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the two sessions he was chairman of the finance committee. He has been a
lifelong Democrat, unfaltering in the support of the principles of the party,
and he has taken an active interest in the work of the party con\-entions.
His efforts have contributed in a large measure toward securing Demo-



cratic success, and as a county and state officer he gave to the duties of his
positions the fullest attention.

After three years spent in California. Mr. Banvard returned to the east
for his wife, making the journey by way of the isthmus of Panama. They
returned hv wav of "the Nicaragua route, bringing with them their iirst-born
son. Louis' Howell, who is now the secretary in the train dispatcher's office
in Sacramento, a voung man of intelligence and ability. Their second son,
Charles Edgar, was born in Auburn on the 7th of June. 1857. and is now
employed in a large sawmill in Tuolumne county. ^Ir. Banvard is now, in
1900. in the eighrieth year of his age. and his wife has reached the age of
seventy-<ine years. They are a well preserved old couple and deserve hon-
orable' mention among the pioneers and prominent citizens of their adopted
state. They have a nice home at Alta and several other dwellings, and three
hundred and twenty acres of farming land, and are passing the evening of
a well spent life in peace and comfort. Mrs. Banvard is an estimable lady who
shares with her husband in the high regard which is uniformly given him.
Mr. Banvard has borne an active part in the work of developing California
from its primitive condition to its present state of progress, and in public
and private life he has commanded the respect, confidence and good will of
his fellow men.


This gentleman has for many years been one of the leading i-e])rescnta-
tives of the agricultural interests of Sacramento county, and is also a man
of prominence in political circles. He is now occupying the position of
county coroner, and in the discharge of his duties manifests the business-
like promptness and keen discernment that have brought him success in the
channels of legitimate trade. He owes his prosperity not to the inherited
wealth of a line of ancient ancestors, but to his industry and resolute pur- and thus he has justly won the proud .Vmerican title of self-made man.

Mr. McMullen was born in Perry county. Ohio. January 27, 1838. and
is a son of John McMullen. who was a prosperous farmer and stock-dealer
of that locality. His paternal grandfather, John McMullen, was a probate
judge of California in a very early day. John McMullen, the father of
our subject, came to California in 1857 and spent his last days in Solano
county, where he died at the age of seventy-seven years. His wife was in
her maidenhood Miss Susan Kemper, who was also a native of Perry county,
Ohio, and dierl in Solano county, at the age of sixty-nine years. Tn their
family were se\en children, and with the exception of two tlaughters all are
yet living.

George C. McMullen was a youth of seventeen years when he accom-
panied his jiarents on their removal t(^ Missouri, and two years later he
came with them to California, the journey being made across the plains with
ox teams. .After some years* residence in Solano county he came to Sacra-
mento county, in 1874. and purchased a fine ranch of two hundred and forty


acres, known as Lizzie's \'ineyard and situated witiiin a short distance of
Brighton. There he carried on business for a number of years, bringing- his
ranclies to a high state of perfection. He cultivated fruit, with excellent
success, and also engaged in trading and dealing extensively in land and in
breeding and raising high grades of horses and other stock. He became
the owner of a farm of se\-enty-six acres, near Brighton, and was numbered
among the representatives of the agricultural and horticultural interests of
Sacramento county until Deceiuber, iSod, when he established an undertaking
business in Sacramento.

Mr. AIcIMullen is well known in political circles and has earnestly ad-
vocated the principles of the Republican party since 1864, when he supported
Abraham Lincoln. At the pre\-ious election he voted for Stephen A. Doug-
las, but through the past thirty-five years he has been unwavering in his
allegiance to the political organization that stood by the Union in the Civil
war and is now upholding American interests in our colonial possessions.
In 1884 he was elected supervisor of the county, and in November, 1888,
was chosen by popular ballot for the responsible position of sheriff, in which
he discharges his duties with promptness and fidelity. In 1898 he was
elected county coroner and is now filling that office. Frequenth' called to
public office his election demonstrates the confidence reposed in his fidelity
to the public trusts.

On the 25111 nf September, 1859, Mr. IMcMullen was united in mar-
riage to Miss Rhoda E. White, and to them have been born five children :
George Ebner, Irvine H., Lyda A., Winfield E. and Edith. The family
is one of prominence in the community, having many warm friends in the
city and countv of Sacramento. ^Ir. ]\IcMullen was formerly a member of
the Grange and is highly regarded in agricultural circles.


The subject of the iDresent writing is a ]5rominent resident of Angel's
Camp. Calaveras county, California, where he is engaged in the dairy business.
He is a son of an old pioneer who crossed the plains in 1850, with an ox
team, and met with many and exciting experiences. Mr. McCauley was born
in Carrollton, Greene county, Illinois, January i, 183 1, and was the son of
James McCauley, of English and Irish ancestry. Pioneer blood was in his
veins, his grandfather jMcCauley having been a pioneer of Licking county,
Ohio. James McCauley was married to Sarah Jane Taylor, of Ohio, and re-
moved to (ialena, Illinois, in 1818. At that time Galena was unknown to fame
and was l)ut a hamlet. He removed to Carrollton, Greene county, where ^Irs.
McCauley died, and the bereaved husband took his three boys — Edward,
Thomas and Isaac — and started, in the spring of 1850, on the long journey
to the land of gold. ^Misfortune met the company on the Platte river in the
form of .\siatic cholera, where Isaac ^IcCauley almost lost his life.

U))on reaching the Humboldt river, he met with an exciting experience,
which he yet remembers. In company with a member of the company he left


the train in onler to enjoy a little duck-shooting, and crossed tlie river where
game seemed most abmidant. 'J'heir pleasure was of short duration, however,
as they S(Jon discovered some Indians in a clump of willows, some three hun-
dred yards distant. They suddenly lost interest in duck shooting and debated
the best and most expeditious way in which to reach their companions. Hostily
re-crossing the river, they ran as rapidly as jx^ssible in the direction of their
companions, but the Indians were mounted and soon gained upon them. Dis-
carding coats and shoes, the unlucky men flew onward, the savages in the
meantnne pausing to pick up the garments, thus giving Mr. McCauley and
his companion a "few minutes" more chance of escape. When they saw their
enemies gaining upon them they would stop and point their guns at them,
thus frightening them away for a short time, but they were pretty nearly
exhausted before they came uj) with the train. .Assistance was then procured
and the Indians gave up the pursuit. Soon after, however, some forty In-
dians surrounded the company, all well armed and ready to fight: but the
captain of the emigrants macle peace with them Ijy giving presents, and
the train was permitted to pass. It was learned later that another party
of emigrants had met the band and been murdered by them. The horses
now began to show signs of exhaustion and the journey was necessarily
slow, many days passing before pause was made, on Placerville creek. Min-
ing was engaged in at Placerville with fair returns, and successful efforts
were made on the Mokelumne river. James McCauley's health began to
fail and when chronic dysentery broke out in the camp on the north fork of
Jackson creek he succumlied and died, in the fall of 1850.

Our subject. Isaac McCauley. also had the disease, but recovered and in
the s])ring of 1851 located a camp about three miles from the town, on
Angel's creek, where success attended their mining efforts. Those were law-
less times and a Mexican was killed in some brawl which resulted in a feud
and our subject's party was the object of attack by a band of Mexicans in
the night. They were made prisoners and told that they must appear be-
fore the authorities in the town. In the march in that direction another tent
full of miners was cajitured and the whole party was marched onward, being
overcome by the sujierior numbers of the Mexicans. However, news of
the capture had reached the .Vmericans in the town and some three hundred
came to their rescue, capturing three of the Mexicans, to whom they ad-
ministered a whijiping. driving the rest of the party so effectually away that
there was no later trouble with them.

.\fter trials of many of the mining districts, Mr. McCauley finally set-
tled on his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres of land, near Angel's
Cam|) and has been successfully engaged in conducting a dairy for a num-
ber of years, lie keeps from thirty t<i forty cows and supplies milk to tlie
greater numlier of the residents of .Angel's Camp.

Mr. McCauley was married, .\]>ril 25, 1867. to Miss Sarah J. Selkirk,
and they have had four fine sous. The eldest son. James, died in infancy;
the others. Burton H., Edward O. and William A., a.ssist their father in his
business. Mr. and Mrs. McCaulcv own a pleasant home, shaded bv trees


of their own planting", anil enjoy the respect and esteem of the community.
•They take great interest in the tales of pioneer life, few having had more
thrilling experiences than the genial subject of this sketch.

Mr. McCauley is a member of the Masonic fraternity and in politics
is a Democrat, although he votes generally for the man rather than the party.
In religion he and his excellent wife follow the Golden Rule, making that
their line of conduct; hence their influence is felt for good in the neighbor-


At a time when California was in its primiti\-e condition, when the
Spanish settlements in the south were widely scattered and the work of
iin]in)\ement in the central and northern sections of the state had scarcely
Ijeen begun. Alfred Jefferson Amick came to the Pacific coast. The year
1849 witnessed his arrival. Mining camps were established in various parts
of the state, owing^ to the discovery of gold, but many of the now leading-
cities and towns had not sprung- into existence. The prosperous ranches
of the present day were then wild tracts of unclaimed land and the whole
state awaited the awakening touch of civilization.

Mr. Amick was born in North Canilina. im the 12th of February, 1829,
of German ancestry who were early scttk-is .if tlie south. His father, Abra-
ham Amick, was also a native of North Cardlma. as was his wife, who bore
the maiden name of Jemimah Low. He lived to be sixty-eight years of
age. while his wife reached the age of seventy-nine. They were members
of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and were people of the highest re-
spectaliility. In their family were eleven children, of whom eight are still
living, and these are scattered over various sections of the country. In 1835
the family removed to Missouri, becoming pioneers of Morgan and Cooper
counties, in the development of which they took an active part. The po-
litical faith of the family was Democratic.

Alfred Jefferson Amick, their second child, was reared on his father's
farm. In's education being obtained in the common schools. In February,
1850, he attained his majority and in April of the same year started across
the plains to the newly discovered gold fields of California, with the in-
tention of making his fortune and then returning to his Missouri home.
With five others he fitted no two wagons with everything necessary for such
a trip, each wagon being drawn by six yoke of oxen. His uncle David .'\mick
rmd his brother William Ann'ck were members of the company. At Fort
Kearney the other three members of the party decided to return, but he
and his uncle and brother continued on their way across the long and arid
])lains where many emigrants were dving of cholera. Just before they
reached the Platte river the uncle did of that disease and was buried by his
two nei)lie\vs. He was the tenth man of the train who had been stricken
down and it seemed as tliongb death would wipe out the entire company.
Air. .\mick. of this review, also became ill. Of the seventeen that had died


by tliat time all liad Iieen attended l)y a Dr. Oiisley, who was one of the
party. Mr. Amick's brother suggested to liini that tliere was no use in tak-
ing Dr. Ousley's mecUcine. so he took a potion prepared by a httle herb
doctor who was with tliem and who gave him wliat Mr. Amick beheves was
lobelia. The doctor told him to take enough to make his stomach a little
disturbed. The first dose brought on a severe attack of vomiting, and he took
a second dose with the same effect, thus ridding his system of the offensive
disease which had brougiit death to so many emigrants on their way across
the plains.

On reaching Fort Laramie the wagon train separated, a small company
and Mr. Amick and his brother proceeding with a party to the valley of the
Humboldt and then down tiie Sacramento river to Sacramento, where they
arrived late in the fall of 1850. In the succeeding winter he went to Hangtown.
now Placerville, where he engaged in mining, and he and his brother taking
out about one thousand dollars each in three months. They then returned
to the i)lace where they had first camped, near where the capitol of tlie state
now stands. Sacramento was then a city of tents and the most far-sighted
could not have dreamed that it was to become the seat of government of
California. — a growing and beautiful municipality, now one of the most
important places on the Pacific coast. Mr. Amick's brother was taken ill
and he went to the camp to see whether he could get work. He applied to
a German blacksmith, who inquired if he could blow the bellows and strike.
On icplying in the affirmative the man employed him, giving him seven dol-
lars a day and his board. After two weeks' work, when his brother had
recovered, he told his employer that they were going in search of gold. The
German replied. "You did not know much when you began, and you don't
know much now: but if you will stay with me I will give you ten dollars and
Ixiard." But Mr. .Amick had the gold fever and lie left for Placerville.

While there the miners, all inexperienced men from the east, concluded
that the gold which they found in the rivers and creeks must have washed
down from some great gold repository in the mounltains and a number of
thciii decided to go in search of this fountain source of the precious metal.
belic\ing that they could get all the gold they could carry and would soon
he rich men. Mr. .\mick joined this party and they tramped many miles
to the mountains but failed to find the source of the gold supply. Each mem-
ber of the party carried from fifty to seventy pounds of luggage on their
backs and the trip was a very arduous one, leading them into the mountains
where they encountcreil sexere storms, snow falling to the depth of four
feet. ParlC of the way they sulisisted on meat without salt, and they \
glafl indeed to get back to the original camp.

They returned to Georgetown and in Mosquito canyon Mr. Amick and
his brother secured a large claim, in which they each took out a thousand
dollars in a short time. They returned to Georgetown and a number of the
prospr;ctors decided that there must be a fortune in the bed of the river.
A council was held in which they reached the conclusion that if they had
a diving-bell they could obtain this fortune. .Accordingly a man was sent


for a bell, for which he paitl se\'en hundred dollars, the ownei retaining a
half interest in it.

About the same time news came of a great gold find in Oregon and
Mr. Aniick and his bro'ther secured a horse and two mules and with others
started on that stampede. The first ni.o-ht they camped above Cache creek
and the next morning found that the horse and mules were missing. The
others left them in their discouragement, and they started on foot to follow
the animals' trail. This they did until they were almost completely ex-
hausted, and, fearing- death at the hands of the Indians, they returned to
the old camp. There a man offered to get them their mules if they would
gave him the grey horse. To this they agreed, antl the man fulfilled his part
of the contract.

Air. Amick and his brother then returned to Georgetown, where they
were making tests with the diving-bell. It was fastened to a limb of a tree
that overhung the river, but for some time no man would volunteer to go down
in it. Finally one decided to try it, but had no sooner got down than he began
to suffocate and began to signal to 1)e drawn up. When he was taken out
he was almost dead, but after considerable effort in resuscitating him he
finally revived. The diving-bell was pronounced an unsafe venture and was
left on the bank of the river,

Mr. Amick then came to Amador county and settled on a farm in lone
\alley where for some years he carried on agricultural pursuits. In 1856
he returned across the plains to Missouri, where he purchased one hundred
head of cattle, driving them back to California. On this transaction jie
realized a profit of five hundred per cent and thus got his start, for prfor
to this time his business ventures had proved rather evanescent as far as
success was concerned. Later Mr. Amick was dispossessed of his land by
the claimant of the grant and was obliged to buy property. He continued
his farming and stock-raising, working hard, and thus securing a good re-
turn for his labor. As the years passed he acquired a handsome competence
and is now known as one of the wealthy money-lenders of his county.
Through an active business career he has e\-er enjoyed the reputation of
straightforward dealing and he is highly sjioken nf as one of the honored

Mr. .\mick and his wife reside on the banks of the creek a short distance
from lone, there surrounded by all of the comforts and many of the luxuries
of life which have come to them through the success of his earnest and well-
directed efforts. In 1859 he was happily married to Miss Nancy Philips,
a nati\-e of Missouri, who crossed the plains in 1856. Their union has
been blessed vvith six children, all tern in California: Wesley M., a promi-
nent drug clerk: W. D., also a successful agriculturist: E. G., a druggist,
of lone: Addie A., who is now the wife of Robert Bagley. a leading mer-
chant of lone; Alfred J., who accidentally shot himself and died from his
injuries: and James M., who lives in Tone. Of the Presbyterian church Mrs.
.\mick is a faithful member and active worker, and the family is one of
prominence, enjoying the high regard of many friends.


Mr. .\mick was reared a Deiiiucrat, but when the soiitli attempted to
o\tli"thr()w the Union he became one of tlie most loyal adlierents, and at
tiiat time supported liie Kepuljlican party, which sustained the national gov-
ernment at \\ asliinglon. W'iien war issues were things of the past, however,
lit returned to the Democracy.

lie is one of tiie oldest living pioneers of lone, familiar with the histor)^
of this section of California, for it was a wild and unimproved region. He
has often ridden up and down tlie valley of Sutter Creek when there was not
a house on its banks. Tlie first house built in lone was erected by John
W'ooster and stood near tlie site of tlie present dry-goods store of Scott &
Amick. Daniel Stewart was the first to open a store in the town. As the
years passed the work of development was carried forward, Mr. Amick wit-
nessing the entire progress and uplniilding of tliis portion of the state. He
takes just pride in its advancement, for it has become the home of a large
population of pro-sperous people, becoming one of the avenues of business and
professional life. ;\Ir. Amick is numbered among those who at an early day
aided in reclaiming the state for the purposes of civilization, and bore his
part in placing it upon a substantial foundation on which has been reared
a commonwealth that is second to none in the Union.


The general passenger agent of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Rail-
road is George Fletciier, who for thirty-six years has been numbered among
the leading business men of Grass Valley, and is closely identified with the
history of the city as a representative of two of its important business inter-
tests. He is a man of keen discrimination and sound judgment, and his
executive ability and excellent management have brought to the corporations
with whicii he is connected a large degree of success. The safe and conserva-
tive policy whicii he inaugurated commends itself to the judgment of all and has
been an important element in the successful conduct of the business of the

Mr. Fletcher was born in London, England, on the I4tli of July. 1837. and
is a son of Francis and Charlotte (Towse) Fletcher, both of whom were of
English birth, their ancestors for many generations having resided in that land.
The father was for many years an ofiicer in the custom-house, and died in 1856.
George Fletcher is the youngest in the family of eight children, and after com-
pleting his education lie entered upon his business career as a salesman in a
mercantile establishment, where he was employed for three years. He then
came to the United States in 1855, being at that time a young man of eigliteen.
He located in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he continued for eight years,
being comiected with business interests in New York during that period. In
August, 1863, he took passage on the sailing vessel, Mohegan, whicii made
the voyage around Cape Horn to San Francisco.

After a short time spent in the metropolis of the Pacific coast he made his
Avav to the mining district of Aurora, in the state of Nevada, where he con-


tinued until the fall of 1S64, when he located permanently in Grass \'alley.
For two years he was actively engaged in mining here, and in 1866 opened a
mercantile store, which he conducted until 1875, during which time he became
associated with railroad wnrk as secretary and treasurer. In this day of
marked commercial acti\ity and wdnderful business enterjjrises there is no more
important factor in business life than the railroads, which almost annihilate
time and space by furnishing rapid transit for passengers and quick transporta-
tion for freight. In addition to the offices mentioned Mr. Fletcher is the
general passenger agent for the railroad company, and the volume of business
detail under his immediate charge demands superior executive ability in its care.
His resources are not limited to one line alone, for he has made extensive
and judicious investments in mining properties, which are yielding good
returns and wdiich will prove even more profitable as they are developed.

On the 22d of August, 1866, ]\Ir. Fletcher was united inmarriage to
Miss j\Iary E. Farrell, a native of New Jersey, wdiose father was a California
pioneer of 1856. Two years later he was joined by his family in this state,
and ]\Irs. Fletcher has since made her home on the Pacific coast. By her
marriage she has become the mother of four children, namely : Elizabeth,
now the wife of Charles G. Lindsey, of Nevada county; George H., an employe
in the custom house at San Francisco; Agnes and Louis K., who are still at
their parental home. I'olitically Mr. Fletcher is an active Democrat, identi-
fied with the gold wing of the party. Socially he is coamected with the
Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Benevolent and Protective Order
i)f Elks, and in the former he has filled various ofiices. Although a native
of the old world he so readily adapted himself to the manners and customs
of life in this cotmtry that he is to-day a high type of the American business
man, his energ}' and enterprise having enabled him to rise to a jMsition

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