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Shortly before his death during the latter part of the eighteenth century the illustrious philosopher and statesman. Dr. Benjamin Franklin, presented to his namesake and relative, Benjamin Franklin Folger, of Nantucket, a medallion head as a token of affection and remembrance. This souvenir, which presents an excellent likeness of the noted doctor, is now in the possession of Alfred Gilbert Folger, a grandson of the original owner and himself a claimant to kinship with the statesman through the latter 's mother, who was a member of the Folger family of Massachusetts. In addition to his relationship to one of America's most noted men, he also is a descendant of a Fortj^-niner, his grandfather, Hosmer P. Osborn, having come to the west immediately after hearing of the discovery of gold, and many years afterward this honored old settler served as president of the Pioneer Society of Sacramento.

Born in the city of Sacramento April 4, 1854, Alfred Gilbert Folger is a son of Benjamin F. and Juliana (Osborn) Folger. A fair education received in the local schools afforded him preparation for the activities of business. Upon starting out for himself he embarked in the stock industry and for two years owned and managed a large flock of sheep in the northern part of the state. After he had disposed of the sheep he turned his attention to general farming and for six years he tilled the soil in Placer county. A later experience of one year in the mercantile business was followed by his association in 1890 with the People's Saving Bank of Sacramento. At first he held a position as teller and bookkeeper, but in a short time he was made assistant cashier. Upon the resignation of the cashier, George W. Lorenz, in 1906 Mr. Folger was selected to fill the vacancy. Largely as the result of his far-seeing business judgment, the bank decided to purchase the site on the corner of Eighth and J streets. On this unexcelled location the finest bank building in Sacramento was erected at a cost of $275,000. The structure contains seven floors, the first of which is fitted with the elegant appointments of a modern bank and is utilized entirely by the banking institution for its own large business, while the upper stories are rented as offices.

The marriage of Mr. Folger took place in Sacramento, December 12, 1877, and united him with Miss Ella A. Gallup, a lifelong resident of Sacramento and a descendant of Revolutionary ancestors. Her parents, Josiah and Julia A. Gallup, were pioneers of the west. Mr. Gallup, who could speak the Chinese language with fluency and was a man of wide intelligence, held a high position among the early settlers of the state. Until his death, which occurred in 1859, he engaged extensively in raising and buying mules to be utilized for transportation purposes, a business of great importance owing to the fact that no railroad had as yet been built into the valley. The only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Folger is Miss Julia Ardel Folger, born October 31, 1890, and educated in Mills College near Oakland. Both Mr. and Mrs. Folger are prominent in the most exclusive circles of Sacramento society, Mrs. Folger being one of the leading members of the Tuesday Club, while he is past president of the Sunset Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West. He was made a Mason in Washington Lodge No. 20, F. & A. M., is member of Sacramento Chapter No. 3, R. A. M., Sacramento Council No. 1, R. & S. M., Sacramento Commandery No. 2, K. T., and is a member of Islam Temple, N. M. S. of San Francisco. The Sutter Club numbers him among its members, and he is also a member of the Junior Society of California Pioneers. The Republican party has received his ballot ever since he attained his majority and he has been stanch in the support of the principles which he believes to best conserve the permanent progress of our commonwealth and country. 

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