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the mastery of scientific principles and the ability to apply them to the points
at issue. Mr. Fuhveiler has gained the position of distinction in connec-
tion with the legal fraternity of Placer county, and his marked prestige is
indicated by the large clientage which he now enjoys. He resides at Auburn,
w here he is a well known citizen.

A native of Ohio, he was born in Cincinnati, on the ijtli of October,
1S33, and is of Swiss lineage. From the land of the Alps came his an-
cestors and located in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1700. Albert Ful-
weiler, the great-great-grandfather of our subject, was the progenitor of tlie
family in this country; and John Fuhveiler, the grandfather, and Abram Ful-
wclier. the father, were l)oth natives of Lancaster county. They were farm-
ing people and mill-owners and actively connected with the agricultural and
industrial interests of their conimunity. At an early date the members of
the family were Lutherans ii-i their religious faith, Inu afterward became
^^lethodists.

Abraham Fuhveiler was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann Schrote,
of Maryland. She was of Welsh descent. Her father served as a soldier in
tlie war of 18x2. The representatives of the Fuhveiler family are widely
scattered, many of tlie family living in North Carolina, \'irginia, Kentucky
and Illinois, as well as Calit\)rnia. The parents of our suliject had ten chil-
dren, eight daughters and two sons, and five of the former still survive. The
mother died in her fortieth year and the father was killed in a runaway ac-
cident when seventy-two years of age. He was a fervent minister of tlie
Methodist Episcopal cliurch. and through his deep devotion to the cause he
preaclied for the denomination, — carrying the "glad tidings of great joy"
to the people without wishing for or receiving anything in payment for his
services. After the death of his first wife he was again married, and there
were two daughters and four .sons liy that union. In 1850 he came to Cali-



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 165

f.iniia. where he remained until 185-', when lie returned to_ the east, and
in the fall of the same year he brought his family to the Pacific coast. Both
times he made the journey across the plains, and when he had reached this
state he settled in Nevada' county, where he devoted his life to business and
church work. He was both an excellent German and English scholar and
cnuld preach in either language. During the Civil war he was a strong
V\wn\ man and made many speeches in favor of the Republican party and
the Union cause. He had marked influence with both the German and Eng-
lish speaking people.

Mr. Fulweiler was educated in the city of Cincinnati and in Dubuque,
Liwa. He was but seventeen years of age when with his father he crossed
the plains to California, in 1850. He followed mining in Siskiyou, Nevada
and Placer counties until 1865. He w^as often the possessor of much wealth,
but he sank his money again in mining operations, being one of the fearless
and enterprising citizens, always ready to risk his capital in operations that
promised well. In 1865, owing to injuries received wdiile mining, he was
forced to abandon that pursuit and in consequence took up the study of law.
]n 1869 he was admitted to the bar, and in 1871 he was elected district ;it-
torney of Placer county. He discharged the duties of his office s<j cajiahly
that iie was re-elected in 1873, and during his incumbency conductetl much
tax litigation with the Pacific Railroad Company, arising from the adoption
of the codes which brought about a new revenue system, and were appealed
to the hirfiest courts of California and of the United States. For thirty
years he has been a member of the bar and is well known among lawyers
for the wide research and provident care with which he prepares his cases.
In 1875 he was admitted to practice in the supreme court of the state of
California, and in 1878 he was admitted to practice in the United States
circuit court for the ninth district of California. He has ever since held a
leading position as a prominent practitioner and has a large and distinctive-
ly representative clientele.

In 1865 Mr. Fulweiler was united in marriage to ^Nliss J^Iary Dunevant,
a native of Belleview, Illinois. They have one of the nicest homes in Auburn,
surrounded by thirty acres of ground with an orchard and everything need-
ed to contribute to their comfort and pleasure. Mr. Fulweiler has advanced
to a high degree in Masonry. He is a representative of the blue lodge,
capitular, cryptic and chivalric Masonry, and for six years he served as the
master of Eureka Lodge, No. 16, F. & A. M. He was the high priest of
Delta Chapter. No. 2'/, R. A. M., for four years, and for two years has been
the worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, of wdiich his wife is
also a \alued member and officer. He likewise belongs to the Grand Council
of Chosen Friends and is a past master workman of Covenant Lodge. No.
97, .\ncient Order of United Workmen.

In politics he is a stanch Republican, his allegiance dating from the
organization of the party. He has rendered it much valuable service, hav-
ing for eighteen years served as the chainnan of the Republican county cen-
tral committee. He keeps well informed on the issues of the day and is able



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to s'upport his position Ijy intelligent argument, and in many campaigns his
political addresses have contributed in a large measure to his party's suc-
cess. He is probably best known, however, in connection witii the practice
of law. From the beginning of his career as a legal practitioner his efforts
have 1)een attended with success. He has mastered the science of juris-
jjrudence, and his deep research and thorough preparation of every case com-
mitted to his care enables him to meet at once any contingency that ma\-
arise. His cause is fenced about with unanswerable logic, and his argu-
ments are strong, clear, decided, and follow each other in natural sequence,
forming a chain of reasoning that his opponent finds very difticnlt to over-
throw. His delivery is graceful, his voice clear and ringing, and his elo-
quence carries all before it : it is not the adornment of words or flowery phrases,
^vhich often obscure the thought, but the eloquence born of the occasion and
inspired by a sense of true justice of human rights and liberties.

BOLDAAIER K. LETAXG.

Boldamer E. Letang is tl.e well known proprietor of the Jackson Gas
Works of Jackson. Amador county, a native of Montreal. Canada, was born on
the 13th of April, 1850, and he is of French lineage, the family having been
founded in Canada several generations ago. His parents, Calist and Mar-
garet (Proulx) Letang, were both natives of Canada and were honest and
industrious farming people who reared eight children, six of whom are now
living. The mother departed this life when in her sixty-ninth year, and the
father passed awav in his seventy-second year. They were devout mem-
bers of the Catholic church and their lives were in harmony with their pro-
fessions.

Mr. Letang, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the
parish of St. Lawrence, and in 1880 came to Jackson, Amador county, where
for some years he was engaged in the operation of mining machinery, be-
ing first located at the Lincoln mine. He then came to Jackson and operatetl
the machinery of the Zeile mine, with which he was connected for about
seven years. In 1891. in partnership with \'. S. Garbarine. he leased the
Jackson Gas Works and after a year he bought out his partner, and all the
stock from the other stockholders, becoming the sole owner. He has since
operated the plant with excellent success. He not only manufactures and
sells gas for illuminating and cooking purix)ses but deals in gas stoves and
is capable of doing all kinds of repair work on the same. His business is one
of the progressive enterpri.ses of the town and contributes much to the com-
fort and convenience of the inhabitants. He is an expert machinist and an
active and honorable business man whose well directed efforts have secured
to him a comfortable competence.

Mr. Letang is a member of the ^lasonic fraternity, having taken the
degrees of the blue lodge in his native town. In politics he is a Republican
and keeps well informed on the issues of the day, but has never sought office,
his time and energies being given to other interests.



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 167



RICHARD SHERBURX.



Upon one of the finest farms of central California there resides an
honorable and venerable man who has passed the eighty-tifth. milestone
on life's journey, and in the evening of life is accorded that respect and
deference which'should ever be shown old age. Though his years are many,
his vigor is that of a man much younger, and his interest in the affairs of
life is still active. His pleasant home is celebrated for its hospitality, and
the courtesy of the old-time school always meets those who are guests beneath
his roof. The qualities that constitute the true gentleman have made Mr.
Sherburn one of the leading- and representative citizens of Sacramento
county, and it is therefore with pleasure that we present the record of his
life to the readers of this volume.

A native of Yorkshire.England, he was born on the 14th of Xovember.
1814, and is a son of William and Margaret Sherburn. who spent their
entire lives in that land, where the father engaged in gardening. He was
more than eighty years of age at the time of his death, and his wife was
about eighty when called to the home beyond. Richard Sherburn was reared
upon the home farm and acquired a good practical English education.
Having arrived at years of maturity, he was married, on the lith of April,
1848, to Miss Ann Brookville, who was born in Derbyshire, England, March
3. 181 7, a daughter of John and Maria (Pitts) Brookville. Her father
died in Derbyshire, where for some years he operated a hat factory. He
was also the proprietor of a store in London. His wife spent her last days
in Yorkshire, England.

Soon after their marriage Air. Sherburn and his young bride started
iov the new world, crossing the Atlantic on the old sailing vessel Patrick
Henry on her first trip. They did not tarry in the east but made their way
to the Mississippi valley, locating in Dane county, Wisconsin, where Mr.
Sherburn engaged in farming until 1852. In the spring of that year they
started for California, making the o\-erland trip with o.xen. They were fi\'e
months ujjon the way and endured the usual hardships that fell to the kit
of the early pioneers who crossed the hot and barren plains and climbed
the steep mountains which barred the path to the Pacific coast. Their little
son. William H., then only five years of age, rode horseback nearly all the
wa\-. Un reaching the Golden state Mr. Sherburn embarked in merchandis-
ing in Sacramento, in partnership with a Mr. Prentice, but the same year
a fire destroyed their property. However, with characteristic energy they
began business again; but the floods came on and destroyed their store and
stock to even a greater degree than the fiery element had done.

Therefore Mr. Sherburn determined to devote his energies to agricul-
tural pursuits, and removed to his present farm, about three miles south of
Sacramento, the place being locally known as Sutterville. When he first
came he made his way to the farm in a row-boat from San Francisco, for all
I if the country was under water, the site of his ])resent home being the only
tract of dry land visible for many miles. In connection with farming Mr.



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Shcrburn also kept a Irivern fdr iwenty-seven years after settling upon the
farm. Few men in central CalilVirnia have dune more to advance the agri-
cultural interests of this garden spot of the world than he. He placed his
land under a very high state of cultivation and the fields were made to
blossom as the rose. All modern improvements were added, and the progress
of the times has been manifest in the new methods of farming and the
improved machinery which has been utilized at Sutterville. It has been only
about three years since Mr. Sherburn put aside the active cares of business
life and has lived retired, his farm being now rented to his grandson.

The children of Ivlr. and Mrs. Sherburn are two in number. William
H., a merchant of Sacramento, was married, and it is his son George who
rents the old family homestead. He, too, is married and has a little son,
Harold W ., who was born on this homestead, as was George R. Sherburn.
John B., the second son, was married, and died at the age of twenty-eight
years. lea\-ing two daughters, both of whom are now married, and each has
a child, .so that Richard Sherburn, of this review, has three great-grand-
children.

In his political views Mr. Sherburn has been a stalwart Republican since
casting his first presidential vote for John C. Fremont, in 1856. He filled
the office of justice of the peace for six years, and for many years was a
member of the school board. He was largely instrumental in establishing
the first school in this locality, and the first teacher, S. L. Rogers, boarded
m his family. He has ever labored untiringly to promote the cause of
education, realizing the importance in the affairs of life. Both he and his
wife are members of the Episcopal church, of which they have been com-
municants for more than fifty-five years. The family is one of the oldest
and most highly esteemed in Sacramento countw 'Sir. and ^^Irs. Sherburn
are a polite and courteous old-time English couple, whose friends are desirous
that tliey may be spared to reach the century mark. In the evening of life
they are surrounded by the comforts that former toil has enaliled them to
secure, and they enjoy the friendship and warm regard of all with whom
they have been brought in contact.

WlXFIi'l.D j. D.WIS.

The name of no resident of Sacramento is more inseparably connected
with the journalistic interests and intellectual jjrogress of this section of the
state than \\'infield J. Davis, who has been identified with a number of the
leading papers of Sacramento county. Of Welsh lineage, he was born in
Utica. Oneida county. New York, December 5, 1851, liis parents being Will-
iam and Elinor (Parry) Da\is. In 1862 the family removed from the Em-
])ire state to California, making the journey by w-ay of the isthmus route.
The father purchased a ranch near Lincoln, in Placer county, where he re-
sided until 1869, when he came with his family to Sacramento. Thus reared
on a farm, our subject became familiar with all the duties and labors that
fell to the lot of the agriculturist, ilefore coming to .Sacramento, however,



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 169

he I)egan tlie study of shorthand, in 1867, having a smah Iwok entitled The
Yiiung Reporter. His lack of elementary text-books was a great hindrance
to him in his work, but he perse\-ered until he became one of the leading
shorthand reporters on the Pacific coast. He entered the first grade of the
grammar school of Sacramento September 19, 1869, in the midst of the
school year, and was graduated April 22, 1870, in the first rank with ten
others in a class of thirty-four. Among his classmates were many who have
attained pn)niinence in the various walks of life, including Mrs. Ella Haskell
Cummins, the celel)rated writer of juvenile literature, and the late C. F.
Crocker, who became the vice-president of the Southern Pacific Railroad
Company.

After his graduation at the grammar school ]\Ir. Davis pursued a high-
school course until January, 1871, and on the 2d of February, of that year,
he entered the office of the Bee to learn the printing trade. In June of the
same year he became an employe of the Daily Union, his service being that
of comjjositor and shorthand reporter. His first task in the latter line was
the reporting of the proceedings of the Republican state convention held in
June, 1 87 1, at which time Newton Booth was nominated for governor. At
the close of the legislative session in 1872 he was engaged as one of the
local editors of that paper, under the direction of Captain J. D. Young, late
state printer. On the 7th of October. 1879, Mr. Davis was admitted to the
bar. In the meantime, on the 31st of August, 1874, he was appointed, after a
competitive examination, official shorthand reporter of the sixth district
court, by Judge Ramage. the district comprising Sacramento and Yolo coun-
ties. He was retained in the office under Judge Denson, and filled the po-
sition until the abolition of the court by the new constitution. When the
superior court was organized to take its place he was appointed official re-
porter of the superior court and held the office until January. 1897. In that
capacity he reported some of the most important cases that have ever been tried
in the courts of the state.

He has also been prominent in political affairs and is unwavering in
the advocacy of Republican principles. For several years he was the chair-
man of the Republican city central committee, and during the Blaine cam-
paign of 1884, also the Swift campaign of 1886. and the [Nlarkham cam-
paign of 1890, he was the chairman of the Republican county central com-
mittee, having the general supervision of those campaigns throughout the
county, in which there was a loss to Republicans of but one candidate on
tlie county ticket. On Saturday night immediatelv before the presidential
election of 1884 it was discovered that the Hon. Frank D. Ryan, the Repub-
lican nominee for representative to the state legislature from the eighteenth
district, was ineligible by reason of the fact that he had not lived in that
])articular district for a year, although he had been born and reared in an
adjoining district in the city. Mr. Ryan, therefore, resigned his position on
the ticket and the nomination was tendered to Mr. Davis. The campaign,
while brief, was a hotly contested one. hut our subject won the election by a
vote of one thousand four hundred ;ind ninety-cigjit against a vote of eight



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hundred and twenty-two for Hon. H. M. La Rue. the Democratic candidate,
■who was a popular man and at that time was the speaker of the assembly.
During the ensuing session of the legislature Mr. Davis was the chairman
of the house committee on public buildings and grounds and a member of
the committees on ways and means, claims, and water rights and drainage.
During that session large appropriations were secured for the improvement
of public buildings and grounds in Sacramento county. It was in that legis-
lature also that the exciting measures concerning irrigation were brought
forward, to settle which two extra sessions were called.

Mr. Davis is also prominent in connection with the journalistic inter-
ests and literary work of the state. His contributions on historical and po-
litical subjects have been frequently seen in the leading magazines and news-
papers and have awakened \ery favorable comment. In the winter of 1888-9
he compiled the historical portion of a large volume, entitled The Govern-
mental Roster of the State of California, of which five thousand copies were
issued by the legislature. In 1892 he published his "History of Political
Conventions in California," a work that is standard authority on the his-
tory of politics in the Golden State. In his library he has the largest col-
lection of books and documents relating to the history of California that
can be found in the state outside of the state library and a few in San Fran-
cisco.

On December 7, 1891, ^Ir. Davis was elected a member of the board
of education of the city of Sacramento, and was re-elected to the office at
the first election under the new charter on Xovember 7, 1893. He was then
chosen president of the board, and filled that office for four years. During
his presidential terms he wrote an elaborate history of the public schools,
that was published by tjie city government and received warm com-
mendation from the federal and state educational departments. Mr. Davis
is the historian of the Sacramento Society of California Pioneers; also an
honorary member of the Sacramento Biographical Union. He was commis-
sioned major and engineer officer of the National Guard of California De-
cember 3. 1881. and .served on the staffs of Brigadier Generals John F.
Sheehan. Llewellyn Tozer and John T. Carey. Mr. Davis has long been ac-
counted one of the leading factors of the public life of Sacramento, and his
name is so inseparably connected with the judicial, political and journalistic
history of central California that this work would be incomplete without
the record of his life.

JAMES W. CRUTCHER.

On the roster of the officials of Colusa county appears the name of
James Wilson Crutcher. for he is now serving as clerk and recorder. He
was born in Montgomery county. Missouri, and is a son of Samuel Crutcher.
a native of Kentucky. On the paternal side the ancestry can be traced back
tn Samuel and Elizabeth (Lee) Crutcher. the great-grandparents of our
subject. Th.ev were married in Patrick countv, \'irs:inia. and in their familv



OF XORTHERX CALIFORXIA. 171

Avere five children, namely: Elizabeth. Cornelia. Frank. Charles and
Sa'iiuel. The last named, bamuel Crutcher. Jr., was the grc-.ndfather of iiim
whose name introduces this review. Having arrived at years of maturity,
he married Xancy James, of Virginia, and m 1810 he removed to Lincom
■county, Missouri, where he made his home for twenty years, when, in 1830.
he took up his alaode in Montgomery county, that state. His children were
William, John, Sophia, Lucella and Samuel.

The last named was the father of our subject. During his early life
he accompanied his parents to Missouri and his death occurred in ilont-
gomery county, that state, at the age of seventy-three years. He was one
of the pioneer farmers of the locality and carried on agricultural pursuits
for many years. He also embarked in merchandising, but that venture was
ix)t so successful. In going to Missouri he located at Middletown. and the
first goods sold in the northern part of Montgomery county were sold in
one end of his house, in 1836, by ^latthew W'ilberger and Samuel King.
The latter sold his interest in the little store to Mr. Crtitcher, and later the
firm of W'ilberger & Crutcher removed their stock of goods to the present
site of Middletown, placing them on sale in a little log cabin which was soon
afterward destroyed by fire, and thus thej" were financially ruined. Mr. W'il-
berger. Mr. Crutcher's partner, surveyed and laid out the town of Middletown
in 1S36, while John Dugan built the first house there.

Samuel Crutcher, the father of our subject, was three times married,
his first union being with Eliza A. Holladay. After her death he wedded
a Mrs. Holloway, who was a widow. For his third wife he chose Mrs. Jane
Randolph, nee Winters. His first wife was born in 1815 and their mar-
riage was celebrated in 1836. She was a member of the Christian church and
died in that faith in 1847. In their family were eleven children.

On the maternal side Mr. Crutcher. of this review, can trace his ances-
try back to his great-grandparents, Stephen and Ann ( Hickman ) Holladay.
The latter was a daughter of James and Hannah (Lewis) Hickman, of
Clark county. Kentucky, and was born in Culpeper county. \'irginia. in
1754. Her death occurred in Clark county in 1836. About the year 1783
she became the wife of Stephen Holladay^ a farmer, who is described as
having dark hair and hazel eyes and whose weight was about two hundred
and twentv pounds. They reared seven children, the eldest being Elliott
Holladay. the grandfather of our subject, who was born in 1786. two years
after his father removed to Kentucky. In 1812 he volunteered at Win-
chester. Kentucky, to fight the Indians who were on the war path, causing
great trouble to the people of the new state. He became a member of Cap-
tain John Martin's Company and participated in the hard-fought engage-
ments on the i8th and 22d of Januarv, 1813. On the latter date he was taken
prisoner at \V'inchester at the defeat on the river Raisin. He suffered greatlv
from cold and from cruel treatment and finally was obliged to give up his
gun in order to save his life. After being exchanged he made his way
liomc. where he arrived in April. 181 3. The following year he married



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Rachel Tohnson, wlio was born in 1791 and whose parents were from
^laryhmd.

In 1833 Elliott Holladay went to Missonri and after selecting a location



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