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at his trade, for which he receix'eil eighty dollars per month and his board.
He had been receiving only ten dollars per month in tlie east, and the dif-
ference was so great that he felt well repaid for making the long journey
across the arid jilains to the Golden state. For three years he remained in


Sacramento, during which time he saved his money, thus gaining tlie nucleus
of his present competence.

On the expiration of that period ^Ir. Wastier went to Butcher's Ranch,
in Placer county, ten miles above Auburn, and at that place conducted a
meat market for six years. He sold immense quantities of beef, but lie was
forced to give much credit, and the miners whom he had trusted failed to
secure the gold which they had anticipated, so that many of his bills remained
unpaid. This led to his removal to Gold Hill, six miles above Lincoln, where
he continued business for four years. In 1865 he -came to Lincoln and is
one of the two first settlers of the town still residing within her borders.
Opening a meat market, he supplied the population of the village and the
surrounding country with an excellent grade of meats until 1885, when he
sold out and for two years engaged in the lumber business, but for some
time he has lived retired, enjoying- the rest he has richly earned. He has a
nice home in the city and is also the owner of several dwellings, the rental
of which is a good income.

'My. ^^'astier was married in 1863 to JNIiss Mary Rittenger, a native of
Switzerland. Unto them has been born a son, Frederick "Wastier, who is
in Inisiness in San Francisco. After two years of a happy married life the
wife and mother died, and in 1870 I\Ir. Wastier was joined in wedlock to
IMiss Elizabeth Shake. They have two daughters : Mary Elizabeth, now the
wife of Charles Edward Finney, a merchant of Lincoln; and Emily Louisa,
who is at home with her parents. Mrs. Wastier and her daughters are valued
members of the Catholic church and our subject is identified with the Lide-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. Fie has been a life-long- Republican. He
was one of the first trustees of the town, and either in office or out of it he
has supported the various measures that have been advanced for the benefit
of the city and its upbuilding. He is a most highly respected and reliable
citizen who enjoys the esteem of young and old, rich and poor. He has
reached the psalmist's span of three-score years and ten and can lo<^k Ijack
over the past without regret, for in all life's relations he has merited the
respect of those with whom he has associated.


In the history of a man who has devoted his energies entirely to busi-
ness life there is little to awaken the interest of the reader in search of a sensa-
tional chapter, but Carlyle has said that "biography is the most profitable of
all reading," for therein are set forth the methods which have been followed to
win success or which have led to failure. The careful student may therefore
learn valuable lessons from such a career as Mr, Meinecke's, for he is one who
has worked his way upward, conquering all obstacles and advancing steadily
on the highway tp prosperity by determinecl purpose and ceaseless energy.

Mr. ]\Ieinecke was accounted a progressive farmer in Stanislaus county,
his home being ten miles northwest of Modesto, and he is also one of the
honored California pioneers who in 1849 became identified with the interests of


tlic state. He was 1)orn in (jermaiiy. .April 28, 1823. His tatlier, Frederick
Meinecke. married Miss Alargaret Allmeras. He served as a tirst lieutenant
in the Prussian army at the battle of Waterloo, and departed this life in the
forty-eight year of his age, while his wife attained the ripe old age of ninety
years. They were both members of the Lutheran church and in their family
were six children, but only two are now living.

Mr. Meinecke.the only representative of the family in California, was edu-
cated in his nati\-e country, attending the forestry school. In 1848 he bade
adieu Ut home and friends in the fatherland and sailed for Xew York city,
He had learned to read English before his emigration but could not speak it,
and therefore he was somewhat handicapped in the outset of his life in the new-
world. From New York city he made his way westward to Wisconsin. He
had not been long in that state before the news of the discovery of gold in
California reached him and he at once determined to go to the Eldorado of
the west. He therefore joined a company of about sixty-five men, who traveled
in a train of thirteen wagons drawn by oxen, having a plentiful relay of
animals. They had no trouble with the Indians and there were many interest-
ing incidents and experiences in connection with the long journey across th.e
plains. 1 hey killed buffaloes and were thus supplied with fresh meat, and
]\Ir. Meinecke really ^•ery much enjoyed the journey to the Pacific coast, being
ill not a single day on the trip.

In the latter part of October the company with which he traveled arrived
at Hangtown, now Placerville, and he engaged in mining on the northern
branch of the Calaveras river. In connection with his partner he was the
discoverer of O'Neal's Bar, where he took out much gold ; but he engaged
in prospecting and spent much of his money in a fruitless search for better
diggings. In the fall of 1850 he took up his abode on the Calaveras river,
near Stockton, and was engaged in freighting from Stockton to Murphy and
other camps in the mountains. That was then a paying business, which he
followed until the spring of 1852. He then returned by way of the Nicaragua
route to Wisconsin and purchased one hundred and fifty head of heifers and
milch cows, at a cost of from fourteen to eighteen dollars each. These he
brought out across the plains to California, spending the winter at Salt Lake
and starting early in the spring for the Golden state, where h.e was assured of
good pasturage for his stock. After his arrival in California he sold some of
his cows, getting from one hundred to one hundred and fifty dollars per
head. However, he kept a good many of them and later the prices declined.

For a few years Mr. Meinecke resided at Liberty and thence removed to
Georgetown, Eldorado county, where he engaged in the conduct of a meat mar-
ket and in the butchering bu-siness for several years. Subseciuently he removed
to Murphy, in Calaveras county, where h.e engaged in the dairy business initil
1858. In that year he returned to Germany ancl was married to Miss Sophia
Hayssen. With his bride he then came again to his home near Stockton,
where Mr. Meinecke operated a ferry on the Stanislaus river .about ten miles
northwest of Modesto, conveying teams and people across the river for a
])eriod of three and a half years. He then removed to his preser.t location,


ten miles northwest of Modesto, in Stani'slaus county, and became tlie owner
of eight hunih-ed acres of ver}' valuable land, which he has placed under a
high state of cultivation. He erected his present delightful residence and
surrounded it with shrubbery and shade and fruit trees of his own planting,
and here in his comfortable home he is spending the evening of life, enjoy-
ing the fruits of his former toil and the respect of his fellow men.

He has four children, namely: Edward, who cultivates the home farm;
Catherine, Margaret and Sophia. ]Mr. and Airs. IMeinecke have long tra\-
eled life's journey together, their mutual love and confidence increasing as
the years have passed by. Mr. Meinecke has been a life-long Democrat, and
since 1852 he has been a valued member of the INIasonic fraternity, being raised
to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Wisconsin. He now belongs to the
blue lodge in Stockton and to the Royal Arch chapter of Modesto. The liope
of bettering- his financial condition in America has been more than realized
and he i's now the possessor of a handsome competence, which is the merited
reward of his earnest labor.


William L. Buckley, a prominent jjjn-sician practicing the regular pro-
fession in Alilton and also filling the oftice of coroner and public admin-
istrator of Calaveras county, was born in the city of Stockton, this state,
on the 14th of October, 1870. He is a son of William Samuel Buckley, a
California pioneer of 1853. who was born in Parkersburg. Virginia, in 1829,
and is of German and Scotch ancestry, the founders of the family in Amer-
ica being early settlers of the Old Dominion. He was educated in Virginia
and in Portland. Oregon. He crossed the plains to California in the year
when so many people suffered from the cholera, many graves marking the
route of the emigrants. He, too, was ill with the disease, but recovered.

In Oregon he formed a company of men who went with him and fought
in the war with the Indians. For a time he resided in Walla Walla, Wash-
ington, and he pursued a law course in Portland, Oregon, being admitted to
the bar in that state. Subsequently he engaged in practice in Liberty. Cali-
fornia, where he successfully continued in business until 1870, in which year
he was appointed county judge of San Joaquin county. On the expiration
of his term he was elected to that office for a term of four years and later
he was elected superior judge and again occupied a position on the bench.
He served for twelve years in a judicial capacity, and during Iris term as
superior judge he had the honor. of administering the oath of office to two
of California's governors at the time of their inauguration. He was a lawyer
of pronounced ability, his knowledge of legal principles being comprehensive
and profound. He was at home in all departments of law from the minutire
in )iractice to the greater topics wherein is involved the consideration of the
ethics and philosophy of jurisprudence and the higher concerns of public policy.
His fidelity to his clients' interests was proverbial and therefore his clientage
was vcrv extensive. In nolitics he was an active member of the Democratic


l^arty, and, although he did not allow partisanship to influence him in the
slightest degree when on the hench, when not in office he did much effective
work in promoting the interests of Democracy. He was prominently con-
nected with mining enterprises and took a deep interest and active part in
the development of the natural resources of the state and also its progress
along intellectual lines. He was a prominent member of the Masonic fra-
ternity, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias fraternity.

In 1865 ]\Ir. Buckley was happily married, in Liberty, California, to
Miss Minerva C. Crawford, a lady of refinement and culture. She was born
in Ouincy, Illinois, and was a daughter of ]M. C. Crawford, a California pio-
neer. The Judge and Mrs. Buckley became the parents of six sons, but the
Doctor is now the only survivor of the family. The Judge departed this
life on the ist of April, 1891, in the sixty-first year of his age, and thus was
called from earth one of California's ablest and best pioneer citizens. His
widow still survives him, at the age of fifty-three years, and occupies her pleas-
ant home in Stockton, esteemed and beloved by all who have the pleasure
of her acquaintance.

Dr. Buckley was educated in Stockton and in Portland. Oregon, pursu-
ing his preparation for medical practice in the university of the latter state.
He was graduated on the 2d of April, 1894, after which he put to practical
test the knowledge he had acquired by entering the Good Samaritan Hos-
pital. On completing his professional duties there he opened an office in
Stockton, where he remained for three years, and in 1897 he came to Milton,
where he has since been located. He at once entered upon his practice and
here enjoys the confidence and good will of the citizens of Calaveras county.
In i8q8 he was elected by the Democratic party to the position of coroner
and iniblic administrator of the county, and has since filled the position with
credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents..

The Doctor was hajjpily married, in 1894. to INIiss Grace F. Hale, a
nati\-e of Stockton and a daughter of Joseph Hale, a prominent pioneer of
the state. She is a valued member of the Episcopal church. The Doctor
belongs to the Ancient Order of Foresters. His attention, however, is chiefly
given to his professional duties and he has gained high rank among the rep-
resentatives of the medical fraternity in Calaveras county. In manner, pleas-
ant and cordial: in business, reliable; and in office, trustworthy, he has won
many warm friends in this locality and is certainly deserving of their regard.


Eldorado county has one citizen who is beloved by all irresi)ective of
party, religious or other afl'iliations, — not because of riches, for he lias none;
not because of position, as he considers himself as only an humble worker in
the Master's vineyard : nor because of any expected material benefits, but sim-
ply because he has .spent his life in earnestly and unselfishly endeavoring to
benefit his fellow-men without a thought of fame or reward. Like the Master,


the poor are his people and he watclies over tliem as a shepherd guards liis
tlock-s. In addition to his duties as officiating minister at the Episcopal church
at l'laccr\ille, he walks all over the county, holding services in the various
sclini ij li,)uses, and uses all of his spending money in buying books and papers
f(jr the children. He ministers to the sick and cares for the dying, not because
he is a minister but liecause it is his nature to do so. The universal regard
which is felt for him is simply a s]:)ontaneous tribute to his kindly character
and disinterested moti\-es.

Rev. C. C. Pierce was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 2, 1825,
He attended the Woodward high school, after \\hich he studied law. He
finally entered the ministry, graduating at the General Theological Seminary
of the Protestant Episcopal church at New York, and was ordained in Trinity
church upon the first day of July, i860. On the very next day he left for
San Francisco, arriving there on the 25th. He came to Placerville on the
30th of Alarch, 1861, and for nearly five years held services in the court
room. In 1865-6 the Episcopal church was built by the general community
and Mr. Pierce has been the officiating minister, without salary, ever since.
He also holds gospel meetings in twenty- four districts.

[The alcove brief account is taken, by permission, from the Alountain
Democrat, of Placerville, California.]


Throughout the long period of forty-seven years Lewis Voyle has claimed
California as the place of his residence and is now successfully engaged in
the livery business at Knight's Ferry. He was born in south Wales, on the
2(1 of Januar}-, 1832, and is a son of George and Priscilla Voyle, both of
whom were natives of that little rock-ribbed country. The father owned
a ship, of which he was captain. In 1837, when his son Lewis was only
five years of age, he met with an accident which necessitated the amputation
of his leg and ultimately caused his death. Llis wife departed this life in
the fortieth year of her age. Their religious belief was in harmony with
the Episcopal faith and they were people of high moral worth and of sterling
character, who enjoyed the confidence and regard of all with whom they came
in contact.

Lewis A'oyle is the only one of their five children in the United States.
He served an apprenticeship on an English man of war — the school ship —
and in 185 1 he came to the new world, but continued to sail up the Mediter-
ranean and to South America for a time. Subsequently he made his way
to California, where he joined the crew of a coasting vessel, continuing to fol-
low the sea until March, 1855. Fie encountered man}^ severe storms during
his experience as a sailor, but escaped all injury. At length he determined'
to abandon life on the ocean wave and in 1855 took up his abode at Knight's
Ferry. Fie engaged in both ])lacer and hydraulic mining, continuing his con-
nection with tJiat industry for twelve years. However, he met with but
moderate success and in consequence turned his attention to teaming, which


was then a most pa\ing business. He freighted from Knigiit's Ferry to
Oakdale and the different towns in tlie mountains, and in connection with
freighting he established and maintained a livery stable, which he has since
conducted, being the only liveryman at Knight's Ferry at that time. He
keeps good carriages and horses, and his obliging manners and efforts to
please his patrons have secured to him a good business. He has engaged in
raising Hambletonian horses and has not only improved his own stock but
has also done much to improve the grade of stock raised by the people in
the vicinity of Knight's Ferry. Thus he has increased the market value and
contributed to the prosperit)' of the citizens of his community.

In 1864 Mr. Voyle was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Stanfield,
and thtir union has been blessed with three children, namely: George S.,
who is the foreman of the electrical works in Visalia; Emma J., now the
widow of Fred W. Bach ; and John T., who is his father's partner in the
livery business. Mr. Voyle owns a good residence in Knight's Ferry. His
first wife departed this life in 1872, and in 1875 he again married, his second
union being with Delia Cady, a native of Ireland, who has now traveled life's
journey by his side for a quarter of a century and has been to him a most
faithful companion and helpmeet. In his political affiliations I\Ir. Voyle has
ever been a stalwart Republican, and though he has never sought office he
has taken a deep interest in the growth and success of his party and has
ever kept well informed on the issues of the day. Public-spirited and pro-
gressive, he gives an earnest support to every measure or movement calculated
to prove of public benefit and has taken a great interest in the improvement
of the roads. For some years he filled the office of road master and did
much toward securing the establishment of good highways in his part of
the county. Fraternally he is connected with the Ancient Order of United
Workmen, and has many excellent characteristics that commend him to the
confidence, good will and friendship of his fellow men. and is widely and
favorably known in Stanislaus and adjoining counties.


There is. in the anxious and laborious struggle for an honorable com-
petence and a solid career of the business or professional man fighting the
every-day battle of life, but little to attract the idle reader in search o\ a
sensational chapter; but for a mind thoroughly awake to the reality and
meaning of human existence, there are noble and immortal lessons in the life
of the man, who, without other means than a clear head, a strong arm and
a true heart, conquers adversit}', and, toiling on through the work-a-day years
of a long career, finds that he has won not only Avealth but also something
far greater and higher, — the deserved respect and esteem of those with whom
his years of active life placed him in contact.

Such a man, and one of the leading citizens of Lincoln, is Walter Jansen,
who was born in Germany, on the 5th of November, 1862, near the city
of Apenrade. His father. Henry Jansen, was also born in that country.
He ser\-ed in the German nav}- and was a seafaring man, spending his entire


life upon the waters. He attaineil the age of eighty-one years. His wife,
whii Lore the maiden name of Anna Alarie Olsen, was of Danish Hneage. They
hail seven children, six of whom are living, three sons and three daughters,
and the mother also survives, in the seventy-seventh year of her age, mak-
ing her home in her native country. Walter Jansen, of this review, was the
third in ord^r of birth. He was educated in the schools of the fatherland
and in 1877 came to California. He was then but fifteen years of age, — a poor
boy who was forced to gain a fortune for himself or else enjoy none of the
comforts that a competence can bring. He was wise in choosing for the
scene of his labors a land in which opportunity and efifort are not hampered
by caste and class. He came to Placer county and worked as a farm hand
for ten years. On the expiration of that period he worked for the Buckeye
Mill Company, of Marysville, and was with that company at their branch
office in Lincoln for five years. Then, forming a partnership in 1893. he
became the proprietor of the business at Lincoln, and after two years he
purchased his partner's interest and has since been alone in the enterprise.
He deals in farmers' hardware, grain, hay and flour, and has a large ware-
house. He buys, sells and stores grain and does nearly all of the grain
business in this part of the country. His sales of farm implements and
farmers' hardware are also extensive and his patronage is steadily increasing.
In 1890 Mr. Jansen was joined in wedlock to Mrs. Emma Jenkins, who
bv her former marriage had a daughter, Eva by name. Of the second mar-
riage there is one son. named Walter K. Since coming to Lincoln Mr.
Jansen has taken an active interest in the upbuilding of the town, aiul was
elected a member of its board of trustees in April, 1900, so that he is the
present incumbent and is filling the office most creditably. Widely known
in the Masonic fraternity, he is a valued member of Gold Hill Lodge, Xo. 32,
F. & A. M. He rapidly became thoroughly posted in tlie work and tenets
of the order and served as the master of the lodge for five years, during
which time the organization which he represented made a creditable advance-
ment. He is also a Royal Arch Mason, holding membership in Delta Chapter.
Of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows he is a representative, and has
l)assed all of the chairs in the subordinate lodge and has been a representative
to the grand lodge. He likewise holds membership in the Independent Order
of Foresters. He is one of Lincoln's most energetic and successful business
men. Of strong individuality and indubitable probity, he has attained to a due
measure of success in the afifairs of life and his influence has ever been exerted
in the direction of the true and the good. His life history is an illustra-
tion of what may be accomplished in the land of the free.'


In the enterprising city of Georgetown all business enterprises are rep-
resented, and among, the residents of the place are numbered capable mem-
bers of the professions. A well known and prominent member of the medical
fraternity is Dr. ^^'i]liam S. Hickman, who has attained a position of dis-


tinction in tlie line of his chosen calling. He is a native of Tennessee, born
at Dandridge, on the 6th of December, 1S56. At the age of ten years his
father and the family removed to Knoxville, where the sul)ject of this sketch
was reared and educated. The Doctor is descended from an old Virginian
family. His father, C. A. C. Hickman, was born in Virginia and was reared
and educated in the Old Dominion. W'hen a young man he removed to
Tennessee, where he married Miss Lucinda C. Jett, a native of that state
and a daughter of Edwin T. Jett, a gentleman of Scotch ancestry. The
Doctor's father was a planter and a gentleman of marked ability and strong
influence in the community, where he made his home. At the time of the
Civil war he esiwused the cause of the Union and upheld the supremacy of
the national government in A\'ashington. He died in 1891, at the age of
seventy-two years, his wife having preceded him to the great beyond four
years, dying in her fifty-sixth year. They were members of the ^lethodist
Episcopal church and were people of the highest respectability who enjoyed
the confidence and esteem of all who knew them.

Dr. Hickman was the third in a family of nine children. Deciding to
devote his life to the practice of medicine and surgery, he entered the medical
department of Vanderbilt University, completing the course and graduating
at that institution in ]March. 1886. He immediately afterward came to
Georgetown, where he opened an office, and after practicing for four years
he went to New York and took a post-graduate course at the New York
Polyclinic. He then returned to Georgetown and to-day is enjoying a very

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