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mn]i, ilitrin grammar sclionl of .San Francisco, and later attended tlie Boys'
Hig1i School of that city, being graduated at the latter institution in the


class of 1876. Subsequently lie touk a post-graduate course of one year under
Professor \V. T. Keid, who was afterward the president of the State Uni-
versity. Thus well prepared for college, in 1877 Mr. Davis entered Harvard
University at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was graduated in 1881. with
the degree of Bachelor of Arts, winning liigh honors in his class. He was
chiisen as one oi the commencement orators of the graduation exercises, and
won the respect and admiration of his fellow students as well as his preceptors
by his excellent scholarship. After the completion of his college course he
returned to California and entered the Hastings College of Law, at which he
was giaduated in 1884, being again chosen one of the orators on the occasion
of tile graduation exercises. Admitted to the bar by the supreme court of
the state, he at once began practice. In order to pursue his law studies he
taught Greek and mathematics in San Francisco and Berkeley during the
three years in which he prepared for his chosen profession. Tiie self-reliance,
resolution and energy which thus enabled him to make his own way through
the law schools have been important factors in his later success.

Becoming a member of the San I'^rancisco bar. Mr. Davis practiced
there for a short time, after which he spent two years in Europe, in travel and
study, becoming proficient in the French and German languages through
daily use of tlie same. He attended a course of lectures in Paris at the Ecole
des Sciences Politi(|ues, and later returned to California, taking up his resi-
dence ii' Calaveras county in order to assist in the management of the Esmer-
alda gold mine. However, after a few years spent in the management of that
mining property, he resumed tiie practice of law and soon won distinctive
jireferment as a representative of the legal profession. In the fall of 1892
he W7S tiie Repul)lican candidate for congress in tlie second district of the
state, but met defeat in the great Democratic tidal wave of that year. A
niontli after tiie election Governor Alarkbam appointed him judge of the
superior court of Amador county, to serve out the unexpired term of Judge
C. B. Armstrong, deceased. At tiiat time Judge Davis transferred his resi-
dence to Jackson, where he has since made iiis home. Upon the expiration
of his term on tiie bench he declined his party's nomination for tiiat office
and resumed tlie private practice of law, in which lie iias met with gratifying
succe-;s, retaining a large and distinctively representative clientage.

On the 26tii of November. 1896, the Judge was happily married to
Miss Lillian Parks, a native of Sierra county, California, and a daughter of
James F. Parks, who is tiie superintendent of the Kennedy mine, of Amador
county. They now have two interesting little daughters. Mary and Ruth.
Judge Davis is a member of tlie Native Sons of the Golden West, taking an
active ])art in its w<irk and being often a member of the grand parlor. He is
also a member of tiie Har\-ard and Union League Clubs of San Francisco,
of the Beta Theta Pi Greek letter fraternity, and of the California State
Miners* Association. In jiolitics he is a standi Republican, active in the
conventions of iiis |iarty and earnest in his advocacy of its principles. In
i8o8 he was elected to the state senate from tiie fourteentli district, an office
which he still iiolds.


While iiiidouljtedly he is not without that honoral.ile ambition whicii is
so powerful and useful an incentive to activity in public affairs, he regards
the pursuits of private life as being in themselves abundantly worthy of his
best etYorts. His is a noble character, — one that subordinates personal ambi-
tion t>'' public good and seeks rather the benefit of others than the aggrandize-
ment of self. His career has been conspicuously successful. Endowed by
nature with high intellectual i|ualities, to which have been added the discipline
and embellislnnciu of culture, his is a most attractive personality. Well versed
in the learning of his prnfession and with a deep knowledge of human nature
and jf the springs of human conduct, with great shrewdness and sagacity and
extraordinary tact, he has been in the courts an advocate of great power and
influence. Both judges and jurors always hear him with attention and deep
interest, and to-day he occupies a leading position in the ranks of the legal
fraternity of northern California.


Edward ^[allows is the well known proprietor of the Dutch Flat Hotel,
and his identification with the interests of Dutch Flat dates from the pioneer
epoch (if the t<)wn. The traveler of to-day as he passes through California
and \iews its highly cultivated farms, its splendid orchards, its improved
mining plants, its thriving town and cities, can scarcely realize that this great
change has been wrought in less than half a century. Very dififerent from
the present, indeed, was the condition of the state when Edward Mallows
came to California, in 1856. He experienced want and many of the hard-
ships of the early days, but by his own exertions has overcome all difficulties
and now in his advanced years has a comfortable competence to supply him
with the necessities of life, and enjoys the respect of his fellow townsmen.

.V native of New York, he was born in the town of Lyons, on the 15th
of Xovember, 1834, and is of English and German lineage. His father, Sam-
uel ]\[allows, was a native of England, and after emigration to the United
.States was married, in Paterson, New Jersey, to Miss Margaret Ervin, a
native of that state and of German descent. Some time afterward they
removed to Lyons, New York, where the father followed his trade, that of
brick mason. While thus engaged he sustained an injury that resulted in his
death. His widow was left with the care of her two children, a daughter and
son, the latter being but two years of age. The daughter, Samantha, sulv
sequently l-)ecame the wife of Dr. R. C. Green, of Chicago. The widow after-
ward again married, and with her second husband removed to Canton, Fulton
county, Illinois. She lived to the advanced age of seventy-eight years and
departed this life in Chicago.

AX'hen Edward IMallows was seven years old he was bound out to live
with a Mr. Holt until he became fifteen years of age. After he had been
witli that man for a time he wished to go home to see his mother and the
<"ither members of the famil\-. but Holt whipped him and forbade him going,
so he ran away and went to live with .Ansel Ivimball. an acquaintance of the


family, \vho had no sons. While there ]\Ir. Mallows attended school in the
winter months and worked on the farm through the summer, working with
Mr. Kimball until he became of age. About that time his friend and employer
died and our subject then went to Chicago, where he arrived without a dollar.
He began to learn the sliip carpenter's trade and continued in that city until
his emigration to California, in 1856. Shortly before his removal he had
left the city and rented a farm near by. but soon after he had his land plowed
he resolved to seek a home in the Golden state. This resolution came to
him while he was working in the fields. He unhitched his team and drove
the horses to the house. The man from whom he had rented the farm
asked. "Have you broken down?" Mr. Mallows replied, "No; I am going
to California;" and go he did. He came by way of the isthmus route, and
when he had arrived in California he had only twenty-five cents in his pocket.
The first man he met here was Mr. Judd, his old Chicago employer, who
offered him work at eight dollars per day; but he declined it, saying that he
had come to mine. He proceeded to Sacramento, where he met another old
friend. INIr. Madden, whom he had known in the east. From him he bor-
rowed five dollars and at Folsom he secured work at a dollar and a quarter
per day. After working four days he was told he would have to pay his
board at the rate of a dollar per day, and at this he was so offended that he
left the table and remained outdoors all night, refusing to again enter the
house! The following morning he started in search of work, making his
way up the .Vuburn road, and he met a man whom he asked if he knew where
he could get a position. The man replied. "Mr. Harlan hires nearly every
one that comes along, and he resides six miles below Auburn." Mr. ^lallows
therefore proceeded to the Harlan ranch, where he was informed that they
needed no more help. Mr. Mallows, however, offered to work for his board
until he could do better, and he was set to work building a fence. He had
eaten little supjjer and no breakfast, and no one asked him if he had had a
meal that day. He worked at the fence until two o'clock in the afternoon.
He had heard no bell nor was he asked to dinner, and getting extremely
hungry he went to the house and asked about dinner. Mr. Harlan said,
"Why didn't you get dinner? Make me a cup of black coffee and get din-
ner." Mr. ]\Iallows replied that he had not been told to do that, and was
not niucli of a cook, but would do the best he could. He found coffee, a
ham and some bread, in that way appeasing his hunger. At night he went into
the store, where Mr. Harlan was as drunk as could be and all the men were
drinking freely. He was then asked to tend bar, but declined. His employer
then told him to put some money in the .safe and handed him five thousand
dollars. He did not know how to open the safe and hid the money under
some ]iapers on top of it. In the morning he was asked f<ir the money and
handed it to his employer, who said. "We need you; you must never leave
me:" but Mr. Mallows reiilied that he must do better than work for his
lx)ard. A few days later Mr. Harlan asked him how he would like to engage
in mining, and said: "I will sell you my mine for three hundred dollars and
you can pay me when you take the money out of the mine." The bargain


was concluded in this manner antl Mr. Alallows had his partner from Folsom
join him. They at once began working that mine and remained there until
the Washington gold excitement broke out.

They went to Virginia City with about twehe hundred dollars each, but
sank it all in unprofitable speculations. After a year passed there Mr. Alal-
lows started back on foot with seven dollars and a half in his pocket. He
had to pay a dollar for meals and the money was all spent. Mr. Mallows and
his partner slept out one night in the snow without blankets, building a big
fire, and from time to time changed their position to another side of the fire
in order to keep warm. At four o'clock in the morning the}^ heard the
roosters crow and found that they had camped within a short distance from a
house. They proceeded on their way to North San Juan, and there our sub-
ject met a friend from the east; but he was too proud to mention to him his
condition, although he had had nothing to eat for four days ! In passing the
Buena Vista ranch he saw potatoes in a field and pulled up some and tied
them in his handkerchief. Proceeding along the road a short distance he
and lii^ partner stopped and built a fire, and as soon as the potatoes were
fairly warm they began to eat them. In their hungered condition the potatoes
seemed more palatable than many expensive meals they had had. This
was in the fall season and the fire spread througli the dry leaves, extending
rapidly. The l)oots, lower ])art of the trousers and the coat tails of the men
were burned. In the morning they enjoyed again a good breakfast of potatoes.
The potatoes had become very black in the fire, and as the men had no water
with which to wash them they somewhat resembled negroes in their appear-
ance after partaking of their morning meal. They came to a milk ranch
owned by a iNIrs. Barker, and there they asked for a drink of water, but the
kindly woman gave them milk instead and allowed them to wash their faces

Again thev started riff happy and soon afterward Mr. JMallows began
working fur lii> friend Madilen, who was building a road near Colfax. After
being thus enii)l(iye<l for a month our subject took the contract to build a
mile of the road, at a dollar per rod and furnish all the tools. He had worked
only half a day on the job when his partner left him and he built the entire
mile of road alone. It formed a portion of the road between Colfax and
Dutch Mat. When his contract was completed he became boss of the gang
<if chain men and superintended the road to its completion. He received for
his pay a six-lmrse team, and for two years, in 1861-2, he engaged in teaming
from Sacramento to Dutch IHat, thus making some money. He afterward
graded a piece of land, nn which he laid the foundation and built the hotel
and barn at iMarlow Station, on Canyon creek, above Dutch Flat. While
located there he purchased the de\K>t site at Cisco and built the Terminus
Iliitel there, at a cost of ten thousand dollars, oj^ening it for business on
Thank.sgiving day of 1866. That enterprise proved ])rofitable. Mr. IMadden
had leased his propertv and raised the money for part of the hotel, becoming
the silent partner. Mr. Mallows to have the management of the enterprise.
Not long afterward ^^faddcn purchased a bill of goods in San Francisco and


sent it out to Mr. Mallows, who refused to recei\e it. saving he did not need
it and would not take it. This niatle trouble between the partners and Mr.
Madden raised the money and purchased Mr. Mallows' interest in the hotel,
the latter getting about what it had cost him, — ten thousand dollars. A month
later Mr. Madden was sold out.

In 1867 Mr. Mallows returned to the east and on again reaching Cali-
fornia located at Dutch l-^lat. in 1869. He worked as foreman in the mines
for the Cedar Creek Mining Company, for five dollars a day, and was thus
engaged for four seasons. In 1875 he purchased the Dutch Flat Hotel,
which he has since successfully conducted and has thus become one of the
wealthy men of the town. To quote his own words. 'T have had three meals
a day at any rate since i860." He is justly accounted one of the substantial
citizens of his community. In addition to the hotel property he owns twelve
or fourteen dwellings in the town, is the proprietor of a brewery and has an
interest in eight thousand acres of valuable land. He is also the owner of
the Golden Shaft mine, on which he has built a good eight-stamp mill. He
is likewise the owner of the livery stable of the town. He is a very liberal
and kindly man, a popular hotel proprietor and has a wide accpiaintance
throughout the northern portion of the state.

In 1 86 1 Mr. Mallows w^as united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Stewart,
who died in 1870, and in November, 1872, he wedded Mrs. Mary Starr, who
bv her former husband had two children, whom they have reared : Minnie,
now the wife of Fred Trousdale, of Dutch Flat: and Xettie, the widow of
Walter Parrett and a resident of San Francisco. They now have nine grand-

In early life Mr. Mallows was a Democrat, but his love for the nation
caused him to vote for President Lincoln and since that time he has been a
stanch Republican. He has never been an office-seeker, but has served his
district for six years as school director and is a w-arm friend of the cause of
education. His life has been a varied one in its experience, hut though his
career has been checkered he is now enjoying a well earned prosjierity and is
surrounded by hosts of warm friends who entertain for him high regard.


Henry Eudcy, the honored president of the Amador County Bank,
has pa.ssed the seventieth milestone on life's journey, and his activity in
connection with the industrial and commercial interests should put to shame
many a younger man. who, grown weary of the struggle and trials of busi-
ness life, would relegate to others the burdens which he should bear. Mr.
Eudey is acknowledged to be a man of excellent business and executive
ability, and belongs to that class of representative American citizens wlio.
while promoting individual prosperity, also contribute to the public welfare
and success.

A native of England, he was born in Cornwall, on the 22d of March,
1829, and is a representative of an old Cornish family that for many gen-
erations was connected with the mining interests of that section of the


"Merrie Isle." His father, Alexander Eucle}', was born in Ccirnwall, in
1789, and through a long period was a niinnig superintendent. He mar-
ried Aliss M. A. Gribble, a native of his own town, and they became the
parents of fourteen children, six of whom are still living, and a large num-
ber of their descendants are now scattered throughout the western states.
They were nriginall} J-'piscpalians in religious faith, but afterward became
connected with the Ak'thiulist church durmg the early history of that de-
nomination. The father attained a ripe old age, and the mother lived to be
eighty-two years of age, her death occurring in North Carolina, where
some of her children resided for a number ot years. The father spent his
last days in California, whither he came in 1854, his demise occurring at
Dutch Flat in the same year.

Mr. Eudey, of this review, spent his boyhood days in the town of his
nativity and was educated under private instruction until his fourteenth
year, when he began to earn his own living. F'or six years he was his
father's assistant in the office of the mine superintendent, and on the expira-
tion of that period he went into the mines and gained a practical knowd-
edge of their operation. The one in which he worked contained copper and
tin ore. In 1852, when twenty-three .years of age, he went to Australia,
attracted thither by the discovery of gold which had been made only a short
time before. He prospected and mined in that country for two and a half
years, meeting with the usual success of a pioneer gold hunter, who makes
money easily and spends it just as rapidly. In the summer of 1855 he
came to California, locating in Grass Valley, Nevada county. He engaged
in placer mining at Dutch Flat, and in connection with his brother Joseph
began hydraulic mining at that place. Returning to Grass Valley, they built
a five-stamp mill, which they operated successfully for a number of years,
taking out considerable gold and furnishing employment to a number of
workmen. They took out the gold in the summer and operated the mill
during the winter seasons. In i860 Mr. Eudey went to North Carolina
to visit relatives, and was induced by them to remain, assuming the super-
intendency of one of the copper and gold mines of that state and for ten
years was connected with their development; but his health failing liim he
went to New York, where he remained for nine months. On the expira-
tion of that period he journeyed westward to Wisconsin, on a visit to rela-
tives, after which he removed to Ogden, Utah, and conducted the Utah
Hotel for three years. During all this time, however, his thoughts contin-
ally reverted to California, and at length he detemiined to again establish
a home in the Golden state. Selling out his hotel interests he returned to
Grass Valley and accepted the position of foreman and secretary of the
Eclipse mine, in Inyo county, where he remained ff)r three years, on the
expiration of which period he went to Arizona on a prospecting and mining
trip. He continued in that territory for three years, but found that his
expenses were greater than his income and accordingly returned to Grass
Valley, whence he came to Jackson, Amador county, in 1881, to accept the
foremanship of the Zeila niir.e. which position he retained for seventeen
vears. He has since resided in this citv, and his business interests have


been attended witli success. As he advanced iquju life's journey Mr. Eudey
felt that his labors were too arduous as foreman of the Zeii'a mine and
accordingly retired. He then purchased stock in the Bank of Amailor
County, now the only incorporated bank within its borders, and his son,
Frederick, became its cashier. Later he bought more slock and was elected
its president. He now owns four-lifths of the stock of the bank, and under
his management he has made the institution a very popular and profitable
one. In its control he is associated with his son Frederick, and their busi-
ness is constantly increasing in volume and importance. He still retains
large mining interests, being a stockholder, director and secretary of the
Argonaut ^Mining Company, which owns the mine and mill adjoming the
Kenned}' mine in the suburbs of Jackson. He is also a stockholder in the
Central Eureka mine in .Amador county. He is one of the promoters of the
Fremont Consolidatetl Mining Company, this property covering the old
Cover, the Fremont, the north Cover and the Loyal lead mines, all of which
are operated by the company, which has secured adequate means for the
prosecution of the business in the best possible manner. Mr. Eudey, whose
wide mining experiences have certainly made him an excellent judge, con-
siders the property as very valuable. He is a man of resourceful ability and
of sound judgment, and whatever he undertakes he carries forward to suc-
cessful comi)letion. Throughout his entire life Mr. Eudey gave his politi-
cal support to the Democracy until free silver became the paramount issue,
and has kept well informed on the issues and questions of the day, but has
never sought political preferment.

He was married in 1873 to Miss ]'~lizabeth Reese, a native nf Wales,
the wedding being celebrated in Sacramento. They now have seven chil-
dren, — Frederick, Alexander, John, Frank, ?klark, Inez and Bertha; and the
family circle still remains unbroken by the hand of death. The sons are
now in business and the daughters are attending school. The family have
a very pleasant home in Jackson, and Mr. Eudey also owns a ranch in the
suburbs of the town. Like others of his name, he and his family attend ser-
vices and contribute to the support of the Episcopal and Methodist churches,
and they enjoy the esteem of all with whom they have been brought in
contact. Mr. Eudey has a wide acquaintance among the prominent men of
this section of the state, and his genuine worth has made him jjopular in
all circles. He has watched the entire development of northern California
since the days when its mountain regions and beautiful valleys were the
haunts of the red men. and has borne no unimportant part in the develop-
ment (if the rich resources of the state. — a work that has placed California
among the foremost of the commonwealths of this great western district.


The fellow citizens of John P. Fisher, taking cognizance of his ability
and trustworthiness, called him to the ofiice of county clerk, auditor and
recorder of I'^ldorado county, and in that capacity he is now .serving, his cred-
itable course showing that the confidence reposed in him was well merited.


Throughout his entire life he has resided in Cahfoniia and is deeply interested
in all that pertains to its advancement in lines that contrihute to the public
good. Born in San Francisco, on the 8th of August, 1S63. he is a representa-
tive of one of the pioneer families.

His father, John Fisher, came to the Pacific coast in 1849, before the state
was admitted into the Union. He was a native of Hamburg, German)', and
acquired his education in the Fatherland. Believing that he might better his
condition in the new world, he sailed from his native cit\- on the brig Helene,
landing at San Francisco, and in August, 1849, he went to the mines at Gold
Bluff, Trinity county. Subsequently he went to Yreka and operated in the
North mines, with excellent success, taking out about twenty-five thousand
dollars in gold dust. In 1853 he made a trip to old Mexico, remaining in the
land of Montezuma until the spring of 1854, when he returned to California,
as he expected, "broke" and barefoot ! With others he had chartered a vessel
to go to Mexico, and they were robbed by a band of Apache Indians, barely
escaping with their lives. On again reaching California ]Mr. Fisher went to
Angel's Camp ; but high water caused him to leave that place and he returned
to San Francisco. He had no money, but soon secured a government con-

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