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of a cultured society circle and their friends are legion. Politically ^Ir.
Coughlin is allied with Democracy and is a valued member of the ]\Iasonic
fraternity, the Eastern Star lodge, the Knights of Pythias and the .Ancient
Order of United Workmen. He is also past president of Quartz Parlor.
N. S. Ct. W. He has been an active member of the fire department of Grass
A'allcv, and is a public-spirited and progressive citizen whose elTorts in behalf


of the advancement and upbuilding of the town and county have been effective
and beneficial. He has a wide ac(|uaintance throughout this section of the
state and is highly respected as a successful business man of integritv and


Edwin R. Crawford is a prominent farmer residing in Langworth, two
and one-half miles west of Oakdale, Stanislaus county. Mr. Crawford is
a native of 3ilichigan, his birth having occurred in Macomb county, April
-23, 1834, and the blood of Scotch-Irish ancestors is in his constitution. The
family was founded in America at an early day, and among its members
A\ere those who. at the time of the Revolution, joined the colonial armv and
fougiit for the independence of the nation. His father's uncle. John Craw-
ford, was a soldier with the American forces throughout the long struggle
that gained independence for the republic.

Jacob A. Crawford, the father of our subject, was born in Ontario
county. New York, in 1801, and was united in marriage to Miss Harriet
Bachelor, a native of his own state. In 1832 they removed to Macomb county,
Michigan, and cast their lot with the pioneer settlers of that locality. The
paternal grandfather of our subject settled in Milford, Oakland county,
Michii;an. in 1838, while Mr. Crawford's parents continued to reside in
MacMinli county for fifty years, or until 1882. The father was a successful
farmer and a man of prominence and influence. His marked ability led his
fellow townsmen to confer upon him public honors and offices. For twenty
years he was one of the supervisors of the county and was also a postmaster
for many years. His wife died in Michigan in 1852, at the age of fifty-one
years. They were the parents of seven sons and two daughters, but both
of the daughters and two of the sons have passed away, while five of the
nuniljer yet survive. William Albert resides in San Diego, California. In
1896 the father came to California to live with his sons, Levi and Edwiii
R.. and with them he spent the last years of his life, passing away at the
A-ery rijie old age of ninety-two years. In early manhood he had been a mem-
l)er of the Methodist church, but he afterward joined the Presbyterian church
and in its work took an acti\-e interest, serving as elder up to the time of his
death, lie was lilcssed with a cheerful and happy disposition, lived an
upright, Imik Talilc life and may well be termed one of nature's noblemen.
His son, Levi Crawford, came to California in 1862, locating in Stanislaus
county, where he engaged in teaching school for seven years, subsequently
giving his attention to farming. His wife died in April, 1895, and he sur-
\i\ed her less than a year. Their death was mourned by a large circle of
friends for their genuine worth. They were highly respected by all who
knew them. Luman G. Crawford, another of his sons, was a soldier in the
Civil war, enlisting in the Third Infantry Michigan Volunteers July 29. 1864.
with commission of second lieutenant; on January 8, 1865. was promoted
first lieutenant, and on February 2'^. 1866, was jiromoted cajitain. He was
mustered out June 10, 1866. He held the position of commissary of subsis-


tence under General Thomas and was on his staff. He is now a resident of
Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Edwin R. Crawford, whose name begins this review, was educated in
the pubhc schools and in the Plymouth high school of Michigan, after which
he engaged in teaching, with good success. He also devoted his attention
to farming until 1866, which was the year of his emigration to California.
On reaching this state he made his way directly to his present home, pur-
chasing one-half of the Langworth farm, and to-day he owns seven hundred
and fifty acres, constituting a valuable property, which is conveniently
located near Oakdale and is improved with all the modern accessories and
conveniences. There is an excellent residence, and good barns and outbuild-
ings which furnish shelter for grain and stock.

In 1869 ]\Ir. Crawford was united in marriage to ]vliss Mary Jane
Gregg, a native of Steuben\-ille, Ohio, born April 30, 1850. Their union has
been blessed with five children, of whom four are living, namel}- : Lucy, now
the wife of A. F. Finney, the county surveyor of Stanislaus county; Ger-
trude, a graduate of the State Normal school, and now a teacher in her home
district; Henry and Alargaret, who are still with their parents; and Walter,
who died when one year old. Mrs. Crawford is a valued member of the
Presbyterian church. Mr. Crawford has been a life-long Republican who
keeps well informed on the issues of the day, and is therefore able to support
his position by intelligent argument. He is classified among the successful
farmers of his county, operating twelve hundred acres of land which is
planted to wheat and alfalfa. He follows progressive farming methods,
having a thorough understanding of the best methods of cultivating his fields
in order to produce good crops. He is practical and enterprising and above
all is reliable in his transactions with his fellow men.


Charles Schulze. proprietor of the Sierra Nevada Hotel at Coloma, Eldor-
ado county, California, is a native of Germany, born of German parents, July
30, 1852. At the age of seventeen he emigrated to this country. After
spending a month visiting his relatives in Pennsylvania, he came west to San
Francisco, where he went to work to make his fortune. He had learned the
trade of blacksmith from his father in the old country and upon his arrival
in San Francisco found employment at his trade, receiving at first ten dollars
per week and later ha\ing his wages increased. He spent two years in San
Francisco and then he went to the quicksilver mines, where for two years
he worked at his trade for the Manhattan Company. His next business ven-
ture was in the hotel business in Sausalito, after which he was variously occu-
pied at different places, at one time conducting a saloon in San Francisco, at
another time residing in Reno, Nevada, and for two years he worked at his
trade in Bodie. Then seeking a warmer climate he went to ^lexico and was
there thirteen months. California, however, had its attractions for him and
at the end of that time he returned to San Francisco, where he suffered from
a severe illness.


Upon his recover}' ^Mr. Scluilze went to Sierra City, where he worked at
his trade two years and thence came to Coloma. In addition to the Sierra
Nevada Hotel at Coloma, Mr. Schulze has a resort in the mountains called
■'L'ncle Tom's Cabin," situated half way between Coloma and Lake Tahoe,
Ix-autiful for location and in many ways attractive, commanding a delightful
\ie\v and afYording tine fishing. This resort is frequented by many people
from Sacramento and from all parts of the surrounding country.

In Coloma Mr. Schulze was married to ]\Irs. Elizabeth Armdeshcjlden,
who has a son Arnold, by her former husband. IMr. Schulze also had been
previously married. His first wife, who was ]\Irs. A. Florire, lie wedded in
Sausalito. By their union there were two children, one of wlmm is now liv-
ing, Aliss Daisy, who is her father's secretary.

For thirteen years Air. Schulze has been a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. He has filled all the chairs in both branches of the
order and has represented his lodge in the grand lodge of the state, and he and
his family are identified with both the Order of the Eastern Star and the
Kebekah degree lodge. He is also an active member of the Masonic order,
in which he has served officially, and is a member of se\-eral clubs. Being an
ii'U'lli-.Tit, enterprising, up-to-date business man, his membership is valued in
all these (ifganizations. Politically he is a Democrat, not, however, taking an
active part in political matters.


Occupying an eminent position at the Ijar of Xevada county is Harris L.
Moody, whose connection with the legal fraternity covers only a short period,
for he is yet a young man, but his ability is such as to have already gained
for him prominence among the leading ])ractitioners of Truckee. He is a
native of Platte county, Missouri, born July 5, 1869. his parents being James
Y. and Sarah A. (Jasper) Moody. His father was a native of Tennessee, and
during a greater part of his business career carried on merchandising. In
1S82 he came to California, locating at Los Angeles, and his death occurred
in 1896. He was descended from sturdy Scotch ancestry, whose advent on
the American continent antedates the Revolutionary war. Tiie mother of
our subject was a native of Missouri and of English lineage, and her deatii
occurred in 1877. -f" their family were ten children, Harris L. being the

Mr. Moody of this review accompanied his parents to California and com-
pleted his literary education in the high school of Los Angeles, in which he was
graduated with the class of 1886. His early life was devoted to merchandising,
and he entered upon his professional studies in 1889, under the direction and
in the office of \\'illiam E. Arthur. He is a graduate of tlie Law Scliool
Association, and in 1891 was admitted to the bar, after which he at once
began practice in Los Angeles, where he continued until 1895. In that year
he opened an office in the city of Truckee, where he has since followed liis
profession. From 1895 ""t'' ^^97 li^ fi^^^d the ofiice of deputy county attorney


under P. T. Riley. He has made a specialty of corporation law, and has
already an extensive practice which is constantly growing. Admitted to the
bar, he at once entered upon the prosecution of his professional labors, and
from the beginning was unusually prosperous in every respect. The success
which he has attained is due to his own efforts and merits. The iX)Ssession
of advantages is no guarantee wdiatever of professional success. This comes
not of itself, nor can it be secured without integrity, ability and industry.
These equalities Mr. Moody possesses to a large degree, and is faithful to
every interest committed to his charge. He has also been connected with the
military service of the state, having been a non-commissioned officer in the
Eighth California Regiment. In June, 1898, that command was called out
and made preparations for foreign service, but after being stationed for six
monts at \"ancouver, A\'ashington. it was found that the regiment would not
be needed and the soldiers, therefore, returned to California.

Politically Mr. Moody is a Democrat and has taken a deep interest in
the questions and issues of the day, doing all in his power to promote the wel-
fare of his party. Socially he affiliates with Summit Lodge, No. 54. Knights
of Pythias, of Truckee. He is a man of progressive views, and is always
ready and willing to aid and encourage all measures which have for their object
the welfare of the community. Throughout his whole life Avhatsoever his
hands have found to do, whether in his professional or in his official duties or
in any other sphere, he has done with his might and with a deep sense of con-
scientious obligation.


A well known representati\-e of the liar of Grass \'alley is Sumner T.
Dibble, who liy close application to his ])rofessional duties, his earnest prepara-
tion of cases and his power of analysis has gained a leading place in the ranks
of the legal fraternity of Nevada county. His entire life has been pas^^ed in
California. H*e is a native of Nevada county, born August 26, i860, and is
a son of General Alford B. Dibble, who was a distinguished lawyer of Grass
Valley. He was born in New York but came to California in 1S52, by way of
the isthmus route. Atracted by the discovery of gold, he spent some time in
the mines but afterward turned his attention to the legal profession and won
distinction in his chosen calling. He was also prominent in the public aff'airs
of the state and filled several important positions. He was adjutant-general
of California and also served as the ftrst commissioner under Governor Stone-
man. His death occurred February 16. 1896, and the community thereby lost
one of its leading men. He was married in California in 1854, to ^Miss Emma
Allen, a native of New York. Her family name was McComen, but in early
life she was adopted by a family of the name of Allen and was alwa\-s thu<
called. She still resides in Grass Valley, being one of the estimable ladies of
the town. Her father was a soldier in the English army.

In a familv of five children Sumner T. Dibble was the third in order of
birth, and in the public schools he acquired his preliminary education, which was


supplemented by study in the I'niversity of the Pacific, at San Jose, anil in
the Napa Collegiate Institute. Determining to make the practice of law his
life-work he matriculated in the law department of the University of California,
but left that institute in 1884 to become secretary of the state senate in Sacra-
mento, being appointed by Governor Stoneman. He filled that position for
two years, and completed his law studies under the direction of his father.
In 1888 he was admitted to practice in the state courts, and in 1897 he was
appointed notary public by Governor Budd. In politics he is an active Demo-
crat, and has many times served as delegate to the conventions of his party,
but his time is largely given to his professional duties and his devotion to his
client's interests is proverbial.

willia:\i hexry schmal.

Among the self-made men of Tuolumne county, California, no one more
richly deser\-es the success that he has achieved than William Henrv Schmal.
foreman of the App mine at Quartz. Mr. Schmal was born at Buffalo, New
York, and is descended from German ancestry and his father was born there
also. His grandfather was a native of Germany and was an early settler
at Buffalo. Mr. Schmal's father, who was a painter, wagon-maker and black-
smith, was reared, educated and married in his native city. In 1877, when the
subject of this sketch, who was born October 31, 1871, was about six 3'ears
old, he came with his wife and child to Reno, where he established a sho;)
and acquired some property. From Reno he removed to Bodie, Mono county,
where he remained one year. Then he removed to Columbia, Tuolumne
county, and \vorked there and at Jamestown for some years and died in Fresno
county at the age of fifty-four years. He was a hard-working, honorable
man, who battled bravely against reverses. He left a widow and four children,
of whom three are now living. His daughter, Christina, is the wife of J. S.
Higgins, of Fresno. His son Charles Frederick Peter is a well known mining
man at Bodie. His widow lives at Georgetown, Nevada.

William Henry Schmal attended public schools in Tuolumne county in
his childhood and began to earn his own living when he was ten years old. He
spent a year in Stanislaus county, herding cattle at ten dollars a month, and
after that lived for four years with John Pereira at Jamestown and worked in
his store for board, clothing and schooling, and later he was employed in a sim-
ilar way by Mr. Leland. Subsequently he drove a team for a time and then
worked at the Buchanan mine, running the steam pumps and the underground
hoist for three j-ears.

}k[r. Schmal next turned his attention to mining on his own account.
After operating for several years at Jamestown, he sjient a year in Sierra
county and then, after mining at Jamestown, Rawhide and Tulltetown, went
to Nevada City, where he was employed ten months in the Providence mine
at mining and timbering. Later lie mined on his own account at Mormon
Creek, where he worked a gravel claim with gratifying success. He then
worked for some time at the While Cliff mine and in 1805. came to the .\i)p


mine, -where he was employed ten months as a miner. On the expiration uf
that period he was employed for a time at the Rawhide mine and had charge
of a mining property at Acton, Los Angeles county, until he returned to the
App mine to accept his present position as foreman. This is a large mine and
one of the oldest quartz mines in the state, and ]\Ir. Schmal has supervision
of everything connected with it, and fills his responsible position with great
energy and fidelity. Mining has been his life-work, and operations, as he
directs them, are based upon practical experience rather than theory. With a
considerable force of men under his direction he is making an extensive addi-
tion to the capacity of the mine. Combining great force of character with
a cheerful and obliging disposition he is peculiarly (pialified to fill the import-
ant place to which he has been called.

Politically Mr. Schmal is a Republican, but he is too busy to give much
attention to the work of jjractical politics, though his enterprise, public-spirit
and good judgment make his advice desirable to the leaders of his party. He
was married in March, 1894, to Miss Elsie Kahl, who was born in Tuolumne
county, a daughter of ^Villiam Kahl, a native Californian, and they ha\e a
daughter named Frances Ruth. His home is well appointed and hospitable
and he and ]\Jrs. Schmal are highly esteemed by a large circle of acciuaintances.


]\Iore than half a century has passed since Albert Burnett came to this
state and therefore throughout the greater part of his life he has resided on
the Pacific slope. As one of the honored pioneers of this section of the country
he has been prominently identified with its development, progress and upbuild-
ing from an early day. He was born in Dutchess county, Xew York, in 1836.
His father. Jacob Burnett, was a successful farmer of the Empire state. Upon
the homestead farm the subject of this review was reared and early Iiecame
familiar with all the laliors and duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist.
The public s'chools afforded him his educational privileges, and in 1849 li^
crossed the plains, driving a mule team. The company started from Gab/es-
ton, Texas, with fifteen teams, stopping at different places along the way. and
completed the journey after four montlis.

Mr. Burnett was engaged in mining on ^^'ood's creek where he ti -^ "k out
eighteen thousand dollars the first winter. Farther up the creek he afterward
engaged in mining with good success, and for four years he followed that
occupation. He then purchased cattle and brought them to his present loca-
tion in 1865. Since that time he has been successfully engaged in stock-raising
and farming and in his business affairs he has met with very desirable •suc-
cess. To-day he is the owner of two thousand acres of land, constituting a fine
farm in an excellent location. His broad acres are under a high state of cul-
tivation. All are devoted to use as pasture lands whereon his herd.s of cattle
graze, being thus fitted for the market. l\\ 1898, while he was in the moun-
tains, his residence was destroyed liy hre and he is now preparing to erect
a new lK)me. He has various other farm buildings upon the place, all kept


in good repair, which indicates the thrift that characterizes everything on liis

j\lr. Burnett is a stanch Democrat, but is not an office-seeker. He has
never joined any societies, giving his attention strictly to his business affairs
and in this Avay he has prospered, becoming one of the successful men of Stan-
islaus county. He enjoys a very enviable reputation in business circles, being
straightforward and honorable in all his dealings. His life serves as an illus-
tration of what may be accomplished through determined purpose and resolute
effort, guided by sound judgment, and should serve as a source of encourage-
ment and ins])iration to others who ha\-e to depend upmi their own resources.


]\Iore than a century ago \\'ashington said that "farming is the most
honorable as well as the most useful occupation to which man devotes his
energies." Truth is eternal, and therefore the utterance of the Father of his
Country stands to-day, as it did then, without question. Farming has been
the basis of all prosperity and this is so in California as in other states,
although mining and fruit-growing have had, too, an important part in pro-
moting the progress of the state. Among the representatives of the agricult-
ural interests of Stanislaus county is Francis Marion Cottle, who came to
California in 1853 and now owns a fine farm a mile east of Oakdale. He
was born in Lincoln county, Missouri, on the 23d of March, 1837, and is
of English and German descent, although for many generations the family
has been found in America. The grandfather of our subject was a resident
of Woodstock, Vermont, and at an early day removed to Missouri, where he
became one of the pioneer settlers of the state. Ira Cottle, the father of our
subject, was born in Lincoln county, Missouri, and was there reared to
manhood and married Miss Sarah Smithers, a native of Kentucky. He fol-
lowed farming as a means of livelihood and was one of the energetic and
enterprising agriculturists of his community. Both he and his wife died in
the same year, leaving four children, of whom I\Ir. Cottle is now the only

Li 1853 he crossed the plains with oxen in a party of fifty men. who
brought with them much stock. When they reached the Platte, Mr. Cottle's
uncle, Zora Cottle, and his son, accompanied by our subject, started on ahead,
making their way direct to Stanislaus river. They brought with them a
band of cattle, Francis M. Cottle being in his seventeenth year when be drove
the stock across the plains. Here he continued in the stock business until
1865, during which time he made two trips to Los Angeles to purchase cattle.
Li partnership with his uncle he had as high as four thousand cattle at one
time. This region was then one vast plain over which the stock had an
unlimited range and as the country afforded pasturage and there was little
money outlay in raising stock the business proved a very profitable one.

tn 1863 Mr. Co\tlc purchased one tbousaml and fifty acres of land,
including the site of what is now Burnett Station, and lie to-day owns five


hundi-ed acres, — a very valualile tract which is improved with a good frame
residence and all modern accessories and conveniences. For the past thirty-
five vears he has devoted his energies to fruit-raising and has had as high
as twenty-five hundred acres planted to that crop. Sometimes his fields have
given an immense yield and other times a very light one, hut he has prose-
cuted his business with diligence, doing the best he could to secure good
returns, and his career has been one of prosperity.

In 1869 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Cottle and jMiss Hattie
L. Kennedy, a native of ^Missouri and a daughter of John Kennedy, who
came to California in 1857. Four children were born to them, of whom
three are now living, the eldest, Ira Stephen, being with his father on the
farm. Zora Ernest is in Tuolumne county and Francis ilarion is at school.
Both ;Mr. and Mrs. Cottle were reared by Methodist parents and in early life
became members of that church. He long gave his political support to the
Democracy, but is now somewhat independent in his political views. His
time and attention has been given untiringly to his business interests. The
qualities which insure success are his for he is a man of unfaltering energy
and resolute purpose. He enjoys an enviable reputation as a worthy citizen
and as one of the pioneers of the Golden state.


John F. McSwain is one of the ablest lawyers practicing at the Merced
county bar, having the mental grasp which enables him to discover the salient
point:; in a case. A man of sound judgment, he manages his case with mas-
terlv skill and tact and is regarded as one of the best jury advocates in the
county. He is a logical reasoner and has a ready command of English. That
Mr. McSwain enjoys the confidence of his fellow townsmen as a citizen and

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