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large patronage. He has splendid mechanical ability, and his excellent work-
manship, combined with honorable business methods^ have won for him credit-
able prosperity. His efforts have been so discerningly directed along well
defined lines of labor that he has been enabled to make extensive investments
in real estate. He not only owns his own shop but has a good residence ni
Oleta, together with fi\-e hundred acres of rich farming land and one thou-
sand acres of timlier.

In 1878 Mr. Brown was united in marriage to Miss Christina Neiber, of
Grisley Flat, a daughter of August Neiljer, of that place and one of the
California pioneers of 1850. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have five children: Albert
N., tlie eldest son. is a graduate of Chestnut Wood University and is now
pursumg a medical education, with the intention of making the practice
of medicine his life w^ork; Jessie Belle; William Edward; and Dora Ruth
and Cora ]\Iyrtle, twins, all at home. Their pleasant residence is celebrated
for its gracious hospitality, which is enjoyed by numerous friends. When
Mr. Brown attained his majority, in 1871, he joined the Masonic fraternity
and since then has been a valued member of the order, in which he has filled
the offices of junior and senior warden. He also belongs to the Ancient
Order of United ^\'orkmen. His political support is given the Democratic
party and he has filled the office of county surveyor of Amador county for
six years, discharging his duties with promptness and fidelity. At the pres-
ent time he is serving as notary public. His life of industry is most com-
mendable, and Longfellow's poem is as applicable to him in its portrayal of
honest, industrious manhood as it was of "The Village Blacksmith." of whom
it was written.


The gentleman whose name graces this sketch is the enterprising pro-
jirietor of a printing establishment in .\uburn. Placer county, California, and
is a r.ative of the town in which he lives. John .\lbert Predom was l)orn
Julv 28. 1868, and is descended from an old French family noted for high
iiterarv attainments. In France the name was Prud'homme. That line of
the family from wdiich John Albert Predom is descended is traced back sev-
eral generations to Canada, where the name is spelled Prud'homme. The
name was alibreviatcd to its present form after its representatives came to


the United States. It \\as the great-great-grandfather of John .\. who was
the first of the family to make settlement in Canada, he being one of a party
of French colonists. In Canada — probably in Montreal or Quebec — Joseph-
Prud'homme, the son of the first settler, w-as born. In Canada he married
Miss Margaret Cass, and both lived to extreme old age, his death occurring
in 1895, at the age of one hundred and five years; hers in 1894, at the age
oi one hundred and three! They were the parents of ten children, eight of
whom are still living.

One of this famil}-, ]\Ioses Predom, the father of mn- subject, is the
youngest of the survixing members. He was born in ^Montreal, July i, 1840,
and in Canada spent the first fifteen years of his life, learning the trade of
blacksmithing there in his boyhood days. In 1855 he came to California.
On arriving here, he at once went to work at his trade in Auburn, working
for wages ninety-five days, and then opening a shop of his own. Since that
time he has been engaged in blacksmithing and wagon and carriage-making.
He has also, at different times, been more or less interested in mining opera-
tions, — gold, silver and copper, — but, like many mine investors, has never,
realized his expectations in this direction. He was married, in 1866, to Miss
Sarah Jane Worsley, a native of New York, and they have had eight children,
of whom six are living — all natives of Auburn — namely: Moses, John A.,
Charles, Clifford, Rathford and Mary Ella. The eldest son. IMoses, is in
business with his father. The daughter is now the w'ife of John \\"ood.

Having thus briefly outlined his family history, we turn now to the
direct subject of this article, John A. Predom. who has kindly furnished the
facts herein contained.

John A. Predom was reared in his native town and was educated in the
public schools and at the Sierra Normal College. He learned the printer's trade
in Auburn and San Francisco, after which he was editor of the Bulletin and
later of the Placer County Republican. In 1890 he opened a job printing-
office in his native town. Being an expert printer himself and knowing the
requirements of an office in which first-class Avork is done, he ec[uipped his
establishment with the best of machinery and material for all kinds of job
work, and soon built up a substantial and satisfactory business, which he
retains and which he is increasing as the years go by.

Jrnuary 22. 1892. Mr. Predom was united in marriage with Miss Mary
Ursla Lawler. a daughter of Patrick Lawler, of Placer county, and a niece
of A. McKinley. who served for fourteen years as an assessor of Placer
county. They have two children: Cameron W'., born December 16. 1893:
and Daisy E., born September i, 1896.

Mr. Predom is a Republican, active and enthusiastic in political mat-
ters. At this writing he is the secretary of the Repu1)lican central commit-
tee and also a member of the executive committee. Fraternally he is prom-
inently identified with .several organizations. He is a past chancellor of
the Knights of Pythias lodge and the captain of the Uniform Rank. Iv.
P., and an active member and past officer of the Native Sons of the
Golden West. He is a valued member of the National Guards of Cali-


fornia, and is captain of Company D, Second Regiment, Third Brigade.
During the late war with Spain he raised a company and ch-illed the same
preparatory to going to the front. They, liowever, were not called out.

Thus it is seen that Mr. Predom is one of the up-to-date and foremost
young men of his town. The biographer of a score of years later will, doubt-
less, find other interesting chapters to add to a sketch of the life of this enter-
prising citizen.


The name of Kruger has l)ecn inseparably interwoven with the history
of Truckee for more than a third of a century. The wise system of industrial
economics which has been brought to bear in the development of Truckee has
challenged uniform admiration, for while there has been steady advancement
in material lines there has been an entire absence of that inflation of values
and that erratic "booming" which have in the past proved the eventual death
knell to many of the localities in the west where "mushroom towns" have
one day smiled forth with "all modern improvements" and practically on the
next have been shorn of their glories and of their possibilities of stable pros-
perity. In Truckee progress has been made continuously and in safe lines.
Mr. Kruger and his father before him have taken an active part in the early
days (if tlie development of the town. His father became connected with
its Inisiness interests and was active in the establishment of many enterprises
which have been important factors in promoting the material welfare of
Truckee. Entering upon his business career here, the subject of this review
has during the last decade, not only labored so as to win success for him-
self, but has contributed to the prosperity of the town by his promotion of many
business concerns.

His entire life has been passed in California, his birth having occurred
in Placer county, on the 14th of .\pril, 1871. His father, William H. Kruger,
was born in German)- and was a sailor by occupation. For many years he
followed the seas, prior to coming to California, but arrived in the Golden
state in the early pioneer days. Like many others who sought homes on
the Pacific coast at that period, he engaged in mining for some time and
in the '60s became identified with the Truckee Lumber Company and other
important enterprises in A^evada county, and from that time until his death
he was intimately associated with various commercial interests that brought
to him a handsome competence. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary
D. Richeson, is a native of Pennslyvania and is descended from one of the
old and influential families of the Keystone state. She now resides in the
city of Alameda. By her marriage she becaiue the mother of ten children,
Eugene being the fifth in order of birth.

The subject of this review obtained his education in tiie schools of Sail
Francisco and was graduated in the Trinity school, in tlie class of 1890.
He soon afterward became identified with the business interests conducted
I)}- his father in Truckee. He is now vice-president of the Truckee Lumber


Company, one of the leading industrial concerns in this part of the state.
It was incorporated in 1870 and the magnitude of its business is indicated by
the fact that two hundred workmen are employed. ]\Ir. Kruger is also man-
ager of a general mercantile establishment owned by the Truckee Lumber
Company, and is the secretary and one of the leading stockholders of the
Truckee Electric Light & Power Company.

On the i2th of October, 1898, was celebrated the marriage of ^Ir.
Kruger and Miss Sarah A. Greenleaf, a native of California and a daughter
of John Greenleaf, of Santa Clara. Their pleasant home is celebrated for
its gracious hospitality and is the center of a cultured society circle. ]\Ir.
Kruger is a member of the Dover Parlor, Xo. 162, X. S. G. W'., and is
one of the prominent and popular citizens of Truckee. He is a young man of
resourceful ability, of marked executive power, keen discrimination and sound
judgment, and he carries forward to successful completion whatever he under-
takes. He displays great diligence and energy in the control of his extensive
interests and has thereby become the possessor of a most handsome com-
petence. In all life's relations he commands the respect of his fellow men
and his life's record has become an integral part of the history of Truckee.


Among the leading representatives of the fruit-growing interests of
Placer county is Adanirum Judson Coding, whose interests in this direction
are extensive and yield to him a good financial return. His farm is located
about one mile from Towle station, in Placer county, and its neat, thrifty
appearance indicates to the passer-by the careful supervision of the owner,
who since the spring of 1852 has been a resident of California.

He was born in Livermore, Oxford county, Maine, on the 30th of I\Iay,
1823, and is of English lineage, although the family for many generations
has been connected with American interests, having been founded in Xew
England in colonial days. Jonas Coding, the father of our subject, was born
in the Pine Tree state and married Miss Jane Hathaway, also a native of
Maine. After their marriage they removed to Brighton, Massachusetts, locat-
ing on a farm in that vicinity, and were known as industrious, worthy farming
people for many years. The mother lived to the advanced age of eighty years,
while the father passed the eighty-fourth milestone on the journey of life.
They were the parents of eleven children, of whom four still survive.

^On the old homestead farm Adanirum J. Coding spent his youth. He
arose early in the morning to assist in the work of clearing, cultivating and
improving the fields and worked until the dewy eve. Through the winter
n:onths, after the crops were safely harvested and the fruit gathered, he entered
the district school of the neighborhood, where he pursued his studies until
spring again forced him to take his place behind the plow. He continued
farming in the east until 1852, when, attracted by the rich discoveries of gold
iii California he bade adieu to his friends in Massachusetts and started for the
golden west, making the long voyage around Cape Horn on the sailing vessel,





Samuel Applelon. Althdugh they were on the water fur six montlTi, the trip
was accomplished in safety and the passengers reached Sail Francisco, the
anchor being dropped in that harbor on the. ist of July, 1852.

^Ir. Coding remained in that place only a short time, when he went to
Rattlesnake Bar, where he secured work, at five dollars a day, spending the
remainder of the season there. Subsequently he removed to Nevada City,
where he engaged in mining for aljout three years. His efforts there were
crowned with excellent success. On the expiration of that period he was the
possessor of thirty thousand dollars, in twenty-dollar gold pieces. He con-
tinued mining and took out a great deal of the jjrecious metal, but paid eighty
thousand dollars for water and the expenses were so great that he had but
little surplus remaining.

Tiring of the hard work and the great outlay, he went on a hunting expe-
dition in the mountains east of Dutch Flat and came upon a splendid,-' well-
watered tract of undulating land. He was delighted with the country, and
looking over the ground he found a number of springs upon it. He be-
lieved that he could make a good fruit farm there; and as this was gov-
ernment land he went home and informed his wife of his decision. They
soon removed to the farm and there he has since labored, securing from
the development of the soil and the cultivation of the crops and orchards
a handsome comjietence. He now has one of the best and most profitable
farms in the county, comprising two hundred acres of land. He has per-
fected arrangements so that he can distribute the water from these springs
all o\er the farm and irrigate it at will. When he was clearing the place of
the timber he furnished to a railroad company and also raised potatoes,
which were then a very profitable crop. In 1865 he had twelve acres
planted with that vegetable and raised a crop of sixty tons, which he sold for
five cents per pound. This brought him some thirty-six hundred dollars. As
the years have passed he has added to his orchards and now has four thousand
winter-apple trees in bearing. From these he has taken thirty-five hundred
boxes of apples in a season and receives for the same sevent}' cents per box.
He has extensive strawberry beds and blackberry patches, and also raises large
crops of cabbages. His splendid farm, now highl)' cultivated, represents years
of earnest toil and diligent and unremitting eft'ort.for Xattu'e, although boun-
tiful in her resources, does not prepare the land for tiie plow or the planting.
This is man's work, and when this is well performed Natirre is bountiful in her

Mr. Coding has led an active and useful life. He is now in his seventy-
fifth year, a hale, hearty pioneer and one of the highly intelligent citizens of
northern California. Flis success has been honorably won through the legiti-
mate channels of trade. It has not come to him through the .sacrifice of the
rights of others, but has been the reward of the work of his willing hands, the
product of the farm that he hewed out of the forest. Not alone have his labors
contributed to his own prosperity, but have resulted to the benefit of the com-
munity in showing the ca])abi!ities of Placer county for fruit and vegetable
growing. Others have followed his example and now there are many fine


fruit ranches in Placer county, tlie prosperity of this section of the state being-
thereliy materially increased.

In 1 85 1 Mr. Coding was united in marriage to Miss Ann Spelman, who
was born in Ireland, but was reared in the United States. Their union has
been blessed with eleven children and the family circle yet remains unbroken.
Following is the record : Francis is now engaged in mining ; ^Mary is the
wife of E. J. Robins, of Sacramento; Judson is a railroad conductor: Nellie
is the wife of Fred Whitten ; Louisa is the wife of James Allen; Edwin is at
home; Hattie is now Airs. King; Alattie became the wife of Robert Wilson;
Charles A. is on the farm; Ceorge is married; and Jane is the wife of John
Fry, of Sacramento. The wife and mother died in 1893, in the sixtieth year
of her age. She had been a faithful helpmate to her husband, was devoted to
her family, and to her neighbors was a faithful friend. She enjoyed the
esteem of all who knew her and her loss has been a very heavy one to her hus-
band and children. Mr. Coding still resides on his fine fruit farm that has
been developed through his intelligent effort and he is justly counted one of
Placer county's best citizens and most honored pioneers. He votes with the
Republican party, which he has supported since its organization, yet he has
never sought or desired party reward for his allegiance to its principles.


Occupying- a distinguished position in connection with political aft'airs,
and at the same time being a leading representative of mining interests, Emory
W. Chapman is numbered among the valued citizens of Eldorado county,
his home being near Placerville. Much of his life has been passed on the
Pacific slope and, imbued with the true western spirit of progress and enter-
prise, he has made marked advancement in the aft'airs of life, actuated by
strong determination and indefatigable industry. A man who can rise from
the ranks to a position of affluence is he who can see and utilize the oppor-
tunities that surround his path. The essential conditions of human life are
ever the same; the surroundings of individuals differ but slightly, and when
one passes another on the highway and reaches the goal of prosperity before
others who perhaps started out in advance of him it is because he has the
power to use advantages which probably encompass the whole human race.
To-day among the prominent business men of this section of the state stands
Emory W. Chapman.

A native of Ohio, he was born in Allen county, on the 19th of April.
1844. and is of Scotch lineage, his ancestors dating their arrival in Amer-
ica from the time when the Pilgrims landed from the Mayflower on Plym-
outh Rock. His paternal grandfather. Jesse Chapman, was born in Ireland,
but was of Scotch lineage, and Jesse Chapman, Jr., the father of our subject,
w-as a native of Ohio, numbered among the prominent pioneer settlers of that
state. He married Miss Hardesty and subsequently removed with his famil\-
to Wisconsin. In 1852, accompanied by his wife and their six sons and a
daughter, he started for Oregon, and soon after their arrival the father died.


His wife, a iK.ible pioneer wunian, is still li\ing and now resides in Oak-
dale, California, in the ninety-third year of her age. All of her children
yet survive, and through many years they have been actively identified with
the progress and development of this portion of the country.

Emory W. Chapman was the fifth child in order of birth. He was edu-
cated in Olympia, \\ashington, and in 1861, at the time of the great gold
excitement in Idaho, he went to that territory and engaged in placer min-
ing in various claims. He also followed mining in Montana with good suc-
cess, and in 1868 he came to Fresno county, California, where he was in
charge of a large irrigating canal. In connection with this he likewise fol-
lowed farming and stock-raising. In 1889 he came to Eldorado county and
has since been a prominent representative of the mining interests of this
locality. He resides at Placerville and devotes his energies to the operation
of the Rivera mine. He was interested in and had the management of the
Taylor mine for nine years, which was a paying producer during all his con-
nection with it. He was also interested in and managed the Lant Graft" mine,
which was very profitable, and was a stockholder in the Three Stars and the
Golden Rule mines, but has disposed of his interest in both. He also developed
the Gold JMotto mine, and is now actively engaged in the development of the
Garfield mine, in partnership with the Parker brothers. During his entire
residence in Eldorado county he has been an important factor in the pro-
motion of its mining interests, — one of the leading industries of the state,
contributing in a larger measure to the welfare and prosperity of the com-
monwealth than any other one industry.

In 1867 Mr. Chapman was united in marriage to Mrs. ^liller, and imto
them was born one son, Harry. The mother died in 1887 and the Senator
has since remained single. His son is now a resident of San Francisco. In
his political affiliations Mr. Chapman has been a life-long Democrat, and in
1896 he received the nomination of his party for state senator. He made
a strong canxass of the district and won the election over a very talented
competitor. He took his place in the upper branch of the general assembly
and discharged his duties with credit to himself and satisfaction to his con-
stituents, laboring earnestly for the adoption of all measures which he be-
lieved would prove of public good. He secured the passage of the bill for
the appropriation of fifteen thousand dollars for the purpose of improving
the grounds and Marshall monument at Coloma. The work of improve-
ment is badly needed there, but the bill was vetoed by the governor. Senator
Chapman is a prominent Mason, belonging to the lodge, chapter and com-
mandery and also to the mystic shrine. He was apoointed and has ably served
as one of the commissioners of the Yosemite valley for eight years and was
one of the contractors that built the wagon road in the valley on the south.
He is a gentleman of thorough mining experience and a most enterprising
and progressive citizen. He has so conducted all aff'airs. whether of jirivate
interests or of public trusts, as to merit the esteem of all classes of citizens.
and no word of reproach has ever loeen uttered against him. He has done
much for his adopted city and home and enjoys the added prosperity which


comes to those genial spirits who ha\e a hearty appreciation for all with
whom they may come in contact from day to day and who seem to throw
aronnd them in consequence so much of the sunshine of life.


John H. Coughlin occupies the position of ticket and freight agent of
the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad at Grass Valley, and few per-
sons occupy a higher position in the esteem of the residents of this city than
he. A native of Grass Valley, he was born August 8, 1869, his parents being-
Daniel and Elizabeth (Butler) Coughlin. His father, a native of Cork,
Ireland, was born November 5, 1827, and became a glass-blower by trade.
Upon attaining his majority he left the Emerald Isle, crossing the Atlantic
to America, making his first location in Boston, Massachusetts, where he
followed his trade until 1855. In that year he came to California and has
since been a resident of Grass Valley. In Sacramento he married Aliss Butler
and they became the parents of five children.

John H. Coughlin. the fourth in order of birth, spent his laoyhood days
under the parental roof and pursued his education in his native town. On
leaving the high school he accepted a clerical position in the freight office
at the railroad depot and was thus employed until 1890, when he was promoted
to ticket and freight agent. He has thoroughly mastered the business, becom-
ing familiar with all the details, and the patrons of the road find him most
courteous and obliging. He is also engaged in the wholesale mercantile busi-
ness and has a very liberal patronage along that line. He is a man of
resourceful ability, of executive force and of determined purpose and is well
qualified to carry forward the various interests with which he is connected.
In addition to those mentioned he represents the Sacramento Transportation
Company for the sale of brick and is also the exclusi\-e county agent for the
Utah & Wyoming Coal Company, whose products have a large sale on the
market at Grass Valley.

On the 23d of April, 1892. Mr. Coughlin was united in marriage to
Miss Lillian Hasking, a native of Grass Valley, and a daughter of Thomas
Hasking, who was born in England and is now a retired merchant at this place.
Their imion is blessed with two children, Frances and Mervin, and they lost
one son in infancy. Theirs is one of the most beautiful homes of the city,
being pleasantly located on Bush street amid attractive surroundings. The
interior decorations and furnishings indicate the culture and refinement of
the owner, and the library, well filled with the works of standard authors,
attests the literary taste of ^Ir. and Mrs. Coughlin. Their home is tfie center

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