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Artley, of Jamestown, and Katie, who married \\'illiam Baker. All of j\Ir.
Sharp's children live near him in Tuolumne county and he esteems it a pri\-
ilege to Ije able to see them often and is justly proud of the fact that they are
all respected by all who know them. The family are all faithful members of
the Catholic church. ]\Ir. Sharp is a Republican and is a faithful worker for
the interests of his party, but he is not a jxilitician in the sense of desiring to
hold public office. His life has been an upright, industrious and useful one
and liis large circle of friends rejoice with him in its material rewards,
because all who know him knuw how richly he deserves them.


In e\ery part of the United States natives of \"irginia have made their
mark, and this is no less true of California than of the south, of the middle
west and of the east. John C. Early, one of the most respected citizens of
Calaveras county, was born on his father's fann in Franklin county, \'irginia,
in 1830, and is a member of one of the most respectable families of that state,
his grandfather and the grandfather of (leneral Jubal A. Early, of the Con-
federate army, having been brothers. Melchizedek Early, the father of John
C. Early, was born in ^^irginia also, and married Louisa Ferguson, a native
of that state. In 1835. after they had had three children born in Virginia,
Mr. and Mrs. Early, with their little family, started for Pike county, Missouri,
and Mrs. Early died by the way in St. Charles county. Mr. Early died in
Pike county in 1865. the day after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to
General Grant. He had then attained his sixty-sixth year and recalled with
regret the days when his people had been wealthy and influential planters in
the south.

John C. Early, who is the only surviving member of his family, crossed
the plains to California in 1850, with horses and mules and arrived at "Hang-
town" August I. His party c<Misisted of himself and eight other young men,
and ti-.ey had two wagons, with four teams to each, and were well armed,
but were not molested liy any one and made the journey without any unusual
adventure. Mr. Early jiassed the winter of 1850-51 at Auburn. Placer county.
an<l early in the year last mentioned began mining on the north fork of the


American i-i\-er ami did well. The following year he mined 011 Randolph
P"lat, Xe\ada county, with satisfactory results, taking tnit in one day one hun-
dred and seventy-ti\-e dollars' worth of ore. Then he tried and made a failure
of farming in Colusa county and resumed mining. In July, 1856, he went
to Oroville and mined there, meeting with good fortune. In November of
that year he went to San Andreais, where he continued mining until 1863.
The war between the north and the south was now well advanced, and, being
a southerner by birth, he deemed it his duty to bear arms in defense of south-
ern principles. Accordingly, returning to Missouri, he enlisted in Company
E. Second Regiment jMissouri ^Mounted Riflemen, and served under General
Forrest in Alississippi, Alabama and Florida, participating in the battle of
Tupelo, Mississippi, and in many other engagements and skirmishes, with-
out receiving a wound and serving continuouslj^ until after the surrender of
General Lee. At the close of hostilities Mr. Early took the oath of allegiance
to the United States and has since been a thorough American, knowing no
north and no south.

He remained in Missouri until 1871, and then returned to California and
liecame one of the owners of the Sheep Ranch mine, one of the dividend-
])aying properties of Calaveras county, and after considerable wealth had been
taken out of it he sold his interest in it to Haggin and his associates for one
hundred and eight thousand dollars, and the mine has yielded good profits to
this day. Mr. Early has other valuable mining interests and has proved him-
self a Inisiness man of much abilit)-.

In jS8o Mr. Early married Miss ^Mar}' ]\I. Steel, a native of Placer
ci:iunt\- and a daughter of John Steel, a prominent citizen, a biographical
sketch (if whom appears elsewhere in this work, and has a pleasant home at
San -Vndreas in which to spend the evening of an eventful and successful life.
]Mr. and Mrs. Early have two daughters. Rhoda and Mary, whose presence
adds attractiveness to their parents' home. ]\Ir. Early is a life-long Demo-
crat and is influential in the councils of his party, and he is a prominent mem-
ber I if the Masonic fraternity, and he and his family occupy a high place in
the esteem (if his fellow citizens. He has several times visited his former
homes in Virginia and ^Missouri.


\\'ith two of the most important industries that have contributed to the
fleveldpment and prosperity of the far west — mining and merchandising —
I\Ir. Sanguinetti has long been identified. His entire life has been passed on
the Pacific coast and the spirit of enterprise and progress so characteristic
of the west is manifest in his life. He resides at Vallicita, where he was
born April 21, 1864, a son of John Sanguinetti, who, as the name indicates,
was a native of sunny Italy. In the year 1850 he became a resident of Cali-
fornia and engaged in mining in Vallicita, meeting with only moderate suc-
cess, however. At the present time he is living retired from business cares.
L'ndcr the soft Italian skies he was married to Rosie Canappa. also a native


ut Iial}-. 'J~lie_v l)ecame the parents of ilie folldwing chiklrcii, namely: John;
Catherine, who died at the age ut thirty-tive years, leaving live clnidren ;
i\iary, now the wife of Angelo Maiatesta; Luke; Richard; Daniel, wtiu died
in his seventeenth year; Henry, Charles and Louis.

In taking up the personal history of Luke Sanguinetti we present to our
readers the record (jf one who is widely known in Cala\eras county. The
public schools of his native town afYorded him his educational privileges.
The greater part of the ix)pulation of Calaveras county are identified w-ith
mining interests and thus our subject entered upon his business career. He
worked for wages, later mined on his own account and is now financially
interested in various mining properties, including the Mountain Eagle mine,
the Manitou mine and the Gold Hill quartz mine, all producing properties.
Li 1892 he had the opportunity of purchasing at a bargain a large general-
merchandising store in \'allicita and has since successfully managed that busi-
ness. He carries a large stock of everything demanded by the people of the
town and vicinity and enjoys the patronage of many customers. He has a
large fire-proof building in which he carries on business, and an extensive
warehouse in which his surplus stock is stored.

In 1895 Mr. Sanguinetti was united in marriage to Miss Martha Mitchell,
one of the native daughters of Vallicita, her father being A. M. Mitchell, one
of California's early settlers. She assists her husband in the store and is
a very agreeable saleslady. Our subject has been a life-long Democrat, but
the honors and emoluments of public office have no attraction for him. He
is an expert mining man and finds great pleasure as well as ))rofit in gold min-
ing. In all his business relations he has commanded the confidence and good
will of his fellow men by his honorable and systematic methods, his fairness
and hi.': enterprise. He carries forward to successful completion whatever he
undertakes and as the result of his sound judgment and unfaltering industry
he is now accounted one of the substantial representatives of mercantile and
mining interests of the state of his nativity.


The vicissitudes of the miner are illustrated in the career of nearly every
Californian. Some who came for gold and failed to find it remained to grow-
up with the country, and many who did so acquired in one way or another
mining properties more valuable than they sought at first. \Mlliam H. Stef-
fler has a career in California which dates back forty-five years. He was
born in Wurtenjberg. Germany, July 24, 1837. a son of Henry and Frances
CBrandecker) Steffler. who are members of two. old German families. His
father died in 1849, leaving a widow and only child in comfortable circum-
stances for the time being, but with the prospect of having sooner or later
to look out for themselves. The boy had begun to acquire an education at
the age of six years and soon gained, besides a knowledge of mathematics and
German, some knowledge of French, Greek and Latin. By the time he
was fifteen years old he was very well equipped educationally to undertake the


battle of life. and. his mother having already come to the United States, he
joined her at Xew Orleans, in 1S52. and was there employed for a year as
a clerk in a grocer}\ He then became an office boy in the St. Charles Hotel
and was employed in that celebrated house for several years, saving enough
money to pay his way to California. He started early in 1855, going by the
Nicaragua route, and landed at San Francisco May 27. He went directly
to Sacramento city, where he was employed in a restaurant at forty dollars
per month, but he was soon caught by the mining fever and after two months'
stay th.ere went to Mokelumne Hill, but did not immediately engage in min-
ing. He found employment in a restaurant and in January, 1856. went to
San Andreas and began mining on his own placer claims. His gains were
small, however, and did not equal good wages, though he took out one day
ore worth thirty-five dollars and at another time he and a partner took out
fifty-five dollars' worth in one day. He continued mining with varying suc-
cess until 1864, wdien he was quite ready to go to w^ork on salary again and'
accepted a clerkship in the store of J. Banq, at San Andreas, which he retained
for five years, at the expiration of which time he found other employment.
His mother came to him in 1872. and he bought a ranch near San Andreas
and engaged in farming. Later he mined again, then became a salesman in
the store of Dasso & Tiscornia, at San Andreas. From that position he
again went to the mines and he has been interested in mining one way or
another to the present time. As far back as 1861 a friend of his put his
name on a copper-mining claim near Altaville. Mr. Steffler has owned that
mine to the present time, and he also owns fourteen-fifteenths of the stock
in the German Ridge mine which adjoins it, and these holdings in their
entiret}' constitute a valuable mining propery.

^Tr. Steffler is a Republican, and in 1888 was elected the treasurer of
Calaveras county by his party and was re-elected in 1890. 1892, 1894 and
189S, and in the two elections last mentioned had no opposition. His care
for details, bis accuracy and the courtesy with which he treats all who ha\-e
business at his office combine to make him a model county treasurer, and there
are many who predict that he will l^e again elected to the jjosition. Mr. Steffler
has passed the chairs in both branches of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, was first noble grand, and. a charter member of the lodge of Rebekah
at San Andreas, was district deputy in 1883 and has re]iresented the order
in the grand lodge of the state. He ranks high as a citizen and is personally
one of the most popular men in the county.


Modesto, Stanislaus county. California, has several old business men
who have been identified with its leading interests in nearly all ))erio(ls of its
progressive history, and there is not one of them who is held in higher e?teem
than Herman Christ, who established the Modesto liakery in 1873 and has
managed it continuously and successfully ever since.

Herman Christ was born in Frankenhausen am Kypfhauscr in Germany.


Septeni1)er 20, 1844. a son of Allnnus and Amelia Clirist. natives of the "fatli-
erland." Albinos Christ was a forwarding agent, a member of the Lutheran
church and a man of high character, who lived to be seventy years old.
His good wife, also a Lutheran, died in her thirty-si.xth year. Herman
Christ was educated in Germany and came to the United States in 1864 and
located in Philadelphia, where he was employed as a baker for two years. In
1866 he came to California, by way of the isthmus. He worked at his trade
at Stockton and San Francisco until 1873, when he came to Modesto and
purchased the lot on which his fine business block now stands. He opened
his bakery in February of the year mentioned in a small building which siood
on the lot and which was later destroyed by fire. He purchased an adjoining
lot, thus acquiring a frontage of fifty feet, and in 1891 built upon the prop-
erty a good brick structtu'e, one-half of the ground floor of which is occupied
by his bakery, the other half by a grocery, the upper stories being fitted up
for use as a lodging house. Mr. Christ owns another good business building
in the town, that in which the hall of the Druids is located, and has eight
acres adjoining the town line on which he grows oranges and grapes. He
is a man of much public spirit and is active and influential in local politics
as a Democrat and has served the city as trustee for five years. He is an
Odd Fellow, a Druid and a Knight of Pythias, and has been the treasurer
of his lodge of Odd Fellows and prominent in his encampment, and has been
the treasurer also of the Druidical body with which he is identified, and is
respected not only in fraternal circles but in social and business circles as
well. He has advanced to his present good station in life by honesty, industry
and perse\-erance and richly deserves the success he has achieved.

In 1873 jNIr. Christ married INIiss Amalia Simon, who was born in
Niederalben, Rheinpreuhsen, Germany, who bore him seven children, two of
whom are living, viz. : Annie and Bertha. Their mother died in 1886. The
following year Mr. Christ married ^Irs. Charlotte ^^uller, a sister of his first
wife, who has a son by the name of Philip Muller. iiy her union with Mr.
Christ she has one son, named Ernest.


Prominent business interests in and at Carter's, Tuolumne county, Cali-
fornia, are in the hands of a class of men many of whom are young and
some are natives of the state. Frederick H. Baker, of the firm of Baker
Brothers, ])roprietors of the Baker Hotel at Carter's, and part owners of
the town-site of that fast-growing place, was born at Carter's, December 4,
1875. a son of Rock Baker, who was lK)rn and reared in Canada and came
in 1865 to California, where lie was happily married to Miss Lizzie Ingalls,
a native of Ireland.

In 1873 Mr. and Mrs. Baker located at Carter's, on a farm which Mr.
Baker purchased and which is now a part of the town-site and on which he
farmed until his retirement from active business. He now lives with his
son, Mrs. Baker having died in 1885, at the age of thirty-five years, leaving


memories to luisband and children nt a faithful wife and indulgent mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Baker had se\en children, four of whom died in infancy. The
three surviving children are Laura Belle, born April i, 188^; Joseph Frank-
lin, born September it,. 1873 • ^"^1 Frederick H., — all of whom are well known
and highly resi>ected at Carter's. In July, 1888, Mr. Baker again married,
his choice Ijeing Miss Mary E. Murphy, and to them was born one child,
named Roy. In the spring of 1894 ^Ir. Baker was legally separated from
his wife, and the courts gave Mrs. Baker the custody of the child, which she
later had christened under the name oi \\oy Connolly, taking the name of
her present husband.

iMederick H. Baker has passed all his life thus far at Carter's, where
he was educated in the public schools. April 20, 1897, he and his brother,
Joseph F. Baker, bought the hotel since known as the Baker House, which
is the oldest hotel at Carter's. It is a large, conveniently arranged building,
with a frontage of one hundred and twenty-six feet, extending back sixty
feet from the street and containing forty-eight well furnished rooms, and its
location is central and convenient. Under the management of the Baker
Brothers this hotel has lieen very successful and ha.s gained an enviable repu-
tation among the traveling public. The real-estate interests of the brothers
are considerable and they have bought one hundred and seventy-four busi-
ness and residence lots in the old and new town (for Carter's is growing
from its original site toward the railroad), and are doing much towani the
general development of the town, and also own several good' undeveloped
mining claims. Joseph F. Baker married Miss Kate Kennedy and the two
brothers and their father all li\e at the hotel and with ]Mrs. Joseph Baker
give personal attention to the management of the Ii<iuse. The family is
a most respectable one, well and widely known throughout the state, and
the Ijakers. father and suns, are influential Republicans but are not ofhce-
seekevs for themseh'es.


Tlie rich fields and the bmad ))rairies df California afford excellent
op])ortunities to the agriculturists and stuck-raisers. Mr. Kuhn now owns
and operates a large farm in Felix ])ost-ofhce, in Calaveras county. He was
born in Prussia, on the 20th of August, 1828. and his ancestors for several
generations resided in that land. His parents were James P. and Barbara
(Cook) Kuhn. The father died at the age of fifty-nine years, and the
niiither afterward crossed the .\tlantic to Xew York with her two sons and
three daughters. They remained in the east for ten months and thence
crossed the plains with horse teams to California, being three months upon
the way from Council Bluffs to Stockton. John, the only brother of our
subject, was drowned on the journey, and other than this they met with no
serious trouble on tlie journey, .\fter arriving- at their destination the chil-
dren worked at wliate\'er they could get to do to provide for their own sup-
port ai.d for the support nf their mother. .She died in the sixty-sixth year of


her age, and only two of tlie family now survive. The sister of our sub-
ject, Lena, is the wife of Jacob \\'agoner and a resident of Stockton.

Frank Kuhn, whose name introduces this sketch, took up his abode
upon his present farm in September, 1856, securing a squatter's right li">
one hundred and sixty acres of land, on which he made many improvements,
building a good frame residence and several barns. As his financial resources
ha\e increased he has judiciously invested his money in land, and at one
time his ranch comprised three thousand acres. Some of this he has since
given to his sons and he now has twenty-three hundred acres. For twenty-
two years he was successfully engaged in the sheep-raising business, having
as high as ten thousand head of sheep at one time. His average number,
ho\ve\er, was about two thousand, and he also has nearl)^ four hundred head
of cattle in his pastures. There are also several fine gold prospects on his
land, which he is now developing. It is entirely through his own unaided
industry that he has become one of the most prosperous agriculturists in the
count}', having a handsome competence that now supplies him with all the
comforts that go to make life worth living.

^Ir. Kuhn was happily married, in Chicago, Illinois, in 1853, to Miss
Catherine Even, a native of Luxembourg, Germany, and unto them in Cali-
loi;iia have been born five children, namely: Frank \V. ; John W. ; Lena,
the wife of William Bach: Josephine, the wife of Robert Callehan: and Cath-
erine, now the wife of Peter J. Prowse. John is still at home and assists his
father in the management of the farm. There are also seven grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn were reared in the Catholic faith. In politics he is a
Democrat, but has never sought or desired office, his attention being given in
an undivided manner to his business affairs, ^^'e often marvel at the suc-
cess of young men of American birth who work their way upward, but cen-
tainly still greater credit is due to those who come from foreign lands and
have to learn our customs, methods and manners of doing business. Mr.
Kuhn. however, readily adajited himself to new conditions, and his life illus-
trates most forcibly the ])ossil)ilities that lie before young men and the reward
that n;ay be earned through indefatigable effort and laudable ambition.


The efficient scrxicc intrusted to Mr. Dunhq) is one which calls forth the
character of the man. (lis])1aying his ability, fidelity and trustworthiness.
He is now serving as the manager of the stock at the Preston School for Boys
near Tc;ne, and is a well known and highly esteemed resident of that city.

From all sections of the Union California has gained her citizens, and
among those whom \\'isconsin has furnished to the Golden state is num-
bered Mr. Dunlap, who was born on the 19th of April. 1845. He is of
Dutch and Irish lineage, his ancestors having come to this country in the
Mayficnver. His great-grandfather. John Dunlap. resided in New York and
his father. George Dunlap. was born in Onondaga county, that state. He
removed to Sauk c<-)unty. Wisconsin, and there was united in marriage to


Aliss Christianna Hatch, by wliom he had se\eii children. In 1872 the mother
died, at the age of forty-eight years. Slie was an excellent woman whose
earnest Christian life exemplified her belief in the Baptist faith. Mr. Dunlap
followed farming in W'isconsin until the spring of 1874, when he came to
California and located at Silver Mountain, in Alpine county. His death
occurred at ]\Iurphey's. Santa Clara county, in 1894, when he had reached
the eightieth milestone on life's journey. He voted with the Republican
party and was a worthy citizen, his characteristics being such as commanded
■confidence and esteem. With one exception all of his children are living.
^Ir. Dunlap of this review was educated in Wisconsin, and wdien he
entered upon his business career followed the pursuit to which he had been
reared, that of farming. The year 1870 witnessed his arrival in California.
Two years later, in Carson City, Nevada, Miss Ella Ford became his bride.
She was a daughter of Richard H. Ford, a native of New Hampshire, who
came to the Golden state in 1853. He is a representative of one of the pio-
neer families of New England, his ancestors having been among the first
settlers of Plymouth, Massachusetts. For many years he was actively identi-
fied with the ministry of the Methodist church and is still living, at the
advanced age of ninety years, making his home with Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap.
By the marriage of our subject and his W'ife eight children have been born,
of whom six are living, namely: Ethel, now the wafe of ^^'illiam Musser;
Francis, Belle, James, Fred and Helen, — all wath their parents. JMrs. Dunlap
is an acti\"e and valued member of the Methodist church, doing much to
promote its work and upbuilding. Since 1872 i\lr. Dunlap has been a worthy
and acceptable member of the Independent Order of Odd, has filled
all of its chairs and has exemplified its beneficent principles in his daily life.
He is also a Forester, and his eldest son, James, is a past president of a Parlor
of Native Sons and a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Prominent in^ the ranks of the
Republican party, ]\Ir. Dunlap of this review has done efficient service in its
behalf as a member of the county central committee. At the Preston School
he was for a number of years assistant electrician and is now- the manager
of this stock. He is a very active and capable man and has made his services
of great \-alue in the management of the Preston School for Boys.


Out of the depths of his mature wisdom Carlyle wrote, "History is the
essence of innumerable liiographies ;" and Macaulay has said. "The history
of a nation is best told in the lives of its people." It is therefore fitting that
the sketches of California's eminent and distinguished men should find a
place in this volume, and to the number belongs Judge William Alexander
Anderson, a resident of Sacramento. He holds a distinguished position as a
member of the bar and has gained high honors in the prosecution of his
chosen profession by reason of the marked ability with wliich he conducts
his litisrated interests.


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