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3'ears of age and during much of the journey he walked, driving his uncle's
loose stock. He enjoyed the free life very much, although the journey con-
tinued for six months. Bufifaloes were killed on the plains and thus the
party was provided with fresh meat. Mr. Snedigar has always looked back
to tiiat trip with pleasure. As a boy he had lived upon the farm, never
going away from home except for visits in the neigbliorhood, and it was
an entirely new and ])leasant experience. Until he was twenty-two
years of age he resided with his uncle, assisting him in stock-raising. He
then secured one hundred and sixty acres of land, and as his financial resources
have been increased he has added to his property until he now owns sixteen
hundred acres, on which be raises wheat, hay and fruit. He has a good resi-
dence and farm buildings and is one of the ]irominent agriculturists in his


section of the state. Tlie wide fields of grain willr tlieir billowy harvests give
promise of excellent financial return, and the extensive orchards stocked with
fine varieties of fruits are also a source of income.

On the 24th of March, 1864, Mr. Snedigar married Miss Emeline C.
Dotson, a native of jMissouri. and a daughter of John Thomas Dotson, who
with his family came to California in 1853. Mr. Snedigar has had twelve
children, seven of whom are living, namely: ^^■. S., a physician in Stock-
ton, California: Otis ]., who is operating a farm near his father's home;
Dertha. now the wife of Clarence Petty, of Stockton; Olie F., who is a
student in the State University : INIarietta. Catherine and Thomas, who are at
home. The mother died in February, 1897. and in July, 1898, Mr. Snedigar
was again married, his second union being with Miss Hady C. Millark, a
daughter of Julius and Tilla (Waler) ]\Iillark. both natives of Germany, who
came to this country in 1881 and are farmers living in Henry county, Illi-
nois. !\Irs. Snedigar came to California in 1896. Their children are Charles
Hanfred and Lenard Llewellen.

"Sir. Snedigar is a Republican, but the honors and emoluments of public
office have had no attraction for him. He is an active and useful member
of the United Brethren church, serving as one of its trustees and superintendent
of the Sunday-school. He gives his support to every measure and movement
calculated to prove of public benefit along material, intellectual and moral lines.
For forty-eight years he has been a resident of California and is widely and
favoralily known throughout the northern portion of the state.


When a man. or a select number of men. has set in motion the occult
machinery of business, which materializes into a thousand forms of practical
utility, or where they have carved out a fortune or a name from the common
possibilities, open for competition to all, there is a public desire, which should
be gratified, to see the men. so nearly as a portrait and a word artist can paint
them, and examine the elements of mind and the circumstance? by which such
results have been achieved. The subject of this sketch finds an appropriate
place in the history of those men of business and enterprise in the state of
California. His career has not been helped by accident or luck, or wealth or
family or powerful friends. He is. in its broadest sense, a self-made man,
being both the architect and builder of his own fortune.

Lorenzo Dow Adams is a native of Beloit, Wisconsin, born on the 5tb. of
April. 1846. His father. William Norton Adams, was born in Rochester.
New York, and wedded Miss Mary Vine, a native of Norwich, England. He
was a carpenter, builder and millwright and in 1852 he came to California
by way of the Nicaragua route. The vessel on which he took passage sailed to
Greytown, and witii others he there obtained a boat and rowed up the Chag-
res river. He spent a number of months at Lake Nicaragua and then
came on a steamer to San Francisco, after which he went to Nevada county
and engaged in mining at ten dollars per day. He saved his money and soon


sent for liis family, consisting of his wife and five children, who joined him in
1857. They made the journey by the isthmus route and soon were established
in their new home in the Golden state. The children were : John Ouincy ; Anna,
now the wife of Aleck Miller; Benjamin Franklin, who is in Oregon; William
Perry, who is engaged in the butchering business at Sheridan; and Lorenzo
Dow. 'i hey settled in Nevada county above Bear river, where the father had
secured a farm. In 1874 they removed to Sheridan and engaged in the hotel
business, conducting a good house at that place until 1886. The father then
went to Oregon, where he secured a claim and for a number of years spent his
time in that state and in California, but he died at Sheridan in 1892, at the age
of se\-enty-six years. He was a very industrious and energetic man, a good
citizen, a faithful husband and father, and those who knew him respected him
for his sterling worth. His wife passed away several years previous to his

Lorenzo Dow Adams, whose name introduces this record, was only
eleven j^ears of age when he arrived in California. He had attended school
in the Empire state and continued his studies in Grass Valley, Nevada county.
Under the parental roof lie remained until twenty-one years of age, when he
began to earn his own livelihi"Hl ilrniiiL; a team. A little later he began ped-
dling in the counties of Sierra. Xe\ada and Placer. This was not an inde-
pendent venture, however, as he was employed by a merchant. He worked
for wages for three years and then took out a load of goods to sell on com-
mission. His industry and enterprise enabled him to add to his capital and in
February, 1881, with the money which he had acquired through his own efforts
he opened a small store in Sheridan, where he continued in business until 1888.
In August of that }'ear he became identified with the mercantile interests in
Lincoln and has since been the proprietor of a general mercantile store at this
jjlace, where, as the result of his close application to business and straight-
forward methods, he has met with gratifying success. He carries a large
stock of everything found in a first-class establishment of the kind and is a very
iwpular as well as prosperous business man of his town. His trade is con-
stantly increasing and has reached extensive proportions.

Recognizing the obligations of citizenship and the responsibility that de-
volves upon those to whom is given the right of franchise, Mr. Adams keeps
well informed on political affairs and gives his support to the Republican
party. In April, 1898, he was elected a trustee of Lincoln and was chosen by
the board to act as its president, in which capacity he is still serving. In the
same year he was elected as one of the supervisors of the county and is now the
incumbent in both offices. He is very active in every enterprise intended to
improve and upbuild the town and his official prerogatives have been exercised
in support of all measures for the general good. His is a spirit of earnest
loyalty and one which has gained high commendation. Mr. Adams also has
a number of gold-mining interests both in California and Alaska, and he is
also a stockholder in an oil company in Fresno county, California, and the
president of the Lincoln Oil Company.

In 1881 Mr. Adams was united in marriage to Miss Ida \'. Williams,


a native of Michigan Bluff, Placer county, and their union has Ijeen blessed
with two sons and two daughters. The daughters, Mabel D. and Myrtle V.,
are still living, but the sons have passed away, Elmer having died in infancy,
while Earl Frederick died at the age of ten months. Mr. Adams was bereft
of his wife on the i6th of August, 1895. She and her daughters were driv-
ing in a carriage when the horse became unruly and backed over a steep place,
causing her death. She was a woman of splendid attainments and of marked
refinement. She was a valued and consistent member of the Methodist church
and greatly beloved by all who knew her. Mr. Adams was again married on
the 31st of January, 1896, his second union being with Mrs. Arzalia Grossman,
a widow, of Sierra valley. By her former marriage she had a daughter,
Vyone, who is now living with her and Mr. Adams. His record is one which
will bear the closest inspection. His business affairs have ever been conducted
honorably, and the most envious can scarcely grudge him his success, so well
has he earned it. He is kind, unaffected and approachable, and every comer
he regards as having a claim upon his courteous attention.


Charles F. Macy, who for the past thirty years has been the druggist of
Iowa Hill and for a half century has been a respected resident of the state,
•was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on the 4th of October, 1828, and has
therefore passed the Psalmist's span of three-score years and ten. Although
his has ever been an active and useful career he has not yet put aside the cares
of life, and his close identification with commercial pursuits at this time should
put to shame many a man of younger years who, grown weary of life's toils
and struggles, would relegate to others the burdens that he should bear.

Mr. ]\Iacy is of English lineage, representing" a family that was founded
in New England in early colonial days. When his ancestors left the merrie
isle to seek a home in America they took up their abode in Amesbury, Massa-
chusetts, which place they were obliged to leave to avoid persecution for the
acts of harboring and protecting Quakers. Pursued by a fanatical force of
officers, Thomas Macy and wife took refuge in an open boat, and. subjecting
themselves to the mercy of the ocean wave, they followed down the coast until
they discovered and reached the island of Nantucket, which was inhabited by
friendly Indians (a detailed account of which may be found in John G. Whit-
tier's poem, "The E.xiles"). Others followed them and there they found a
home of religious toleration.

The Macys were among the prominent, respected and reliable citizens
of the place and were members of the Quaker church. The grandfather. Job
Macy, and his father. Ale.xander Macy, were both born in Nantucket, and the
latter was for many ^ears the captain on a whaling ship, but for some years
before his death he left the sea and took up the quiet life of the farm at the old
liome of his youth where he attained the ripe old age of eighty-eight years.
His wife, who bore the maiden name of Maria Pinkham, was also a native of
Nantucket, and they became the parents of five sons and one daughter : but only


two of the number are now living, namely : Alexander, a resident of San
Jose, California, now in his eightieth year, and Charles F. The mother passed
away in the eighty-sixth year of her age.

Charles F. Macy acquired his education in the schools of his native town
and remained in the east until allured by the discovery of gold in California.
He started for this Mecca in 1849, making the long voyage around Cape
Horn. He joined a company of twenty-four young men who purchased a
ship and started out with food and such an outfit as they supposed they would
need in their search for gold. They were each permitted to select a young
man to sail with them and who were permitted to work their passage. It was
expected that they would be able to sell the vessel ad\-antageously on reaching
their destination, but after se\eral futile attempts they were obliged to take a
merely nominal sum for it.

Mr. Macy went first to the slate range on the North Yuba, but met with
unsatisfactory returns in his labors there and again went to San Francisco,
where he spent the winter of 1 850-1. In the spring he made his way to the
big bar on the middle fork of the American river, and in the winter of 1852-3
went to Lowell Hill, in Nevada county. There he and three companions had
small minmg claims and on ( mc .iccasii.u ihi_\ wtrc fortunate enough to take
(iUi a nugget worth nine luindixd .l.'llar-,. \i ilii-. place tiiey met with very
gratif}uig success, but, like the niaj«ini\- ni tlic Inave Califurnia pioneers, they
invested their money in the hope of securing still greater returns and lost
much that they had made. At times they were prosperous and again met with
reverses, and in tliis manner Mr. Macy's mining operations continued until
November, 1866, when he arrived at Iowa Hill. Ten years previously this
place had been the fifth in population in the state and was a very prosperous
mining camp until the law put an end to hydraulic mining.. Mr. Macy opened
a store and carried on general merchandising for a number of years, but at
length closed out that enterprise and for thirty-three years has conducted the
only drug store in the town. In this he has been very successful, enjoying a
liberal patronage which comes from Iowa Hill and the surrounding country.
During all the years of his residence in Iowa Hill Mr. Macy has continued
interested in mining, and in the development of the mineral resources of this,
part of the state he has done his full share. He is still a part owner in a num-
ber of valuable mining properties, among which are the Orion, the Rule, the
Success and the Juno. He was one of the organizers of the Iowa Hill Canal
Company, which was formed in 1872 and brought water to the mines, a dis-
tance of twenty-five miles, for hydraulic purposes. This enterprise proved
a very valuable one at the time they were permitted to engage in hydraulic
mining, but at present the great outlay is completely useless.

Mr. Macy's first vote was cast for Franklin Pierce for president of the
United States, but his love of liberty and hatred of oppression led him to
support John C. Fremont for the presidency in 1856. He became one of the
organizers of the Republican party, and during the Civil war was a strong
Union man. He has never wavered in his allegiance to the grand old party
and has been chosen by his fellow townsmen on tliat ticket to the office of


justice of the peace, in wliicli he has served continuously and well for a num-
ber of years. He has also been notary public for a number of years an i is
thoroughly acquainted with the law connected with justice courts. He has
won favorable comment by his ability in drawing up legal papers and contracts
and does all that kind of work in the town. He has also made out the papers
for mining parties and as their attorney has procured many United States
mineral patents to their lands, and is thoroughly acquainted with judicial prin-
ciples concerning all such subjects. ' He is likewise well known for his ability
as a Fourth-of-July orator, for his patriotism and loyalty are of a high order,
and his love for his country has inspired him with an eloquence that cannot
be obtained from beautiful rhetorical phrases, but must rise from the

In 1873 ]Mr, Macy selected for his wife, and was happily married to. Miss
JMary E, Nahor, a native of Nashua, New Hampshire, born June 25, 1845,
of English and Scotch lineage, her ancestors being among the noted early set-
tlers of that colony. She is a direct descendant of Captain Aquilla Chase, who
came to America in 1630. She is also a descendant of the Shattuck family,
which traces its histor}- back to the year 1500 in England. Her great-grand-
father. Captain Joseph Chase, fought in the battle of Bunker Hill and partici-
jjated in the entire struggle for independence. General -Miles, who now stands
at the head of the American army, is also a member of the family. Her father,
Joseph Nahor, came to California in 1849 on the ship Edward Everett,with
Alexander's geological surveying party, their purpose being to locate all the
gold in this state; but nearly all of them died poor. Soon after arriving in the
state he left the party, and in the winter of 1 850-1 he located at Auburn, camp-
ing in front of the present site of the American Hotel. !Mrs. Macy came to
California in 1857, when she was twelve years old. Her father died at or near
Iowa Hill, in 1871, in the sixty-fifth j-ear of his age. Her mother still sur-
vives and is now living with Mrs. Macy, in the eighty-ninth jear of her age.
The esteemed wife of our subject spent her early girlhood days and acquired
her education in the schools of Massachusetts. For forty-three years she has
been a resident of California, living at Iowa Hill dviring the greater part of
the time. She is a lady of marked intelligence and a splendid representative
of the brave pioneer women who came to California in an early period in its
development and are entitled to great credit for the part they have taken
in the settlement of this great commonwealth. Mr. and Mrs. Macy
have had three children, but their daughter Ella died in the twelfth
year of her age. The sons are Waldo S., who is now in charge of his
father's mining interests, and C. Everett, who is now in school. The family
occupy a pleasant home in Iowa Hill and the parents and their sons are highly
respected in the community in which they live.


William B. Croop, the county clerk of Merced county, was born in Tunk-
hannock, Wyoming county, Pennsylavnia, on the 12th of January, 1852, and is
a representative of an old Holland family that was founded in Pennsylvania


at an early epoch. His father, Peter S. Croop, was born in Easton, Pennsyl-
vania, and was an intelHgent, industrious and rehable farmer. He departed
this hfe in 1889, at the ripe old age of eighty-nine years. For a numljer of
years he held the office of supervisor of his county and was a very competent
official. He married Miss Julia Sleagle, a native of Wilkesbarre, Luzerne
county, Pennsyh-ania, and they became the parents of twelve children, of whom
nine are li\ing. She was an exemplary member of the Christian church.

The subject of this review is indebted to the public-school system of his
native county for his' early educational privileges, which were supplemented
by study in the Wyoming Seminary at Kingston, Pennsylvania. In June,
1877, he arrived in Merced county, California, a young man, ambitious, deter-
mined and energetic. For eight years he engaged in teaching and was recog-
nized as a sucessful and able educator. He served for four years as a member
of the board of education of the county, and in the fall of 1898 he was elected
the county clerk for a term of four years, being chosen to that office as a repre-
sentative of the Democratic party. His administration has been commendable
and he is known as an official fully worthy of the trust reposed in him.

On the 1st of September, 1886, Mr. Croop was united in marriage to
]\Iiss Grace M. Beecher, of New York, and they now have two children : Ada
A., and Cyrus William. Of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mr.
Croop is an active member, having passed all the chairs in both branches of the
fraternity and also served as district deputy grand master, receiving the
appointment in Ma}', 1900. He also belongs to the W'oodmen of the World,
and is a citizen of the highest integrity and worth, whose circle of friends is
almost co-extensive with his circle of acquaintances, this showing that he has
the high regard of all with whom he has been associated.


Among the native sons of California are \\'illiam, David and Frank
Beam Logan, natives of Stanislaus county, the former born in 1854, the latter
in 1856. They are the sons of James Logan, now deceased, who was one of
California's honored pioneers, having come to the state in 1849. He was a
native of -Missouri, born August 20, 1817, and in 1831 he became a resident of
Arkansas, where he was married to Miss Jennette C. Johnson, a native of
Tennessee. He served his country faithfully in the Mexican war, and in 1849,
lured by the gold discovery in California, he crossed the plains to the Pacific
coast and became identified with mining interests at Wood's creek, Tuolumne
county, meeting with fair success. In 1852 he retraced his steps to the I\Iissis-
sippi valley in order to bring his family to his new home, this time making the
journey by way of the isthmus of Panama. During their passage their eldest
daughter was born, but died in infancy, at Sonora. On their arrival in Cali-
fornia they located in Sonora, but shortly afterward removed to a farm in
Stanislaus county, near the present home of their sons. There the father con-
ducted a hotel and also engaged in raising stock. In 1863 he removed to the
farm now owned by his widow and her sons, filing a soldier's warrant and pur-


chasing- other land until lie had one thousand acres. He had been a life member
of the Democratic party, but was never a politician in the sense of office-
seeker, preferring to give his time and attention to his business afifairs and to
promoting the welfare, comfort and happiness of his wife and children. He
was an honored member of the association of Mexican \^eterans at Stockton.
As a man and citizen he was highh' respected In^ all who knew him. His
widow still survives him and is now, in 1900, in the seventy-third year of her
age, one of the brave pioneer residents who came to California during its early
history to share the good or ill fortunes of those men who laid the foundation
for the present prosperity and advancement of the commonwealth. By her
marriage she became the mother of six children, four of whom were born in
California, namely : Lilly J., now the wife of George T. Hanscom ; Minnie,
the wife of B. F. Wulff ; and William D. and Frank B.. whose names are found
at the head of this sketch. James J., the eldest child, was born (3ctol)er 6,
1848, in Arkansas and died September 15, 1850.

William D. Logan was educated in the public schools of his native county
and in the Pacific Business College, being graduated in the latter institution in
1875, ^fter which he clerked for a time, acquiring a good knowledge of busi-
ness. He was afterward deputy assessor of Stanislaus county, from 1880
until 1884, but is now devoting his attention to agricultural pursuits, in con-
nection with his brother. In 1879 he was married to ]Miss Sarah Gardiner,
who was born at Knight's FeiTy, Stanislaus county, and their union has been
blessed with one son and one daughter : William Francis, and Hattie May.
The father is a well informed Freemason and now has the honor of being mas-
ter of Summit Lodge, Xo. 112, F. & A. M., at Knight's Ferry.

Frank B. Logan, the younger brother, is indebted to the public-school
system for the educational privileges he enjoyed. He has been a life-long
farmer, associated with his brother in the successful operation of the land,
which was left by their father. The place is under a high state of cultivation
and the well-tilled fields yield a golden tribute in return for the care and labor
bestowed \\\K>n them by the owners. Upon the place are found all modern
improvements and accessories and the farm is characterized by neatness and

Frank B. Logan was married to Miss Ella I\I. Lewis, also a native of
Stanislaus county, and a neighbor of the Logan family. They now have three
children: Gallic A., Sidney E. and James.

The Logan brothers are supporters of the Democratic party and are citi-
zens of sterling worth, giving an earnest and commendable supixirt to all
measures calculated to prove of public benefit.


Francis XichoUs. a prominent old-time citizen of California residing at
Coloma, and now having charge of the Marshall monument and grounds at
that place, is of English birth and descent, the date of his birth being
Xovember 5, 1838.


'Sir. Xicliolls' parents. Francis and Alargaret (Iloskins) Xicholls, left
their native land in 1848 and with their family emigrated to America, selecting-
a location in Wisconsin, where their new home was established. Here all
went well nntil 1850, when the father and two of the children, daughters,
died of cholera. Subsequently the widowed mother became the wife of Roger
Cox, and by him she had a daughter, who is now a widow, [Mrs. Annie Mark-
ham, and who presides over the home of the subject of this sketch.

The younger Francis Xicholls passed the first ten years of his life in
England, the next seven in Wisconsin, and in 1855. at the age of seventeen,
landed in Coloma, California, having made the journey via the Nicaragua
route, in company with an acquaintance, his stepfather having preceded him.

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