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Elsie Blanche Robertson, a native of San Andreas, California, and a daughter
of the late Dr. E. B. Robertson, of Jackson. Dr. Gall and his wife have a host
of warm friends in this city where he has so long resided and where he has
attained marked prominence in his profession. He is a member of both the
blue lodge and chapter of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias lodge. A young
man of marked energy, enterprise and laudable ambition, his career will be
one of continued progress and marked success. His public and private life
are a])o\e reproach and ha\e gained him the confidence and good \\ill of all
with whom he has come in contact.


The popular agent of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company at Auburn
is William Francis Wildman, who is numbered among the native sons of
California and is a citizen of whom the state has every reason to be proud,
for he is true to every public duty, and in private life commands the respect
and esteem of his fellow men. His standing in .\uburn is indicated by the
fact that he is now ser\-ing as one of her trustees, called to that office by
popular suffrage.

He was born in Sutter Creek, Amador county, on the 27th of June, 1856.
His father, W. T. Wildman, was a native of Danbury, Connecticut, and when
he arrived at the years of maturity he married Miss Julia Campbell, a native
of Rochester, Vermont. In 1850 he came to California, making the trip by
way of the isthmus of Panama, and on reaching San Francisco they proceeded
up the river to Sacramento and thence to Sutter Creek, where the father
engaged in merchandising during the most of his time until his death, which
occurred in October. 1898, when he had attained the age of seventy-four

At the time of the Civil war he strongly espoused the cause of the L'nion,
believing that the south had no right to sever its allegiance to the national
government. He joined the ranks of the Republican party, believing its prin-
ciples contained the measures that would best promote the welfare of the
Cduntrv. He voted for President Lincnln when it required great jiersonal cour-


age to announce one's self as a Rcpul)lican in this locality. He was, however,
brave and fearless in the support of his convictions and was a noble and
worthy pioneer of California. His estimable wife still survives him and is
now, 19CX). in the seventy-third year of her age. Hers has been an upright
life and this has gained for her the esteem of all who know her. Mr. and
Mrs. \\'ildman were the parents of four children, — our subject and three
daugh.ters. Of this number, Adelaide died in the fifteenth year of her age;
Helena is now the wife of W. J. McGee, of Jackson, Amador county, an at-
torney of that city: and Mary is the wife of J. X. Kirkland, a resident of
Alameda, California.

In the public schools of Sutter Creek William F. Wildman acquired his
early education, which was supplemented by a ihree-ycars course in the col-
lege at Xapa. .\fter putting aside his te.\t-books he began railroading, at
Benicia, in 1883. and was employed in dififerent cities until 1886, when he
was appointed to his present jKisition as the agent for the Southern Pacific
Railroad Company at Auburn. For fourteen years he has capably filled this
position to the entire satisfaction of the corporation and to the patrons of the
road. He is a caj^able business man, always courteous and obliging and has
become verv ])o]nilar among those who have occasion to travel to or from

In 1885 ^Ir. Wildman was united in marriage to Miss Annie Smith, a
native of Napa county, California, and they now have two children, — Milton
F. and Adelaide. Mrs. Wildman is a valued member of the Congregational
church and Mr. \Vildman belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
serving now in the capacity c^f secretary of his lodge in .\uburn. For the
second term he is filling the position of trustee, and as such favors every enter-
prise that he believes will result in benefit to the town. He has a nice home
in the city and both he and his wife enjoy the regard of a host of friends.

DA\-in 1. AMI 'SOX.

David Lampson. one of the pioneers of California still living and
engaged in business, has been prominently identified with the growth and
development of Calaveras county and is the obliging proprietor of the Paloma
Hotel. His residence in California covers the period of its earliest .develop-
ment, for he arrived liere in 1853, when a collection of mining camps stood in
place of the now thriving towns and cities. He is a native of X'^ew York, his
birth having occurred in Ogdensburg, that state, on the 6th of August, 1829.
His parents were Thomas and Phabe Lampson. both of whom died when he
was only ten years of age. and from that time until the present he has made
his own way in the world, unaided by any one save his good wife, who has
ever been a faithful companion and helpmate to him. He had no early educa-
tional advantages, but he managed to learn to read and write and also gained
a fair knowledge of arithmetic. In the years of practical experience he has
constantly broadened in knowledge, becoming a well informed and thoroughly
capable business man.


After the deatli u£ his parents Air. Lampson h\ed for three years witli a
family named Wright, but by them was treated so rouglily that he left their
home and secured work of a German family of the name of Hause. They
were farming people and also conducted a dairy, and he performed such work
as was required in those lines of business. They gave hmi thirty dollars as a
compensation for his first year's labor there, and during that time he mani-
fested such fidelity and diligence that he was afterward paid increasing wages
by the month. He was strictly temperate and economical and he saved his
money, thus gaining the nucleus of his present possessions. In 1853 he sailed
from New York on the Ohio, which traveled the Atlantic waters, and cross-
ing the isthmus on foot he then took passage on the Golden Gate for San
Francisco. One hundred and sixty of the passengers on tlat boat died on the
voyage and were buried in the ocean! On the 20th of February, 1853, Mr.
Lampson went to Stockton and to Sonora, after which he proceeded to San
Antonio, wdiere he secured a placer claim, beginning life on the Pacific coast
as a California miner. He worked for himself with a rocker and sluice-box,
meeting with fair success. He secured five hundred dollars in four months,
after which he went to Columbia, Tuolumne county, where he took out three
thousand dollars in six months; but his claim caved in and he was badly
crushed, eight of iiis ribs being broken, and he was severely injured in other
ways, so that by the time he was again \\-ell and able to work the mine his
means were almost exhausted. When he had entirely recovered, however,
he returned to Columbia, where he continued mining for six months, wiith
good success. Subsequently he went to San Antonio and to Railroad Flat,
where he followed both mining antl farming, his efforts being attended with
creditable prosperity.

Mr. Lampson purchased one hundred and sixty acres of river land near
the latter place and there raised timothy and clover hay, wheat and other
grains, being paid good prices for his products. He resided upon his farm
for twenty-eight years and made it a valuable property, wdiicli is still in his
possession and yields to him a good financial return. On leaving the farm
he came to Paloma and erected here the Paloma Hotel and a large hall, in
which entertainments are held. Here, with the assistance of his good wife,
he is doing a successful business, caring for and entertaining the traveling'
public in a most capable manner. The guests receive a cordial reception and
every effort is made for their comfort and pleasure. He is also the owner of
a group of mines, the Lava Bed and Wallace, with one hundred and sev-
enty acres of land on which he has a patent.

In February, 1861, Mr. Lampson was united in marriage to Miss Abbie
Warren, a lady of the state of Maine and a daughter of William Warren, who
came to California in 1852. Mrs. Lampson arri\-ed in the state in 1859, and
is therefore' numbered among the \vorthy pioneer women. Their union has
been blessed with five children, of w-hom three are living: Robert Edward
Lee, who is engaged in the operation of a mill ; .\ugustus, a blacksmith at
Mokelumne ; and Orlando, who is on the ranch. A little son was killed in a
runaway accident, bringing great grief to the family. Two sons are married


and tliere are now eleven grandchildren, 'i'hese constitute a family of which
Mr. and Mrs. Lampson have every reason to be proud. Mrs. Lampson has
been to her husband a faithful companion and helpmeet on the journey of life,
her careful management and advice being of much assistance to him. Mr.
Lampson has been a life-long Democrat, and for seven years he held the office
of constable, proving a capable and painstaking officer. He was also a deputy
sheriff of the county for several years, filling that position when Sheriff Paul
had the chief office and together they rode thousands of miles in search of
daring criminals of the worst character, and in the capture of some of the men
showed undaunted bravery and fearless spirit. They succeeded in arresting
anti ridding the county of many of the worst men, and the lawless element of
the community were thereby held in subjection. In the face of opposition and
many difficulties and without opportunities Mr. Lampson has steadily advance'!
in life and is to-day the possessor of a handsome competence. He is of a
bright, cheerful disposition, genial and courteous, and has the good will and
esteem of the entire community. He is now the oldest citizen of the city in
point of residence, and bids fair for many years yet of active business life.


California has won distinction for the high rank of her bench and bar.
Perhaps none of the newer states can justly boast of abler jurists or attorneys.
Some of them have been men of national fame, and among those whose lives
have been passed on a quieter plane there is scarcely a town or city in the state
that cannot boast of one or more lawyers capable of crossing swords in foren-
sic combat with any of the distinguished legal lights of the United States.
California certainly has reason to l>e jiroud of her legal fraternity. In Charles
P. Vicini we find united many of the rare qualities which go to make up
the successful lawyer, and he is to-day regarded as one of the most prominent
representatives of the bar of the state. He possesses perhaps few of those
dazzling, meteoric qualities wliich have sometimes flashed along the legal hor-
izon, riveting the gaze and blinding the vision for a moment, then disap-
pearing, leaving little or no trace behind ; but he has. rather, those solid and
more substantial qualities which shine with a constant lustre, shedding light
in the dark places with steadiness and continuity. He has in an eminent
degree that rare ability of saying in a convincing way the right thing at the
right time. His mind is analytical, logical and inductive, and with a thorough
and comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles of law, he com-
bines a familiarity with statutory law and a sober, clear judgment which
makes iiim a formidable adversary in legal combat.

Mr. \'icini is a native son of California, born on the 6th of September,
1869, of Italian parents. His father, John B. Vicini, was born near Genoa,
Italy, and when but sixteen years of age came to Calaveras county. Cali-
fornia, in company with several young companions who. like himself, hoped
to find wealth in the mines of this state. He first engaged in mining at
Robinson's Ferry, then a rich and prosperous mining camp, in which he


obtained a gdodly supply of the yellnw metal. Some time afterward he estab-
lished a meat market and in that enterprise also prospered. At a later date
he removed to Angel's Camp, where he purchased land and was engaged
in farming- for eight years, when he sold out and removed to Sutter Creek.
There he purcliased property and engaged in the harness and boot and shoe busi-
ness. The success which had hitherto attended him did not desert him then, and
he subsequently built a second story to his building and fitted it out for hotel
jjurposes, the property becoming known as the Sutter Hotel. It is well conducted
by E. B. jMoore, who purchased it from Mr. \'icini, who, in disposing of the
building, bought property on the site above Sutter Creek. There he built a
large three-story hotel called the Summit House, and the enterprise is being
conducted by his son, Stephen B., while the father has retired from active
business, he, however, making his home there with his son. He marrjed
Catherine Peirano, a native of Italy but reared in Baltimore. They have had
three sons and a daughter, namely: Stephen B. ; Henry J., a farmer, stock-
raiser and freighter: Charles P. : and Caroline, who is now deceased.

Charles P. \'icini was educated in Santa Clara College and read law
in the office of Armstrong & Hinkson, under whose direction he continued
his studies for two years. He spent one year in the office of Caminetti &
]\lcGce, in San Francisco, after which he came to Jackson and was for some
time a student in the office of Caminetti & Rust, the former a member of
congress and the latter the supreme judge of Amador county at the present
time. Mr. Vicini was admitted to practice before the supreme court of
the state on the 3d of May, 1892, and entered into partnership with Judge
Rust, the connection continuing until the senior member was elevated to the
bench, since which time our subject has carried on a general law practice
alone. He has acquired an excellent reputation as a talented and well-read
attorney. In November, 1898, he was elected on the Democratic ticket to the
office of district attorne}', in which position he has since served.

On the 22(1 of November, 1892, Mr. Vicini was united in marriage
to Miss Frances A. Hoit, a native of Sacramento, and they now have a little
son. Hoit C. Mr. and Mrs. Vicini are members of the organization known
as the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and the Native Sons
and Daughters of California, and he is a past president of his parlor. He
also belong-s to both blue lodge and chapter of the Masonic fraternity. He
is a man of high scholarly attainments whose prominence at the bar is a merited
trilnite to his ability. Socially he is deservedly popular, for he is affable and
cnurteous in manner and possesses that faculty so necessary to success in jiul)-
lic life, — that of making friends readily and of strengthening the ties of
friendship as time advances.


John Spaulding is the general superintendent of the South Yuba Water
Conijjany. In this land of perpetual sunshine it is often found necessary to em-
ploy a system of irrigation to make the soil productive. Nature, howc\er,


has furnished an abundant water sup])ly in tiie nKnmtains and enterprising-
men liave utihzed such resources so that much of the land has been reclaimed,
for tiie piu"pose of cultivation. An active factor in this great work is the
South Yuba Water Company, of which John Spaulding is the efficient and
capable superintendent. He came to California in 1855, but in the early days
was a placer miner and stage driver of the Sierra Nevada country, a man
fertile and shrewd in his resources. His practical knowledge of the possi-
bilities of this region and everything pertaining to either mining or water,
comljined with his knowledge and his ability to control men, brought him
to the front in the planning and building of the great water system with which
he has been connected from its inception up to the present time. In this
way he has become the counselor of many millionaires, and has become
widely known among people whose wealth is much less. All entertain for him
the highest regard, and he is lovingly and familiarly called "Uncle John"
throughout this section of California.

Air. Spaulding was ])orn in St. Lawrence county. New York, April 18,
1831, and represents a family of German origin that was early founded in
Vermont. His father. Isaac Spaulding, was born and reared in the (ireen
Alountain state and tiiere married Aliss Charlotte Killborn. who also was a
native of X'ermont and was desceniled from one of the old and highly respected
families of that jwrtion of the country. Removing to St. Lawrence county.
New York, they became industrious and worthy farming people of the
Empire state. The father served his country as a solidier in the war of 181 2,
and lived to be ninety-three years of age, while his good wife attained the
age of ninetj'-seven years. He was twice married and by the first union he had
three sons and two daughters, while b}- his marriage to our subject's mother
he had two sons. — W'alace and John. John owns a tract of land and a line
.summer resort at Seigler Springs, in Lake county. The latter is well pat-
ronized and the land has been converted into an excellent farm, yielding a rich
return for the cultivation bestowed U])on it.

In 1868 John Spaulding was happily married to Mrs. Gerrett, of San Fran-
cisco, and their union was blessed with three children, — Mabel R., Charles
K. and J. W. In 1897 the wife and mother was called to her final re.-t,
after a long and harmonious married life. She was an estimable lady, pos-
sessed of many excellent characteristics and was very devoted to her family.
and her loss was deeply felt by husband, children and friends. .

In the early days of his residence in California Mr. Spaulding engaged
in driving a stage from Sacramento through Auburn to Dutch I'lat. continuing
that work from 1858 until 1S62. He had charge of the Wells- Fargo stage
across the mountains, and had the oversight of the five hundred head of
horses which at one time were used in the stage business controlled by that
company. Subse(|uently he was engaged in the construction of water works
in San Mateo county, and in 1875 he went to Shasta county, where he engaged
in mining. The following year, however, he came to Auburn and took charge
of the development of the great water-works system belonging to the South
"S'nba Water Company, a system which has been built and developed by him


until it now lias over four Inindred miles ot canal. Ilumes. pipe lines, etc.,
and covers Nevada and Placer counties. The source of water supplv comes
from the summit of the mountains and includes nineteen large lakes and reser-
voirs. The latter are fortified with excellent dams and are of immense ex-
tent and capacity, controlling the future drainage of the entire slope. The
reservoirs cover about fifteen hundred acres of land and have a capacity of fif-
teen billion gallons of water. One of the largest of these was named in honor
of Mr. Spanlding. Because of the possibility of filling these reservoirs often
during the season it is estimated that they have a capacity of one bunded and
fifty billion gallons of water. This immense quantity of water is used for
mining, for power, for supplying the country and towns with a water supply
and for irregating purposes, and is of inestimable value to the district to
which it is carried, as well as being a source of much revenue to its projectors
and owners. Mr. Spaulding has been the superintendent of this immense
and important industry for the past twenty-four years and has proved him-
self to be a man of the highest ability in this line of work. In all his business
relations he is straightforward and his dealings are above question.

He has been a Republican since the organization of the party, but has
never been active in politics nor in secret societies, preferring to give his
<'ntire attention to his business.


As a representative of the class of substantial builders of great common-
Avealths who have served faithfully and long in the enterprising west, we
present the subject of this sketch, who is numbered among the pioneers of
Jackson, Amador county, and who has ever nobly aided in establishing and
maintaining the material interests, legal status and moral welfare of the
communitv. Though he has passed the seventieth milestone on the journey
of life, he is yet actively connected with business affairs in Jackson and is the
pioneer photographer in Amador county, iia\-ing taken up his abode here in the
year 1855.

Mr. Kay was born in ^Massachusetts, on the i8th of December. tSjS,
and is a representative of an old English family. His father, William Kay.
was born, reared and married in England, the lady of his choice being Ellen
Entwissel. In 1825 he emigrated with his wife and two children to the new
world and spent his last days at Fall River, Massachusetts, where his death
occurred, in 1837, when he had attained the age of forty-seven years. His
wife passed away at the ripe old age of ninety-five years. They had eight chil-
dren, of whom six are still living, one brother, William R. Kay, being a resident
of Jackson, while a sister is living in New Jersey. The others, with tlie
exception of the subject of this review, are still residents of Massachusetts.

Wallace Kay, the fourth of the family, was only eight years of age at the
time of the father's death. He was then thrown ui)on his own resources
and has since depended upon his efforts for a livelihood. His business
career has been marked bv honor and integritv. and though he has met with


many hardships and difficulties he has always enjoyed the respect of his fel-
low men. He was first employed in a print factory, his work being to spread
the colors with which the prints were made, and for his services the little
lad received a dollar per week. He made his home with his mother and for
three hours each ilay he. together with the other employes of the factory,
were instructed in the English branches of learning". It was thus he secured
his education. He remained in the factory until his twentieth year, being
promoted from time to time through its various departments, his wages being
correspondingly increased until at the time he left the establishment he was
receiving a dollar per day. He then spent three years as an apprentice at the
machinist's trade and later worked as a journeyman in different shops, earn-
ing a dollar and seventy-five cents per day. He next took Horace Greeley's
ad\ice and came west to grow up with the country, for the gold fields of Cali-
fornia were then attracting many young men to the Pacific slope. He sailed
from New York on the 5th of October and landed at San Francisco twenty-
five days later, made his way u]) the river to Sacramento and thence by stage
to Jackson.

On the loth of June, i860. Mr. Kay was united in marriage, at Sutter
Creek, to Miss Electa Jane Harding, a native of Ohio and a daughter of
Amos Harding, of that state. She had come to California only a short time
previously and here she met and wedded Mr. Kay. Their union was blessed
Avith seven children, five of whom are living, namely : Emma, the wife of
A\'alter Judson, of Lincoln, Placer county. California; Eva D., now the wife of
Herman D. Tripp, who is the superintendent of the mine at Sumdum, .-\laska;
Henry Edwin; and Inga and Alma Roberta, at home. They have a delight-
ful and commodious residence on one of the beautiful bills in the ])ictures(|ue
town of Jackson and enjoy the warm friendship of many oi the best people
of this locality.

For four years after his arrival in the town ]\Ir. Kay engaged in placer-
mining, but met with only a moderate degree of success, and in 1859 began
photographic work by taking ambrotype pictures. Many indeed are the changes '
and improvements which have been made in the science of photography since
that time, yet he has always kept al)reast with the progress made and now
has a well e(|uii)ped art gallery, supplied with the latest appliances and con-
veniences for doing first-class work. He gives excellent satisfaction to his
patrons and derives from his business a g(wd income, yet prices are very
much lower than when be first opened his gallery, for he now sells cabinet
photographs at two dollars a dozen and other work in proportion.

Mr. Kay has been a very active and valued member of the Masonic
fraternity ft)r the jiast thirty years, having been raised to the sublime degree

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