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JOHN E. T. PIKE

With the exception of his first nine years Mr. Pike passed all of his life within the boundaries of the state of California. As he viewed the remarkable transformation wrought in his home city of Sacramento and in the surrounding country, he was wont to contrast the appearance of the village of the pioneer era with the cultured metropolis of the twentieth century. It was a source of gratification to him that his father, the late John Pike, was one of those sturdy, energetic pioneers to whom the west owes the foundation of its present prosperity, and he might have reflected with like pardonable pride upon his own honorable identification with civic growth. When he left his native town of Eastport, Me., where he was born in October, 1852, it was to begin the then long and tedious journey to the remote and unknown regions along the Pacific coast. With a boy's clearness of vision and keenness of memory he observed the aspect of the strange regions through which the family passed en route via the Isthmus of Panama to their destination, and recollections of the trip formed one of the most interesting memories of his life. Nor did he ever forget the frontier schools of Sacramento and the crude system of instruction then in vogue, which formed a startling contrast to the educational system afterward adopted.

To the credit of Mr. Pike it may be said that he remained in association with the same firm for forty years, death alone proving the cause of ultimate severance. In early youth he entered the office of the Wells-Fargo Company at Sacramento. Every position from the humblest he filled at different times until eventually he was made cashier, and he was filling that responsible post in September of 1910, when death terminated his earthly labors. He allowed few out- side matters to interfere with the daily discharge of business duties. Indeed, he took no part in civic projects, much as he approved of all that were for the benefit of the community. Nor did he take any part in politics, although he kept himself posted concerning national problems. Fraternally he co-operated with no organization except Masonry, in which he rose to high degree. As a member of Sacramento Lodge No. 3, F. & A. M., lie first became enlisted in Masonic philanthropies. Later he entered the Royal Arch Chapter and the Council of Royal and Select Masters. In addition, he became connected with the Sacramento Commandery, K. T., in which he served as commander, being the youngest commander up to that time. Eventually he was honored with admission to the Islam Temple, N. M. S., at San Francisco.

The Pike residence at No. 1712 P street, Sacramento, is now owned and occupied by Mrs. Pike and her only child, Hattie M., now Mrs. Clemont Brokaw. She was a native of this city and a graduate of its schools. Prior to her marriage in 1878 Mrs. Pike bore the maiden name of Fannie M. Hackett. She was educated at Napa seminary and Napa college. She, too, claims Sacramento as her native city, her father. Dr. Francis M. Hackett, having come from his native New Hampshire across the plains to California during the memorable year of 1849, and in this state he established a permanent home, here being united in marriage with Miss Ellen Merrill, who was born and reared in Chicago, Ill. When fourteen years of age she came with her parents to California, crossing the plains with ox-teams in 1849. Dr. Hackett was a pioneer dentist in Sacramento and later practiced in San Francisco, where he passed away. Mrs. Pike was educated at Napa seminary and Napa college. Among the oldest surviving settlers who remember Dr. Hackett and his wife they are recalled as people possessing true worth of character and the sturdy mental and physical attributes necessary to successful pioneering. 


Source:
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