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kade turned his attention to mining and followed that business during the
greater part of the time until 1869, but he was never very fortunate in his
mining operations. At times he made money and again he lost it through
unfortunate speculations. His quartz-mining ventures w^ere nearly always
attended with failure, but fate had in store for him a prosperous future. In
those early days when crime of all kinds was prevalent he never engaged in
gambling or other forms of dissipation, and was a representative of that class
of worthy citizens who aided in laying the substantial foundation for the
present splendid development of the commonwealth. In 1869 he resumed the


practice of his profession at Stewart's Flat, then a prominent mining camp,
and in 1870 he removed to Auburn, where he has since continued. Although
his l<nowIedge of law is comprehensive in various departments, of late years
he has confined his practice to those branches of jurisprudence which con-
cern mining interests, land titles and probate law. In no profession is there
a greater field or one more open to talent than that of the law, and in no
field of endeavor is there demanded a more careful preparation, a more thor-
ough appreciation of the ethics of life, or of the underlying principles which
form the basis of all human rights and privileges. Mr. Kinkade's success in
his profession affords the best e\-idence of his capabilities in this line. In no
instance does he permit himself to enter the court-room without thorough prep-
aration, and this has been a salient feature in his professional career.

Although reared in Virginia, Mr. Kinkade became a stanch advocate of
the Union when Fort Sumter was fired upon, believing that the south had no
right to dispute the supremacy of the national government in Washington, and
joined the ranks of the Republican party which stood by the Union during
the thrilling hours of the Civil war; and for many years he was active in party
work, making effective speeches in the campaigns and (loing much to promote
its cause. But in 1896 he found his views on financial and other questions out
of harmony with the principles adopted in Minneapolis and has since then been
independent in political relations. He has long taken a deep interest in edu-
cational matters, and for six years he served his county as superintendent of
schools. His labors were untiring and very beneficial in upbuilding and
improving the free-school system of this county, and the high standard of
the schools to-day may be largely attributed to his influence and labors.

On the 15th of May, 1853, ]\Ir. Kinkade was united in marriage to Miss
Ann Green Turner, and they became the parents of six children, but have been
called upon to lay part of them away in the burying-ground of the place.
Their only surviving son is Edwin Morris, who is now in the employ of the
Wells-Fargo Company. In 1868 the wife aiid mother departed this life, and
Mr. Kinkade remained single until October 10, 1893, when he married Miss
Nelly Goffney. One child graces this union, Kenneth,_who is now five years
of age. Our subject has a nice home in Auburn, wdiere he is now enjoying the
evening of a well-spent life, amid comforts that his former toils have brought
to him. His tastes and his talents are so generous that there is no subject of
great human interest with which he is unacquainted or to which he has not
given sympathetic aid. Companionable, warm-hearted and open-handed,
admiration of his masterful abilities is forgotten in the warmer admiration
and love of the man.


The pioneers of a conimunily, the founders nf a town, or the organ-
izers of an enterprise that contribulcs to the substantial upbuilding and
development of a region, are worthy of public gratitude. They perform an
arduous task often without a reward at all commensurate with their efforts:


but as long as llie tDWii of Palunia exists it will be a monument to the
labors, enterprise anil progressive spirit of Benjamin F. Foster, its founder.
From the far-off Pine Tree state Air. Foster came to California.

He was born in Calais, Washington county, Maine, on the 25th of
March, 1842, and was therefore but eleven years of age when in 1853 he
came to the Pacific coast with his father. He is of English lineage and is
the son of Edwin and Abigail (Scott) Foster, both of whom were natives
of Alaine. They had nine children born in New England. In 1849 Edwin
Foster came to California by way of the Nicaragua route. Many of the
passengers had the Panama fever and were buried in the sea. A place on
the deck w-as set apart for those wlio were dangerously ill and when death
came to them they were thrown overboard into a watery grave. Mr. Foster
saw this done, and when he was taken ill and laid with the others he
became so angry at the outrage that he crawled away out of sight and
ultimately recovered.

Upon his arrival in San Francisco he was engaged in teaming, run-
ning drays and lighters in that then new and enterprising town. In 1853
he purchased a ranch on the Mokelumne river, in San Joaquin county, and
renting a place he also operated a ferry. By the homestead act he secured
one hundred and sixty acres of land, and in the year 1853 he sent for his
wife and children to join him. So with her little ones Mrs. Foster came
to California. The children are Clymena, Josephine, Benjamin F. and
Edwin. The last named, however, was born on the ranch in this state. The
father continued to reside on this farm throughout his remaining days,
devoting his attention to its cultivation and further improvement. His
death occurred when he had attained the age of sixty-two years. He was
one of the organizers of the Republican party of Woodbridge and became
one of its stanchest supporters, doing all in his power to promote its growth
and insure its success. The cause of the Union found him loyal in its sup-
port and he was kno\vn throughout the community as a man of the iiighest
probity of character and of sterling worth. His wife survived him for sev-
eral years and died on the old homestead in the sixty-ninth year of her
age. A member of the Methodist church, she was a devoted Christian
woman, and her influence was a benediction to all who knew her. She was
born on the 15th of May, 1816, and died in 1885, having performed the
noble work of rearing to honorable manhood her family of sons. The sur-
viving children are Benjamin F., George and Edwin.

Benjamin F. Foster was educated in San Joaquin valley, and he hauled
the first load of lumber used in erecting the first building in I-ockeford.
He inherited his father's farm and added to it until he became the owner
of three hundred and twenty acres of land at that place. He also purchased
one hundred and eighty acres where the town of Paloma now stands, and
with the development and progress of Calaveras county he has been actively
identified. He was called to public office and for six years served as a
deputy assessor.

In 1863. in answer to his country's urgent need for more volunteers


to aid in crushing out the Rebellion, ]Mr. Foster enlisted at Stockton as a
member of Company K, First California Caxalr}-. The regiment was sent
to New Mexico and he was detailed to act as a scout with Kit Carson,
continuing with that celebrated scout through the remainder of the war.
They engaged in chasing Indians and traveled three times from New Mexico
to the Missouri river. They also pursued Quantrell in Kansas, but failed
to overtake him. Mr. Foster rendered very \-aluable service to his country,
but was never wounded, and after the close of the war he received an hon-
orable discharge, on the 3d of April, 1866, at Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
He then visited' relatives in his native state and by way of the isthmus
returned to San Francisco.

In Stockton, on the 29th of October, 18S5, was celebrated the marriage
of Mr. Foster and Miss Flora Sta.rkey, a nati\e of Sonoma, California,
and a daughter of Singleton Starkey. Their union has been blessed with
one daughter, Clara Belle, who is now a student in San Francisco. They
removed to his property in Calaveras county in 1895, and on it Mr. Foster
platted the town of Paloma, which is now a thriving business center with
a number of stores and other commercial and industrial concerns, a fine
school house and a large hall. It is located one mile distant from the
G^^•inn mine, and many of the miners have their homes in Paloma. The
town is on the stage route froni Valley Springs and Mokelumne Hill,
about equally distant from the itwo places, and is in the midst of a rich
mining and fruit-growing district. Mr. Foster has sold his lots at moder-
erate prices and is doing all in his power to improve and upbuild the town,
his efforts resulting to the benefit of others as well as himself. He follows
farming and stock-raising, is the owner of a livery stable, and he also con-
ducts a business in real estate. His progressive spirit is manifest in the
manner in which he conducts his affairs.

A Republican in his political views, he is unswerving in his advocacy
of the party. Socially he is connected with the Grand Army of the Repub-
lic, the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and its
Rebekah degrees, also with the Knights of the ?^Iaccabees. He has always
been prominent in public affairs, and no one has been more actively or com-
mendably interested in the welfare and development of this section of the
state. He is a man of enterprise, positive character, indomitable energy,
strict integrity and liberal views, and has been fully identified with the
growth and prosperity of the state of his adoption. He has persevered in
the pursuit of a persistent purpose and gained a most satisfactory reward.
His life is exemplary in many respects and he has the esteem of his friends
and the confidence of those who have had business relations with him.


Judge Hughes, of Sacramento, is a distinguished memlier of the judi-
ciary of California and is one of a class of American jurists whom the
people regard as a Gibraltar of justice. In the hands of such judges the


individuals anil state feel that every interest is safe and that the law will
be administered with the broadest intelligence and with a keen regard for
equity. He took to the bench the very highest qualifications for this most
responsible office in the system of government and his record as a judge
has been in harmony with his record as a man and a lawyer, distinguished
b\' unswen^ing integrity and a masterfiil grasp of every problem that lias
presented itself for solution.

Joseph W. Hughes was born in Fayette, Howard county, Missouri,
June lO, i860, and is a son of J. R. Hughes, of that place, who was born
in Kentucky, son of William and Nancy (Morrison) Hughes. The grand-
father was a native of Virginia and died in Fayette, Missouri, at the age
of forty-four years. His wife, whose birth occurred in Kentuckj-, also spent
her last days in Missouri. The maternal grandparents of our subject were
Joseph and Amanda (Stapleton) Wilcox.son, and the former, who was
probably born in Virginia, died in Fayette, ^Missouri. J. R. Hughes, the
father of our subject, is a farmer by occupation and from Kentucky he
removed to Missouri with his parents and is still a resident of that state.
His wife bore the maiden name of Priscilla Ann Wilcoxson and was born
in Missouri. They became the parents of six children, all of whom are yet
living, namely: Joseph W'.. William. jNIinnie. Morrison. Gussie and James
R. The father entered land from the government in ^fissouri. and taking
up his abode on the wild tract transformed the wild prairie into rich and
fertile fields.

On the old homestead Judge Hughes spent the days of his boyhood and
youth and in early life attended the public schools of the neighborhood.
When seventeen years of age he became a student in the college in Fayette,
^lissouri, but left that institution five months before his graduation. Enter-
ing upon his business career he secured a clerkship in a general store, where
he remained for eighteen months and then bought out his employer, after
which he conducted the store until his removal to California. On the 6th
of April, 1882, he left his home in Missouri and started for the Pacific
coast, reaching Sacramento on the 16th of the same month. Here he accepted
the position as bookkeeper for JefTerson Wilcoxson, his great uncle, in
whose employ he remained for five years.

In the meantime he determined to make the practice of law his life
work and devoted all his leisure hours in mastering the principles of juris-
prudence as set forth in Blackstone and other reliable works on law. On
the iitli of March, 1S86, he was admitted to the bar, and in his profession
he has won a position of prominence that many an older ]iraclitioner mieht
well envy. His thorough understanding of the law. his careful preparation
of cases, and his ability to apply judicial principles to the point in litigatii^n
won him marked success before court and jury and gained to him a liberal
clientage. In 1896 he was elected a judge of the superior court and is
now acceptably filling that position. The judge who makes a success in the
discharge of his multitudinous delicate duties, whose rulings are seldom
reversed and before whom ci^unsel and litigant come with an luishakable


confidence, is a man of well rounded character, finely balanced mind and
splendid intellectual attainments. That Judge Hughes is regarded as such
a jurist is a uniformly accepted fact.

The Judge was married in 1893 to Miss Nellie Stanley, a daughter of
Lee Stanley, who came from Indiana to California in the fall of 1850, when
only seventeen years of age. He possessed marked determination and his
resolute will and indefatigable energy enabled liim to make continuous and
marked progress on the road to success. He was first employed by a mining
compau}' engaged in draining the middle fork of the American river near
Mount Gregory. Later he entered into partnership with a man who was
operating Works' ranch in Eldorado county, ten miles above Georgetown.
After two years passed in that way he engaged in teaming, making regular
trips to Georgetown and Mount Gregory, with two teams. During this time
he maintained his residence in Sacramento. In 1861 he was married and aban-
doned teaming, devoting his energies to the hay and grain business. He was
conducting a livery stable when he was elected the sheriff of Sacramento
county in i8go, being the candidate of the Citizens' Association and endorsed
by the Democracy. He is, however, and always has been, a Republican in poli-
tics, and the majority which he received was a high compliment to him, indi -
eating his personal popularity and the confidence reposed in him by his fellow
citizens. He is now a member of the firm of Clark Brothers & Stanley.

Judge Hughes is a Democrat in his political afiiliations and cast his first
presidential vote. for Grover Cleveland in 1884. Socially he is connected with
Sacramento Lodge, F. & A. M., of which he is a past master. He has also
taken Scottish Rite degrees and is a charter member of the Order of Elks in
San Francisco, and is a past grand chief ranger of the Foresters of America.
Of all men he seems to be-satisfied with the simple discharge of his duty with-
out regard to its effect upon his growing fame. Lideed, in his very modesty
of manner and fidelity is found not only the chief causes of his popularity
among his associates, the legal profession and the people, but also one of the
best evidences of his marked ability and worth.


In the town of Mur])liy"s. Calaveras county, Air. Fisk is well known,
being actively identified with its business interests. Here he is serving as
the ix>stmaster and is also a druggist, conducting a well-equipped store in
that line. Throughout his business career he has represented commercial
pursuits here.

He was born in Oldtown, :\Iaine, on the 20th of IMarch. 1857. and
belongs to a family of English origin. His father. Charles Fisk." was a
native of Vermont, born in 1813, and removing to Okkown. Maine, he
engaged in merchandising until 1864. He was recognized as an influential
citizen whose oiiinions and efforts did much toward shaping the public
policy of the place. Me served as one of the selectmen and as a member of


the board of educatiuu. He married Miss Mary Aim Eaton, a native of
Nova Scotia, and in 1864 they came to CaHfornia, locating in the town of
Washington, in Yolo county, wliere the fatlier operated a sawmill and
engaged in the lumber business. He was subsequently the proprietor of the
Fisk Hotel at Silver Mountain, and in 1869 he came to Murphy's, where
he owned a placer mine. Here he engaged in merchandising until his life's
labors were ended, his death occurring in November, 1897, when he was
eighty-three years of age. He was a citizen of the highest probity. While
in Alpine county he was public administrator. His wife departed this life
in i8q.^, survived by five of Iier children. In the family were eleven chiklren,
but six of the number had departed this life. Those who are still living are:
Mrs. Mary J. Alauk, of Phcenix, .\rizona; Charles E.. of Murphy's; Mrs.
Emily Smith, a widow living in Sacramento; Fred E., of Los Angeles;
and Frank Willis.

The last named, the youngest, was twelve years of age when he came
with his parents to Murphy's. He attended the village school and at an
early age began to assist his father in the mercantile establishment, thus
acquiring a knowledge which enabled him to continue business on his own
account with excellent success. He was appointed the postmaster of the
town and took possession of the office in 1898. He has a very neat and well
equipped office in a portion of his store, and his daughter acts as his dep-
uty, while his son also assists in the office.

On the 7tli of June. 1879, Mr. Fisk wedded I\Iiss May P. Shearer, a
native of Murphy's and a daughter of Volney Shearer, one of the early
settlers of California. They ha\e now two children, — Effie May and Charles
Frederick. They occupy a nice home in the town and the members of the
household maintain a high standing in social circles. Mr. Fisk was elected
one of the supervisors of Calaveras county in 1886, and ably and faithfully
served for four years, during which time roads and bridges were built and
others improved, and the county hospital was also erected, ^Ir. Fisk giving
his hearty co-operation to all movements for the general good: He is a
member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and has been financier
of the society since its organization in 1883. Almost his emire life has
been spent in this locality, and that those who have known hun from boy-
hood are numbered among his stanchest friends is an indication that he -
iipright and honorable and worthy of high regard.


Josei)li Woolford. who is practically living a retired life in Plymouth,
has through his well directed efforts won a competency that now enables him
largely to put aside business cares. He is a native of England, his birth hav-
ing occurred in Ramsbury, \\'iltshire, on the 7th of February, 1830. For
many generations the family resided in that country. Hi.s father, William
Woolford. married Miss Elizabeth Hobbs, a native of his own town, and
thev had fourteen children, but onlv three are now living. He reached the


xtvy advanced age of eighty-four years, wliile his wife passed away at the
age of seventy-two years. Tliey were meniliers of the Church of England, —
honest, industrious and upright people.

Joseph Woolford w^as early trained to hahits of industry and economy.
When only eight years of age he began to earn his living, and in consequence
his educational privileges were very limited. He served an apprenticeship to
the blacksmith's trade in the city of London, after which he worked on the
Great Eastern steamship, and in 1857 went into southern waters, locating
in Peru, where he assisted in the building of an iron mate or wharf which
ran out into the sea past the surf. Determining to make his home in Cali-
fornia, he arrived in Plymouth in the spring of 1862, and was for two years
engaged in placer-mining in different places in the county, but, making only
about six dollars a day, he was not satisfied with the wages. Subsequently
he spent eighteen years in the employ of the Haywood Mining Company,
working at his trade and at all kinds of blacksmithing and iron-working
required in the mill and mines. He was the foreman of their shop, and
being an expert workman he gave excellent satisfaction to his employers.
He also worked in the Empire and Pacific mines for the New London Folks
for two years, and in 1872 he took up two hundred and eighty acres of land
adjoining the town of Plymouth. He now resides upon his farm. He has
improved the property and erected a good residence, but in a measure he has
retired from active business, although he still has a shop and his high reputa-
tion as a first-class workman brings to him considerable trade.

Air. Woolford has always given his support to the Democratic party, but
has never been an aspirant for office, preferring to give his time and attention
to liis business affairs. Lie adheres to the faith of the Episcopal church and
has led an honorable and upright life, his word being as good as his bond.
His marked industry has been the source of his prosperity, and he belongs
to that class of energetic and reliable men whd have truly won the proud
American title of self-made.

Henry Woolford, a nephew of otu^ subject, with his family, is living
on the farm and working it, while Mr. Woolford makes his home with them.


Frank Joseph Schoettgen has long been engaged in the luitcheriiig and
meat-market business in Columbia, and has been a resident of California since
1855. As his name indicates, he is of German birth, the place of his nativity
being Baden, the date March 11, 1823. His parents were John B. and
Johanna (Folmer) Schoettgen. both of whom were natives of Germany and
"faithful members of the Catholic church. The father owned and conducted
a dveing establishment in his native land. His was a long, useful and active
career, terminated in death when he had reached the age of eighty years.
The mother of our subject departed this life in the fortieth year of her ;'ge.
The father afterward married Johanna Spitzmiller, also a native of Germany.


Tlieir family numbered ten children, all born by tiie first wile, three of whom
died in infancy.

The subject of this review, however, is the only survivor of the family.
To the public schools of the fatherland he is indebted for the educational
privileges which he enjoyed. For some time he occupied the position of
bookkeeper in Germany. He could not only speak his native tongue but was
also conversant with the French language. He had, however, no knowledge
of English until he came to the United States, in the thirtieth year of his
age, believing that he might better his financial condition here where oppor-
tunities for joung men were greater. He landed at New Orleans and made
his way to St. Louis, where he embarked in bu.siness, spending two years in
that city. On the expiration of that period he came to California, by way
of the Nicaragua route, arriving in San Francisco in July, 1855, and pro-
ceeding thence directly to Calaveras county. Here he engaged in mining
until the time of the Fraser river excitement, when he made his way to the
new gold fields, but success did not smile upon his ventures there. At dif-
ferent times he mined at San Andreas, Mokelumne Hill and Camp Sago.
He then came to Columbia, arriving in July, 1S56, and here he engaged in
rnining and then turned his attention to the butchering business, opening a
meat market, which he has since continued, supplying the citizens of the
town and surrounding country with a good grade of meat and doing an hon-
orable and successful business. He paid cash for his stock, but sold much on
credit and in this way he lost considerable money, yet prosperity has come
to him and he is now the possessor of not only a good business but also a
comfortable home. He is still conducting his business, but has practically
retired from active duty, his store being conducted by his sons and son-in-
law, the latter being Mr. Napoleon, who has T)een connected with the enter-

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