El Dorado County









Notable among the pioneers of Eldorado county was the late John W. Killough, who crossed the western plains to California in the year 1854. He was a prominent and respected citizen throughout a long residence in the Sacramento Valley, and he was the type of pioneer upon which the enduring structure of the state was built. Mr. Killough was born at Gosport, Indiana, December 25, 1832. He attended school in the Hoosier state and when he started for the west his destination was Oregon. En route, however, he joined another group headed for California. He first came to Eldorado county, and mined for a time, then later purchased the Pacific House, which he and his wife conducted successfully for six years. The Pacific House was a well known rendezvous among the early miners and settlers of this vicinity. Mr. Killough next bought a ranch on the Coloma highway, which he operated continuously until his death, November 4, 1899.

John W. Killough married Miss Elizabeth Frances Poteet, a daughter of Thomas Job Poteet, who came to California from Jefferson county Iowa, by way of the Horn in 1851. He mined at first, and later settled in the Killough ranch. He farmed for a number of years, then Mr. Killough bought the ranch. After selling out, Mr. Poteet went to Oregon, but later returned to Santa Barbara, California, where he died. His wife came to California in 1854, with an uncle. She was then a child of two and a half years of age, and as her uncle rode across the isthmus of Panama on a mule he carried her in his arms. There were fourteen children in the Poteet family, and ten of them are living. The mother died at the age of forty-seven years. Mrs. Killough now owns the old ranch which her father first farmed, and which her husband later bought.

To Mr. and Mrs. Killough two daughters were born, namely: Emma Retta, who died in 1918 at the age of forty-one; and Mary Alice, the wife of Fred Brandon, who is operating the old Killough ranch. There are two grandchildren of John W. Killough, and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Killough survives her husband, and has her own comfortable home in the city of Placerville. Mr. Killough was a democrat, and was a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Killough also belongs to the Eastern Star.



Transcribed by Marie Hassard 02 June 2010.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2, Pages 146-147. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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