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this state in 1854 and is a native of county Tipperary, Ireland, his birth
having occurred there on the 28th of September, 1832. His parents were
Dennis and Mary (Bradshaw) Ryan, also natives of the Emerald Isle. The
father was a business man of ability and both he and his wife attained the
age of sixty-eight years. They were devout members of the Catholic church.
They became the parents of eleven children, of whom only two are now liv-
ing: John, a resident of New- Jersey, and Dennis, of this review.

The subject of this review was educated in the county of his nativity,
and in 1844, when but twelve years of age, he crossed the Atlantic to Que-
bec, Canada, as a passenger on a sailing vessel. The voyage lasted twio
months, during which they encountered severe storms and heavy seas, the
great waves dashing over the decks, the vessel seeming in imminent peril.
Mr. Ryan remained in Canada for two years, working as a farm boy at
eight dollars per month. In 1846 he went to Providence, Rhode Island,
where he tended bar for wdiich he received one dollar per day. Later he
Avas employed in other and more remunerative business lines and little by
little his capital was increased as the years passed.

On the 26th of June, 1852, Mr. Ryan was united in marriage to Miss
Susan Flood, a native of Ireland, and in 1854 they sailed together for Cali-
fornia, hoping to benefit their financial condition in the golden west. They
brought with them their two little children: Dennis, who afterward died,
at the age of nine years, and John T., who is now residing with his father
in Sonora. They came direct to this place, and Mr. Ryan engaged in min-
ing on the site of the town. He worked very hard and was successful in
his ventures at frrst. On one occasion he was fortunate enough to pick up
a nugget worth four hundred dollars, and in connection w^ith others he on
вАҐthat day took out nineteen ounces more of gold. That was their best day's
work. He continued working in the different mining camps in Tuolunine
county, but as the years passed this industry became less pnifitable an<l in


1862 he abandoned placer mining and opened a retail liqnor house in Sonora.
In the new enterprise he met with creditable success and continued in that
business throughout the remainder of his active career, acquiring a compe-
tence that now enables him to live retired, surrounded by all the comforts
and many of the luxuries of life.

Mr. Ryan and his wife became the parents of the following named
children, in Sonora: John T. ; James, who is engaged in quartz n-i);ning;
Joseph B., who is now the principal of the Jamestown school; Dennis \V.,
a printer in San Francisco; Falo, a printer in Sonora; Mary, who became
the wife of M. D. Kelley and died at the age of twenty-eight years, leaving
one child: and Susie, who is at home. ^Irs. Ryan is also spared to her fam-
ily, and they reside in a commodious dwelling which was erected by the
subject of this review. They all adhere to the religious faith of their fathers
and are worthy members of the Catholic church. Mr. Ryan's political views
are in harmony with the principles of the Democracy, but at local elections,
where no national issue is involved, he votes for those whom he thinks best
fitted for the position, regardless of party affiliations. He is a member of
the Chosen Friends and is one of the highly respected citizens of Sonora.


Figuring as one of the prominent and active business men of Auburn,
Placer county, California, is the subject of this sketch, John Coleman Safford.
who has for several years been a dealer in furniture. He is a native of Xew
York, born in Perry, Wyoming county, August 14, 1851. and is descended
from English ancestry.

His forefathers were among the early settlers oi Connecticut, their iden-
tity with that state dating from the sixteenth century ; the family was repre-
sented in the Revolutionary war and was prominently connected with civil
affairs also at that early period in this country's history. Samuel Safiford. the
grandfather of John C, married Miss Ellen Moss. Their son John, born in
Perry, New York, grew up at that place and there married Miss Caroline
Coleman, also a native of Perry. She was the daughter of John and Julia
(Ainsley) Coleman. Tliey became early settlers of Seneca Lake, where he
was a farmer. John Safford was a farmer and local minister of the Methodist
Episcopal church. He died in the thirty-sixth year of his age, his death
resulting from the effects of a cold contracted while baptizing some converts
in the creek in winter. She was fifty-six years of age at the time of her death.
They were the ])arents of three sons and one daughter, all of whom are living,
John C. being the eldest .son. The others are George S., Charles S. and
Helen. George has been a resident of Los Angeles, California, since 1873.
?lelen is now the wife of Edwy Knight and resides in Jackson, Michigan.

John C. Safford was educated in New York, and his first business expe-
rience was in a bcmk and stationery store, after which he was engaged in
the painting and decorating business. He came to Auburn, California, in
1881, seeking a change of climate, which has provetl beneficial. He first pur-


sued the occupation of jjainter and decorator here, after which he became
associated as partner with W. A. Crowell in the furniture and undertaking
business. At the end of five and a half years this partnership was dissolved,
]\Ir. Crowell taking the undertaking department and JMr. SafYord the furniture.
The latter now has a large furniture store, well stocked with a fine line of fur-
niture, carpets and wall paper, and he also deals in paints and oil. From three
to five persons are employed in the store, the business is successfully con-
ducted, and the proprietor enjoys the reputation of being one of the enter-
prising, up-to-date business factors in the town.

Mr. Safford was married in 1871 to Miss ]\Iary Ann Appleby, a native
of Warsaw, Wyoming county. New York. She is the daughter of George
Appleb}', a native of England, wbile her mother was of French descent. Their
union has been blessed with two sons : Lucius Elbert, a clerk in his father's
store ; and Edwy Knight, a student in Berkeley College. Mr. Safford built the
pleasant home he occupies in Auburn, and has surrounded his residence v.iih
an attractive lawn, dotted o\-er with flowers, shrufibery and shade trees, mak-
ing it an ideal home.

Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order, blue lodge, chapter
and council, also as a memljer of the I. O. R. M.. and politically is a


Among those who have been distinctively conspicuous in connection with
the substantia! upbuilding and legitimate progress of the attractive municipal
corporation of Nevada City is P. G. Scadden, to whom distinct recognition
must lie gi\en in a complete account of the development and advancement of
the communit}'. He is now classed among its leading merchants, and it is a
well known fact that commercial activity is the main source of a town's pros-
Ijerity and material growth. His entire life has been passed in California,
and Nevada City is the place of his birth, which occurred on the 3d of Feb-
ruary, 1874, his parents being Thomas and Elizabeth (Hodge) Scadden, both
of whom were natives of England. The father came to California in 1857
and engaged in mining for thirty years, his death occurring in 1892. His wife
became a resident of the Golden state in 1858. Her father was a merchant
and followed that pursuit for many years, and also established the first
brewery in Nevada county, the enterprise being located near Grass Valley.

During the greater part of his life Mr. Scadden, of this review, has been
connected with mercantile pursuits. He was reared and educated in Nevada
City, and after putting aside his te.xt-books he entered u])on the practical duties
of life, becoming connected with the purchase and sale of merchandise. In
|N<)4 he bought the grocery owned by James Kidd. and is now successfully
Cduducting the enterprise, having a large and well equipped establishment.
His place of business is located on Commercial street, and is characterized
for its marked neatness. It is well supplied with .a complete line of all staple
and fancv "ruceries. and the enerov uf the owner, combined with his hont)r-


able dealing and earnest desire to please, have secured to him a liberal

In matters affecting the public welfare ^Nlr. Scadden takes a deep interest
and is a public-spirited and progressive citizen. For the past eight years
he has been connected with the city fire department, and at this writing is
chief engineer. Socially he is a valued representative of the Order of For-
esters of America, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has
taken the encampment degrees, and Hydraulic Parlor, N. S. G. W. His sup-
port and co-operation are given to every movement for the public good, an'd
liis well spent life has gained him the confidence and good will of his fellow
men where\er he is known. On the 5th of June. 1895, ^I^- Scadden was
iniited in marriage to Miss Honor, a daughter of John Stephens, of Nevada
City, wdio came with his family to California from New Jersey in 1874. The
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Scadden has been blessed with a little son, ^lal-
colm, born June 6, 1897.


There are two things which are an unmistakable indication of the con-
dition of a community. These are its newspapers and its hotels. No other
enterprises so correctly mirror forth the enterprise and progressive spirit
of a town or give indication of its lack of growth and advancement. As the
proprietor of the Tynon Hotel, at Modesto, Mr. Pike is a typical representa-
tive of California's spirit of improvement which has led to the marked advance-
ment of the state. He arrived on the Pacific coast on the loth of February,
1850, finding here a collection of mining camps scattered over a territory
giving little indication of the marks of civilization. From that time to the
present he has ever borne his part in reclaiming the wild lands for purposes
of civilization and in promoting those interests whereby is secured material
and intellectual advancement.

A native of Maine, Mr. Pike was born in Eastport, Washington county,
on the 23d of August, 1831. His grandfather, James Pike, emigrated from
Scotland to Nova Scotia and thence made his way to the Pine Tree state.
William Pike, the father of our subject, was born in Nova Scotia and accom-
panied his parents on their removal to Maine, where he was reared, educated
and married, Miss Lydia Cutter, a native of Massachusetts, becoming his
Avife. He was a sea captain and died by drowning- in 1837, in the thirty-
fifth year of his age, leaving a widow and five children: Samuel T., George
K.. AMlliam. Jacob M., and Celia Ann. now^ the widow of George Paine,
living in Eastport. Jilaine. Mrs. Pike nobly took up the burden of caring
for her children and early instilled into their minds lessons of thrift, industry
and honesty. She died in Eastport, Alaine. in 1897 in the eighty-ninth year
of her age.

Mr. Pike of this review acciuired his education in the public schools
of his native town and when eighteen years of age sailed from Eastport on the
ship Nathaniel Hooper, a New York vessel, of which he was made second


mate. He liad previously acquired a thDrdugh knowledge of navigation. ha\-
ing sailed for four years on vessels engaged in the West Indies trade and on
ships that sailed the Mediterranean sea. He arrived safely in San Francisco
on the loth of February, 1850, and proceeded at once to the mines on the
Tuolumne ri\er, but in 1851 returned to San Francisco and took passage
f(.)r Mexico. When the vessel arrived at port it was sold and the crew dis-

Mr. Pike then returned to San Francisco on the United States sloop of
war \'incennes and in that city was employed for a short time, being there
joined by his brothers, Samuel T. and William. Together they went to the
southern mines on the Tuolumne river and sjient the winter at Big Oak Flat.
In 1854 they engaged in mining on the Stanislaus river and made on an
a\erage from ten to fifteen dollars each daily for some time. In 1856 the sub-
ject ot this review purchased a store at Peoria, on the Stanislaus river, where
he continued in business until 1858, when he sold the enterprise, but
continued merchandising by opening a store in Salt Spring- Valley, Calaveras
county. He again sold out in i860 and then opened a similar establishment
in Copperopolis, supplying the needs of the public in his line until 1866. The
mining boom in that locality then collapsed and hu'^iness proved unprofitable.
yir. Pike had made considerable money, which he in\ested in property and'
when the Ijoom was over he lost heavily.

(ioing again to San Francisco, he accepted a position as salesman in the
tobacci) anil cigar store of Weil & Company, with whom he continued for fi\e
years, when, with the capital he had accjuired through his diligence and
economy, he purchased a restaurant in San Francisco, at the corner of Clay
and Kearney streets. Three years later he purchased the United States restau-
rant, on Clay and Montgomery streets, conducting both establishments in a
manner that secured him a liberal patronge and won him a very gratifyina:
fortune. In 1875 he opened a wholesale grocery house at the comer of
Clay and California streets and also became a stock-dealer, but through specu-
lation he lost one hundred thousand dollars. He then closed out his whole-
sale grocery business and was engaged in the manufacture of cigars until
1885. when he disposed of that enterprise and became the proprietor of Swain's
bakery, which he conducted for five 3'ears. Disposing by sale of that busi-
ness he next purchased the Manning Restaurant, on Powell street, opposite
the Baldwin Hotel, but that proved an unprofitable venture.

In 1895 he managed the Stoneman House, in the Vosemite \'alley, and
in November of that year came to Modesto, where he purchased the furniture
and leased the Tynon Hotel, a fine modern structure Imilt in improved style,
tastefully furnished and containing sixty rooms, ilr. Pike is doing a large
and remunerative business. His hotel is splendidly equipped and he emplovs
good help and conducts his hotel in a manner entirely satisfactory to his
guests. His long experience in the business has taught him how to manage
a hotel so as to promote the welfare and happiness of his guests, and he spares
no effort that will provide for their comfort. He is most genial, obliging and
courteous, and these qualities have rendered him \ery popular among the trav-


eling- imblic. and any wlio ha\-e (.mce been entertained l)y him are always giad
when they can find opportunity to 1)ecome liis guest.

]\Ir. Pike was married in 1866, to Miss Mary L. Howell, and nine chil-
dren, eight sons and a daughter, were born unto them. Three of the sons,
Inowever, have passed away, while the surviving children are Charles W., a
resident of San Francisco: Willis, who is living in Fresno, California ; Thomas
and Roy. who are in the employ of their eldest brother; Percy, who is employed
by his brother Willis: and Laura, the wife of W. P. Fuller, who is prominently
engaged in the paint and oil business in San Francisco. The mother departed
this life in 1892. She Iiad been a most faithful and devoted helpmate to her
husband and her loving care for her children won her their filial devotion and
gratitude. Mr. Pike has given to his children good educational ad\-antages.
thus fitting them for life's practical duties and they do honor to their careful

He is a valued member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the blue
lodge and chapter, with which he has been identified" since 1864. He is also
a member of the Druids and in politics he is a stalwart Republican, g"i\'ing his
earnest support to the principles of the party which stands for protection of
American industries and for the honor of the .Vmerican flag wherever it
waves, whether it be in the western hemisphere or in the islands of the Orient.


Charles E. Clinch is the honored mayor of (irass \'alley and one of the
representatives of commercial interests in northern California. He is a self-
made man who has not desj^isecl the day of small things, but has used the
obstacles in his path as stepping-stones to higher successes and has a right to
regard his advancement with pride. It is comparatively easy for a man of rea-
sonably good a1)ility to achieve a business success on capital, either borrowed
or inherited ; but it requires real force of character to earn a capital by hard,
persistent work and save it and invest it successfully. This, however. Mr.
Clinch has done, and he enjoys the distinction of being one of the leading
merchants not only of Crass \"alley but even of this section of the state.

He was born in Eldorado county, California. October 31. 1858. and is
the eldest of the two children of Patrick and Elizabeth (Gill) Clinch. His
father was of LMsh liirth, and in 1850 came to California, where he was actively
engaged in mining u]) to the time of his death, which occurred in 1866. His
wife, who is a native of .Australia, came with her people to California in 1850.

Charles E. Clinch, of this review, was a lad of eight years when he came
to Nevada county, where he has since made liis home. He is indebted to the
public-school system of Grass Valley for the educational privileges which
were accorded him. Since his early manhood he has been connected with mer-
chandising, first as a salesman and afterward as the proprietor. About six-
teen years ago the present grocery firm of Clinch & Company was formed,
and our subject lias since been the manager of the business, which is one of the
most extensive in its line in this part of the state. In addition to the large and


well selected stock of staple and fanc}- groceries, the firm carries glass, crock-
ery, tin and agate ware, also the highest grade and best brands of bottled
liquors for medical purposes. Steadily the trade has grown both in volume
and importance until it has now assumed extensive proportions and a liberal
income is therefore derived from the sale of their goods.

On the 1 6th of March, 1884. occurred the marriage of Mr. Clinch to
Miss Emily Jenkins, a native of Nevada county and a daughter of John
Jenkins, of English birth, who came to California in 1849 ^i^d died in 1888.
Five children blessed the union of our subject and his wife, namely : Charles
R., Emily M., Willis W., Janet and Marian. To the Republican party Mr.
Clinch gives an earnest support. In 1882 he was elected public administra-
tor for a two-years term, and in 1898 he was chosen by popular ballot to the
responsible office of mayor. He handled the reins of the city government with
great care, his administration being business-like, practical and progressive.
He now affiliates with both the blue lodge and chapter of the INIasonic fra-
ternity, the subordinate lodge and encampment of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, the lodge and the uniformed rank of the Knights of Pythias,
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Honor and
Quartz Parlor, No. 58, Native Sons of the Golden West. His standing in busi-
ness and social circles is deservedly high and he is ever loyal and true to the
public interests of his native state, being a public-spirited citizen who has
at heart the progress and prosperity of the town of his adoption and who
gi\cs his helpful encouragement to e\'ery movement having for its object the
enhancement of the welfare of its people.


Robert Wise, the popular cigar merchant and manufacturer uf Aul)urn,
Placer county, California, is a native of Germany, and was born December
-'. 1855. In his native land Mr. Wise received a common-school education
and learned the cigar-maker's trade, and in 1873 at the age of eighteen, he
sailed from Ciermany for this country, landing in due time at New York and
going from there to Richmond. Virginij\., where he worked at his trade four
years. At the end of that time he turned his face westward again, California
the objective point, and upon his arrival in this state located at San Fran-
cisco, where he resided six years, engaged in the cigar business. From
San Francisco he came to Auburn. Here he secured work in the store with
which he has since been connected and of which he is now the owner. He
manufactures the General Gomez cigar, for which he has a large sale, and he
deals in other cigars and all kinds of tobacco and smokers' goods. .\ man
who thoroughly understands his business and who attends strictly to it, he is
meeting with deserved success.

.Mr. Wise has for his wife one of the native daughters of the city of
Auliuni, ncc Ada S. Lipsett, whom he wedded in 1895, '^"'' ^'"^y have one
child, named Robert Lipsett Wise.

Mr. Wise has for se\er;d vears been identified with the Knights of


Pytliias and has attained prominence in the order, serving in various official
capacities. He is also a member of the Uniform Rank, K. of P. He casts his
franchise with the Democratic party, but is not, however, a politician, as his
business demands his time and attention. He is a member of the Cigar
Makers' Association. An enterprising, thoroughgoing business man, inter-
ested in the im]Drovement and welfare of his town, he enjoys a high standing
among his large circle of friends.


The early '60s saw the advent in California of a class of men who
ha\'e exerted a marked influence on the development of the state since that
time and ha\'e come to the front prominently in mining, in general Imsiness
or in a profession.

Samuel S. Moser, of Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras county, is one of the
well known Californians who came to the state in 1861, and in his forty
years" residence here he has made an enviable record for progress and integ-
rity and all those other qualities which ent?r into the mental constitution of
the successful business man and the useful citizen.

Samuel S. Moser is descended from German and English ancestors who
settled in America before the Revolutionary war. Daniel Moser, his father,
was born in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, in 1793, and married Susan
Everett, who was born in that county in 1799, a member of the well known
family of Everett, which produced Hon. Edward Everett, the great American
statesman and orator. After his marriage he removed to Trumbull county,
Ohio, where he became a farmer and died at the advanced age of eighty-one
years and where his wife died at the age of fifty-seven. In religious faith
they were Lutherans and in politics Mr. Moser was at first a Whig and after-
ward a Republican. They had nine children and three of their sons fought
in the Civil war for the preservation of the Union.

Samuel S. Moser was born in Liberty township, Trumbull county, Ohio,
December 9, 1837, and was educated there and lived there until 1861, when,
in his twenty-fourth year, he sailed from Xew York for Aspinwall on the
Champion, crossed the isthmus of Panama by rail and was taken on the
Golden Age up along the Pacific coast to San Francisco, where he arrived
April 21, without means luit with an amibition to "get on in the world." He
went at once to Mokelumne Hill, and, making his headcjuarters there, luined
and taught school at different places in Calaveras and Amador counties. He
prospered and became the owner of the Bonanza mine, which he opened and in
which he employed from eight to sixteen men until the passage of the law
prohibiting hydraulic mininp-, and out of which he had taken by that time
one hundred thousand dollars. Meantime he had come into possession of a
tailings claim, which yielded him thirty thousand dollars, and later he pros-
pected a (|uartz ledge, which is bonded for fifty thousand dollars.

In politics ?\ir. .Moser is a Republican anil he has been a member of the
Indeiiendcnt Order (jf Odd Fellows fur forty years, and has passed all the


cliairs in its different branches and is at present serving as the secretary in
the subordinate and encampment branches. In 1868 he married Miss Ahiiena
Maria Harrington, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, wlio came to Cahfornia,
October, 1859, where her father, George F. Harrington, had been a pioneer in

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