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Amador counties, and his labors have been attended with excellent results,
being very effective in promoting the educational standard of the state.

Jn 1874 Professor Mack was united in iiiarriage to Miss Gilla A. Miller,
a native of Eldorado county and a daughter of David Miller, a respected
pioneer of the state. Their marriage has been blessed with six daugliters
and four sons, namely: William H., George F.. Mary A., Gilla A., Agnes
M.. Robert L., Daniel M.. Gertrude, Laura U. and Ethel lone. The mother
is a consistent member of the Methodist church and a most estimable lady.

Professor Mack cast his first presidential vote for the renowned soldier.
General Grant, and lias since continued in the ranks of the Republican party.
]n 1886 he was elected county superintendent of schools of Amador county,
and filled the position so satisfactorily that he was continued in the oftice for
three successive terms. He has since been the principal of the schools of
lone, and under his management they have taken high rank, being a credit
alike to the city and to the .superintendent. Professor Mack is a Knight
Templar Mason, having become a member of the order in Eldorado Lodge,
Xo. 26, F. & .\. M.. in 1868; and he has served as its master. He is also a
valued member of tlie Lidependent Order of Odd Fellows, having passed
all of the chairs in both branches of that fraternity. He likewise holds
membership in the Foresters and Chosen Friends, and is a member of St.
Matthews Mission, an Episcopal church of lone. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mack
have a wide acquaintance in the county aaid enjoy the high regard of man\-
friends. Their own home is noted for its generous hospitality and its social
functions are pleasant c\ents in lone.

JACOB NE\\-MAN.

Jacob Xewman, who is engaged in general merchandising at lone, came to
California in 1861. and has witnessed the great changes which have been
wrought in the intervening years. A native of Germany, he was born Decan-
ber 22. 1845, «i"fl '"1 t'lc fatherland acquired bis education. He was only
sixteen years of age wiien he arrived in California. He landed in New York
on the 22d of June, t86o, coming to this country a poor boy, with Init little
knowledge of the English language, yet possessed of strong determination,
integrity and energy. — qualities which always command respect and insure
success. For six years he engaged in clerking for his brother George.

In 1864 he became a resident of ^'irginia City. California, and worked
at whatever employment was offered that would yield him an honest living.



OF XORTHERS CALIFORNIA. 535

He made three hundred dollars per month for four months and was then
taken ill, after which he returned to Sutter Creek. When he had sufficiently
recovered he engaged in peddling, selling goods all over the county. In this
manner he became widely acquainted wdth the early settlers and later he
entered into partnership with Morris Brinn, with whom he continued for
three years. On the expiration of that period he came to lone, and the firm
of Newman & Brother was established. Subsequently they opened a store
in Jackson under the firm name of L. Newman & Company. The partner-
ship was dissolved in 1888, and our subject continued as the owner and man-
ager of the business in lone. In 1893 Mr. Bagley was taken into the firm
and the business has since been carried gn under the style of Newman &
Eagley.

In his commercial efforts our subject has met with very gratifying suc-
cess and is recognized as an active and capable business man who has built
up a large trade. He carries an extensive stock of general merchandise,
such as is in demand by the general trade, and his reasonable prices, uniform
courte.s}' and honorable dealing have secured him a liberal patronage. For
twenty-seven years he has been connected with the mercantile interests in
lone, wdiere he is widely recognized as an influential and progressive repre-
sentative of the commercial activity of the town.

In 1885 Mr. Newman was united in marriage to Miss Mary Emanuel, a
rative of San Francisco and a daughter of Isaac Emanuel, of that city. Mr.
and Mrs. Newman are members of the Hebrew church. He was made a
Master Mason in lone Lodge, No. 80, F. & A. M., in 1875, and since 1867
has held membership relations with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
having passed all the chairs in both the subordinate lodge and the encamp-
ment. He has also served as a representative of both branches of that order
in the grand lodge. He is likewise a member of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen and the Foresters. In politics he is a Democrat, but the honors
and emoluments of public office have had no attraction for him. He is a
man of much force of character and strong individuality and his pleasant
social manner has won him a host of warm friends.

GIROLAMO TISCORNIA.

Leading business interests in various parts of the L'nited States are in the
hands of progressive and enterprising Italians, and this is no less true of
California than of other portions of our great and growing country. One
of the most prominent merchants of San Andreas, Calaveras county, is the
son of Italy whose name is mentioned above who was born September 12,
1844, and has been a Californian since 1862. In his native country his
people were farmers. After gaining an education in Europe, he borrowed
monev with which to come to America, and at the age of eighteen came
direct to Calaveras county, where one of his cousins had located some time
before. He began mining on Calaveras creek, and in six years paid ofif his
indel.tedncss and had sufficient capital with which to establish him.sel£ as a



536 REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

niercliaiit at San Andreas. His gootl business metliods and excellent man-
agement of iiis affairs commended liim to the public, and he has built up a
large trade and carries one of the largest stocks- of general merchandise in
the town, and is reputed to be one of the wealthy men of Calaveias county.
His stock of goods, valued at twenty-five thousand dollars, is housed in a
large double store and in three other store-houses. He has never given up
his interest in mining and now owns valuable mining properties, besides two
thousand acres of ranch land and considerable city property in San Francisco.

Mr. Tiscornia is a Republican, and while he is not an office-seeker he is
influential in the councils of his party. He is a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. He was njarried, in 1880, to Miss Eugenia Raggio,
a native of Calaveras county, and they have five children: Chester J., born
May 2, 1881 : Frank Elmer, September 20, 1882; Adolphus A., Julv 21,
1884; James W'.. November 16, 1885: and Waldo V., March 25, 1892. 'Two
of his sons assist Mr. Tiscornia in his store and give promise of becoming
successful business men. The Tiscornias have an attractive home at San
Andreas and their standing in the community is very high.

Paulo Tiscornia, the prrandfather of our subject, was born in Italy about
1768. and died at the advanced age of eighty-five years. He followed farm-
ing throughout his life and was a very good man. He had six children.
Joseph Tiscornia, the father of our subject, was born in Italy in May, 1808.
He also was a farmer and a very good and respected citizen. His good
wife, whom he married in 1837. and whose maiden name was Paula Daneri,
was born in Italy in 181 7 anrl died .\ugust 7, 1890. Their union was blessed
with nine children. se\en of whom are now living. He died in 1891, in his
eighty-third year.

JOHX SHERMAN C.\DY.

One of the prominent old settlers of Sonora, Tuolumne county. California,
who ei:joys the esteem and respect of the community, is John Sherman Cady,
the subject of this sketch. He was born in Berkshire county, Massachusetts,
February 19. 1826. of old English ancestry who settled in New England, at
Wethersfield. Connecticut, in 1832. Eleazar Cady, the grandfather of our
subject, was an <^fficer in the Revolutionary war, in one of the battles being
the general in command. He died in Hinsdale, at the age of eighty-four
years, having been a devoted member of the Baptist denomination. His son
Daniel Cady, was the father of our subject and was born in Dalton, Massa-
chusetts, October lo. 1796. He married Miss Elizabeth Raymond, also a
native of the Bay state, and a daughter of Daniel Raymond, a Revolutionary
soldier who fought in the battle of Bunker Hill.

In i860 Daniel Cady removed with his family to \Msconsin, where he
became a well known and respected citizen, living an industrious life and
dying at the age of eiglity. having long been a memjier of the Baptist church.
He had been a soldier in the war of 1812-15. ^f''^- Cady lived until she
was seventv-six vears old. Thev had six children, onlv two of whom sur-



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 537

vive, ^Ir. Cady's oldest brother being a resident of Wisconsin, where he is
now living (1900), at the ad\'anced age of seventj'-nine years.

Our subject was educated in his native town, where he received a good
common-school education. When prepared to make a visit to California he
chose the Nicaragua route, and was in the wreck of the steamer North Amer-
ica, which went on the coast of Mexico in the night of February 12, 1852,
with eleven hundred souls on board. All of these were landed safely and
taken to Acapulco, thence to San Francisco by a clipper ship, arriving in that
city May 15, 1852. ]Mr. Cady proceeded to Sonora, which he reached May
20, 1852, immediately engaging in mining. This business he followed for
two years and with much success. One of his claims was in the city of
Sonora, and he took from a street one piece of gold, weighing ten ounces,
and at another time one weighing nineteen ounces.

In 1855 Mr. Cady made a trip to the east and was married, Septeml)er
5, that year, to Miss Mary M. Curtis, a lady whom he had known from child-
hood. She was born October 5, 183 1, and was a daughter of Epaphras and
Orpha Curtis, a most lovely character whose death on November 23, 1897,
Mr. Cady deeply mourns. After his marriage ]Mr. Cady returned alone to
his western enterprises, but in the spring of 1858 he went east again and
brought Mrs. Cady to the \\est. In i860 he engaged in mining at Table
mountain, realizing five dollars a day, and soon after opened a store at Sonora,
dealing in paints, oils, glass, paper and upholstery goods, and this business
he conducted for a period of thirty-nine years. Since that time Mr. Cady
has lived retired from business. He was successful in his enterprises and'
possesses more than a competency.

Our subject has taken a prominent part in political life, has been a
Republican ever since the organization of the party and was the efificient
postmaster of Sonora during the administration of President Harrison. Fra-
ternally he is a member of the Chosen Friends, from which organization he
will soon be entitled to three thousand dollars, according to the rules of the
order.

Afr. Cad)- mourns the death of his wife most sincerely, as their life had
l)een iiiost congenial. He is the only one left of his friends who belonged to
the old pioneers of Sonora, and enjoys the esteem and regard of all who
have so long known his probity of character and his interest in the prosperity
of his section.

JOHN SHAW.

One of the old and highlv respected business men and reliable citizens of
Sonora, Tuolumne county, California, is John Shaw, the subject of this
sketch. He was a native of Ireland, born there November 24, 1824, his
parents being James anrl Sarah fArclier) Shaw, both of them being natives
of the same country. They were highly esteemed in their home, where they
passed their whole lives, and died members of the Presbyterian church.

John Shaw recei\-ed his education in his native country, coming to the



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L'nited States in 1846 and iiiaking tlie trip in tlie sailing vessel Fanny Foster.
Mis first home was with his brother in North Carolina, who was engaged
there in the drug business, and under this brother's supervision he learned
it, since which time it has Ijeen the principal occupation in which he has
engaged. In 1853 he decided to make the long trip to California, accomplish-
ing it in the sailing vessels, the Illinois and the John Stephens. During 1853
he remained in San Francisco, but in the spring of 1854 came to Sonora,
where he entered into the employ of a druggist, but later bought his business
and has most successfully conducted it ever since. For forty-six j-ears he
has made an honorable business record in this county.

The marriage of Mr. Shaw took place in 1855, to Miss Hester Brangon,
a native of his own land, and ten children were born to them. The eldest
of these was William R.. a graduate at the University of California, who
died in September, 1900, at the age of forty-five years. The remainder of
the family is as follows: Sarah. Mary. John Archer, Henry P.. Hester.
Edward. Herbert. Rachel and Lucy, — the last named the wife of Hon. John
Barry Curtin.

Mr. Shaw h;is been a life-long Democrat, and has been called upon to
serve in many of the town and county offices. He has been the treasurer and
deputy treasurer of the county, and at one time was a city trustee. Since
1852 he has been an active member of the I. O. O. F., and both he and his
lamilv enjoy the high regard of the community.

JOHX 1). I'ERKIXS.

John D. Perkins, who is engaged in the drug business at lone, Amaclir
count}-,, dates his residence in California from 1850 and is numbered among the
best jjioneer citizens. He was born in X'irginia, at Henry Court House, on the
14th of March, 1831, and is of English and French descent, his ancestors
having been early settlers of the Old Dominion. His grandfather and his
father were both born in that state. The latter, William Perkins, was reared
and eUucated in \"irginia and entered the Methodist ministry. He was a very
talented man and his influence and ability in church work led to his selection
for the presiding eldership. He married Miss Martha Henry Fontaine, who
was of French Huguenot descent and a representative of one of the honored
and distinguished families of Virginia. Her great-grandfather was Patrick
Henry, the celebrated statesman, orator and patriot, whose eloquence probably
did more to arouse the American colonies at the time of the Revolution than
the words of any other one man. In 1840 William Perkins and his wife
removed to Missouri, spending their remaining days in that state. They had
eight children, — five sons and three daughters. The father attained the age of
seventy-six years and the mother reached the age of eighty-five, both dying
in the triumph of the Christian faith in which they had so long believed. .\11
of the family except the youngest son survive. He was a member of the Con-
federate army during the Civil war and was killed at the battle of \\'ilson's
Creek.



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 539

John D. Perkins, their fourth child, accompanied his parents on their
removal to Missnnri, rmd in the public schools of that state acquired his edu-
cation. In his nineteenth year he crossed the plains to California. His uncle.
David Perkins, uutlittcd a train of three ox teams and eighteen mules, carrying
fifteen hundred pounds of Peach brand tobacco. They also took with them
twelve cows, and to each man in charge of a wagon was given two suits of
clothing. The train was in charge of a Mr. JMussett, a Presbyterian minister.
Mr. Perkins had an ox team and was accompanied by William Armstrong,
a friend, with whom he entered into partnership. They remained for a month
at Lexington, Missouri, and then started on the long journey across the plains.
After they had passed Fort Laramie the train suffered from the cholera plague
and two of the men died ; but Mr. Mussett had a \-ery effective remedy and
succeeded in saving the lives of the others who were stricken w itli tlie disease.
During the perio:! when the disease was raging Mr. Perkin> am! hi^ cousin
became frightened, and he sold his share of the team for twu thnnsand dol-
lars to a Mr. Gibbs and took a note to be paid when the man returned from
California. Mr. Mussett, however, ridiculed the young man out of doing
that and Mr. Gibbs returned the note. Twelve hours afterward he died of
cholera! Upon the wagons in large letters were painted the words "Howard
County, Missouri," thus indicating the section from which they hailed.

When they reached the Salt Lake country they camped on the Jordan
river, twelve miles from the city of Salt Lake, and the Mormons drove their
cattle into the stray pond ; but the travelers took them out by force at the point
of their revolvers, whereupon Mr. Mussett was arrested and fined seventy-five
dollars and costs.

The party proceeded south of Salt Lake and crossed the one-hundred-and-
five mile desert, where great suffering was endured on account of lack of water.
Mr. Perkins, through the bright moonlight saw a range of mountains about
five miles ahead of him, and supposing this to be where the springs were
located, he rode ahead alone on horseback to locate the water supply and thus
relieved the perishing thirst of their party. W'ith such confidence had he of
finding water in the near distance that after refreshing himself from his can-
teen he gave the balance of the water he had to his horse. Upon reaching
the mountains, — the anticipated source of water. — much to his .surprise and
disappointment, he found, instead a big sign tacked on a wrecked wagon on
which was printed "twenty-five miles to water." He found the settlement
almost a city of the dead. There were many dead cattle along the way and
emigrants also died from thirst. Both Mr. Perkins and his horse we.re almost
exhausted, but there was no alternative but to press on. After going five miles
further he found two kegs of water by the side of the trail, in one of which
was a faucet, and he and his horse were thus refreshed. When he reached the
source of the water supply he learned that a benevolent society had been
formed and sent the water back, and many a life was thus sa\-ed. Here he
served with the society a day or two, after which he sold his team and he and
his partner with three horses came on alone. Thev would build a fire in the



540 REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

evening and prepare their supper and afterward extinguish the tire for fear
the Indians would discover it and attack them.

They reached Nevada City on the 23d of September, after a very long
and arduous journey. His brother, Patrick Henry Perkins, had come to
California the year previously, but our subject did not know where to find him.
He engaged in mining for a little time at Nevada City, but with little suc-
cess; and as he had scarcely anything left he packed his blankets and came on
foot to Sacramento, where he learned that his brother was at Murphy's Dig-
gings, buying cattle and butchering. Accordingly he proceeded to that place
and made his way to the second crossing of the Calaveras river, where he took
charge of the cattle for his brother. In connection with his brother he also
engaged in mining on Chili Gulch, meeting with excellent success in his under-
taking. His best day's w'ork was that on which he took out three hundred dol-
lars' worth of gold from the Long Palm mine. Subsequently ]\Ir. Perkins
went to Stockton and purchased a si.x-mule team, after which he engaged in
hauling supplies to the miners. The winter, however, was a very hard one
and the venture was unprofitable. He sold his team and engaged in draying
in Stockton, but that undertaking was not attended with success, and accord-
ingly he proceeded to San Francisco, where he worked at draying. for one
hundred dollars per month. He spent the year 1854 in that city and on the
1st of January, 1855, arrived at Live Oak, Sacramento county, where for
twenty years he engaged in mining, with fair success.

In 1859 Mr. Perkins was happily married to Miss Julia F. Brown, a
native of Madison county, Tennessee, and a daughter of J. Brown, who came
to California in 1856. Two children have been born to them: Elbert West,
a jeweler and druggist who is now associated in business with has father ; and
jNlartha, the wife of A. E. Smith, who is engaged in merchandising in
Carbohdale.

In 1873 ]Mr. Perkins returned to Missouri to visit relatives and friends,
making the journey by rail across the country which he had formerly trav-
ersed with a wagon train. He spent three months at his old home, from which
he had been absent twenty-three years. He then again went to California,
but with his family returned once more to Missouri, there purchasing a drug
store, which he conducted until the failing heahh of his wife caused him
to return to the "land of sunshine." He then engaged in mining on Michi-
gan Bar until May, 1876, when he came to lone, where he manufactured
three hundred thousand brick. Later he sold out his brick-yard and secured a
clerkshij) in a general mercantile store. By President Cleveland he was
appointed postmaster at lone and .served in that capacity for four years, after
which he purchased the drug and variety store of Avhich he is now the jiro-
prietor. He has since successfully conducted this enterprise, the public
according him a liberal ])atronage. for his reliable business methods are well
known. His p(ilitical support has ever been given the Democracy.

In 1863 he was made a Master Mason at Michigan Bar and served as the
master of Nebraska Lodge, No. 71. for three successive terms. He has also
long been a valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows an<l has



OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 541

filled all of its offices and represented both branches in the grand lodge of the
state. He and his wife are consistent members of the AIeth(xlist chnrch. in
which he has served as a trustee, while she is the superintendent of the Sunday-
school. They are held in the highest regard throughout the county which is
their home and where they have so long resided, and their circle of friends is
extensive.

DAVID CASSIXELLI.

American citizens of Italian birth antl parentage have demonstrated that
they possess all those qualities which constitute the elements of patriotism and
material success in life. David Cassinelli was born in Italy, November 14,
1848, and has been a resident of California since 1863, and he is an old and
prominent merchant of San Andreas, Calaveras county. He came to Amer-
ica at the age of fifteen, landing at New York, whence he went directly to
San Francisco, where he arrived November 26, 1863. A brother had preceded
him and had become a merchant at San Andreas. Mr. Cassinelli was a clerk
in his store for ten years and in 1873, having saved his earnings to give him-
self a start in life, opened a small store of his own. His capital was small and
his stock was necessarily limited, but he was honest, industrious and enter-
prising, and at this time has a large fire-proof brick building crowded with gen-
eral merchandise and does a business extensive, safe and profitable, and is the
owner of considerable valuable mining property and good ranch property.

December 14, 1880, he married Miss Rosa Reale, who was born at the
mission at San Jose, and they have a daughter. Norma, now in her 'teens,
who is gifted with a fine voice and much talent for music. He has a pleasant
home and he and his family are highly regarded by the people of San
Andreas. He is a Republican and a member of the Ancient Order of United
A\'orkmen, and is a Mason, connected with blue lodge and chapter, and has
been the treasurer of his lodge for man}- years.

HON. JOHN B. CURTIN.

One of the most prominent men of Tuolumne county, California, is John
Earry Curtin, a lawyer of unmistakable ability and the representative of
the twelfth senatorial district of the state of California. He is a native son
of Tuolumne county, born at Gold Springs, on the 15th of May. 1867. and is a
son of John and Ann K. (Cochrane) Curtin, natives of Ireland. They came
to America in 1848, settling in Boston, Massachusetts, until 1852, when Mr.
Curtin made the trip to California, coming by way of the isthmus. He first
engaged in the lumber business at Bodega Bay. and located at Columbia, in
Tuolumne county, in 1852, his wife reaching California in 1854. Mr. Cur-
tin engaged very successfully in mining until 1857, at which time he and his
partner, Thomas Reed, had accumulated capital of eighteen thousand dollars.
Unfortunately they were induced to loan this money to the Ditch Company,
which finallv failed, entailing upon them tlie loss of e\'er\-thing.



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