Subsequently he went to
Angel's Camp and followed mining at the present Utica mine, but with poor

He therefore decided to abandon his seach for gold and located on a
ranch in San Andreas township, Calaveras county, obtaining a squatter's
claim, and after the land was surveyed he pre-empted it. As the years
passed and prosperity came to him he purchased land from other settlers of
the neighborhood until he i^ecame the owner of seven hundred acres, a very
valuable property, and built thereon a substantial residence and outbuild-
ings and engaged successfully in raising stock. He is still the owner of
one of the valuable farms of Calaveras county. For some time he engaged


in conducting a little wayside hotel, where all travelers were made welcome
and were well treated. He was also engaged for a number of years in buy-
ing stock at Los Angeles and San Jose and in driving them to the mining
claims of Calaveras county, where he sold them at a good profit. He was
out in all kinds of weather on these trips and was exposed to many hardships,
but his resolute spirit enabled him to Ijear these and eventually success came
to him.

He had stock stolen from him by the Joacpiin jNIurietta band, who took
horses principally. On one occasion Air. Pattee and two of his friends
started in pursuit of the robbers. They came upon them at Yankee Camp,
but discovered that there were too many of the robbers for them to attack
and J\Ir. Pattee returned to San Andreas, where he formed a company, with
whom he returned to Yankee Camp. The band had gone to Anton, where
they had shot a man, but our subject and his company attacked them. They
found a big Mexican riding one of Mr. Pattee's horses. The horse was
shot and they captured the Mexican, whom the\- hung by the neck until
he was dead. The band then retreated to the I'hienix cjuartz mill, where
they killed two men, and Mr. Pattee and his company again attacked them,
and in the fight one of the men was wounded in the shoulder, after which
the Mexicans retreated. Our subject and his party, however, could see
the blood and followed the trail in that way. One of the party cut off his
boot tops and threw them down and the Americans picked them up. Con-
tinuing on the trail 'they saw a tent in the distance, out of which a man
ran. On reaching the tent they found the wounded man still there and
found that the boot tops fitted the ones which he wore. They took him to
Cherokee Flat, near Angel's, and hung him also, but the others escaped.
Such was the summary justice which was needed in those days in order to
hold in subjection the lawless element which had invaded the state, know-
ing that there was no organized government which could prevent them from
perpetrating their deeds of violence.

Air. Pattee dates his settlement upon his ranch from the fall of 1852,
and resided there continuously until 1893. a period of forty-one years, when
he retired from the farm and purchased a good residence, in which he is
now living with his esteemed wife, surrounded by the comforts and many
of the luxuries which go to make life worth living. All have been attained
by his own efforts. He was elected a justice of the peace January i, 1895,
and served four years, ending January i, 1899; was appointed a notary
public the 26th of August, 1896. by the Hon. James Budd, governor of
California, and at the expiration of four years was reappointed by the Hon.
T. C. Gage, governor of California, which office he is still filling. '

Air. Pattee was married on the loth of January, 1859, to Aliss Mar-
garet Lonergan, a native of county Waterford, Ireland, who came to the
United States in 1853 and has been a resident of California since 1858.
They have had seven children, all born to them upon the ranch. They were
educated in the county and are a credit to the untarnished familv name.
In order of birth they are as follows : Edgar, who is married and has four


children: Leander, who was married and died in 1892, leaving one child;
John K.. who is married and is a prominent merchant in Valley Springs;
Calvin, who died at the age of thirty years in Central America; Joseph, who
is married and has two children and is now engaged in merchandising in
Paloma; Lottie E., who is in San Francisco; and Franklin E., who is in
partnership with his brother at Valley Springs, under the firm name of
I'attee Brothers, dealers in general merchandise.

For forty-one years Mr. and Mrs. Pattee have traveled life's journey
together. They still enjoy good health and are honored and highly esteemed
pioneer people who have witnessed the wonderful development of the state
as it has emerged from a collection of mining camps to a splendid common-
wealth. They take just pride in what has been accomplished, and have every
reason to do so. for they have borne their part in bringing about the con-
ditions which have led to the present prosperity and advancement of Cali-


As long as the town of Carter stands it will be a monument to the enter-
prise and progressive spirit of its founder, Charles H. Carter, who is its pio-
neer business man, is still a prominent representative of its commercial inter-
ests and is its postmaster, having filled that position since the establisment of
the office. He took up his abode at his present location in 1S58, having al-
ready been a resident of California for nine years.

Mr. Carter was born in Cayuga county, New York, June 13, 1829, and
is of English lineage. The progenitor of the family in the United States was
his great-great-grandfather, Enoch Carter, who came to America in 1760 and
was a prominent factor in the early history of the colonies. He served in
the French and Indian war and was discharged, and on his return from the
scene of the conflict was taken ill and died. The great-grandfather. Benja-
min Carter, was born in New England and the grandfather, wlio also bore
the name of Benjamin, was a native of the same section of country, but
removed to eastern New York, where Mr. Carter's father, the third Benjamin
Carter, was born, the place of his nativity being Washington county. He mar-
ried Miss Elizabeth Cole, a native of Rhode Island and a daughter of a Revo-
lutionary soldier. The paternal grandfather of our subject also aided the
colonists in their struggle for independence, and his son, Benjamin Carter,
Jr., loyally served his country in the war of 1812. He lived to be more than
eighty years of age. Throughout his active business career he was an indus-
trious and well-to-do farmer, and both he and his wife were of the Presby-
terian faith. She departed this life in the sixty-fifth year of her age, and only
three of their eight children now survive.

Charles H. Carter of this review, is the youngest of tlie surviving boys,
having a younger sister. He acquired his education in Fult<in Academy and
in the academy at Waterloo, but put aside his text-books on learning of the
discovery of gokl in California. By the hope of rapidly ac(|uiring wealth he




^vas allured to the Pacitic coast, sailing from Xew York to Panama, and on its
western coast taking passage on Pacitic waters for San Francisco, where he
arrived on the ist of July, 1849. He eagerly made his way to the gold dig-
gings, going up the Sacramento to the city of that name and thence to the
mining district of the Feather ri\-er. He also engaged in mining on Trinity
river until winter came, and the deep snow forced him to abandon his labors.
Accordingly he returned to Sacramento, where he spent the winter months
and later he engaged in mining at various places on the Trinity until 1858,
when he left that locality with about five thousand dollars that he had accumu-
lated as the savings of his earnest labor. In 1856 he engaged in the lumber
business on the Trinity, having a saw mill, making lumber for fluming, which
he carried on for two years.

In that year Air. Carter came to his present location and opened a mer-
cantile establishment, which formed the nucleus of the present town. Here
he has continued in business since — a period of forty-two years — and by close
attention, unflagging industry and persistency of purpose he has bulit up a large
and constantly growing trade, the profits therefrom annually augmenting his
capital. He has a very large store building, from garret to basement flUed
with all kinds of merchandise, including produce and miner's supplies. His
first store was two miles below the town, but he erected his present business
block and residence in i860 and has here a beautiful and commodious home,
surrounded by magnificent trees of his own planting, including stately oaks
that stand sentinel over his abode, casting a grateful shatle over house and
lawn. Air. Carter also has valuable mining interests and is the owner of
fifty acres of the town site, thirty acres of which he has platted, under the name
of Carter's Addition. Here he is selling residence lots, and that section of the
city is being built up with a good class of dwellings.

In May, 1865, occurred the marriage of Air. Carter and Aliss Sarah J.
Crossett, a native of east New York and a daughter of Edward T. Crossett,
who became one of the pioneer dentists of the state. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Carter
have been born seven children, of whom four are still living, namely: George
B. and Woodward T., who are capable business men and are now conducting
their father's store; Ida E., who is a graduate of the State Normal School and
is a teacher of ability in East Oakland, California, and Addie, who is at home
with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Carter are both enjoying good health. Th.e
lady is a member of the Baptist church, while he belongs to the Knights of the
Maccabees and the Independent Order of Good Templars. His political sup-
port is gi\-en the Republican party, and of its principles he is a stanch advo-
c:;te, believing firmly in the policy which has been followed tiirough the past
four years. He is one of the best preserved of the '49ers and has the appear-
ance and vigor of a man many years his junior. His memory forms a link be-
tween the primitive past and the progressive future and his labors have con-
tributed in large measure to the substantial development of the state which
attracted him to its boundaries more than a half century ago. He feels just
pride in its wonderful advancement, and among its honored early settlers he
certainlv deserves prominent mention.



It is a well attested maxim that the greatness of a state lies not in
its machinerv of government, nor even in its institutions, but in the sterling
qualities of its individual citizens, in their capacity for high and unselfish
effort and their devotion to the public good. Edward P. .(Jolgan is one in
whom public confidence is reposed in recognition of his true merit. He is
now serving his third term as the state controller of California, and is a
most trustworthy and capable official, whose fidelity to duty is manifest by
his long continuance in office through the power of the popular ballot.
Although well fitted for leadership and justly deserving of the honors con-
ferred upon him, in manner he is plain and unassuming, a genial, courteous
gentleman, possessed of the true democratic spirit and preferring to be
known to his friends — and the circle is by no means a limited one — simply
as "Ed Colgan." He has been closely identified with the Republican party
for nineteen years, during which time he has always evinced a deep interest
in state and national politics and has materially aided and been of infiuential
benefit in local affairs.

Mr. Colgan was born in Santa Rosa. California, in January. 1856.
His father, Edward P. Colgan, Sr., was born in New York city, entered
upon his business career in the capacity of printer's devil, and later he served
as a carver in a restaurant. He was thus employed until after the discovery
of gold in California, when he made his way to the Pacific slope, going
around Cape Horn to San Francisco, where he opened a restaurant. He
conducted that enterprise until 1853. and during his residence in San Fran-
cisco was married, July 20. 185 1, to Miss Elizabeth Staub, who was born
in Baden, Germany, and with her mother and tw'o brothers crossed the
Atlantic to the United States in 1848. Her father, Jacob Staub, was born
in Baden. Germany, and there spent his entire life, his death occurring there
when he had reached the age of fifty years. He was a man of considerable
prominence, served as burgomaster or mayor of his town for many years,
and held other positions of public trust. After the death of the father the
mother and children came to the new w<irld, and in 1849 Mrs. Colgan and
her sister came to California, by way of the straits. She is still living in
the old family home in Santa Rosa, but frequently visits her son in the
capital cit}'.

After their marriage the parents of our subject continued in the
restaurant business in San Francisco until October, 1853, when they sokl
out and removed to Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, California, opening a hotel
at that point before the city was laid out. The town was ])latted, however,
the following year, and his hostelry, knowii as the Santa Rosa House, was
the pioneer hotel of the place, and like its proprietor was very popular with
the tra\eling public. The old building is still standing and is now used
as a blacksmith shop. Toward the close of his life Edward P. Colgan. Sr..
went to San Diego, California. ho])ing to improve his impaired health, but
all to no avail, for he died while on the return trip. In earlv life he took a


very active interest in politics, and, though he never sought or desired oi¥ice
for himself, labored earnestly to promote the growth and insure the suc-
cess of his ])artv. All through the dark days of the Civil war, when sectional
feeling ran \ erv high in California, the stars and stripes floated above his
hotel and signified his unwavering allegiance to the Union. No one could
mistake his p. isitinn. and when he passed away, at the age of fifty years, the
communit\- ln.^t une i)f its most valued and honored citizens.

Edward 1 '. I'ulgan, whose name introduces this review, s]ient his child-
hood and }iiuth in his native city and accjuired his education in its public
schools. On laying aside his text-books he began to prepare fur the practical
duties of life, and learned the trade of blacksmithing, which he followed for
more than thirteen years and doubtless developed thereby bis fine physiciue.

Txlr. Colgan was married, in Santa Rosa. November 24, 1880, to Miss
Marv Smith, a native of Sonoma county and a daughter of John and Tressa
(Banks) Smith. Her paternal grandparents were Jacob and Eliza (Elliott)
Smith, who were pioneer settlers of Illinois, originally from Kentucky.
With a party they crossed the plains to California and became residents of
Sonoma county in 1854. Mr. Smith was a very prominent and influential
early settler uf that sectinn u\ the state, and largely aided in its pufblic develop-
ment and gniwth. He died in Santa Rosa, at the age of seventy-five years,
and his wife passed away at the same age. The maternal grandparents of
Mrs. Colgan were Willis and Evelyn (Thomas) Banks, natives of Kentucky,
whence they removed to Kansas, where Mrs. Banks died. In 1875 Mr.
Banks came to the Golden state for his health, but his death occurred in
Bakersfield, when he had reached the age of seventy-five years. John Smith,
the father of Mrs. Colgan, was a nati\e of Quincy, Illinois, and by occupa-
tion was a lumberman and farmer.

In 1854 he came overland with bis parents and a large party to Cali-
fornia, Dr. Boyce, now of Santa Rosa, being among the number who then
made the long and perilous journey across the plains. T'ney were six
months on the way and Mr. Smith first took up his residence upon a farm
near Santa Rosa. Subsecjuently he removed westward into the mountains,
where he operated a sawmill and conducted a lumber business. He and his
wife are still living.

During the Civil war the Banks hoiue iiii Kansas was a rendezvous
alternately for Federals and Confederates and manv an exciting episode
occurred there. Mrs. Colgan has spent her entire life in the (iolden state.
She acquired her early education in a primitive school among the mountains
where her father operated a sawmill, and later was graduated in the Santa
Rosa high school with the first class that completed the course in that institu-
tion. She is a cultured and refined lady and a loving and faithful wife
and mother. She is a lady of genuine worth and the honors which ha\e
been accorded her in connection w-ith her husband's position have ])\ no
means affected her sweet womanliness. She believes not in station, but in
character, and true worth and not position is the passport to her friendship.


Unto Mr. and Airs. Colgan have been Ixvrn fi\-e children, but one died in
infancy. Those still living are Edlo Alay, Evelyn. Ralph Waite and Helen.

I\ir. Colgan first became actively connected with political affairs in
iS8(), in which year he was elected county sheriff. However, he had given
a stalwart support to the Republican party since casting his first presidential
vote for James A. Garfield in 1880. He filled the ofiice of county sheriff
for a term of two years and so fearlessly and acceptably discharged his duties
that he was re-elected for a second term. In the meantiine his loyalty to the
party and his fitness for political duties became known throughout the state,
and in 1890 he was the choice of his party for the position of state controller.
For three terms he has now filled that ofiice, and over the record of his
public career there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil. His course
has ever been honorable and straightforward, and he has never been drawn
into any factional differences, content to let the voice of the people choose
or reject him. That he has the public confidence in an unusual degree and
that he fully merits it, is indicated by his long retention in ofiice. His duties
are discharged with the utmost fidelity and ability. He is the first to reach
the office in the morning, the last to leave it at night, and neglects no duty
or detail no matter how unimportant it may seem.

Mr. Colgan is very prominent in civic societies and is a valued member
of various orders, including the IMasonic fraternity and the Mystic Shrine,
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Native Sons of the Golden West,
the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
He is also prominent in every good work to advance humanitarian interests
or promote the industrial growth of the state. W'ith him friendship is
inviolable, and at great sacrifice to himself he will favor a friend if it is at
all possible to do it. In manner he is cordial and genial and has the regard
of all with whom he has been brought in cimtacl. His unassailable reputa-
tion makes his career an lionor to the jiages of the history of the state that
has honored him and which claims him among her natix'e sons.


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