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El Dorado County History

Historical Souvenir of El Dorado County California with Illustrations 
and Biographical Sketches of its Prominentmen and Pioneers. 
Oakland 1883. Paolo Sioli, Publisher. Compiled by P. Sioli.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS   To Our Patrons (intro)

CHAPTER I

Early Discoveries and Exploration of the Coast and Lower California 1-5

CHAPTER II

History of the Missions in Upper California 5-10  chart:  Missions and Towns

CHAPTER III

Civil Government in California under Spanish Regime 11-14

CHAPTER IV

California under Mexican Regime 14-18

CHAPTER V

California under Mexican Regime 18-22 (continued)

CHAPTER VI

The Bear Flag War 22-27

CHAPTER VII

American Conquest - Mexican War 28-29

CHAPTER VIII

American Conquest - Mexican War (continued) 29-32

CHAPTER IX

American Conquest - Mexican War (the end) 32-36

CHAPTER X

California under American Regime 36-39

CHAPTER XI

Laws and Organizations of California 39-43  charts:  Convention Table  Population

CHAPTER XII

Early Condition, Inhabitants and Exploration in California 43-47

CHAPTER XIII

Early Condition, Inhabitation and Explorations in this Region 47-59

CHAPTER XIV

Discovery of Gold 59-67  charts: California Gold Production  World Gold Production

CHAPTER XV

The Routes of Immigrants, and How they Arrived - 67-70

CHAPTER XVI

Organization of County and County Court Seat 70-75

CHAPTER XVII

El Dorado County, Geographically 75-80  chart:  Rainfall

CHAPTER XVIII

Mining Industry - River Mining 81-86  chart:  Amount of gold of the bars on Middle Fork

CHAPTER XIX

Mining Industry - Dry Digging and Hydraulic Mining 86-90

CHAPTER XX

Mining Industry - Quartz Mmes, etc 90-97

CHAPTER XXI

Mining Laws 97-104

CHAPTER XXII

The Water Supply 104-110

CHAPTER XXIII

Farming Industry and Statistics 110-115  charts: Producing Cereals   El Dorado Population           Personal Property

CHAPTER XXIV

Internal Improvements - Roads 115-123 chart: Heights Above the Sea

CHAPTER XXV

Internal Improvements - Bridges - Stage Lines - Express Companies  chart: Messages Per Day
Telegraph Companies 123-129

CHAPTER XXVI

Internal Improvements - Railroads 129-134

CHAPTER XXVII

Journalism 134-137

CHAPTER XXVIII

Secret Societies 137-143  chart: Officers Elected

CHAPTER XXIX

County Hospital, Schools, etc 143-147

CHAPTER XXX

Criminal Annals 147-157

CHAPTER XXXI

Indian Troubles 157-160

CHAPTER XXXII

General Election Matters 160-172  charts:  General Election 1851  El Dorado Precincts 1  El Dorado Precincts 2  General Election 1854 -1  General Election 1854 - 2   Presidential Electors 1856  General Election 1872  For Supervisors 1875

CHAPTER XXXIII

Reminiscences and Anecdotes 172-176


 

LOCAL HISTORY
 

Coloma 177 Georgetown 187 Latrobe 199
Uniontown 180 Kelsey 191 Shingle Springs 199
Michigan Flat 181 Spanish Flat 191 Negro Hill 201
Pilot Hill 181 Mosquito Valley 192 Salmon Falls 202
Hogg's Diggings 182 Newtown 192 Cold Springs 204
Murderer's Bar 182 Grizzly Flat 193 Diamond Springs 205
Spanish Dry Diggings 184 Indian Diggings 196 Placerville
Greenwood 185 Saratoga, or Yeomet 198 chart: Placerville Votes 1853/54

 


 

INDEX OF BIOGRAPHIES (note: these bios are in alpha order, not the same as the book) 
(see biographies)
Adams, Andrew Jackson 230  Fowler, William J. 241  Mortensen, Ernest 253 
Allen, Thomas 230  Fox, Daniel W. 242  Mosely, Albert 254 
Armstrong, Thomas Z. 222  Gait, Thomas Augustus 246  Nagler, Charles 258 
Askew, James 230  Gallanar, George W. 245  Nicholls, Francis 257 
Barette, Guillaume 233  Grainger, Juan F. 245  Nicholls, William 257 
Baring, August 233  Gray, Allen T. 245  Noble, Robert 258 
Bassi, G. 232  Gray, William H. 245  Norris, Joseph Spencer 258 
Bayley, Alexander John 223  Griffith, Maurice Griffith 243  Norris, Robert 258 
Beattie, George 231  Griffith, William E. C. 246  Norton, David Edson 257 
Benjamin, D. W. C. 232  Haggart, John D. 246  O'Brien, James Garlen 259 
Bennett, David 233  Hakemoller, Henry 246  Osborn, Oscar W. 259 
Berry, Reuben Kelly 234  Harris, Thomas 248  Palmer, William Madison 260 
Berry, Solomon Adams 235  Harris, William 266  Parker, Elias L 260 
Bingham, Lucien 232  Hart, Hugo T. 247  Pelton, Aylmer 261 
Blundell, Joseph T. 234  Hart, Powell F. 247  Pelton, Samuel B. 261 
Bosquit, A. S 232  Hartless, Benjamin W. 225  Perkins, Daniel R. 261 
Brandon, Zar P. 233  Hayes, Silas 246  Phillips, Joseph W. D. 260 
Brown, Gilbert N. 233  Hogan, P. B. 248  Poor, John 260 
Brown, Provost D 231  Hooper, William H. 247  Ramsey, George W. 262 
Bryant, Freeman 235  Hopwood, John 250  Rasmussen, Andrew 262 
Buchan, William 234  Houx, John L. 248  Ricci, Felix 262 
Bucknam, W. A. 235  Irish, Joseph 249  Roelke, George H. 263 
Carpenter, Caleb Gardener 236  Jacobsen, Alexander 249  Rogers, Calvin S. 261 
Carre, John 236  Johnson, Thomas 226  Russell, Henry Warren 263 
Cartheche, John 224  Killough, John Wesley 249  Rust, William Wallace 262 
Chalmers, Robert 222  Koch, John Bartholo 226  Sandfoss, C. F. 265 
Chichester, D. W. 239  Kramp, William Antone 249  Sevy, Marshall 265 
Coe, William Franklin 237  Lagerson, Frederick 252  Shepherd, Benjamin Franklin 264 
Coffin, William H. 237  Larkin, Henry 250  Skinner, James 263 
Colburn, Samuel Densmore 237  Laumann, Jonathan 226  Smith, Edward Hall 264 
Connell, Alexander 236  Lawson (Larsen), Samuel 242  Smith, Thomas 265 
Cox, Roger 237  Lee, Alexander T. 251  Spong, Samuel W 265 
Crocker, James 236  Litten, Arthur 251  Sweeney, James 264 
Currier, Ben C. 235  Long, Solomon Alexander 251  Terry, Isiah T 265 
Darrington, Levi 239  Lovejoy, L. H. 251  Tinney, Henry 266 
Davey, William 240  Lowry, A. J. 250  Trengove, William 266 
Davis, Louis M. 238  Lyon, Jacob 251  Veerkamp, Francis Joseph Arnold 266 
Day, Ephraim Cooper 238  Lyon, Joseph 250  Vignaut, Pierre J. 267 
Demuth, Reuben T. 239  Mahler, Henry 255  Wagner, Henry and Horatio A. 270 
Des Marchais, Simon 239  Mandes, J. A. 258  Wagner, William W. 267 
Dickinson, David P. 238  Manning, Munson W. 253  Watkins, David 269 
Dixon, F. R. J. 240  Mansfield, Nathan 253  Weller, Elias W. 270 
Donahue, James 224  Martin, Michael 255  Wentworth, Nathan 269 
Dormody, Mrs. Sarah F. 237  McDonald, Charles 238  White, William 270 
Duden, Calvin W. 240  Meder, John 255  Wilton, Aretas J. 268 
Edmunds, Benjamin F. 224  Metcalf, Mrs. Elizabeth 255  Winkelman, Jacob 268 
Egger, Jacob 241  Mette, Henry 256  Worth, Gideon 268 
Endriss, George 240  Meyers, Lewis B. 252  Worthen, H. W. A. 267 
Engesser, Frederick 241  Miller, James Harrison 227  Wrenn, John Q. 270 
Euer, Sophary 241  Miller, Moses 257  Wulff, Henry 269 
Filippini, Rinaldo 242  Miller, Nicholas S. 254  Yough, John G. 271 
Fisk, Ira A. 225  Miller, Samuel R. 254  Young, Commodore Perry 271 
Fowler, Gus H. 243  Moon, James 254  Zentgraf, Jacob 271 
Zimmerman, Sebastian 271 

 


INDEX OF ILLUSTRATIONS  Illustrations are with biographies
Bassi, G., (residence) Facing page  Koch, John Bartholo, (residence) Facing page 
Bayley, A. J., (residence) " "  Litten, Arthur, (residence) " " 
Bennett, David, (residence) " '*  Manning, M. W., (residence, etc.). . . " " 
Blanchard, Geo. G., (portrait) " "  Mette, Henry and Mrs. Jennie Mette, (portraits) " " 
Blanchard, Geo. G., (residence) " "  Mette, Henry, (residence) " " 
Brandon, Zar P., (residence) " "  Miller and Fowler Mining Claim, (view) " " 
Brown, P. D., (residence) " "  Mortensen, Ernest, (residence) " " 
Carpenter, C. G., (residence) " "  Newell, W. H., (residence) " " 
Chalmers, Robert, (portrait) " "  Pelton, Aylmer, (residence) " " 
Darrington, Levi, (residence) " "  Placerville, a rose of " " 
Davis, B. F., (portrait) " "  Ramsey, G. W., (residence) " " 
Day, E. C, (residence) " "  Selkirk, W. A., (portrait) " " 
Des Marchais, Simon, (residence) " "  Skinner, James, (residence) " " 
Dormody, Mrs. Sarah (residence) " "  Smith, Edward H., (residence) " " 
Duden, C. W., (portrait) " "  Smith, Thomas, (store and residence) " " 
Engesser, Frederick, (residence) " "  Sutter's Mill, Coloma Frontispiece 
Fowler, Wm. H. and Lawson, Sam'l, (residence) " "  Terry, L E., (residence) Facing page 
Fowler, Gus, (portrait) " "  Veerkamp, Francis and Family, (portraits) " " 
Fowler, Wm. H. and Lawson, Sam'l, (portraits) " '"  Veerkamp, Francis, (residence) " " 
French Mining Claim, Greenwood, (view) " "  Veerkamp, Frank J., (residence) " " 
Gray, A. T. and Sons, (residence) " "  White, William, (residence) " " 
Hakemoller, Henry, (residence) " "  Worth, Gideon, (residence) " " 
Harris, Thomas, (store and residence) " "  Wulff, Henry, (residence) " " 
Hart, H. T., (residence) "  Yough, John Ge, (residence) " " 
Hogan, P. B., (residence) " " 

A Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California

Chicago, Lewis Publ. Co., 1891