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cago, in which he was graduated with the class of 1882. On his return to
California he located in (irass Valley, where he has since made his hoine.
He has met with most creditable success in his chosen profession, his skill
and aljility winning him a very liberal patronage. He has always been a close
student of the science of dentistry, and the many meilical journals seen in
his office indicate that he keeps abreast with the theories and discoveries that
are continually being made along that line. He is a distinguisbed member
of the State Dental Association, with which he has been connected for many
years. In 1894-5 he was the first vice-i)resident, and in 1895-6 was the hon-
ored president of the organization, a fact which indicates his high standing in
the profession.

On the 9th of .\pril, 1884, Dr. Hayes was united in marriage to Miss
Lucy K. Carson, a native of Richmond, Missouri, and a daughter of George
Carson, who died in 1890. She is also a granddaughter of Thomas Mc-
Kenny, a native of North Carolina, and is related to the Stephens family that
has furnished so many eminent representatives to the United States navy.

Politically the Doctor is allied with the progressive wing of the Dem-
ocratic party and takes an active interest in political matters. He is also promi-
nent in society circles, holding membership with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, in which he has passed all the chairs, while in 1877 he was the
grand patriarch of the grand encampment of the state of California. He
has also filled the oftices in the Order of the United Workmen. He is espe-



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 435

cially fond of out-cloor sports, is particularly proficient with the use of rod and
gun, and is a member of the Grass Valley Gun Club and a charter member of
the State Six3rtsmen"s Association. The cause of education finds in him a
warm friend and he is a public-spirited citizen who gives a loyal support to
every measure calculated to secure advancement in intellectual, social, moral
and material lines.

B. X. BUGBEV.

This gentleman occupies the position of tax collector of Sacramento
county and is a most capable official, his loyalty to the public trust being above
question. His reputation in all life's relations is unassailable, and he justl\
merits the confidence reposed in him by those who chose him for the important
and responsible office which he is now filling. He was born in Stafford. Con-
necticut, on the 3d of September, 1S.27, and is descended from one of the
good old Revolutionary heroes.

His paternal grandfather, John Bugbey. who also was a native of the
Charter Oak state, joined the colonial forces when the attempt was matle to
throW' off all allegiance to the mother country. Through seven years he
fought for the independence of the nation, and after the war was over he
was granted a pension of ninety-six dollars annually throughout the remain-
der of his life. He died in Skaungamug, — a little settlement south of Tol-
land, Connecticut, in February, 1838, at the age of eighty-six years and
three months. His wife was in her maidenhood a ^liss Peters.

Their son, Eleazer Wales Bugbey, was born in Tolland, in 1793, and
married Miss Hannah L. Norton, whose birth occurred in Suffield, Connect-
icut, and wdio was a daughter of Harvey and Miss (Loomis) Norton. They,
too, were residents of Connecticut, where they spent their entire lives.

The father of our subject was a merchant and served as postmaster under
Presidents Jackson and Polk at West Stafford. Connecticut. He servetl as
a private in the war of 1812 and participated in the engagements at Saranac
bridge, at Plattsburg, New York, where the English bullets flew thick and
fast, and at New London, Connecticut, manning a gunboat and pepjjering the
British in that memorable fog. He also devoted much of his time to church
work, in which he took great interest, being a minister of the Methodist
Episcopal denomination. His life was ever honorable and upright, com-
manding the respect of all with wdiom he came in contact. His wife died
at Windsor Locks, Connecticut, at the age of eighty-eight years.

The family has always been noted for loyalty and patriotism, and when
the Civil war w^as inaugurated two brothers of our subject entered the service
and fought to maintain the L'nion which their grandfather had aided in estab-
lishing. George H. Bugbey became a member of Company A, Hartford
Light Guards, First Connecticut \'olunteers, which was the first regiment from
the state that went to the front. He was the first Connecticut soldier wounded,
his left shoulder being shot awa}' at V'ienna, Virginia, on the i6th of June,
1 861. His brother, Charles E. Bugbey, was in Company K, Twenty-second



436 REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

Connecticut Infantry, in which he served with tlie rank of corporal. He
enlisted August 28, 1862, and faithfully defended the old flag and the cause
it represented. William Bugbey, a son of E. W. Bugbey. Jr., the eldest
brother of our subject, enlisted December 2, 1861, re-enlisted December 13,
1863. was wounded June 3, 1864, and died on the nth of the same month
at Cold Harbor, \'irginia. Three cousins, Clark, Sumner and Frank Bug-
bey, the last named a member of a Massachusetts cavalry regiment, also died
in the service. Other relatives were numbered among the "boys in blue,"
and thus the military record of the Bugbeys is one of which they have every
reason to be proud.

B. X. Bugbey spent the days of his boyhood antl youth in his native vil-
lage, acquiring his education in tiie schools of Staft'ord. At the age of nine-
teen he accepted a position as a commercial salesman, remaining upon the
road until 1848, when he went to Ouincy, Massachusetts, being connected
with mercantile affairs at that place. In that year gold was discovered in
California, and desiring to gain a fortune in that land of promise Mr. Bugbey
returned to his home and joined a party preparing to make the trip to the new
Eldorado of the west. He started in December. 1848, taking with him pro-
visions for three years, machinery, tools, and a house which was ready to join
together on reaching his destination. The Hampden Mining and Trading
Company, of which he was a member, chartered a vessel, the John Castner,
and ran to Brazos, or Point Isabel, thence crossed through Mexico from ]Mata-
moras to Mazatlan. As a passenger on board the French bark Olympia. he
finally arri\ed at San Francisco, on June 12, 1849.

Immediately he made preparations to enter the mines and began his search
for gold at Condemned Bar, on the north fork of the American river. In
the fall of that year he went to the future capital city and at the first election
held there aided in electing P. B. Cornwall to the general assembly. In
February, 1850, he again returned to the mines, and on the 5th of May, of
the same year, began trading at different places. He was thus engaged at
Rock Spring and Condemned P>ar. and was the organizer of the Rock Bar
Company, of which he was made the jiresident. They built a mill-race for
the first flour-mill, in 1852.

In the fall of 185 1 Mr. Bugbey returned to Connecticut, leaving Cali-
fornia on the 4th of October, on ])oard the old steamer Independence, bound
for Xew York, via Nicaragua, connecting with steamer Prometheus on the
Atlantic side. The ice supjjly on the Prometheus was exhausted during the
voyage and all their fresh provisions were thus rendered unfit for use. On
the way the vessel anchored in Havana Bay. off Casablanca, and without a
guide Mr. Bugbey visited Morro Castle. He viewed the structure from all
points and says that no picture ever printed has given a correct idea of the
old fort.

Mr. Bugbey remained in the east until May. 1852, when he returned to
California, arriving at San Francisco on the 25th of June. He engaged in
the hotel business for a short time and afterward purchased another hotel,
the Monte Cristo. on tiie old Coioma road eighteen miles east of Sacramento



OF XORTHERX CALIFORXIA. 437

city. Later he estaljlislied a furniture store in Sacramento and built a shop
for tiie manufacture of his goods. The big flood and fire which swept over the
city causeil him se\-ere loss, and the overcrowded condition of that branch
of business also led him to turn his attention to ranching. He removed to a
ranch sixteen miles from Sacramento, on the American river, and there carried
on agricultural |)ursuits until the spring of 1S5M, farm products at that time
bringing high prices. In the operation of his land and for the purpose of con-
veying his goods to market he used a bull team. On his way home he would
frequently go to sleep and the team would stop, standing quietly in the middle
of the road until he would awaken and start them again on their way.

He was early recognized as a leader of the better element in the com-
munity and was chosen constable, which position he filled for five years. Imme-
diately after being elected constable he commenced a war on the thieves and
robbers, and the following June arrested thirteen in one gang. He continued
in this work during his entire term, completely ridding the section of this class.
He was elected on the 5th of November, 1861, sheriff of the county. At
the close of his term it was his desire to enlist in the Union army after the
breaking out of the Civil war, but Hon. F. F. Low, the go\ernor of California,
said he wanted home guards; and as Mr. Bugbey was filling the office of
sheritt of Sacramento county he felt that he was (Imihl;' ymid service for the
government at home. He was chosen for the pusitiim in September, 1861,
and on-October 6th following, entered upon his duties, antl with fearlessness
discharged every task devolving upon him until his retirement in 1864.
E\-ery Saturday night he would return to his home at Folsom. He had dur-
ing his incumbency established a vineyard, and for sixteen years was exten-
sively engaged in the culti\ation of grapes, being one of the pioneers in that
industry in the state. His efforts were so successful and the fruits which he
raised of such a high grade that he won three gold medals from the state
and two from the Mechanics' Institute. He was the first man to produce
raisins in America. He is yet regarded as high authority on matters of hor-
ticulture and has written many letters and articles setting forth his manner
of producing fruits and other articles in this locality. His methods are very
practical, yet progressive, and he is a recognized leader in this line of business.

In February, 1879. Mr. Bugbey took up his residence again in Sacra-
mento and engaged in the real-estate business, which he continued for two
years. He then accepted the position of under sheriff, under Sheriff M. M.
brew, and at the same time was connected with mining and farming interests.
He has met many difficulties and obstacles, his buildings having at three differ-
ent times been destroyed by fire, and on one occasion his loss amounted to
over one hundred and forty-six thousand dollars ! Such disaster would have
utterly discouraged most men, but with determined purpose and renewed
energy he resumed his work and has conquered adverse fate.

Other political offices have been accorded him, including the appointment
to the position of United States commissioner. Great trouble bail arisen on
account of the opposition to Chinese immigrants, and the objection to the
"Celestials" was carried into the realms of violence. It was necessarj- that



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law and order sliould l)e maintained, and in order to do this Mr. Bugbey placed
eighteen of the i)rominent leaders in jail, which was an intrepid act and one
which many a man would not have performed, for influential citizens thus
aroused might use their power against him; but he never for a moment
shirked his duty. He served as under sheriff under Lee Stanley for one term,
and during a portion of Mr. O'Xeil's term. In November, 1898, he was
elected to the office of tax collector and ex officio license collector on the silver
Republican ticket. There were fourteen candidates against him and he made
a verv bitter fight, but his popularity and well known reliability triumphed
over all opposition and won him the office.

He cast his first presidential vote in 1848. and since that time has mani-
fested an active interest in political afifairs. keeping well informed- on all the
issues of the day and earnestly supporting every measure which he believes
■will advance the welfare of the American people. He is now the secretary of
the silver Republican county committee and is one of the leaders of the party
in this stale: is a member of the state central committee and was a delegate to
the national con\enti<)n of that party that met July 4, igoo. Socially he is con-
nected with the Masonic Lodge, in which he has attained the Knight Templar
degree. He attends the Oak Park Methodist Episcopal cluirch and gives his
aid and co-operation to all measures for the public good. He well deserves
mention among the honored pioneers of California, for through more than
half a century he has resided in this state, and his efforts have been potent in
the development and upbuilding of this great state. His business interests
iiave ever been conducted in an honorable manner, and in public office his
capable, impartial and faithful service has gained him the respect of even his
political enemies.

EUGENE E. BURCE.

Eugene Edgar Burce, nf Mdkelunme Hill, has been a resident of Cali-
fornia since 1854. He claims Rhode Lsland as the state of his nativity, his
birth having occurred there on the 2nd of April, 1851. He was therefore
but three years of age when he arrived in California and as he grew to man-
hood he became deeply interested in the affairs of the state, having ever
manifested a laudable disi^sition to sup}X)rt all movements and measures
■which have contributed to the public good. He is of Scotch lineage, his
ancestors having been early settlers of Rhode Island, where they located on
crossiiig the Atlantic from the country of hills and heather.

Ebenezer Parker Burce, the father of the subject, was torn in Massa-
chusetts and was niarried there to Miss Jane Strange, a native of his own
state. On crossing the plains to California in 1854 they brought with them
their two children, but Judge Burce is now the only survivor. They arrived
at Volcano on the 12th of .August, 1854, and he was there employed in build-
ing the canal for two weeks. Subsec|ucntly he came to Mokelumne Hill and
carried a hod to assist in building the first store in the town. For a year
he engaged in. mining and later devoted his energies to shoemaking. which



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 439

\-ocation he followed up to the time of his death, which occurred in the home
in which he had resided from the time when they took up their abode in Aloke-
lumne Hill. She and her husband were strong temperance people and were
of very high moral worth, their influence and support being ever given to
those things which tend to ennoble and uplift man.

Judge Burce was therefore reared amid the refining influences of a gocxl
home, and in the public schools of jNlokelumne Hill he acquired his literary
eihication, which was supplemented by a course of study in Heald's Business
College. He was graduated there in 1871 and afterward learned the printer's
trade in the office of the Cala\-eras Chronicle. He worked his way steadily
upward, being connected with the paper for sixteen years. He became its
able editor and publisher and is still the owner of the plant, but has leased
it to its present publisher. In politics he has been a life-long Republican and
ever edited his journal in the interests of that party. In political circles he
is a recognized factor, his influence being potent for the good of the organiza-
tion with which he is identified. In 1898 he was elected a justice of the peace
and has since intelligently and ably filled that office.

Air. Burce has one of the nice homes at Mokelumne Hill. He was mar-
ried on the 3d of July, 1873. to Miss Mary Elizabeth Shire, a native of Iowa,
\\-ho came to California during her early girlhood. She was reared and edu-
cated in this state and by her marriage has become the mother of three chil-
dren, — Gladys, Shirley and Charles Frederick. The Judge is a Mason and an
Odd Fellow, has passed all the chairs in both fraternities and has been a rep-
resentative to the grand lodge. His Alasonic record is most creditable. He
receixed the sublime degree of blaster Mason in October, 1898, in Alokelumne
Hill Lodge. Xo. j(j,S. and has since been deeply interested in the work of the
order, doing all in his power to inculcate its principles among men. He is
now serving his second term as the master of the lodge, an honor that is con-
ferred upon few whose identification with the fraternity does not cover a
longer [jeriod. For almost half a century he has been a resident of Cala\'eras
ciiun'y and is now widely and favorably known.

JOHX STRIXGER.

John Stringer, who resides a short distance north of the town of Milton,
wliere he has a nice residence and farm and follows general agricultural pur-
suits and stock-raising, was long since enrolled among the pionesrs of Cali-
fornia, having arrived in this state on the loth of Sentember, 1853. He was
born in the county of Wicklow, Ireland, on the 2Tst of March. 1832, and his
parents, John and Ann (Kinch) Stringer, were also nati\'es of the Green Isle
of Erin. His father was a seafaring man.

The subject of this review acquired his early education in Ireland and
in 1850 sailed for South Africa. He spent one year in East London, thence
went to the isle of Java and later to Singapore and other ports of the far east.
Idtimately he arrived in X'ew York city and from the .American metropolis
sailed for San Francisco, reaching his destination fortv-se\-en vears ago. He



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then made a trip on tlie Golden Gate to Panama, but in the spring (jf 1854
returned to this state and engaged in placer-mining in Plumas. He also
mined in Butte antl Sierra counties, but with only moderate success, and in
the spring of 1S60 he left Butte county, going to Big Oak flat in Tuolumne
county. In the fall of i860 he arrived in Calaveras county and for a num-
ber of years engaged in mining on Whisky Hill, near where his present farm
is located. He ttxik up his abode upon the farm in 1873 and now owns five
hundred and sixty acres of land, on which he is successfull)- raising hay and
cattle. For a number of years he also raised sheep, keeping on hand as high
as four thousand.

In 1862 Mr. Springer wedded ^liss Margaret Donahoe, a native of Indi-
ana, and to them has been born a son, J. F., who is living with his father.
After fifteen years of happy married life ^Irs. Stringer was separated from
her husband by the hand of death. In 1890 he was again married, his second
union being with Mrs. Addie Swinford, a native of Stockton. She had two
children. Nellie and William Swinford, by her former marriage. ^Ir. Stringer
is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, has filled all the chairs
in the lodge, and in his political affiliations is a Republican. He is now
spending the evening of his active and useful life in his pleasant home in
Calaveras county, possessing an ample competence for all his wants. His has
been a varied career, in which his experiences have been many, as he has
traveled from port to port visiting many of the countries of the orient as well
as of the Occident.

JOHN G. BISBEE.

John Gould Bisbee, one of Auburn's old and highly respected citizens,
came to California in 1858, arriving in San Francisco December 28, the same
year, and coming to Placer county January 6, 1859.

He was born in Lisbon, Maine. ^larch 31, 1837. and is of old English
ancestry, who were early settlers in New England. His great-grandfather
Bisbee was the progenitor of the family in America. He settled in Xorth
Adams. Massachusetts. The Bisbees were active participants in the early his-
tory- of the country and in the Revolution. Mr. Bisbee's father. Arza Bisbee,
was born in the trjwn in which his ancestors had first settled and where sev-
eral generations of the family were torn. For a number of years he was the
foreman in the weaving department of a large woolen factory. In 1850 he
came to California, having sailed from Boston around the Horn, the journey
requiring six months' time. He was first employed in a sawmill in Xapa.
but soon went to the mines at "Hangtown." now Placerville, where he met
with moderate success at mining and for a time was also engaged in me-
chanical work. He prospected and had various mining claims and made and
sunk money in mining speculations like many of the pioneers of the state.
He was three times marriefl. By his first wife there were two children, and
by his second wife, John Gould Bisbee's mother, there were four children,
three of whom are now living. There were no children by the third mar-



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riage. In his death, which occurred in the seventy-sixth year of his age,
Cahfornia lost an honest, upright, industrious citizen.

The subject of our slietch was educated in the pubhc schools of his
native town and after his arrival in California was employed with his father at
blacksmithing and wagon and carriage making. Later he operated the ^lorn-
ing Star mill and was for some time its superintendent. He established a saw-
mill for the Iowa Hill Canal Company and while at work there was elected
treasurer of the county of Placer and came to Auburn to reside in 1880.
As the first treasurer elected after the adoption of the new state constitution,
he filled the ofiice acceptably for two years and ten months, after which time
he embarked in blacksmithing and wagon and carriage manufacturing in
Auburn. He has since carried on the business successfully, giving the fullest
satisfaction to his patrons, accumulating a competency and, what is better, re-
taining a good name as one of the worthy and reliable citizens of the town.

He was married November 17, 1858, to !Miss Elizabeth Madden. Almost
immediately after their marriage he came to California with his wife and
during the pioneer days she was his faithful helpmate. There were born to
them at Iowa Hill seven children, five of whom are living: Clarissa, the wife
of Lewis Joninon : William, associated with his father in business : Hettie.
the wife of Henry ^IcCann; George W'.. prominently interested in fruit-rais-
ing: and ^linnie, wife of S. K. Clement. The faithful wife and kind and
indulgent mother departed this life on April 21. 1878. She was ver}- much
belo\'ed by all who knew her and her loss was seriously felt by her family.
^Ir. Bisbee married for his second wife ^Nliss ^lorgan. who, unfortunately,
was only spared to him two years. December 25, 1896, he married Mrs. Lola
\"an Auken. who is now the valued partner of his old age. They reside in a
delightful home which he has built in Auburn.

Mr. Bisbee is a prominent and esteemed member of the I. O. O. F. and
has passed the chairs in Ijoth branches of this order and was district deputy
for many years. In the Masonic fraternity he also stands very high : past
master of the blue lodge, past high priest of the chapter and past thrice illus-
trious master of the council and past patron of the Eastern Star. He is now
(1900) principal conductor of the works of the Grand Council and an emi-
nent" brother in that branch of the order : for several years was district inspector
of the blue lodges in his district, and at the present time is deputy grand lecturer
of the chapter in his district. In politics ^Ir. Bisbee has been a life-long
Republican. His record as a citizen of California is as bright as the sun-
light of her skies.

DAMD E. BERRY.

At an early day in the history of California David E. Berry became a
stage-driver and has since followed that occupation, though the years have
brought many changes and wrought a great transformation. Conditions
are now vastly different and the population has changed from a camp of
miners to families interested in the various business aft"airs which are common
to the east as well as to the west.

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Mr. Berry was burn in Liberty, in tlie state of Maine, on the 30th of
April, 1834. and is of Scotch lineage, his parents being Samuel and Irene
(Edwards) Berry, both of whom were natives of Maine and were resi)ected
farmers there. The father was a L'ni\ersalist in religious faith, while his
wife was identified with tlie Methodist church. They had six children, of



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