El Dorado County









††††† Emmet D. Golden, who is engaged in the grocery business in Placerville, is the last surviving representative of one of El Dorado countyís earliest pioneer families, his father having settled here seventy-seven years ago.He was born on a farm in this county, on the 25th of August, 1865, a son of Daniel and Julia (Mahoney) Golden, who were born, reared and married in the east.In 1853 the father, leaving his wife in Boston, Massachusetts, came to California by way of the isthmus of Panama, direct to El Dorado County, where he engaged in mining.Three years later he was joined here by his wife, who also had come by the isthmus route.The father was accidentally drowned in one of the early floods and subsequently his widow became the wife of John Markle, a brother of a former president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.Mr. Markle died in 1894 and his widow passed away in 1899.

††††† Emmet D. Golden was educated in the public schools of El Dorado County and then turned his attention to the cattle business, in which his father had been engaged at the time of his death.In this he was joined by his brother Oliver and they continued the business together until the death of Oliver.Mr. Golden took over his brotherís interest in the business, which he carried on until 1908, when he sold his cattle and ranges.During the following seven years he was connected with lumber mills and then joined the General Electric Company.Later he went to the Western States Power Company, with which he was identified for fourteen years, or until it was taken over by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.Mr. Golden then engaged in the grocery business, buying the pioneer store of Placerville, in which town he had been residing for many years.He is still conducting that business, in which he has been very successful, due to his careful attention to the details of his business and his square dealing.

††††† In 1887 Mr. Golden was united in marriage to Miss May Alta Rasmussen, who died in 1898, and for his second wife he chose Miss Alice A. Bolger, a native of Virginia City, Nevada.Mr. Golden supports the Democratic Party as he does every laudable enterprise or movement looking to the betterment or improvement of the community.He is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.Hunting and fishing are his favorite forms of outdoor recreation and he usually returns from such trips with tangible evidence of his skill.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 74-77. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010Gerald Iaquinta.



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