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missioners of public works. He is now holding that office and his course
is worthy of high commendation.

-At the age of twenty-five Mr. Nurse was united in marriage to IMiss
Mary Wood, of Yolo county and unto them have been born eight children.
One child died at the age of eight years. One soil is married, but the others
are all with the ])arents. Mrs. Nurse is a native of Esparto, Yolo county.
In his fraternal relations Mr. Nurse is connected with the Independent Order
<if Foresters. For thirty-five years he has been a resident of California,
interested in its growth and doing all in his power to promote its substantial
upbuilding. He is numbered among the valued citizens of Yolo county and
well deserves mention in this volume.


Prominent among the business men of .Vngel's Camji. Calaveras county,
is Charles \V. Tryon. who has been closely identified with the historv of this
community as a representative of one of its most important business interests
throughout his active career. He is a man of keen discrimination and sound
judgment, and has executive ability and excellent management which have
brought to the concerns with which he is connected a large degree of success.
The safe conservative policy which he has inaugurated commends itself to the
judgment of all and has been an important element in his prosperity.

Mr. Tryon was born at .Xngel's Camp on the 5th of October. 1864, and is
the son of George C. Tryon. one of the brave and honored California pio-
neers of 1849, whose memory is indeed worthy of perpetuation. His birth
occurred in New York city, in 1824, and he came to California in August,


1849, Iiaving traveled with a company who made tlieir way through ^Mexico
to the Pacific coast. For a fe\v years he was engaged in mining in the vicinity
of Angel's Camp, and for thirty years he was the proprietor of the Angel's
Hotel. An obliging and courteous host, he well and favorably known to a
large circle of patrons and friends throughout central California. He served
his county as assessor for a number of years, and was also the sheriff of Cala-
veras county for a time, filling that ofiice with marked ability and with strict
impartiality. He was one of the best known residents of Calaveras county, and
his reliability in business, his faithfulness in public office and his loyalty in
friendship won him the esteem and confidence of all. After long years of
active connection with business affairs, he is now enjoying a well earned rest.
He is the owner of the Palace Hotel at Napa, and resides with his son George
who is conducting that well established hostelry. He married Miss Adelia in 1856, who came to California in 1854. Eleven children graced their
union, but four sons have now passed away, while seven children yet survive,
namely : Katie, the wife of C. A. Bryant ; Walter, a prominent citizen of
Angel's Camp; Charles W., who has kindly furnished the history of his hon-
ored father; Addie, who is now the wife of Ernest Mattcson; George, James.
M. C. and John B., who are all respected cititzens of Angel's Camp.

In taking np the personal history of Charles W. Tryon, we present our
readers a life record of one who is widely and fa\'orably known. He was
educated in the public schools of his native town and learned the blacksmith
trade, which he followed for six years. He then became engaged in the livery
business, and has also been interested in various mining enterprises. He was
the discoverer of the Drake mine, which is now being operated by a syndicate.
He has been very successful in his business undertakings, and is now the
owner of valuable town property consisting of a number of business houses in
the heart of the town. He also owns realty outside of the city and has thus
become one of the substantial residents of Calaveras county.

Mr. Tryon was happil\- married, in 1889, to Miss Frankie Lillie, a native
of Cleveland, Ohio, and a daughter of Robert Lillie. Theirs is a pleasant home,
celebrated for its good cheer and hospitality. In his political views Mr. Tryon
is a Republican, and was one of the charter members of the parlor of the
Native Sons of the Golden \\'cst established in Angel's Camp. A business man
of aliility, the town of his birth and of his present residence has just reason to
be proud of him.


Horace ^^'. Hulliert. the proprietor of the Georgetown Gazette, came
to California in i86r. He is a native of Wisconsin, born May 15, 1844,
a son of J. \\'. Hulbert, a representative of the family that was founded
in America by English ancestors who made early settlements in New Hamp-
shire and New York. Leaving the Badger state, J. W. Hulbert crossed
the plains with his wife and five children. The party with which they trav-
eled was well armed and the journey was made in safety. On reaching this


state the father purcliased a farm of one liuiuh-ed and sixty acres near Colusa
in Colusa county, and became engaged in the raising of grain and in the
nursery business. Success attended the enterprise and he was soon recognized
as one of the most prominent representatives of the nursery business in north-
ern California, having furnished the trees and planted many of the orchards
of this section of the state. Ere his removal to the west he had been engaged
in merchandising in Iowa. He married Miss Betsey Webb, and located in
Chicago when that city was a little trading jxjst. All of the children who
crossed the plains with them are still living.

Horace W'. Hulbert acquired his education in the public schools and
was seventeen years of age when he came with the family to California. He
learned the printer's trade in Ukiah, Mendocino county, California, after
which he ])ublished the Sutter Banner, establishing the paper in 1867 and
publishing it for six years. He also published the Colusa Independent and
through the columns of his paper was instrumental in securing victory for
the independent ticket at that time. Success attended his newspaper ven-
tures, but after a time he removed to Modoc countj'. where he engaged in
the stock business. He owned two farms, but after two years spent in that
way his health became impaired and he sold out, removing to Auburn, near
which ]3lace he engaged in prospecting and made several valuable discoveries;
but a year and a half of illness largely reduced his financial resources and
he established the Auburn .Advance, which he published for ten months. On
the expiration of that period he went to Georgetown and again engaged in
prospecting. On the 9th of April. 1880. he founded the Georgetown Gazette,
a weekly j)aper published every Thursday. It is independent in politics and
is a well edited journal, having a large circulation and receiving a liberal
advertising patronage. In Se])tember, 1900, Mr. Hulbert sold his interest
in the Georgetown Ciazette to ]\Ir. Horn, who is now" editing and publish-
ing the paper. In addition to his journalistic interests he continued his
connection with mining, and is a half owner of the Bright Ho]>e mine, which
is considered a very valuable property and is now leased to and operateil by
his son-in-law. Mr. Horn, in company with Mr. Hersey.

On the 4th of July. 1874. in Yuba City, was celebrated the marriage
of Mr. Hulbert and Miss Celia Willeford. Their marriage has been blessed
with two sons and two daughters. Maude is now the wife of John C. Horn.
a practical newspaper man of marked ability, who is now the manager of the
Georgetown Gazette and is o])erating the mine. His wife is a capable news-
paper woman, having become familiar with the business in the various depart-
ments under the instruction of her father. Mr. Horn is a native of Cham-
bersburg, I'ennsylvania. He learned the printer's trade in the office of the
Franklin Repository, and with Milton G. Peters established the Harrisburg
( Pennsylvania) .Advertiser, and was for five years in San Francisco with
H. S. Crocker & Company. He afterward came to Georgetown, where he
made the acquaintance of Miss Hulbert. who was actine as the manager of
her father's pajjer. Since his marriage he has assumed the duties of that
l)iisition and has done much to add to the success of that journalistic enter-


prise. Dale C, the elder son of Mr. Hulbert, is a traveling acrobat and has
a wide reputation in his profession. Clinton H. is in the electrical depart-
ment of the California Electrical Works at San Francisco, while the younger
daughter, Celia. is living with her sister. Mrs. Hulbert departed this life
in 1896. and the subject of this review has since resided with Mrs. Horn.
:Messrs. Hulbert and Horn are independent Republicans and the Ga-
zette is a clean and progressive paper. They are highly esteemed by their
patrons and by their fellow men and their success in business is richly merited.
They are wide-awake to the best interests of the town and personally and
through the columns of the journal do much to advance all measures which
contribute to the general good. Mr. Hulbert is a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and the Ancient Order of United \Vorkmen.


For a number of years Mr. Rich has been connected with the admin-
istration of municipal affairs in Nevada City, yet he is not a politician in
the commonly accepted sense of the term. He seeks no office solely for per-
sonal aggrandizement, but is patriotic and loyal in the discharge of the duties
of the office and carries on the work entrusted to him with business-like dis-
patch. In any community, east or west, the man who is for any considerable
time kept in public office is one who has proven himself zealous and efficient
in the discharge of the duties devolving upon him in his public office. It
is the old story, many times repeated, of faithfulness in small things. These
reflections have been caused by contemplation of the successful career of one
of the prominent officials of Nevada City, Jacob C. Rich, who is a member
of the board of town trustees.

A native of the Buckeye state, Mr. Rich was born in Guernsey county
November 5, 1830, and is a son of Daniel A. Rich, who was born in West
Virginia in 1809. and during his childhood removed with his parents to
Ohio. The family is of English lineage. In 1850 the father of our sub-
ject came to the golden west, returning the following year, and in 1852
again visited California, being accompanied by his two sons. Making a
permanent location, he resided here until his death, which occurred Feb-
ruary 15, 1898. During his early residence in the state he was engaged
in mining and was largely interested in ditch building. In 1853, in com-
panv with Fordyce, he began the construction of the canal, which was to
convey the waters of the South Yulia to Nevada. He was also connected
with a number of important enterprises planning for the improvement of
the locality and which have since come under control of other companies.
His wife, whose maiden name was Eliza Law, was also a native of Ohio,
and by her marriage became the mother of four children, — two sons and
two daughters. The mother passed away in February, 1841.

Jacob C. Rich, the eldest, obtained his education through the instru-
mentality of the public schools and was reared to farm life. On his arrival
in California he engaged in placer mining, which pursuit he followed for


sdine time. I'm' a munl)cr uf }ears tliereafier he occupied various posi-
tion in connection witii tlie Soutli Vul)a Water Company and later he turned
his attention to tlie iiotei business, wiiich he fcjllowed for some time ia
Nevada City.

In 1863 Mr. Ricli was united in marriage to Miss Mary ^\'agener. a
native of Maryland, and their children are Henry \V. ; Daniel A.; Jessie V.,
now the wife of M. J. Rahr. of San I'rancisco; and Ada M. In his polit-
ical views Mr. Rich has always been a Re]nihlican, and though not an aspirant
for public office lie consented to l)e tlie nominee for city trustee some years
ago and since that thne has occupied a place on the board. He exercises his
official prerogatives in support of the measures which are calculated to advance
the general welfare. Socially he affiliates with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, both subordinate lodge and encampment, and is a member
of. Rebekali Lodge, Xo. iig. the Chosen Friends and Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks, and is a popular representative of those organizations.


-All those forceful and winning qualities of the Irish race which have
brought Irishmen to the front in all parts of the world have been exemplified
in the career of Charles Joseph Bogan. one of the best known citizens of
Stent. Tuolumne county. California. Mr. Bogan's parents were Mark and
Ellen ( AlcCinnis) Bogan, and they came of ancient and honorable Irish fam-
ilies and were botli natives of the green isle. Thev came to the United States
in 1S48 and were married in Xew ^'ork city. In 1850 Mark Bogan came
to California by the Panama route and located at Jamestown, where he was
one of the pioneers in placer mining. He was naturally enterprising and
did not shrink from hard work and met with fair success. At Sullivan's
creek he found a nugget worth one hundred and fifty dollars and took out
gold to the value of five hundred and fifty dollars in one day. After experi-
encing the ups-and-downs of placer mining for several years he lx)ught two
hundred and sixty acres of land near the town of Stent and engaged in farm-
ing. He gradually improved his farm and as soon as he was able to do so
erected a large and convenient dwelling house. His honesty, industry, thrift
and enterijrise won their legitimate reward and he became one of the prom-
inent farmers and leading citizens of Tuolumne county and is .still well,
active and prospering, at the age of seventv-five years, public-.spirited in all
things and enthusiastic as a Democrat. His good wife, who has been his
worthy heljimeet for more than half a centurv. is still by his side, and together
they enjoy the honors due to pioneers. Their union was blessed by the
advent of twelve children, one of whom died in infancy, eleven reared to
manhood and womanhood, and eight are now living: James. Robert. Peter.
Hugh. Charles Joseph, Grace. i\faggie and .\nna. Maggie is the wife of
Charles Durgan and .\iuia and Grace are in college at Stockton.

Charles Joseph Bogan was born in Tuolumne county December t8.
1862. the fiftii child of his parents in the order of nativity, and was a twin


with liis sister Maggie, deceased. He was educated in schools near his
father's home and reared to the practical work of the farm, but since early
in his active life has given his attention to quartz-mining. He was con-
nected at one time or another with the Jumper Union mine, the Heslep mine,
the Golden Gate mine and the Humbug Gold mine, and has worked himself
up to a responsible position in connection with mining operations. After
having been for some years a shift boss he became foreman of the Dutch
IMining and Milling Company's mine, a large and paying property at Quartz.
He is known as a Ijright, active and capable quartz miner of much experience,
and no small part of the responsibility for the proper operation of the mine
with which he is connected rests upon his shoulders. His residence at Stent
is commodious and well appointed and is well known for its genial hospital-
ity. He is a member of the Miner's Union and of the Foresters of Amer-
ica, and he and ]\Irs. Bogan are members of the Catholic church.

^Ir. Bogan was married, in 18Q4, to Miss Margaret G. O'Donnal. a
native of San Francisco, and they have a son and a daughter, named Charles
Cornelius and Mary Belle.


James Frederick Bennett was born in Galena, Jo Daviess county, Illi-
nois, on the 15th of September, 1837. and is descended from Scotch-Irish
ancestry, who located on the Susquehanna river, in Lycoming county, Penn-
-sylvania. at an early period in the history of that portion of the state. The
founder of the family in the new world was James Bennett, who crossed the
Atlantic and became one of the prominent citizens of Lycoming county. The
old family homestead there is still in the possession of his descendants.
George Bennett, the father of our subject, was born in Williamsport, Penn-
sylvania, on the old home farm which had been the property of his ancestors,
his natal day being the 28th of August, 1808. He married Miss Amanda
Fisk, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a daughter of Nathan Fisk. In 1852,
with his wife and two children, he crossed the plains to California, mak-
ing the journey with oxen. His sons, William Henry Harrison and James
Frederick, the latter then fifteen years of age, were of great assistance to
him on the journey. There were three other families in thv; company, and
seven teams in all. They left Galena on the 4th of March, and although this
was the terrible cholera year their early start enabled them to escape the
plague which carried off many of the emigrants. Neither did they have
trouble with the Indians, for they arrived safely at Downieville, Sierra
county, on the 24th of August. 1852, completing the journey after five months
and twenty days spent upon the road.

Mr. Bennett and his family made their way direct to Angel's Camp,
where he engaged in mining on the Calaveras river, after which he secured
a claim, turning his attention to agricultural pursuits. From time to time
he added to his realtv possessions until his land aggreeated ten hundred and
eighty acres. He raised stock, grain and hay and his crops brought him


a good return. In 1859 he sold liis farm for nine thousand dollars and
returned to iiis native state, where he remained for six months, but Cali-
fornia had become dear to him and on the expiration of that period he again
started for the Golden state, making the voyage in the Jenny Lind. He
located in Sonoma county, and was engaged in lumbering. He also pur-
chased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres \\\K>n which he resided for
five years, when he sold that property and returned to Angel's Camp, there
spending his remaining days. His death occurred in 1870, when he was
in the sixty-eighth year of his age. His good wife afterward started on a
visit to her people in Mount Carroll, Illinois, but died in New York city,
about a year after her husband's death, in the fifty-fourth year of her age.
They were both higldy esteemed people who gained and retained friends
by their many excellent qualities. Mr. Bennett was a man of temperate
habits, industrious, energetic, and always true to the duties of citizenship,
while his wife was to him a faithful helpmate and was a lo\ing and devoted

James Frederick liennett is now the only survivor of the family. He
attended the schools at Angel's Camp, but his opportunities in that direction
were limited and he is largely self-educated. He is now recognized as a
man of intelligence and ability, and through reading, observation and experi-
ence has broadened his knowledge and made it of a practical character.
Throughout the greater part of his business career he has followed mining.
He engaged in placer mining at Jennv Lind. where he obtained from a third
of an ounce to an ounce each day. There he continued for about five years,
after which he went to Sonoma county, where he engaged in clerking in a
store for two years, after which he removed to Austin. Nevada, where for
four years he made his home, successfully engaged in silver mining. On
the expiration of that period he returned to Angel's Camp and followed
cpiartz-mining with arrastras which he built. JKi one time he was interested
in eleven of these, finding it a cheap way of obtaining gold by men who had
a limited capital. He pros]:)ered year by year, his possessions steadily increas-
ing, and in i8gS he ]iurchased a five-stamii mill, in ])artnership with Robert
Leener. His mine is known as the Pilot Knob and is being- successfully

On the 6th of October, 1871. Mr. Bennett was united in marriage to
Miss Ann Elizabeth Rasberry. a native of .Angel's Camp and a daughter of
Bennager Rasberry. who was born in Georgia and married Miss IMaria
Bowes, a native of England. Thev were married in the east and in 1852
crossed the plains to California, from Wisconsin. One of their children
died on the journey and his wife suffered with the cholera, but ultimately
recovered. Theirs was a most trying trip, but eventually they reached Cali-
fornia and for a short time the father engaged in mining at Volcano, and
later at .Angel's Camp. He then turned his attention to horticultural pur-
suits and planted and becnme the owner of the first orchard in the moun-
tains. He departed this life on the 4th of September. t8o^, at the age of
sevcntv-five vears. and bis wife still survives him. in the sixtv-.scventh vear


of her age. Unto Air. and Airs. Bennett have been born two children, —
a son and a daughter, — George Bennager, who is now w'orking in a mine;
and Maria Amanda, who became the wife of D. Rolleri, and shortly after-
ward was taken ill with typhoid fever which terminated her life. She was
a lovable daughter and young wife, and her tieath was the occasion of great
grief to her parents and her husband, and the entire community. She passed
away in her eighteenth year.

Mr. Bennett has been a lifelong Democrat, unswerving in his loyalty
to the party. He formerly belonged to the lodge of the Knights of the
Golden Eagle, but the organization has given up its charter. He and his
wife are independent in their religious views, but their lives are upright and
honorable, commanding the confidence and good will of ail. They have a
cozy home at .Angel's Camp, surrounded by shade and fruit trees, and there
they are spending the evening of life surrounded by many comforts in the
midst of friends who entertain for them a high regard. Great changes have
occurred since their arrival in the w-est. In the winter of 1852 it required
two months with an ox team to go to Stockton to bring back a load of pro-
visions, whicli incident indicates in a slight measure the difficulties that the
first settlers had to undergo. With Mr. Bennett success in life has been
reached by sterling (|ualities of the mind and a heart true to every manly
principle. In his \-aried Inisiness interests his reputation has been unassail-
able, his name being s}-n(jnym(ius with honorable dealings.


William Nicholls, Jr., is a prominent citizen of Dutch Flat and a mem-
ber of the banking firm of W. & P. Nicholls, of that town. Mr. Nicholls
was born in St. Austell, Cornw^all, England, November 5, 1850. His ances-
tors were English people and were engaged in mining and farming. His
father, Philip Nicholls, was born in England and came to California in 1852,
arriving in San Francisco June 19. • From San Francisco he went to Placer-
ville, where he engaged in placer-mining, and later was thus occupied at
Georgetown and Forest City, meeting with gratifying success. A partner-
ship was formed with his brother William and they bought gold and carried
it to San Francisco, taking upon themselves the risk of being murdered or
robbed in crossing the mountains, which were wild and unsettled. They
packed their gold upon mules and were well armed. By taking a different
route than was expected they managed to escape highwaymen as a rule.
However, they were occasionally attacked, but. fighting desperately for their
lives and treasure, wdiich sometimes was worth one hundred thousand dol-
lars, were victorious in these struggles. In i860 the brothers came to Dutch
Flat to reside and established the private banking business, which they con-
tinued until both passed away. The business is now conducted by the sons,
under the same firm name, thus perpetuating the memory of their honored
parents. Our subject's father died January 25, 1886. aged fifty-nine years;
his uncle died April 23, 1877.


Mr. Nicholls was educated in England and came to San Francisco
December 25, 1866. From the latter place he went to Dutch Flat and
became connected with his father's banking business. In later years, in
addition to his banking interests, Mr. Nicholls has been engaged in the
development of mines and is the owner of much valuable mining property,
among which is the I'olar Star, near Dutch Flat, which he is operating with
a force of from twenty-fi\e to thirty men. He is also the owner of large

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