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Widely known throughout Sacramento as a man of conscientious principles and devotion to his duties as a citizen, Mr. Caples is numbered among the most trusted employees of the Elk Grove Vineyard Association, and by virtue of his unswerving honor and kindly manner fully merits the esteem with which he is regarded by his associates.

Mr. Caples was the sixth child of Dr. James and Mary J. (Walker) Caples, natives of Ohio and Kentucky respectively, who came to California in 1849 across the plains with ox-teams. They returned east to Illinois via Panama and in 1853 again came across the plains, this time with a drove of horses, and since then they have resided in Sacramento county, he being now eighty-nine years old, while the mother is eighty-five. George W. Caples was born November 16, 1859, nine miles south of Folsom, Cal., and received his educational training in the public schools of that town. After completing his studies he engaged in farming, but upon being appointed postmaster of the city of Folsom in 1889, he discontinued personal attention to his agricultural interests, opening an insurance office in connection with his official duties. He capably managed both departments of work until 1891, when he resigned the postmastership to accept a position as foreman for the American River Land and Lumber Co., now known as the Eldorado Lumber Company. Meantime he journeyed to Detroit, Mich., where he became a student in Pernin Institute, completed a general business course, and returned then to the west. He established a shorthand school in Carson City, Nev., which he conducted for several years, and in 1900 located in Elk Grove, Cal. He filled an appointment as farmer at the county hospital for about five years, leaving the service in 1906 to take his present situation with the Elk Grove Vineyard Association.

June 17, 1885, Mr. Caples was united in marriage with Miss Mary Crossette, the ceremony taking place in Auburn, Cal., and to their union four children were born: William Crossette, now on the battleship Wilmington; Isabelle Virginia, Mary Ethel and James Cecil. Mrs. Caples was a native of Folsom, and daughter of William and Mary C. (Hodgdon) Crossette, natives of Massachusetts, her father being a pioneer of 1849. She received her education in Perry's Seminary at Sacramento, where owing to her thoughtful attention to her studies she won a high place among her classmates.

Despite many discouragements and trials, Mr. Caples has never lost the optimistic spirit which has been one of his chief characteristics, and although his financial condition does not admit of luxuries, for which indeed the family do not yearn, being fully satisfied in their love for each other and the true comfort which they enjoy, feels himself rich in his blessings and regards as a priceless treasure the honor in which he is held bv his wide circle of friends. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011