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the remainder of their journey on horseback. Coming by way of the old
Georgetown trail, they stoppecl at the "old works" ranch and Mr. Drescher
began mining for wages in Rock canyon at Georgetown, and was paid one
hundred dollars a month and his board for his services. Later he mined
on his own account on Dry creek, four miles below Georgetown, and was
moderately successful.

In ]\larc]i, 1851, Mr. Drescher A\ent to Onion \-alley. on Feather river,
and thence to Jamison creek. He helped to open the mines at Eureka North
and lost some money there, though the mines afterward proved valuable.
In 1852 he returned to Eldorado county and resumed placer-mining in his
old camp on Dry creek. In 1853 and in 1854 he took out considerable gold
at Murder Bar, on the American river, but invested in a flume enterprise
and lost what he had made, and in November of the last mentioned 3'ear he
went to Columbia, Tuolumne county, and mined there successfully for some
time. From there he went to Jacksonville, where he remained eleven years,
mining in the river with good results, but the money he made there he lost
by in\estment elsewhere, and he later mined on Curtis creek, until 1868,
when he turned his attention to quartz-mining, to which he has since en-
tirely devoted himself. He took four thousand dollars out of the H. H.
Haight mine on Curtis creek, but expended it in the development of the prop-
erty, and was the owner of the Tarantula mine near the Shawmut mine, which
was discovered by a Mexican in 1862. The discoverer took a large amount
of gold from the Tarantula mine and then abandoned it. It was relocated
in 1872, on the first day of March, by Mr. Drescher, who took out ten thou-
sand dollars and who is one of its owners at this time. It is considered a
valuable property and is bonded for five hundred thousand dollars. Mr.
Drescher was personally acquainted with Joaquin Murietta, the noted Mexi-
can outlaw who was at that time (1851) associated with William Burns, the
American scout during the ^lexican war. He also was present in Georgetown,
Eldorado county, in Octolier. 1850. when the Englishman accidentally shot his
wife in an attemi)t to take from her the large ele\en-]:)ound nugget which he
had ]ireviously found in Hudson Gulch, in Oregon canyon, to pa\- a gambling
<leht. At the death of his wife he was Ivnched bv the miners.


'\\v. Dresclier"s home at Jamestown is a jjleasant one and lie is regarded
by his fellow citizens as a man of patriotic public spirit. Politically he is a
Populist, but he is not an active politician and has never sought or accepted
office. A thorough, practical temjyerance man, he never uses liquor or tobacco
and 15 influential so far as is po.ssible to induce others not to use them. In
1879 l.e married Mrs. Gertrude Newcomb. the widow of George Henry New-
comb and a daughter of Edmond Parnell. who came to California in 1851
and is proud of the title of California pioneer. Mr. and Mrs. Drescher have
no children. Mrs. Drescher, by ber former husband, had four children, two
of wliom are living. Their daughter, Emma Estella. is the wife of George
A. Sharrock and lives on a farm at Rough and Ready. Tuolumne county ;
and (jertrude May is the wife of Charles II. Deane and lives near Merced,
Merced county.


Thomas Wheeler, now deceased, belonged to that sturdy l)and of pio-
neers who conquered the wild conditions of California that existed in the
middle of the century, and thus aided in laying a foundation for the present
prosperity and advancement of the commonwealth. He came to the Golden
state in 1850, from Saline county, Missouri, which was the state of his
birth, his natal day being October 16, 1827. The family is of Welsh line-
age, and the paternal grandfather of our subject was one of the early set-
tlers of Kentucky, while Samuel \\'heeler, the father of our subject, was born,
reared and educated in that state; and Mrs. Wheeler, the mother of our sub-
ject, was born and reared in Tennessee.

After the discovery of gold on the Pacific slope he crossed the plains
with ox teams, joining a company that was six months in making the journey.
They met with no misfortunes on the way, escaping the Indians and the epi-
demics which decimated so many of the emigrant trains, arriving safely in
San Francisco in Octo1>er, 1850. It was his intention to engage in mining,
but he saw- his opjwrtunity to enter another line of industry, for the large
number of mining men created a demand for food supplies that made the
production of any articles of food a profitable source of income. ]\Ir. Wheeler
engaged in raising cattle, with headquarters in San Joaquin county. In this
enterprise he met with prosperity. In the early days he received very high
prices for his cattle and there was always a good market for his stock, for
be raised high grades and retained his patronage through honorable and
correct business principles. He became possessed of a fine ranch of .seven
thousand acres, which he left to his family. It is located in Stanislaus county
and is a very valuable property. In 1861 he sold his cattle and turned his
attention to the raising of sheep, continuing successful in that business up to
the time of his death, having upon his ranch from five to ten thousand sheep.
He was thoroughly conversant with the best methods of conducting such an
industry and his sound judgment and careful management in business afi'airs
liroughl to him an excellent financial return.


111 liis pi.ilitical views Air. W'heekr was a Democrat and socially lie was
identified with the ]\Iasonic fraternity. His home life was a pleasant one
ami was instituted on the 29th of Fehruary, i860, when there was celebrated
his marriage to JMiss Lotivicia Thompson, a native of Virginia. She was
a daughter of John and Mary (Williams) Thompson, both natives of ^'ir-
ginia. By her marriage she became tlie mother of seven children, six of
whom are yet living, namely: Josephine, the wife of J. P. Churchill, of Yreka,
вЦ†California; Samuel Henry, a large stock-raiser, living in Reno, Nevada; May
\'isa, the wife of J. W. Churchill, also a resident of Yreka; Ress Thompson
resides on the home farm ; and the eldest daughter, Mary Ella, is living at In niie.
Alaggie Lee died March 5, 1895, and John Thomas, an attorney, living at
W'inneniucca, Nevada. Mr. Wheeler was a man of the highest probity of
character, his name being synonymous with all honorable dealing. He was
most energetic and enterprising and through the exercise of those cpialities
he gained a place among the substantial citizens of Stanislaus county. His
death occurred on the 17th of October, 1899, when he was seventy-two 3'ears
of age, and he left to his family not only a valuable estate Inn also the price-
less heritage of an untarnished name. His widow still resitles on the ranch
with lier son Rees, and they are together managing the place. He completed
liis literary education in the high school of Oakland, where the family resided
for a number of years, while his business training was received in Heald's
Business College in San Francisco, in which he was graduated in 1891. He
is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is identified with the Benevolent
Order of Elks. In his native county he is highly esteemed in social and busi-
ness circles, being true and faithful to e\-ery duty in every relation of life.
Thoroughly reliable in all his dealings, he possesses the high regard and con-
fidence nf all with whom he has come in contact.


Occupying a position of esteem and prominence in his native state, George
Florian Paclie, the subject of the present review, a physicia.n of the highest
standing, is located in Angel's Camp, Calaveras county, California, engaged
in the practice of his profession. He was born in Stockton, California, June
30, 1865, the eldest son of a family of four boys and two girls, all of whom
are still sur\-iving. Joles P. Paclie, his father, was born in Paris, France, in
183 1, being a lineal descendant of J. Pache, who was the minister of war
in 1792, mayor of Paris in 1793, and an author of a work on metaphysics.
After receiving a collegiate education in Paris, Mr. Pache came to California,
ill 1852, and located in Stanislaus county. In 1858 he went to Stockton, San
Jiiaqnin county, where two years later he was united in marriage with Mary
Elizabeth Chicard, of the old Chicard family, possessors of large landed estates
of Bordeaux, France. After a long and useful career Air. Pache passed away,
in 1894, at the age of sixty-two years.

Dr. Pache was educated in Stockton, receiving his medical education
in Cooper Aledical College, in San Francisco, at which he graduated in 1889,


coniin.c;- to Angers Camp in 1890. His success was immediate, as he possesses
those qualities whicli command the confidence and respect of the community,
combining the kind manner of the physician with the skilled touch of the
surgeon. He has served the county as coroner and public administrator for
two terms of office. He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden W^est,
the Foresters, the Chosen Friends, and the Druids, being examining physician
for all of these fraternal organizations. Besides owning considerable valu-
able property in the neighborhood, he is also a stockholder in the Lightner
and Oriole mines, being a director in the former. A large modern residence,
comliining comfort and luxury and well equipped offices, has recently been
completed. Dr. Pache has hosts of grateful patients and scores of friends,
and is a man most highly esteemed in his part of the state of California.


There is no doubt that the state of California is rich in mineral deposits.
'\\'hen gold was first discovered there and prosi^ectors rushed in from every
point, the necessary implements for search of the yellow metal were few; but
now the machinery required to operate a successful mine is complicated ami
requires a practiced eye and trained intelligence properly and surely to pro-
duce results. The subject of this review has been a miner, is the son of a
miner and so thoroughly understands the science of mining that his appoint-
ment to the i>osition of superintendent of the great Angel's Quartz Alining
Company is but a just reward of merit. He was born in Ouincy. Plumas
county. California. January 11, 1862, and was a son of John R. Buckbee.
who came to California during the gold excitement. He was of Holland
ancestry, was born in Xew ^'ork city, in 1828, and died July 25, 1872. He
was an educated man, a lawyer by profession and after an experimental sea-
son in mining, in Hangtown, removed into Plumas county and there opened
a law office. His ability was so great that he was soon made district attorney
and later was honored by an election to the state legislature. In 1854 he
returned east, going by way of the isthmus, his previous trip having been
around the Horn, and in central New York married Miss Malana Sears, a
dauglUer of Thomas Sears, a veteran of the war of 18 12. Four years later
he crossed the plains to his old home in Plumas county, where he again
engaged in the practice of his profession. Previous to the war of the Rebel-
lion he had been a Democrat, but then joined the Republican party and ever
after took a deep interest in the affairs of the nation. Air. Buckbee was
an old and valued member of the Masonic fraternity, holding its highest de-
grees. Mrs. Buckbee survived her talented husband for many years, her
death having occurred January 16. 1900, in San Francisco. Six children were
the result of this marriage, four of whom are surviving: .Mva C, now in the
custom-house in San Francisco; Lorna, a resident of the same city; and'
the remaining sister of our subject. Flora S., is the wife of Thomas H.
Revnolds, who is the state manager of the Western Union Telegraph Com-
])any and is also a resident of San Francisco.


O. S. Buckl.)ee was educated in the public schools of San Francisco and
for a number of years was in the treasury department of the government, at
Washington city, also serving in San Francisco. He has made mining the
business of his life for the past thirteen years, having mined and studied
mines in British Columbia, in .\laska, and in Washington, as well as his
native state. In 1898 he came to take charge of the mining property of the
present company at Angel's Camp, since wdiich time he has been fully em-
ployed in looking after its interests. It is very valuable property and he is
preparing to penetrate to lower levels.

Mr. Buckbee was married June 15, 1900, to Aliss Edna L. Bryan, a
daugh.ter of Joseph Bryan, a relative of William J. Bryan, the presidential
nominee. She was born in San Andreas February 27, 1876.

A stanch and outspoken Republican, Mr. Buckbee does all he can in sup-
port of his party. He is proud of his state, anxious and willing to exert
every influence to profit her, and is one of the men best fitted in the world for
the position he holds.


A resident of IMilton, Isaac Xewton Xeely dates his connection with
California from 1852 and is a pioneer liveryman in the town in which he
makes his home. He was born in Greeenville, ]\Iercer county, Pennsylvania,
on the 1 2th of September, 1830, and is of Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch
descent. His grandfather, David Neely, with four brothers left the Green
Isle of Erin for the new world and took up their abode in South Carolina,
taking part in the events which formed the early annals of the state. John
Neely, the eldest son of David Neely and the father of our subject, was
born in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, the family having in the meantime left
the Keystone state. There he was reared and after attaining his majority
he married Miss Martha Simpkins, a daughter of Peter Simpkins, one of the
early settlers of \Vestmoreland county. After their marriage they removed
to Grant county, Wisconsin, taking up their abode there in 1847, when Wis-
consin was still a territory. The father was a resident of that locality
throughout his remaining days, and on the 4th of July, 1854, he passed away,
at the age of forty-eight. His good wife survived him for some time,
attaining the age of three-score years and ten. This worthy coui^le were
the parents of. nine children, but Isaac Newton Neely is now the only one in

He was a j-oung man of twenty-two when he crossed the plains for the far
west, traveluig in a train composed of thirty wagons. On the 26th of April,
1852. they crossed the JMississippi river, on the seventeenth of May the Mis-
souri river and on they traveled over hot sands and through the mountain
passes until they reached the Humtoldt, when Mr. Neely left the ]Darty and
drove the first team that ever co\-ered the distance from one end of the Honey
Lake \alley to the other. He arrived in Shasta county on the 20tb of August,
18^2, and there began mining, but soon afterward was taken ill with v;hills and


fever. He starled fur Sacramento during the holidays, but was so ill that
the party with which he traveled camped at what is now known as Red
Bluff. There they spent the winter, living on venison and using ground
barley for coffee. ;\lr. Xeely was in a very critical condition and other
members of the party suffered with small]3ox. They endured many hard-
ships and trials that winter, but on the Oth of March, 1853. he had recovered
sufficiently to return to Shasta, whence he made his way to W'eaverville, going
afterward to W'hiskytown, where he engaged in conducting a hotel through
the summer, making considerable money. Jn the fall of the same year he
engaged in mining at Jackass Flat, and also followed mining near Bidwell's
Bar on Feather river. There was no rain, however, and as the water supply
was low ^Ir. Xeely went to Hangtown, where he engaged in mining through-
out the winter of 1853, meeting with very poor success, however. Possess-
ing considerable skill as a violinist, he engaged to play at night until twelve
o'clock, receiving five dollars each evening for his services. He would follow
mining through the day, often working in the rain, but fate did not seem to
vouchsafe him much return for his labor in that direction and he accordingly
changed his occupation.

His great fondness for dancing led some of the residents of the locality
to solicit him to establish a dancing school and for two years he made con-
siderable money in that way. In 1856 he went to Volcano, Amador county,
where he again took up mining, remaining there until 1858, investing his
money in a tunnel, which proved a failure. Mr. Xeely next followed team-
ing from Sacramento to Jackson, Sutter Creek and Volcano, and his industry
in that work brought to him gratifyng prosperity during the ten years in
which he followed the business, as there were no railroads and all goods had
to be hauled by team and the price of trans])ortation was high. On abandon-
ing that work he engaged in logging for the Eureka. Amador and other
mines in the vicinity of Sutter creek and in that business he lost between five
and six thousand dolars. In 1872 he moved his family to Sacramento in
order to afford his children good educational privileges, and there he acce]ited
a position in the store of Booth & Company, while later he was employed in
the hardware store of Gillis Mott & Company. He opened a livery stable
in Copperopolis in 1883. conducting it successfully for seven years, when he
sold out for fifty-five himdred dollars. He then established his livery barn
in Milton, in 1892, and purchased the livery stable in Jackson in 1898. Both
are conducted under the name of the Pioneer Livery. Mr. X'eely is an expe-
rienced horseman who keejjs good stock and does a reliable and successful Inisi
ness, his earnest desire to please his iiatrons securing to him the liberal .sup-
port of the pui^lic. He has a wide and increasing acquaintance among the
pioneers of the state.

On the last day of January, 1858, Mr. Xeely had married Miss Sarah
Williams, of Volcano, and to them have been born six children: Walter P.,
who lived to be thirty-seven years of age and died October 15. 1897: May
Irene, the wife of Elijah Thomas, a resident of Sonora, California: Robert
William, who is in Retlding, California; Mattie, the wife of Frank Schotell,


a resident of San Francisco; Hattie, who resides in Xew \'ork city; and
Edward, wlio makes his home at Ano^el's Camp. While the family were
residing- in Sacramento the mother died, in 1877, after a happy married life
of nineteen years. In 1883 Mr. Neely was united in marriage with Mrs.
Maria IMartin. a native of Boston, Massachusetts. By her former marriage
she had three children: Richard, wlm is now in the recorder's office in San
Francisco; Ella, the wife of Hon. A. Caminetti, of Jackson, Amador county;
and Henrietta, whose very superior vocal powers have awakened the highest
admiration. She is now pursuing her studies in Paris. Mr. and Mrs. Xeelv
have a delightful home in Milton and its generous hospitality is enjoyed hv
a larg-e circle of friends. Mrs. Xeely is a memher of the Congregational
church and is a lady of refinement and culture. He is a prominent member
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all the chairs in
both branches, of that fraternity. In 1856 he voted for Fremont and has
since been a stanch Republican. He has passed through many vicissitudes
in his business career, has met reverses and encountcrecl many trials, but by
persistent purpose has overcome these and has adxanced to a creditable standing-
as one of the substantial residents of his community.


Tli(}se characteristics of the Scotch race which in many ways ha\'e made
it predominant wherever it has obtained a foothold, have been influential upon
the fortunes of the family of Jack, of which James S. Jack, the county clerk,
auditor and recorder of Calaveras county, California, is a representative. Mr.
Jack is a native of the Golden state and was born in Fresno county, October
20, T872. a son of James B. and Maria (Uriell) Jack. His great-grandfa-
ther in the paternal line came early from England to Virginia; and Thomas
Jack, his grandfather, was born there, but passed most of his life in Ten-
nessee. James B. Jack, a son of Thomas Jack and father of James S. Jack,
was born in Tennessee in 1838, and in 1856, at the age of eighteen years,
crossed the plains to California and located in Calaveras county, where the
town of Sheep Ranch has since come into existence but wdrere there was at
that time nothing but a comparatively small mining camp. He mined there,
but was not lucky and became a farmer in San Joaquin county. Later he
was an early settler in Fresno county, where he devoted himself to farming
and stock raising. He died as the result of an accident November 16, 1895,
aged fifty-se\-cn. and his widnw. nnw fifty years old. lives with her son at
San Andreas. The\- were married in San Joaquin county, in 1865, and had
two children: James S. Jack, the subject of this sketch; and a daughter named
Mary, who is now Mrs. E. R. Campbell, of Angel's Camp, Calaveras county.

James S. Jack was educated in the public schools of San Joaquin county
and was graduated at the business college at Stockton, in the class of 1890,
and after that he engaged in mercantile business at Angel's Camp, which lie
managed successfully from 1891 until November, 1898, when he was elected
to his present office, in which he has given the greatest satisfaction to his


fellow citizens, understaiuling its duties thoroughly and treating with the
greatest courtesy all who ha\e relations with him. He is held in high re-
gard as a business man and has a wide and valuable acquaintance, and he
is especially popular as a Knight of Pythias.


One of the oldest and most successful merchants at San Andreas, Cala-
veras count}^ California, is the gentleman whose name is the title of this sketch,
and who came to California in 1854 and has been a citizen of the state for
forty-six yeaKS.

Mr. Whitlock came of English ancestors, who settled in America in the
pre-Revolutionary period. Ephraim James Whitlock. his father, a native of
the state of New York, married Miss Mary Gertrude Morris, also a native of
of the Empire state, descended from English forefathers, and lived in Brook-
lyn, Xew York, until he died in 1836, leaving a widow and six children. His
wife lived to be seventj'-four years old, and Charles Morris Wliitlock. born
in Brooklyn, New York, November 5, 1835, is the only surviving member
of his family. Mr. Whitlock was educated in Brooklyn and in 1854, when in
his nineteenth year, came to California, by way of the isthmus of Panama, a
poor youth in search of fortune, with no capital save energy, integrity and
education. His voyage to California was not marked by any event worthy
of note save the burial at sea of several passengers who had fallen victims
to the Panama fever.

]\Ir. Whitlock mined at San Andreas, with varying success, until T859.
when he entered the service of the Butterfiekl Mail Company in Arizona. His
duty brought him in contact with Indians, with whom he traded extensively,
buying the grain raised on their reservation and paying them largely in mer-
chandise of different kinds. The grain he purchased was used chiefly to feed
the horses of the mail company employed over one hundred miles of its route.
In 1861 he was sent by the company to Ruby \'alley, Nevada, and while there
attended not only to the business he was sent to look after, but to the feeding,
at the company's expense, of Shoshone Indians, whom he found in great

He was sent by the ciinii)any to San Juse in iSoj. where lie remained
until that ])lace had cuunection by railroad with the outsiiie world, when he
returned to San .Andreas and for a time had charge of the affairs of Judge
Stevens, and was given the management of the telegraph office and of the
post-office and made the local agent of the \\'ells-Farg-o Express Company. He
opened a store in 1870. on the site of his present large two-story brick store and
office structure, the ujjper portion of which is occupied by prominent lawyers
of San Andreas, and he accommodates also the telegraph office and postoffice.
He carries a lai-ge stock of general merchandise, an(l by a liberal policy and a
system of fair dealing has achieved a marked success. His home and the
gruunds surrounding it are as attractixe as any in the town and attest his taste

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