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Three generations of the Mayden family are at present identified with Northern California, the first of these being represented by John Mayden, the founder of the name in the west and a man of energy and intelligence, who came to the coast country prior to the building of the first trans-continental railroad. A native of Indiana, born November 5, 1843, he received such advantages as the schools of his locality and day afforded. These were small indeed in comparison with the advantages now offered to the young, but he has supplemented them by observation and reading, so that he is now a man of broad general information. During 1865, at the age of about twenty-two years, he came to California via Panama and settled in Amador county, near Plymouth, where for a long period he owned extensive mining interests. Since his retirement in 1893 from mining operations he has lived quietly but happily at his old homestead, where he and his wife. Mrs. Mary (Thomas) Mayden, reared their family and passed many years of purposeful activity.

It was during the residence of the family at Drytown, a raining town in Amador county, that John L. Mayden was born January 28, 1875, and his earliest memories cluster around the village of Plymouth. Later the family lived again at Drytown and there he attended the public schools. After he had completed the regular public school course he attended the business college at Stockton for one year and there prepared for commercial activities, graduating in 1891. At the age of seventeen years, in 1892, he came to Sacramento and secured employment as a bill clerk with Baker & Hamilton, dealers in carriages and farming implements. His work was so intelligent and the results so satisfactory that the firm retained him in their employ, but recognized his ability by promoting him until finally they appointed him department manager, in which position he served for five years, on December 25, 1911, being made general manager, and he is now filling the place with characteristic energy and capability. The business of the Sacramento house extends all over Northern California, Southern Oregon and Nevada. Fraternally he is identified with the Woodmen of the World aud the National Union, while in politics lie votes with the Republican party. In Sacramento, November 28, 1898, occurred his marriage to Miss Ella Darrow Hatch, a native daughter of this city. They are the parents of two daughters, Helen Molter and Eleanor. 

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