El Dorado County









      Charles E. Dugan, who owns and operates a fine ranch of six hundred and forty acres near Shingle Springs, is a member of one of El Dorado county’s oldest families, his grandfather having come here with the historic band of “Forty-niners” who gave California its first great impetus.  Mr. Dugan was born on the home place at Dugan Station, El Dorado County, on the 11th of September, 1890, a son of Charles W. and Mattie (Hanley) Dugan.  After his grandfather had been in California two or three years he returned east and in 1853 brought his family across the plains to their future home.  In the following year he built the Dugan house, which stood at Dugan Station until 1924, a period of seventy years.  The grandfather died in 1868 and was survived for many years by his widow who passed away in 1902.  The original farmstead consisted of three hundred and twenty acres, to which a like number of acres were added by Charles W. Dugan, who was born and reared on that place.  He was educated in the rural schools of that neighborhood and devoted the active years of his life to ranching and cattle raising.  His death occurred in 1919 and his widow, who is a native of El Dorado County, now resides at Placerville.

      Charles E. Dugan acquired his education in the schools of his home district and the public schools of Sacramento, which he attended for one year.  He then worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for twelve years, at the end of which time he returned to the home ranch.  On the death of his father he took over the management of the place, in the operation of which he has been very successful.  He has part of the land under cultivation and also raises large numbers of cattle, sheep and goats.  He keeps the ranch well improved, has proved a good manager, and is now numbered among the prosperous and substantial farmers of El Dorado County.

      Mr. Dugan was united in marriage to Miss Agnes L. Maher, a native of Nebraska, and they are the parents of two children, Eleanora Agnes and Alberta Ida.  In his political affiliation Mr. Dugan is a Republican and takes a helpful interest in public affairs, particularly such as affect the welfare of his home community.  He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Native Sons of the Golden West.  Hunting and fishing are his favorite forms of recreation.  He is a man of great energy and determination and has exercised sound judgment in business, so that he was well earned the prosperity which is crowning his activities.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 27-28. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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