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Vandercook, A. E., one of the capable and well known mining engineers of the Sacramento Valley, is general manager of the New Pyramid mine, which is now in course of development in El Dorado County. He was born at Jackson, Michigan, on the 12th of June, 1874, and is a son of Oscar and Harriett (Foster) Vandercook. His father was active in public affairs in early days in Utah, where he served as United States marshal during the stirring Mormon troubles.

E. Vandercook was given the advantage of a good education, attending the public schools, a military academy and the University of Utah, after which he took the course in mining engineering under Professor C. Wyman of the Colorado School of Mines. He served as chief assayer for the John McVicker interests in Salt Lake City, after which he became assistant superintendent of the Cedar Valley Gold and Silver Mining Company. Going to Oregon, he served as superintendent for the Bohemian Mining Company and later had charge of many large mining properties. For many years he was chief engineer for the California Extraction Company, and then accepted his present position with the New Pyramid mine, where he has entire charge of all development work on what promises to be a very valuable property. During the World war Mr. Vandercook was called into service by the government because of his knowledge and experience in mining matters. He has perfected several patents pertaining to mining and is particularly well known because of his cyanide process patents.

Mr. Vandercook was united in marriage to Miss Lillian Mason, whose father was an early California journalist and wrote a history of Amador County. Mr. and Mrs. Vandercook are the parents of a daughter, Elizabeth. Mr. Vandercook is a Republican in his political alignment. He belongs to the Mining Congress and is a member of the Masonic order, in which he has received the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. His profession is his hobby and in mining circles he is held in very high esteem, being recognized as a capable and dependable engineer, while socially he enjoys a wide acquaintance and is uniformly well liked.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 312-315. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

2010 Gerald Iaquinta.



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