Chicago Standard Genealogical Publishing Company.

A Volume of memoirs and genealogy of representative citizens of northern California, including biographies of many of those who have passed away online

. (page 43 of 108)
Online LibraryChicago Standard Genealogical Publishing CompanyA Volume of memoirs and genealogy of representative citizens of northern California, including biographies of many of those who have passed away → online text (page 43 of 108)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


of the people all of the time." It is this which forms the safeguard of .Amer-
ican politics; for if the voters are influenced to cast their ballot for one who
proves unworthy of the trust reposed in him they soon discover their mistake
and the incompetent ofilicial is not returned to office. When one is chosen for
a position after having served therein for some time it is an indication that his
service has lieen faithful and able. Mr. Getchell is now serving his second
term as the sheriff of Xevada county and discharges his duties without fear or
favor, thus winning the high commendation of all concerned.



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 327

He is a native of the far-ofi state of ■Maine, his birth ha\-ing occurred in
Whitneyville, on the i5tli of April, 1846, the second in order of birth in a
family of three children. His parents were George S. and Elizabeth (Farns-
worth) Getchell, both natives of the Pine Tree state and representatives of
early colonial families, 'i he father was a log driver and lumberman, and when
the disco\-ery of gold in California attracted to the Pacific slope men of worth
from all sections of the Union, he too joined the band of emigrants and made
his way to the Eldorado of the west. Here he engaged in mining until i860.
He afterwards became prominent in connection with the official service of
Nevada City, and for five years occupied the position of marshal. He died
in 1888, respected by all who knew him, and his wife passed away in 1889.
She was a descendant of Mather West, who carried powder to the American
army in 1812, and whose bravery in so doing has become a matter of history.
On iirst coming to California Mr. Getchell did not bring his family, but in 1850
returned to Maine, and in 1851 came with his wife and children, locating at
San Francisco. He then went to Humboldt Bay, where he remained until 1854,
at which time he became a resident of Nevada City, so that for more than forty-
five years the name of Getchell has been associated with the business interests
of this locality.

D. B. Getchell was educated in a private school. At the age of fourteen
he left home and learned the blacksmith's trade, and since that time has been
dependent entirely upon his own resources, so that whatever success he has
achieved is the reward of his labor. He followed his trade for seven years in
Nevada City and then removed t^ A'irginia City, Nevada, where he remained
until 1873. Through the succeediuL;- three xears he traveled in Colorado, and
upon his return to California he engaged in mining and afterward devoted
his energies to agricultural pursuits for eighteen months. On the expiration of
that period he entered the employ of George E. Turner, of Nevada City, -dealer
in sheet-iron and pipe, with whom he remained for several years. His conscien-
tious discharge of all the duties of citizenship and his progressive interest in the
public good led to his election for office, and for three and a half years he
served as the city marshal. He was then appointed sheriff to fill out the unex-
pired term of D. F. Douglas, who was shot by a stage robber and who in turn
killed his assassin before his own life expired. In November. 1898, Mr. Getch-
ell was elected to that position, for which he was well qualified, having served
as special policeman at a prior date. He has a just regard for law and order and
discharges his duties in a perfectly just manner regardless of any influence
that may be brought to bear upon him. In politics he is an earnest Republican
and keeps well informed on the issues of the day and gives an active support
to all movements which are calculated to prove of benefit to the public.

Mr. Getchell affiliates with the Knights of Pythias, the Red Men and the
United W^orkmen, and has been a member of the National Guard for thirty-
three years, serving with the rank of sergeant. He is also a member of the iire
department, and gives his aid and co-operation to every movement calculated
to secure progress along material, social, intellectual and moral lines. In
Nevada Citv he was married to ]\Iiss Emma Rosenthal, of California, who died



328 REPRESEXTATIVE CITIZEXS

in December, 1869. leaving a son. (jeorge A. He afterward wedded Alice
Baiiy. who was horn in Nevada City, August 25. 1856. and is the second of
tlie three children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Bump) Baily. Her father
was born in New Jersey in 1820, was a plow-maker by trade, and in 1S49
came to California. For a few years he was engaged in mining, and from
1853 until 1863 conducted a hotel in Ne\ada City. His death occurred iu
1898, and his wife passed away on the 12th of June of the same year. Mr.
and Mrs. Cletchell were married on the 23d of December. 1879. and they had
one daughter. Delight E., who died October 13. 1894.

WILLIAM E. PARSONS.

The study of the life of the representative American never fails to afford
much pleasing and valuable instruction, developing a mastering of e.xpedients
whicii has brought about wonderful results. The subject of this review is a
worthy representative of that type of American character, and his life stands in
exemplification of the opportunities afforded to young men who are ambitious
and energetic. .\t the early age of ten years he started out upon his business
career and has steadily worked his way upward, overcoming the obstacles and
difficulties in his path and at length attained the plane of affluence. He is now
engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigars, tobacco and smokers' articles
at Grass V'alley, and is numbered among the enterprising business men of the
place.

Mr. Parsons is a native of Branch county, ^^lichigan, born January 7,
1858, his parents being Renoldo and Sarah (Misner) Parsons. The father,
a farmer by occupation, was a native of New York and a representative of a
family that for eight generations has resided upon this continent. Removing
from the east, he took up his residence in the Wolverine state, where he engaged
in agricultural pursuits up to the time of his death, which occurred in Februar)%
1863. His wife was a native of Ohio and was of German lineage, the Misner
family having been founded in Pennsylvania at an early day.

Mr. Parsons spent his childhood and youth in the county of his nativity,
pursuing his education in the public schools; but his privileges in that directio.n
were limitetl, for at the tender age of ten years he began earning his own liveli-
hood ; and wiiatever success he has since achieved is the result of his unaided
efforts. He learned the cigar-makers' trade in Coldwater, Michigan, and after
working as a journeyman along that line in several cities of the LTnion, he
went to Bufilaln. New "N'ork, where he was employed three years, after which he
returned to .Michigan. In 1884 he came to the west, locating first in Utah, after
which he spent sfime time in San Francisco, whence he removed to Oakland.
In 1884 he came to Grass Valley and, after working for several months in the
employ of D. T. Tietgen, he made a trip to the east. Upon his return to this
city he entered into partnership with his former employer, an association that
was maintained until 1888, when Mr. Tietgen .sold his interest to Paul Quick,
Sr., and the enterprise has since been carried on under the firm name of Par-
.sons & Quick. They manufacture White Labor cigars and also do a retail busi-



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 329

ness in tobacco and smokers' articles, having a well appointed establisliment at
No. 103 Main street. The quality of their goods has secured them a liberal
patronage and their business has steadily increased in volume and importance.
Mr. Parsons has been twice married. In Michigan, in 1879, he wedded
Miss Dolly Moore, who died June 3, 1881, and on the 16th of September, 18%,
wedded Levinia A. Quick, of Grass \"alley. They have two children, Raymond
W. and Emily. Mr. Parsons takes an active interest in political affairs, keeps
well informed on the issues of the day and g'i\cs his su|)i)i3rt to the Populist
party. At this writing he is the chairman of the county central committee and
his executive ability and keen discrimination enables him to control success-
fully the working interests of the political organization. He has filled the
office of city treasurer from 1894 until 1896, and was afterw^ard elected mayor
of the city for a term of two years, his administration being progressive and
commendable.

CHARLES H. FREEMAN. ;

A man enjoying the esteem of his fellow citizens and worthily taking a
prominent position in his profession, is the subject of the present review,
Charles H. Freeman, M. D., a physician residing in Angel's Camp, Calaveras
county, California. He is a native son of California, born in Oakland, April
30, 1870, a son of W. A. Freeman, a resident of Auburn, Placer county, the
builder and proprietor of the Freeman Hotel, a w^ell known hostelry of that
locality, who is also an experienced mining man and a responsible citizen of
Auburn. Another page df the Instory gives a record of W. A. Freeman,

Dr. Freeman received his educaiinn in the University of California, grad-
uating in the class of 1893, practicing for a year in the hospitals of San Fran-
cisco and the county, locating a year in St. Luke's hospital and prcifessionally
visiting the city receiving hospital. These exceptional advantages ha\e given
Dr. Freeman experience that is most valuable and made him a welcome citizen
of Angel's Camp when he located there in 1896. By courtesy and faithfulness
to duty as well as by medical skill, he has built up a lucrative practice, and he is
already looked upon by many residents of the town as not only a physician
but also as a wise friend and adviser.

Dr. Freeman was united in marriage to Miss Lilian McGaffey, of Angel's
Camp, June 7, 1897, and on January 18, 1898, a son was born to them, named'
Leslie, who died November 15, 1898; and they now have a charming little
daughter named Gertrude, wdio was born December 10, 1899. Mrs. Free-
man was born March 23, 1873, and is a lovely character, refined and accom-
plished, and both she and her husband are deserving of the high esteem in wdiich
they are held by hosts of friends and admirers.

Politically Dr. Freeman affiliates with the Republican partv, gi\ing an
intelligent attention to the great issues before the country. Socially he is con-
nected with the A. O. U. W., the K. of P. and the L O. of R. M., being examin-
ing surgeon for all these orders. He is a man who readily makes friends and
as easily keeps them, possessing those cjualities which command the respect and
affection of those with whom he comes into contact.
21



330 REPRESEXTATIVE CITIZENS



TOllX ROSS, Ju.



One of tlie leading representatives of the mining interests of northern
California. John Rnss. Jr., resides in .Amador county and is the superintendent
of the W'ildman and the Mahoney gold mines, both located at Sutter Creek. He
is thoroughly familiar with the best methods of mine development and is there-
fore peculiarly well fitted for the jMsition which he now holds.

.V native of Scotland, Air. Ross is one of the representatives of one of the
of highland families. His father, John Ross, Sr., was born in the land of hills
and heather, and was married there to Miss Maria Tyndall, by wdiom he had
ten children, who were born in Scotland. In 1870 he came with his family to
America, locating first in Nevada, whence he afterwaTd removed to Sutter
Creek, Amador county, where he now resides at the age of seventy-eight years.
His wife passed away in 1886. They v.ere Presbyterians in religious faith and
people of the highest respectability and worth.

John Ross, whose name introduces this review, was a mere lad when he
removed with his parents to America, and in Swansea, South Wales, he
acquired his education. At the age of fifteen years he came with his father to
America, and throughout his business career he has been actively identified
with the mining interests of California. In 1894 he came to Sutter Creek to
accei)t the superintendency of the Wildman and Mahoney gold mines, carry-
ing on the business with excellent success for the past six years. Both are
excellent producing gold mines and the property in each includes a forty-stamp
mill, which is operated continuously. Both mines were operated in the early
history of quartz-mining in .\mador county and have already produced three
and a half millions of dollars. Work has been carried on at the deptli of thir-
teen iiundred feet and a new shaft is now being made which will be three thou-
sanil feet in depth. One hundred and seventy-four men are employed in the
mines and the rich mineral products thus contribute greatly to the material
prosperity of the community. Mr. Ross has a thorough understanding of the
business and is well known as one of the best representatives of the mining
interests of this .section of the state.

In 1888 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Ross and Miss Carrie
Springer, a native of L'nionville, Nevada, and they now have two sons and a
daughter, namely : \'esta, Everett and John. Air.' Ross is a Republican in his
political views, yet does not consider himself bound by partv ties. Sociallv he
is connected with the Knights of Pythias fraternity.' His 'reputation in I'nisi-
ness circles is very high and he is a man of thorough reliability, widely known
for his honorable dealings and his justice in all trade transactions.

B.WLESS S. RECTOR.

On of the most prominent residents of Nevada City is Hon. Bayless S.
Rector, who for the past two years has filled the ofifice of mavor, his administra-
tion being progressive and calculated to advance the welfare of the city along
many lines. He was born at Elk Lick Springs, Pike county. Missouri, Novenr-
l)cr 7, 1847, and is a son of Jesse H, and Catherine (Strother) Rector, both of



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 33 t

^Yhom were natives of Virginia and representatives of old and influential fami-
lies of that state. The Rector family is of German extraction and representa-
tives of the name served in the war of 1812. The father is still living, in Pike
county, Missouri, and the mother died in 1870.

Mr. Rector, of this review, obtained his preliminary educati(jn in the ]nilj-
lic schools and afterward entered McGee College, in which institution he was
graduated in 1871. He is the fifth in a family of six children, and came to
California in 1874. Throughout his entire life he has been connected with the
hotel business. He was the proprietor of the Hotel Hollistfer for eight years,
and in 1882 he came to Nevada City, where he leased the Union Hotel, which
he conducted for four years. In company with his lirother, Elijah J. Rector,
he then leased and has since purchased the National & Annex Hotel, on Broad
street, which is a large structure containing many rooms and is thoroughly and
finely equipped, being modern in all its appointments and containing many
conveniences which contribute to the happiness and comfort of the guests. All
stages depart from the National Hotel for the interior towns in the mountains
and the place is patronized by the leading commercial travelers who visit the
town. Mr. Rector's long experience in the business has given him a compre-
hensive understanding of the needs and desires of the public; and his earnest
desire to please, his genial manner, and his reliable business methods have
won him the respect and confidence of all with whom he has come in contact and
gained him a very enviable reputation and patronage. He and his brother have
maile imlicious investments in real estate and now own extensive tracts of land
iK-ar lliillister, together with considerable mining property. They also have
large catile interests, being identified with the ^Monroe Cattle Company, of
Albany, Texas.

While prominent in business affairs, Mr. Rector is also a recognized leader
in politics and is an earnest advocate of Democratic principles. He was a city
trustee for two terms, and in May, 1898, was elected mayor, which position he
is filling at the present writing. Socially he is connected with the Ancient
Order of United Workmen and with the Knights of Pythias, in which he
has filled all the offices, including ten years' service as keeper of the records and
seals. He was united in marriage in October, 1871, to Miss Susie F. Grif-
fith, of Missouri, and to them were born two children, Jessie G. and Vivia A.,
the wife of I. C. Lindley, an attorney of Nevada City, but the former is now
deceased. The parents are consistent members of the Episcopal church and take
a deep and active interest in its growth and uplnulding. Mr. Rector well
■deserves mention among the leading and influential men of Nevada City, for
his life has been one of industry and integrity, true to everv manly jirinciple
and to every trust reposed in him.

JACOB KUENZLY.

Jacob Kuenzly. one of the prominent old-time residents of Colfax, came
to the state of California in 1859, and during the years that have intervened
between that date and the present time he has done his part as a citizen to
aid in the development of the state, and as a result of his years of well



332 REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

directed effort he is to-day in the enjoyment of a pleasant home and a com-
fortable competency.

Mr. Kuenzly is a nati\'e of S\vitzerlan<l. He was born June i, 1839,
a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Isler) Kuenzly, natives of that country, and
he is now the only survivor of the family. His mother departed this life
in Switzerland, at the age of sixty-one years; his father died in California,
in 1874, at the age of sixty-eight years. They were members of the
Reformed church and were highly respected people. The father, in 1859,
accompanied by his son Jacob, came to this country, arriving in Auburn,
California, on the 13th of Ajjril ; and the other son. Henry, joined them here
four months later.

Jacob Kuenzly began his business career in California as a placer and
drift miner at Dutch Flat. He next learned telegraphy and entered the
employ of the Western Union Telegraph Compau}', with which he was con-
nected as an operator for a period of fifteen years, and after which he turned
his attention to the real-estate business. He has bought and sold a number
of pieces of realty in Colfax and has built several good houses here, including
a very liandsome residence, which he and his family occupy at the present
time. Also he owns several tracts of land, consisting of two hundred and
forty acres.

Mr. Kuenzly has been a lifelong Democrat. At various times he has
been placed in responsible public position and he has always discharged his
duty faithfully and well. In 1895 he received the appointment of post-
master, under the administration of President Cleveland, and served in that
office four years, with an efficiency that gave general satisfaction, and dur-
ing that time the income of the office steadily increased. ]Mr. Kuenzly has
also served as justice of the peace, having been elected year after year for a
period of thirteen years, in a district that had a Republican majority of one
hundred and twenty, and during this long term of service he acquired a
reputation for the fairness of his decisions. He has also held the office of
notary public for eighteen years last past, and is to-day holding that office.
Mr. Kuenzly has long been a valued member of the A. O. U. W. ; is
a past master workman, and for years has served his lodge as master work-
man, recorder and financier. He is also a member of the Telegraphers'
Mutual Profit Association.

In 1873 Mr. Kuenzly married Miss Maria Kerins. a native of the state
of Rhode Island, and their union has been blessed with two children: Frank
D., a resident of San Francisco: and Lulu, the wife of Henry Lobner, a
prominent merchant of Colfax.

I.IAVELLYX TOZER.

There may be found in almost all American communities quiet, retir-
ing men who never ask public office or ajipear prominent in public affairs,
yet who nevertheless exert a widely felt influence in the community in which
they live and help to construct the proper foundation upon which the social



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 333

and political world is built. Such a man is General Lewellyn Tozer, who
is now actively identified with the business interests in Sacramento, as a
■resident partner of the firm of William P. Fuller & Company, wholesale and
retail dealers in paints, oils and glass.

A native of the far-away state of Maine, General Tozer w-as born in
Kennebec county in 1843, ^"^ '""is youth was passed upon a farm where he
early became familiar with all the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the
agriculturist. He watched with interest the progress of events that preceded
the Civil war and resolved that if the south made an attempt to overthrow
the Union he would go to its defense. Accordingly with patriotic spirit he
enlisted as a private, in August, 1862, and with his battery (the Fourth
Maine) was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, sharing in the many hotly
contested battles and tedious campaigns of that division. He remained at
the front until June. 1865, when hostilities having ceased he received an
honorable discharge and returned to his home.

He was a young man of determined spirit and ambition, and, with a
hope of improving his condition in the west, he made his way to San Fran-
cisco, where he resided for three years. He first secured employment of the
firm of Cameron, Whittier & Company, which was a consolidation of the
former firm and' that of Fuller & Heather. The year 1869 witnessed his
arrival in Sacramento. The firm with which he was connected established
a wholesale and retail house in this city and he remained as one of its
employes until 1875, when he was admitted to the partnership in the busi-
ness. ha\ing in the meantime been advanced to higher positions of greater
trust and responsibility. He is now the resident partner and manager in
Sacramento, and under his capable control the enterprise is proving one of
success and assuming extensive proportions.

On questions of national importance Mr. Tozer has ever given his
political support to the Republican party and is a strong advocate of its
principles. At local- elections, however, where no issue is involved, he votes
independently, supporting the man whom he thinks best qualified for ofifice.
In the fall of 1893, '^^ the solicitation of friends, he became a candidate for
city trustee, under the new charter, and was elected on the Citizens'. Non-
partisan and Reorganized Democratic tickets, receiving more votes than the
combined support of his three opponents. This indicates his personal pop-
ularity and the confidence reposed in him. He is widely known as a reliable
business man, straightforward in all his dealings and fair in his treatment
to patrons and employes. Over the record of his life there falls no shadow
of wrong or suspicion of evil, and he well deserves honorable mention in
the history of Sacramento county.

^I. A. NURSE.

^luch has been said of the infidelitv of public officials, but such men
as Hon. M. A. Nurse restore public confidence and in the discharge of their
official duties largely promote the welfare and advancement of the localities



334 REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

which tlicy re])resent in nfficc. 'Die long piiljlic service of I\Ir. Nurse is
an unmistakable evidence of his fidehty.

He was born in Scioto county, Ohio, June 9, 1846. His father, Uriah
Nurse, was a native of New York and a miller by occupation. About 1825
he removed to Ohio and in 1863 crossed the plains to California, where he
spent his remaining days, passing away in Colusa, in 1876, at the age of
seventy years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Narcissa Turner,
was born in \'irginia, and died at her home in Yolo county, California, at
the age of eighty-si.x years. She was the mother of eleven children, five
of whom — two sons and three daughters — are yet living.

'\lv. Nurse, whose name introduces this review, pursued his education
in the schools of Ohio and in 1865 became a resident of California, locat-
ing first in Yuba county. Subsequently he removed to Amador county,
where he was engaged in making a survey for a railroad. After his mar-
riage he resided in Yolo county, and his fellow citizens, recognizing his
worth and ability, called him to public office in 1876, at which time he was
elected county surveyor. A year later he resigned. He has for nine years
been connected with the otifice of engineer of the public works. He served
as assistant chief engineer under Governor Markham, and under Governor
Budd. and under Governor Gage has been the chief engineer to the com-



Online LibraryChicago Standard Genealogical Publishing CompanyA Volume of memoirs and genealogy of representative citizens of northern California, including biographies of many of those who have passed away → online text (page 43 of 108)