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Charles F. Juilliard

Many generations of the Juilliard family were born and reared in France, and the first of the name to leave the land of his forefathers and establish the name elsewhere was Peter Juilliard, who came to the United States in 1836. With him came his son, Charles F. Juilliard, who was then a lad of ten years, his birth having occurred in 1826. The family settled in Ohio, and near Canton carried on farming operations with success. The quiet content which they experienced for a number of years was broken in upon by the news which was spread broadcast over the country at the time of the finding of gold in California. The kindly old father was content with his lot, but his more ambitious sons, Charles F. and Louis F., were eager to participate in the excitement and to try their luck in the mines.

The year 1849 found the brothers on their way to the gold-fields, the voyage to California being made by way of the Isthmus, and they entered the Golden Gate in April, 1850. The voyage on the Pacific side northward from this metropolis was made on the brig Corbier and was ninety days in reaching the California coast. The first efforts of the brothers were in the mines of Trinity county, and such was their success that they were enabled to lay by considerable means. With the money thus acucmulat3d Charles F. engaged in the merchandise business, and in 1858 he removed to Red Bluff, Tehama county, where he conducted a successful merchandise business for the following five years. In 1866 he went to Alameda county, and six years later to Santa Rosa, where he established himself in business in the firm of Stanley, Neblett & Juilliard, which was a name well known throughout this part of the state. Another enterprise with which he was associated was the Sebastopol winery, which he founded in 1882.

Mr. Julliardís marriage in young manhood united him with Sarah A. Chilton, the daughter of Major Chilton, a native of Springfield, Ill. Mrs. Julliard passed away in Santa Rosa June 19, 1897, at the age of sixty-seven years. Three children blessed the marriage of this worthy couple: Louis W., of whom a sketch will be found elsewhere in this volume; Isabelle, who became the wife of Mark L. McDonald, Jr., of Santa Rosa; and Frederick A., a member of the firm of A. D. Julliard & Co., commission merchants of New York City, with large silk works in Paterson, N. J.

History of Sonoma 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: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011