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One of the sons. George Weymouth, was a member of the United States
congress, representing the fourth district of Massachusetts, and served his
second term in that high office. Another son. Cliarles. is a Vermont farmer,
and both daughters are married and reside in the old Bay state.

W. S. Weymouth, the subject of this review, obtained his early educa-
tion in the public schools of Massachusetts, and was fitted for a business



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 427

career by an apprenticeship at the trade of carriage trimming. In 1883 he
came to Amador county, CaHfornia, in order to settle up an estate, and was
so favorably impressetl with the opportunities of the golden west that he
resolved to make his home here. He liecame interested in the rich mineral
resources of the great Mather lode which crossed Amador county, and since
that time has been extensively engaged in mining, being connected with vari-
ous valuable mining enterprises. He was the superintendent of the Cosmo-
politan mine for six years, and with other gentlemen of prominence is now
largely interested in the Pocahontas mine near Drytown, comprising one of
the main fissures of the Mather lode. His investments ha\-e been carefully
made and now bring to him rich financial returns.

Mr. Weymouth was married in 1889, to Miss Sarah A. Anderson, a na-
tive of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and they now have three interesting
daughters, — INIyrta, Hester and Helen. Their pleasant home is the center
of a cultured society circle in Drytown, and all who pass beneath its portals
enjoy a most gracious hospitality. Air. Weymouth is now servmg as
junior warden of Drytown Lodge, No. 174, F. & A. M. He is a Republican
in his political preferences, and is a citizen of a high order of intelligence and
ability, being among the valued representatives of mining interests in this
section of the state. He has a strict regard for the ethics of commercial life,
is straightforward and honorable in all his dealings, and at the same time
is energetic, ambitious and progressive. These qualities insure to him a
successful career, and in the future, as in the past, his advancement along
material, as well as social and intellectual lines, will be continuous.

AI. J. DILLMAN.

It is a well attested maxim that the greatness of a state lies not in its
machinery of government, nor e\-en in its institutions, but in the sterling
(|ualities of its individual citizens, in their capacity for high and unselfish
effort and their devotion to the public good. Regarded as a citizen Air.
Dillman belongs to the public-spirited, useful and helpful type of men whose
ambitions and desires are centered and directed in those channels through
which flow the greatest and most permanent good to the greatest number,
and it is therefore consistent with the purpose and plan of this work that tliis
record be given among those of the representative men of the state.

A native of Illinois, Michael Joel Dillman (or Jo Dillman, as he is
familiarly called) w^as born on his father's farm near Plainfield, that state, on
the 7th of November, i860, and is a son of W. P. and Sarah J. (Rhodes)
Dillman. He was a lad of twelve years wdien with his parents he came to
Sacramento, where he acquired his education in the public schools, being grad-
uated with the class of 1876. In his seventeenth year he left school and
went to Reno, Nevada, w'here he entered the employ of the First National
Bank as office boy, and through his fidelity to duty and his close application
he won continual promotion until at the end of four years he was appointed
assistant cashier, in which position he remained until 1884. Belie\ing more



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in the future of California tlian of Nevada, he that year returned to Sacra-
mento to accept the management of the business of tlie Bell Conservatory
Company and later became sole owner of the enterprise. In 1889 he admitted
a partner to the business and to him was left the management of ;he nursery,
while ^Ir. Dillman turned his attention to the colonization and settlement of
various tracts of land. He dealt in lands in Placer, Eldorado and Sacramento
counties, and in 1895 he disposed of his nursery interests and placed his land
in the hands of a real-estate agent, in order that he might have time to assist
in the organization and development of the Capital Telephone & Telegraph
Comjjany. He became one of its leading stockholders and was made vice-
president and general manager. The business has increased with the utmost
rapidity and has become a \ery important concern in commercial circles. It
was established with two hundred and fifty local instruments, but has grown
until it now has an exchange of fourteen hundred local telephones, together
with territorial lines extending througli Sacramento county into Placer.
Eldorado, Amador and Yolo counties. He was one of the original founders
of the Sacramento Improvement Association which did so much public-spirited
work. Later he became a member of the Sacramento Street Improvement
Company, and gave his time and money liberally to the work of the Sacrament' •
Natural Gas and Development Company.

Mr. Dillman is a most public-spirited and progressive citizen, and ha>
withheld his suport from no enterprise or movement calculated to prove
of general benefit. He was one of the pioneer members of the Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children: was one of the founders of the
Sacramento Chamber of Commerce; and for two j-ears he served with
jmblic favor as a member of the city board of education. Also he
was the i)resident of the Sacramento County Citrus Association, which
made such an elaborate exhibition of the citrus fruit in Mechanics'
Pavilion in San Francisco, with other countries, in January, 1895. When
the peojjle. by the change of ownership and character in the street-railway
systen) of the city, were aliout to lose the line running to the city cemetery,
]\Ir. Dillman took hold of the matter, and. almost unaiiled, secured the right
of way for the new Henry line along Tenth street autl eft'ected the increase
in the bond issue to insure its construction. So, too, in many other public
enterprises he has lalx>red efficiently and unselfishly. He is one of that nature
and disposition that pushes forward every good work on the basis of the truth
that every man in the community owes it to his best energy to forward its
highest interests. Mere sympathy with a good work is not enough for him:
he believes in lalioring for jirogressive ends as well as combating error and
viciousness.

In 1S87 ^Ir. Dillman was united in marriage to Miss Mary Josephine
Drake, a daughter of James H. Drake, one of the pioneer citizens of Straw-
1<erry valley, ^'uba county. They are the i)arents of three children, of whom
two are living. Margaret, the eldest child, having died when two years of
age. M. J., Jr., and Pauline, aged respecti\ely ten antl six years, arc both
attending school.



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 429

In his pi/litical views Air. Dillman is a Repu1)lican, and his loyaUy to
tlie [)arty in wiiich he firmly beheves is above question. In September of tlie
present year, igoo, lie received unsolicited the party's nomination for super-
\isor from the third district, the largest in voters in Sacramento county, and
was elected by a majority of three hundred and fifty-seven, over a man who
was considered the most popular the opposing party could name. Certainly
few men are better qualified for office. He is precise and correct in business
methods, familiar with public affairs and has a full knowledge of the econo-
mies the county should practice in the administration of its business. In
manner he is cordial and genial, yet without any assumed familiarity which
is so often characteristic of those who become candidates for public offices.
He is a broad-minded, liberal-spirited, progressive and determined man, and his
business career and private life alike commend him to the confidence of his
fellow men.

JAMES J. BRADY.

James J. Brady was born in Dublin, Ireland, on the 12th of May, 1830,
a son of Philip and Ann (Carlon) Brady, both of wdiom were natives of the
Emerald Isle, where the father followed the trade of a tanner and currier.
Both he and his wife were valued members of the Catholic church and they
had a phenomenal family of eleven sons and eleven daughters, including
several pairs of twins. The father attained the ripe old age of ninety years
and the mother also lived to an advanced age.

James Joseph Brady was the eleventh son and the youngest member of
the family. He was educated in the city of Dublin, but his opportunities were
limited, and when only eleven years of age he was apprenticed to learn the
carpenter's trade. Since that time he has earned his own living, depending
entirely upon his own resources, and whatever success he has achieved is
the merited reward of his labor. In 1846 he took passage on the sailing ves-
sel Orizaba from Liverpool, England, and they landed at New Orleans on
Christmas day of that year. There were many passengers on the ship and
forty-seven died during the voyage and were buried in the ocean. Mr. Brady
was then but sixteen years of age.

He came to this country with his brother John, who was the eldest of
the family, and he worked at his trade in New Orleans until 1852. He was
married in that city to Miss Mary McCann, a native of county Cavan, Ire-
land, who came to tire United States in 1848. Mr. Brady left his wife with
relatives in New Orleans while he proceeded to California, in 1852, hoping
to acquire a comfortable fortune in the Golden state. He journeyed by way
of the isthmus route, and from San Francisco made his way to Coon Hol-
low, in Eldorado county, where he was engaged in mining, working for wages,
at six dollars a day. He remained with his first employer for four days and
three nights and thus received his first start in California. Subsequently he
went tr ^\'hite Rock where he secured a claim of his own, but he was never
lortunate in his mining operations. As soon as he had ac(|uired sufficient



430 REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

money he sent for liis wife, wlio came by way of the isthmus route in con>
pany with a voung lady friend, arriving at White Rock late in July. The re-
union was a happy one and in 1855 they took up their abode in Upper
Rancheria, in Amador county, where Mr. Brady secured a claim which he
operated for a short time, meeting with only moderate success, however.
He was there twenty months, working on his own account.

He then removed to Dutch Flat, where he arrived on the 3d of July.
1857. Here he engaged in mining and working at his trade. .He has erected
many of the buildings in his town, and these stand as monuments to his in-
dustry and handiwork. The i)leasant cottage in which he and his wife now
reside was erected by him in 1858. During the forty-eight years in which he
has made his home at Dutch Flat he has ac(|uired the reputation of being
one of the most reliable and trustworthy citizens of unimi)eachable honesty
and unflagging energy. His integrity in all business matters has gained him
an unassailable reputation and he enjoys the unqualified confidence and re-
g:ard 01 his fellow townsmen. Unto Mr. and Airs. Brady liave been born five
children, namely: Charles, who is now residing in Marysville; George, of Sac-
ramento: Ann, who won second honors in her graduating class in the San
Jose normal school and became a successful teacher at Dutch Flat, but de-
])arted this life in the twenty-second year of her age. beloved by all who
knew her: an infant who died at the age of fifteen months: and Carroll, who
(lei)a>-ted this life in the twenty-seventh year of his age.

Mr. and Mrs. Brady have the love and sympathy of many of the leading
and influential citizens of the town. Their residence here covers a long-
])eriod and they are widely known, their circle of friends being almost co-
extensive with the circle of their acquaintances. In his political affiliations Mr.
T>rady has been a life-long Democrat, yet has voted for the men whom he
regards as best qualified for the ofifice at local elections where no issue is
involved. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having
been one of its faithful and active members for the past twenty-seven years.
He has filled all the chairs in the l(«lge and has ever endeavored to live up
to the beneficent and ennobling i)rinci])les of the fraternity. His career is
a credit to the order and he is highly esteemed by his brethren, all of whom
have a good word for the kind-hearted James Joseph Brady, who for furty-
eight years has been actively identified with the interests of California.

HFXRV LUKF.

Henry Luke, who has served as a supervisor of Nevada county anil has
been actively and honorably identified with the growth and jirosperity of
Grass Valley since 1866, was born in Cornwall, England, on the 14th of
December, 1848. being the youngest of the eight children bom of William
and Anna (Ward) Luke. His father and mother were desccned from old
English families, and the former died in 1857: but the mother survived until
1882, when she also joined the silent majority.

Henry Luke spent his youth in the land of his nativity, and in early life



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 43i

began work in the mines, where his fatlier had been emiiluyed for many
years. At tlie age of eighteen he came to America, taking up his abode in
Grass Valley in that year. 1866. For fifteen years thereafter he was actively
connected with the mining interests in that section of the state, and then
turned his attention to merchandising. He established a boot and shoe store
and soon afterward added a stock of dry goods, carrying on business in
those lines for fifteen years. At the present date he is the proprietor of a well
equipped "delicatessen" store on J\Iain street, and his son is now the active
manager of the business, the father giving his supervision thereto but devoting
most of his time to other concerns.

Politically Mr. Luke afliliates with the Republican party and is deejily
interested in its growth and success. He became an American citizen in
1872 and has always voted with the organization that u])held the Union
during the Civil war. that has ever stood as a protector to American institu-
tions and that is now the champion of the policy of expansion. In 1896
he was elected county supervisor of the second district, and prior to that date
he served for one term in the city council of Grass Valley, doing all in bis
power to promote the welfare of his town. In his social relations he is a
"Red ]Man" and a Forester, and in the former organization he has filled
many offices. His home life is very pleasant. He was happily married
]\Iarch 20. 1875, to Miss Kate A. Eddy, a lady of English Iiirth and a daughter
of William C. Eddy, a miner of Grass Valley. iNIr. and ]\Irs. Luke are the
parents of twelve children. — William H.. Lilly. John, Albert T., Effie, Hary
\\'., Marguerite. Richard. Clifford, Mabel. Catherine and Fred. For more
than a third of a century Mr. Luke has resided in Nevada county. He is a
gentleman of broad intelligence, of sterling worth and unassailable reputation,
and is numbered among the honored early settlers of this locality, a pioneer
to whose energetic efforts his town and county owe their prosperity and prog-
ress in no small degree.

CHARLES EUGENE DAY.

Of the "art preservative of arts." Charles Eugene Day is a representative,
being the editor and publisher of the Calaveras Chronicle, the oldest weekly
paper in the state. The publication of this journal was begun in October,
1851, and has never missed an issue! Mr. Day has not only kept it up to
its highest standing but has also improved it in many respects.

He was born on the 7th of September. 1862, and is of French descent,
his father, Francis Day, having been born in France, whence he came to the
United States when fourteen years of age, establishing his home at Mokelumne
Hill in 1854. \Mien making the voyage to California the vessel on which
he took passage was shipwrecked on San Mezitas island, but with others
Mr. Day succeeded in escaping to the island, losing, however, all of his pos-
sessions. On a whaling ship he comjileted his journey to California and
resided at Mokelumne Hill until bis death, which occurred in 1897. when
he was eighty-si.x years of age. He had married .Miss Jnsephine Sli(|uel. a



432 REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

nati\e ot liis own country. Their niarriaoe occurred in Xew York. Mrs.
Day came to California with relatives in 1856 and now resides with her son
Cliarles E. at Mokelumne Hill, at the age of seventy-si.N; years. She was the
mother of four children, one of whom was l)orn hi the east and the others
in this city.

Mr. Day of this review was educated in the public schools of ]\Iokel-
umne liill and here learned the printer's trade, continuing in the office from
1884 until 1892, after which he became a member of the force of the San
Andreas Prospect for eight years. Since that time he has been the editor
and pul)lisher of the Calaveras Chronicle. He has made journrdism his
life work and is a capable and reliable newspaper man.

Mr. Day is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Independent
Order of Odd Felk)ws. and of the former is a past master, while in the latter
organization he has served as noble grand. He also belongs to the Order
of the Daughters of Rebekah and is an exempt fireman. A lifelong Repub-
lican, he upholds the principles of that ijarty in the Chronicle, and through
the columns of his paper he has done effective service for Republican inter-
ests. He is now the chairman of the Reiniblican county central committee
and his management of the campaign is fruitful in its beneficial results.

In his business Mr. Day is associated with Alfred Pincombe, who was
born in Vallejo, California, on the 28th of January, 1862, and is a practical
printer. He was admitted to partnership by Mr. Day, and both gentlemen
enjoy the confidence and giMul will of the patrons of the paper.

JAMb:S \V. JAMESOX.

James W. Jameson. lIic postmaster and one of the merchants of Dutch
I'lat, is a western man by birth, training and preference, and is imbued with
the true western spirit of progress and enterprise. He was born in tlie state
of Xe\"ada, on the 17th of Xovember, 1864, and is of Scotch and Welsh
lineage. His father. James Jameson, was born in Scotland, in 1831, and
when a young man crossed the briny deep to the new world, locating in San
Francisco, in 1849. In 1854 he became a resident of Iowa Hill, where he
followed the barber's trade. He at one time was a mine-t)W'ner, but lost money
in his mining o])erations. For two years he resided in Xevada and then re-
turned his home in California, taking up his abode at Dutch Flat, where
he resided from 1865 until the time of his death, which occurred in 1886.
When nineteen years of age he was married, and by that union were born three
daughters. The oldest. Belle, deceased, was the wife of Frank Batchelder.
of San Francisco: May became the wife of Zeb Day and resides in Oakland:
while Katie is now the wife of Ceorge Dansti and resides in Xevada City.
After the death of the mother Mr. Jameson was again married, in 1850, his
second union being with Mrs. Susanna Anthony, who had one son, Ed. II.
Anthony, by her former marriage. Two children were born of the second
union: Maggie, now the wife of Charles E. Uren. a resident of Tuolumne:
and James W., who is the immediate subject of this sketch. Mrs Jameson



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 433

still survives and is now in the seventy-second year of her age, her home
Ijcing with her son James in Dutch Flat. She crossed the plains with oxen
in 1850 and is one of the courageous pioneer women who braved the dangers
of that long and arduous journey and also met the hardships and difficul-
ties of pioneer life during the early development of the Golden state. She is
respected by all who knew her and her circle of accjuaintances is extensive.

James \\'. Jameson was only two years of age when he came to Dutch
Flat. He obtained his education in the public schools of the town, learned
the barber's trade under his father's direction and at the age of fifteen began
to earn his own living in that way, following the 1)usines> continuously in
Dutch Flat up to the present time. In 1894 he was appointed to the posi-
tion of postmaster, which he has since acceptably filled. (Hscharging his duties
with promptness and fidelity and thus winning the confidence of all concerned.
On the 8th of April, 1900, he purchased his present business and is now
carrying a large stock of dry goods and notions, meeting with a good trade
in the new enterprise. Mr. Jameson was happily married, on the 7th of
August, 1885, to Miss Louise Barber, a native of Alta, Placer county, and ;i
daughter oi Airs. Opel, of Dutch Flat. Mr. and Mrs. Jameson now have one
son, Ralph Edward. The subject of this review holds membership in the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all the chairs in both
branches of the lodge. For the past eight years he has been the secretary of
the lodge. His wife is a member of the Order of Rebekah and has occupied
many official positions therein. She also belongs to the Native Daughters of
the Golden West and is a past president of the parlor at Dutch Flat. They
are people of the highest respectability and are widely known in this localit}'.

IRVIX \V. HAYS.

Dentistry may be said to be unique among other occupations, as it is at
once a profession, a trade and a business. Such being the case it fulldws that
in order to attain the highest success in it one must be thoroughly conversant
with the theory of the art, must be an expert with the many tools and appli-
ances incidental to the practice of modern dentistry and must possess business
qualifications adecjuate to dealing with the financial side of the profession.
In none of these particulars is Mr. Hays lacking, and he is accounted one of the
leading representatives of the dental profession in northern California, enjoy-
ing a large and lucrative practice in Grass Valley.

The Doctor is a native of Missouri, born March 8, 184,^. His father.
Irvin W. Hays, Sr., was born in Kentucky in 18 [8. and the grandfather,
Benjamin Hays, was a native of North Carolina and a representative of one
of the old and influential families of that state. In 1820 the grandparents
removed with their family to Missouri, where their son, Irvin A\\, was edu-
cated and learned the miller's trade, which he followed throughout the greater
part of his business career. At the time when the tide of emigration was
steadily flowing westward he crossed the plains to California, locating at Oro-
ville. Butte county, in 1849. 0"^ ^'^'^^'^ "<'\\' visits this garden spot of the



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world can scarcely realize the oondilion of affairs at that time. The popula-
tion of California was composed mainly of miners, who lived in tents or crude
siianties; but as transportation facilities were improved all the accessories
and conveniences of the east were introduced and California took its place
among the most ad\-anced states of the commonwealth. For two years .Mr.
Hays engaged in mining and butchering. In 1858. however, he returned
eastward, remaining in Missouri until 1878. when he again made a visit to
California. He died in Grass X'alley, in 1894. His wife's maiden name was
Mary Jane Carson, who died in Missouri in 1853. She was a native of Mary-
land and a daughter of Xeheniiah and Rachel (Bull) Carson. Her father was
born in the north of Ireland, and crossed the .\tlantic to the United States in
1795. locating in Maryland, in which state his wife was born. She was a
sister of Dr. John Bull, one oi the first congressmen from the state of Mis-
souri. On both the paternal and maternal sides the families were connected
with the colonial army during the Revolutionary struggle and were also rep-
resented in the early Indian wars.

In early life Dr. Hays become connected with the miller's trade. His
residence in California dates from May, 1865. and for a year he followed
mining and engineering. He was then called to public office, serving as
de])uty assessor for five years, and during that time he began preparation
for the practice of dentistry, under the direction of Dr. S. M. Harris. Hav-
ing ac(juired an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the science, he
opened an ofiice in San Francisco where he remained for some time, after
which he took a post-graduate course in the Haskell Dental College, of Chi-



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