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votes with the Democratic ])art\-. but has never been an aspirant for ofiice. He
and his family have a jjleasant home near the brewery in which they are
nicely settled.


.Among the prominent jirofessional men of Tuolumne county. California,
no one is better or more fa\-orably known than R. Tunis Bromley. M. D.. the
subject of this sketch. His birth took place in Contra Costa county. Cali-
fornia. January 24, 1857, his ancestry being English and easily traced to a
period prior to the Revolutionary war. His paternal great-great-grandfather,
A\'illiam Bromley, was one of the patriots of colonial days and was a member
of the Committee of Safety from Vermont, in which state he lived and died
at a patriarchal age. His son John died in 1828. Another son, nametl
Lewis, was born in 1787 and was a veteran of the war of 1812. His son,
IV'Iajor John Lewis Bromley, was the father of our subject. Major Bromley
Avas born in Baltimore. Maryland. December 25. 1820, and through service
in the Mexican war received his title of military authority. His company
was among the first to enter the city of Mexico, in 1847.

Major Bromley started to California in the spring of 1852 by w-ay of
Cape Horn, and was six months on the passage. He located in San Francisco
and started there the first business in the commission line in the city and
became well known and verv prominent. Later he removed to Contra Costa
county, where he bought a large ranch, and for a niunber of years engaged
in the raising of stock. .After a busy life he retired in advancing age to Oak-
land, where he now resides, eighty years of age. still hale and hearty.

The marriage of ATajor Bromley took place in Baltimore. Alaryland. to
l^Iis.s Anna Levering, a native of that city. She accompanied her husband
to California, although the life of the rough and lusty young city must often
have tried her severely, reared as she had been amidst the refinements and
luxuries of Baltimore. History must credit the brave women who thus assisted
in the civilizing process of early California life for a great part of the culture
and magnificence she has now attained. Seven of their eleven children still
survive Mr. and Mrs. Bromley, all of iheni respected citizens of th.' state.


Dr. Brcimley, our subject, was educated in the excellent schools of Oak-
land, where he attended the academy and later became a student in the Cali-
fornia State University, in both scientific and medical departments, graduating
at the latter in 1882. For six years he practiced his, profession in San Fran-
cisco, for some years being an assistant professor of surgery in the university;
was one of the visiting physicians of St. Luke's hospital ; the examining
physician for the Hartford Life Insurance Company, and its medical supervisor
for the Pacific coast.

In 1887 Dr. Bromley removed to Sonora. where he has had a most satis-
factory practice ever since. His skill as a surgeon is recognized and he is
frequently called to go long distances to assist brother physicians. The Doctor
has inxented and patented a number of surgical instruments that have met
witl; the approbation of the profession, and is the author of many valuable
papers on interesting subjects whicli have appeared in the scientific and med-
ical magazines.

Dr. Bromley was married, in 1895, ^ ^^'^s Fanny Mansfield, a native
of ("olumbia, Tuolumne county, a daughter of William Mansfield, a respected
and early settler of that town, a cousin of General Mansfield. Two children
have been born to the Doctor and his accomplished wife, Innis and Fanny,
making a charming family to inhabit the delightful home which is theirs, in
a pleasant part of the city.

Educational matters have always claimed a large portion of the time of
Dr. Bromley, and he has consented to ser\-e as a trustee of the school board at
times. He is a Republican in politics, and is socially connected with the
Knights of Pythias and the Foresters organizations. Personally he is a
man to command the esteem of all. He has lived to see the commercial
de\'elopment of his state and has done his part for the welfare of his section.


-\mong the many biographical sketches of gold seeking pioneers in Cali-
fornia which appear in this work will be found that of William P. Peek, the
father of Frank W. Peek, that native-born son of Mokelumne Hill who is
a prominent merchant and postmaster of that town. Frank W. Peek was
born September 23, 1857. and was educated in the public schools of Mokelumne
Hill. In the year 1874 his father appointed him deputy postmaster at
IMokelumne Hill, and in connection with the post-office the young man opened
a small variety store. When Mr. Cleveland first became president and the
post-office changed hands, he had become so well established as a merchant
that he put in a good stock of general merchandise, and at this time he has
a record as a progressive and successful business man which covers a period
of twenty-six years. He has kept good goods and sold them at fair prices.
has dealt with the public honorably and liberally and has given close and
careful attention to his business, and has had no trouble in gaining and retain-
ing his full share of the trade of the town, and he had acquired valuable min-
ing property and ranks with the prosperous and public-spirited men of Cala-


^•eras county. Politically he is a Republican, and, without being an office-
seeker or practical politician, he has a recognized influence in local politics.
}ie is a IMason and an Odd Fellow and has been the treasurer of his lodge
of the last named order for many years.

In 1 880 Mr. Peek was married to Miss May L. Stedman, a native of
San Francisco and a daughter of Captain Stedman, a well known California
pioneer. Mr. and Mrs. Peek have two sons and two daughters, named
Frank, Lillie, Jeanette and Percy. Mr. Peek has established a cosy home in
the picturesque town in which he and his children were born, and his family
are well known throughout the county and are highly respected.


Anmng the native Californians wlio are ])rominent in business circles at
San Andreas, Calaveras county, there are few who are more deservedly jxip-
iilar than John Raggio, who is interested in '"staging" in Calaveras and
Amador counties. Mr. Raggio was born at El Dorado, Calaveras countv.
July 16, 1859, a son of Vincenzo Raggio, who was a native of Italy and was
married there. \^incenzo Raggio came to California in 1853 and located in
Amador county, where he was for a time a miner. Later he became a mer-
chant at EI Dorado, Calaveras county, and lived there until his retirement
from active business. He and his wife are now living at Angel's Camp, he
aged se\-enty-four and she in her sixty-eighth year. Their thirteen children
are all living.

John, the fourth in order of birth, was educated in the public schools at
Eldorado, and at the age of twenty-one began his career as a sta.,,e-line
proprietor in partnershi]) with his brothers. — Joseph and Ernest. Their first
line was from San Andreas to Sheep Ranch. Later they opened a line to
INIilton and added other lines from time to time, and now own nearly all the
stage lines in Calaveras and Amador counties and conduct a large and
remunerati\-e business, which is under John Raggio's personal management.
In addition to their stage interests, they conduct a successful enterprise in
supplying logs to tlie mines at .Angel's Camp. They have twenty-five coaches
and eighty head of horses, which they employ on their stage routes, and keep
sixty-five horses at tlieir logging barn. Mr. Raggio is a stockholder in a
number of valuable mining pro]ierties and from time to time his public spirit
has led him to connect himself directly or indirectly with different enterprises
and movements jM-omising to advance local business interests. He is a stock-
holder, a director and the president of the Calaveras County Bank, located at
Angel's Camp. He is a Republican in ]iolitics, but not an active politician
or an office-seeker. He was made a Master Mason in Calaveras Lodge, No.
yd:. F. & .'\. M.. in 1895. and has since taken the degrees of capitular Masonry
and been exalted to the august degree of Royal Arch Mason, and he has also
received the degrees of chivalric Masonry.

Mr. Raggio was married, Januarv i ;, 1807, to Miss IMary L. Gibbons.
a native of San Francisco, a ladv of education and refinement, a skillful


musician and a charming sineer, who was a great accession to society in San
Andreas. They have a httle son, John Raggio, Jr. Their home is a pleasant
and well appointed one and its well ordered hospitality has made it widely
known. Mr. and Mrs. Raggio are extremely popular and have a wide
acquaintance throughout central California.


Dr. Endicott, now a well known practitioner of Jackson, Amador county,
is a native of Missouri, his birth having occurred at Lamar, Barton county,
on the 22d of January, 1869. He is of English lineage and a son of Dr.
Richard H. Endicott, a native of Missouri and a graduate of the Keokuk
(Iowa) Medical College. In 1876 the father came to California and for
a number of years was actively engaged in the medical profession, but is now
li\in,!.^- retired at his home in Stockton.

I'-dwin Eugene Endicott, the eldest child of his father's family, spent
his Ijoyhood days under the parental roof and completed his professional edu-
cation in Louisville, Kentucky, being graduated at the Louis^'ille Medical
College in the class of 1894. He ranked second in scholarship in a class of
one hundred and eighty-one and was awarded a gold medal and also made
interne in the city hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, for a vear. In 1895 he
came to lone, Amador county. California, where he engaged in practice until
1897. during which time he served as consulting physician and surgeon at
the State Reform School, located in that town. Three years ago he took up
his abode in Jackson and was appointed the county physician of Amador.
He has since held the office and has proved most competent and faithful in
the ilischarge of his duties. In May, 1899, the board of supervisors of Ama-
dor county, realizing the necessity of having a county health officer, created
said office and placed Dr. Endicott in charge of the same, which position he
still holds. He has acquired an en\'iable private practice, his business steadily
increasing in volume and importance. He is now at the head of the Jackson
hospital, a private institution which be established, and in the work of con-
ducting the same he is assisted by able trained nurses. Tlie cstal)lishment is
equi]3ped with the most recent appliances for the treatment and care of the
sick, and the institution is constantly filled with a large number of patients
who come to seek the professional aid of the Doctor, whose skill both in the
]M-actice of medicine and surgery is widely known. He has given especial
attention to surgery, and the many difficult operations which he has performed
successfully indicates his ability and his thorough understanding of that
branch of the profession.

In February, 1896. Dr. Endicott was united in marriage to Miss Emma
Southerland. and they now have an interesting little daughter, Alice Lenore.
They have a pleasant home in Jackson and the Doctor also o^vns two residences
in lone. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the American
Order of United ^^^^rkmen. In politics he is a Democrat, but the honors


and ciiKiIunicnis of puljlic otiice outside the lines of his profession have no
attraction for him. as he desires to devote his time and energies entirely to
his chosen calling, in which he has met with remarkable success.

(;i".or(;e j. yager.

George John \'ager was born in Oleta. .Vmador county, on the 8th of
August. 1868, and is now li\ing in lone, where he is engaged in blacksmith-
ing. His fatiier. George Yager, came to California in t86o. He was born
in Switzerland, in 1830. and was educated in his native land. When he left
the country of the .\lps he made his way to the Ciolden state, locating in Jack-
son. .\mador county. He was a carpenter by trade, but earned his liveli-
hood in this state as a wood-chopper for a time. Subsequently he engaged
in draying and by his industry and economy saved money enough to purchase
a ranch oi one hundred and sixty acres above Oleta. That property is still
in the possession of his family. He was a man of marked industry, reliable
in all his dealings, and at his death, which occurred in his fifty-fourth year,
the community mourned the loss of one of its valued citizens. He was a
memljer of the .\ncient Order of I'nited \\'orkmen and during his entire life
commanded the respect of his fellow men. George Yager was married, in
Jackson, to Miss Annie Zeiger. also a nati\-e of Switzerland, and they became
the parents of four children, namely: John P., of Eldorado county: Fred.,
who is living in Tuolumne county: .\nnie. the wife of H. Routledge. a resi-
dent of L(xs .\ngeles: and George J., of this review. The mother still sur-
vi\es and is well known for her many excellent characteristics.

George J. Yager, the eldest of the family, accpiired his education in the
pulilic schools in Amad<M- county and for three years worked at the black-
smith's trade in Oleta. becoming an expert in that line. He then removed to
lone, where be opened a shop of his own in iSgo. since which time he has
carried on a successful business. He receives a liberal patronage and his
trade is constantly increasing.

In 1889 Mr. Yager was joined in wedlock to Miss Elizabeth Reudy, a
native of Switzerland, and their marriage has been blessed with two children:
George Henry and Eunice Catherine. ]\Ir. Yager is a member of the Ancient
Order of United Workmen, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the
Native Sons of the Golden West, beiii*;- a past president of lone Parlor. No.
33. of lone. His ]X)litical support is given the Republican party. He and
his family have a pleasant home in lone and enjoy the warm friendship of
many acquaintances.

JOIIX r,.\UM.\X.

.-\ well and favoralily known citizen of Sonora. Tuolumne countv. Cali-
fornia, is John Bauman, the subject of this sketch. He was born in Bavaria,
Germany. December 13. 1833, and was a son of Frederick and Margaret
(Bohler) Bauman. both natives of Germany, wliere they passed their lives,


he dying at the age of sixt} - li\-e, she surviving him Wxe years. They had two
sons, but our subject is the onl)- member of the family now living.

John Bauman was educated in his native place, but being of limited means
he decided to make his way to America. Landing in New York with one
dollar in his pocket, in 1852, it became a matter of necessity to find work,
which he soon did, on a farm on Long Island. From there he went to New
Jersey and engaged in lalior at an India rubijer factory, where he was paid
forty dollars a month. The habits of thrift which are taught the young in
his country came to his assistance, enabling him to save his money until he
had enough to pay his way to California, by way of the isthmus, this requir-
ing one hundred dollars. He soon found employment in a brewery at San
Jose, where he was paid fifty dollars a month, and here again he saved his
wages and came to Tuolumne county. For four years longer Mr. Bauman
worked in a lirewery and then made a trip to the east, again by way of the

\Mien Mr. Bauman returned to California he brought with him his wife,
formerly Miss Margaret Fderer. a nati\-e of liis own land. He leased a small
brewery that was located in Sonora. began brewing and in 1866 had accumu-
lated enough to build his own establishment. He thoroughly understands the
managemeiiL of his business and has made a special brand of cream beer, which
has met with ready sale throughout the country. His other products are con-
sidered, excellent and his trade is constantly increasing.

Mr. Bauman lost his first wife in 1875. in 1876 marrying [Miss Huhh
Riclitei . The following named children were born to Mr. Bauman : Amelia,
the v,ife of Fred Burden, of Sonora; Emma, the wife of Lee Edmondson ;
Anna, the wife of Carl Duchow: Cenobia, the wife of J. D. Baring: and

In his political belief Mr. Bauman is a Democrat, although he considers
more the man than the party in local matters. For fifteen years he filled the
office of town trustee and the affairs were managed in the most economical
and efficient manner.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Bauman is a most comfortable one. and he
jiossesses the respect of all of his neighbors. He has shown in his own life
the value of industry combined with economy, and is esteemed for it.


The state of New York has contributed to California an element of its
citizenship, which from the pioneer days to the present time has been valuable
because it has been progressive, prosperous and law-abiding. One of the
old New ^'orkers, of San Andreas, Calaveras county, is Hosea G. Allen, who
was burn in Orleans county. New York, April 7. 1836, a son of Isaac and
Maryetta (King) Allen. Mr. Allen conies of French and English ancestors.
Earlv Aliens of his line settled in Maine and his great-grandfather Allen
fought for American independence in the Revolutionary war, as did also
his great-grand fatlicr King, and he is of Revolutionary stock in both lines


of descent. His father was born in Maine and his mother was a daughter
of WilHani King, of P'rench ancestry, who settled early in the state of New
York. Isaac Allen was a farmer and school-teacher, a man of excellent char-
acter, who lived industriously and usefully and died in his forty-fifth year.
His wife died in her fifty-first year. Of their eight children, four are now
living, two of them in Calaveras county, California. One of the latter,
\\'illiani D., came to the state in 1852, and lives at Vallicita, Calaveras county.
At the time of his father's death Mr. Allen was eight years old, and he was
fully orphaned by the death of his mother not many years afterward.

After acquiring such education as was available to him in his native
county, Mr. Allen at the age of fourteen began to earn his own living, and
his first employment was as a clerk in a general store at twelve dollars a
month. April 5, 1853, bound for California, he sailed from Xew York on the
Star of the West. He came by way of the isthmus of Panama and fell a
victiili to Panama fever and had to be carried ashore at San Francisco. He
soon recovered his strength, however, and went to Sacramento city and thence
to Placerville in quest of his brother William, who had come out the year
before. At White Rock he became ill of typhoid fever, and, being without
money, might have seen hard times had he not been stopping with a man who
had lived near his father in Xew York state and had known him well. When
he became strong enough to do light work he began clerking in a store at
fi\e dollars a day and soon saved a little money, but when he had paid his
debt to the man who had taken care of him he had but seven dollars and
fifty cents left. \\'ith that sum in his pocket he started on foot to San
Andreas, where he had been told his brother was, and he was so anxious to
see him again that he covered forty-three miles in his first day's walk. He
stopped over night at Jackson, where one Allen, wlio kept the local hotel,
claimed relationship to him.

At San Andreas he found his brother in the hotel business, in partner-
ship with a man named Sykes. He soon engaged in mining and met with
varying success, but was prosperous in a modest way. managing to secure
considerable gold, and remembers that he once got a hundred and ten dollars
out of a single pan of dirt. He became a stockholder in the Union \\'ater
Company's ditch, and in 1857 was in charge of the lower end of it. In 1858
he was one of a party that made a fruitless journey to Fraser river, British
Columbia. He returned l\v way of Vancouver and was glad to resume work
in his old claim at the head of Wallace Gulch, where he had taken out about
an average of twenty dollars a day, but during the first week he and another
man got only fifteen dollars each, and during the following week only ten
dollars each, and he gave up mining and attended to the ditch, sold water and
made collections until, in i860, with two partners, he opened a liquor store
at San Andreas, his interest in which he sold in 1862. and bought a farm
and engaged in raising fruit and vegetables in Salt Spring Valley, where he
remained six years and made the first wine ever produced in Calaveras county,
which he sold at two dollars and fifty cents a gallon. .\t the expiration of
that time he returned In San .\ndreas, and with C. M. Whitlock as a partner


turned his attenticm to general merchandising-. After he was appointed post-
master hy President Johnson he sold his interest in the store to E. C. Rowarth
and ga\-e his attention to the duties of the office, which he held through all
administrations until 1892. During this period he was the local manager for
the Western Union Telegraph Company and gained a reputation as an expert
telegrapher; and he also conducted an insurance agency. For two terms he
filled the offices of administrator and coroner for Calaveras county and he
was for si.x; years one of the trustees of the public schools of San Andreas,
and in that capacity was acti\'e in building the fine schoolhouse which adorns
the town.

Long a Republican, he has during recent years been independent in poli-
tics, and he has for thirty-eight years been a member of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows. He owns a pleasant cottage home on one of the hills of
San Andreas and has considerable other town property, besides an interest
in the Albion mine on Table mountain, a gravel mine which is considered

Mr. Allen was married, in 1871. to !Miss Lucy McDuffee, a native of
Rochester, New Hampshire, and a daughter of John McDuffee, and she has
borne him six children. Sadie B. is a telegraph operator in San Francisco.
James B. and Louisa are twins, the latter is now Mrs. C. T. Toon and lives
at San Andreas: and her brother is a miner. Hosea G., Jr., is engaged in
mining. Maud S. is a member of her father's household, and John has gone
to Cape Nome. ^Irs. Allen is a member of the Congregational church.


Li the educational interests of central California George Franklin Mack,
principal of the schools of loire, occupies a position of distinction. Since
1850 he has been a resident of California, being brought to this state when
a child of four years. He was born in St. Charles, Illinois, on the 15th of
November, 1845, and is of Scotch and Irish descent. His father, Jonathan
L. Mack, was born in New Hampshire, where the paternal grandfather of
our subject located in 1776, the year in which the independence of the nation
was declared. The father married Miss Mary Randall, also a native of the
old Granite state, and in 1850 they crossed the plains to California, the father
acting as the commander of a company of men who protected the emigrant
train from the Indians. Three months passed ere the journey was completed.
They had resided in Illinois prior to their removal to California, and from
that state made their way to the Pacific slope, journeying directly westward
to Hangtown, now Placerville, where the father engaged in the operation of
a sawmill and in mining. There he remained for about twelve years, and
on the expiration of that time he went to Yolo county, where he carried on
agricultural pursuits ; but his land formed a part of a grant the title to which
was defective, and he was obliged to locate elsewhere. He then crossed the
mountains to Virginia City in search of a location, and his family never heard
from him afterward. His wife died in Placerville in 1894. in her seventieth


year. She had been a devoted member of the ^lethodist Episcopal cliurch
from lier girlhood and was an exemplary Christian woman. Her two ilaugh-
ters died in infancy antl Professor Alack is now tiie only survivor of the

He was educated in the public schools of California, in Hesperian Uni-
versity and the academy at Healdsburg. Since that time his attention has
been devoted to educational labors, in which profession he is successful and
enthusiastic. He has been employed as a teacher in Eldorado, Nevada and

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