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Locations of Parlors


Proceedings of the

Eighth Annual Session  



Thanks to our vigorous youth, our death rate is very low, but fifteen of our 3,700 members having been called away to the Parlor on High, as follows:


F. Mier, Thomas D. Ingham, Sacramento Parlor, No. 3.

Samuel L. Terry, Stockton Parlor, No. 7.

James Pearson, William Tyffe, Placerville Parlor, No. 9.

Charles Rosendall, Pacific Parlor, No. 10.

Thomas Ferral, San Mateo Parlor No. 23. 

T M Hughes, Fresno Parlor, No. 25. 

F. Howard Moore, Sunset Letters, No. 26. 

A. Silver, Mission Parlor, No. 38.

Alexander Goldberg, Elk Grove Parlor, No. 41.

Joseph Smith, J. E. J. Gately, San Francisco Parlor, No. 49.

Joseph Flanley, Oregon House Parlor, No. 51. 

John A. McQuesten, Hydraulic Parlor, No. 56.



 Proceedings of the

Twenty-fifth Annual Session  



Adolph Fetz California Parlor, No. 1.

James O’Dwyer California Parlor, No. 1.

A. E. Vivier California Parlor No. 1.

P.  Lindenbaum California Parlor No. 1.

S. A. Bagnell Sacramento Parlor, No. 3.

T. B. Wheeler Sacramento Parlor No. 3.

P. Siebenthaler Sacramento Parlor No. 3.

James H. Woods Sacramento Parlor No. 3.

Charles Patterson Stockton Parlor, No. 7. 

Edward Salbach Stockton Parlor, No. 7. 

John W. Tarr Stockton Parlor, No. 7. 

Fred W. Corbett Pacific Parlor, No. 10. 

Thomas R. Dixon Pacific Parlor, No. 10.

James H. Cammett Humboldt Parlor No. 14.

Joseph Levaggi  Amador Parlor, No. 17.

Edward Bernal San Jose Parlor, No. 22.

George W. Larkin Sunset Parlor, No. 26.

W. H. Wentworth Sunset Parlor, No. 26.

Thomas F. Kelly Golden Gate Parlor, No. 29.

Otto Koeper Golden Gate Parlor, No. 29.

R. E. Hopkins Woodland Parlor, No. 30.

Elmer Dopking Woodland Parlor, No. 30

A. L. Ludden Woodland Parlor, No. 30

J. Henry Schroder Mission Parlor, No. 38.

Frederick E. Farnsworth Rainbow Parlor, No. 40.

George A. Tibbetts Baker Parlor, No. 42.

E. Allard Agnew Fremont Parlor, No. 44.

W. Schumacher Alameda Parlor, No. 47.

P. H. Remillard Oakland Parlor, No. 50.

W. G. Whidden Oakland Parlor, No. 50.

John P. Chord St. Helena Parlor, No. 53.

Rollin Moore Quartz Parlor, No. 58.

William Keleher Quartz Parlor, No. 58.

T. W. McCarthy Auburn Parlor, No. 59. 

Ephraim Green Los Osos Parlor, No. 61.

Benjamin J. Donovan Silver Star Parlor, No. 63.

Albert Struve Watsonville Parlor, the No. 65. 

Elmer Morehead Watsonville Parlor, No. 65.

Thomas O'Connell Rincon Parlor, No. 72.

Michael Casey Rincon Parlor, No. 72.

W. H. Grisby Stanford Parlor, No. 76.

Levi R. Ellert Stanford Parlor, No. 76.

Henry F. Horstman Stanford Parlor, No. 76.

John C. Nobman Stanford Parlor, No. 76.

Joseph Clifford Vallejo Parlor, No. 77.

Richard J. Williams Vallejo Parlor, No. 77.

Joseph F. Crowley Friendship Parlor, No. 78.

Harry W. Taylor Friendship Parlor, No. 78.

Henry W. AmayaSanta Cruz Parlor, No. 90.

W. L. Jackson Santa Cruz Parlor, No. 90.

E.J. Meyer Downieville Parlor, No. 92.

Udalrico Hartnell Santa Lucia Parlor, No. 97.

Cornelius Y. Brown Mt. Diablo Parlor, No. 101.

Alfonse J. Levy Bay City Parlor, No. 104.

William E. Letson Bay City Parlor, No. 104.

Gustavus Asmussen Bay City Parlor, No. 104.

J. Edelman Niantic Parlor, No. 105.

Frank J. Casey Ramona Parlor, No. 109

Stephen Mallory White Ramona Parlor, No. 109

Allan P. Richardson Ramona Parlor, No. 109

T. M. O’Brien National Parlor, No. 118.

G. W. Terry National Parlor, No. 118.

Louis Burgelin Jr. Piedmont Parlor, No. 120.

Otto Kramm Piedmont Parlor, No. 120.

Belesario Valenzuela Madera Parlor, No. 130.

James Joseph McGuigan Gabilan Parlor, No. 132.

Phil R. Whelan Alcatraz Parlor, No. 145.

Robert H. Hession Alcalde Parlor, No. 154.

Robert McD. Muir Alcalde Parlor, No. 154.

Marcus J. McNamara Yontocket Parlor, No. 156.

Paul Steiner South San Francisco Parlor, No. 157.

John Lillard South San Francisco Parlor, No. 157.

James J. Broderick Sea Point Parlor, No. 158.

F. H. Cranz Sequoia Parlor, No. 160.

V. J. A. Garis, Jr. Sequoia Parlor, No. 160.

Arthur Bones Altamont Parlor, No. 167.

F. M. Spencer Golden Anchor Parlor, No. 182.

C. F. W. Smith Precita Parlor, No. 187.

Emil A. Rosengarten Precita Parlor, No. 187.

Julius Kroger Olympus Parlor, No. 189.

William H. Ring Presidio Parlor, No. 194.

J. J. Evers Athens Parlor, No. 195.

W. G. Hawkett Athens Parlor, No. 195.

Andrew Denegri Marshall Parlor, No. 202.

George Washington May Cape Horn Parlor, No. 203.

Henry T. Smith Carquinez Parlor, No. 205.

John T. Brennan Dolores Parlor, No. 208.

Peter McSweeney Dolores Parlor, No. 208.

Elijah Stevens Greenwood Parlor, No. 209.


Among those who have passed away are several who have sat in the councils of the Grand Parlor.


Ephraim Green, of Los Osos Parlor, No. 61, was with us one year ago at Santa Barbara and will, no doubt, be remembered by many of you who are returned to this Grand Parlor.


L. R. Ellert, of Stanford Parlor, No. 76, was a delegate to the Grand Parlor at Santa Rosa in 1891, and the Grand Parlor at Sacramento in 1893.  He was a man of distinction among us, and at one time was Chief Magistrate of San Francisco.


J. J. McGuigan, of Gabilan Parlor, No. 132, was a delegate to the Grand Parlor at San Rafael in 1889.


Arthur Bones, of Altamont Parlor, No. 167, sat in the Grand Parlor at Oroville in 1900.


Stephen M. White, of Ramona Parlor, No. 109, was a member of the Grand Parlor at Fresno in 1888, and at Los Angeles and 1892.


W. G. Hawkett, of Piedmont Parlor, No. 120, was, as a member of Oakland Parlor, No. 2, one of the fifteen organizers of the first Grand Parlor in 1878.



Proceedings of the

Thirtieth Annual Session  



In Memoriam

In memory of members deceased during the year 1906.  Separate page for ex-Delegates, and General Parlor sequence of all reported in the semi-annual reports for 1906.


Ben Messinger California Parlor, No. 1

Michael Cuneo, California Parlor, No. 1

Henry Mayer, California Parlor, No. 1

Myron Hendrick, California Parlor, No. 1

Richard C. Staiger, Sacramento Parlor, No. 3

Edward F. Scully, Sacramento Parlor, No. 3

James M. Dunigan, Sacramento Parlor, No. 3

Victor P. Sermonet, Sacramento Parlor, No. 3

Hugh McDade, Stockton Parlor, No. 7

B. C. Bentley, Stockton Parlor, No. 7

J. W. Kittrell, Argonaut Parlor, No. 8

William W. Wade, Pacific Parlor, No. 10

Frank C. Reynolds, Pacific Parlor, No. 10

Edward C. Lundquist, Pacific Parlor, No. 10

T. W. Hambly, San Jose Parlor, No. 22

Arthur A. Stange, San Mateo Parlor, No. 23

Edward J. Dwyer, Sunset Parlor, No. 26

Albert J. Johnston, Sunset Parlor, No. 26

Henry Frazer, Sunset Parlor, No. 26

Isaac Joseph, Sunset Parlor, No. 26

William T. Quinn, Santa Rosa Parlor, No. 28

F. W. Hess, Jr., Santa Rosa Parlor, No. 28

Edward P. Colgan, Santa Rosa Parlor, No. 28

C. W. Leathers, Woodland Parlor, No. 30

Philip Ludwell Browning, Woodland Parlor, No. 30

Thomas Dwyer, Excelsior Parlor, No. 31

John A. Fregulia, Excelsior Parlor, No. 31

J.D. Devine, Mission Parlor, No. 38

F. A. Little, Mission Parlor, No. 38

S. McCullough, Mission Parlor, No. 38

James B. Robinson, Solano Parlor, No. 39

Frank W. Reinhold, Alameda Parlor, No. 47

Charles Crain, Plymouth Parlor, No. 48

Joseph O’ Hanlon, San Francisco Parlor, No. 49

Thomas Rooney, San Francisco Parlor, No. 49

A. P. Franquelin, San Francisco Parlor, No. 49

Antone Ross, San Francisco Parlor, No. 49

Peter Quinn, San Francisco Parlor, No. 49

Thomas Whearty, San Francisco Parlor, No. 49

Edward Guinnane, El Dorado Parlor, No. 52

C. E. Elgin, St. Helena Parlor, No. 53

Frank M. White, Hydraulic Parlor, No. 56

Christopher Weber, Hydraulic Parlor, No. 56

James F. Robinson, Quartz Parlor, No. 58

William T. Laulenshlager, Auburn Parlor, No. 59

J. F. Fiedler, Los Osos Parlor, No. 61

James Quinn, Napa Parlor, No. 62

William R. Flanagan, Mount Tamalpais Parlor, No. 64

George W. Rowe, Watsonville Parlor, No. 65

Gus A. Belser, Watsonville Parlor, No. 65

James G. Smith, Colusa Parlor, No. 69

William Kessing, Rincon Parlor, No. 72

Charles W. Dakin, Rincon Parlor, No. 72

William Doran, Rincon Parlor, No. 72

John H. Heron, Monterey Parlor, No. 75

C.  Leroy Terrill, Monterey Parlor, No. 75

William W. Ackerson, Stanford Parlor, No. 76

William Carpenter, Granite Parlor, No. 83

Merrill Blunt, Calistoga Parlor, No. 86

George B. Lainger, Mt. Bally Parlor, No. 87

J. P. Cooper, Santa Cruz Parlor, No. 90

E. C. Orton, Santa Cruz Parlor, No. 90

A. W. Fiedler, Las Positas Parlor, No. 96

John C. Bardin, Santa Lucia Parlor, No. 97

Thomas Black, Niantic Parlor, No. 105

Harry L. Stafford, Ramona Parlor, No. 109

P. R. Botteller, Ramona Parlor, No. 109

A. A. Moreno, Arrowhead Parlor, No. 110

Charles Ruppricht, Eden Parlor, No. 113

William C. Coffin, Mountain Parlor, No. 126

Christian John Hesse, Wisteria Parlor, No. 127

Frank R. Hogan, Hesperian Parlor, No. 137

Edson A. Harkness, Tuolumne Parlor, No. 144

R. W. Dowling, Brooklyn Parlor, No. 151

James A. Gallway, Alcade Parlor, No. 154

Eugene G. Roy, Yontockett Parlor, No. 156

Daniel Brown, South San Francisco Parlor, No. 157

Thomas Cassady, Donner Parlor, No. 162

Julius Wildemuth, Washington Parlor, No. 169

James F. Banta, Tracy Parlor, No. 186

Andrew J. Wallace, Precita Parlor, No. 187

Edward J. Ryan, Precita Parlor, No. 187

John T. Cosgrove, Olympus Parlor, No. 189

George Chormiele, Santa Paula Parlor, No. 191

Robert Gill, Presidio Parlor, No. 194

H. A. Schmidt, Presidio Parlor, No. 194

D. Domeniconi, Presidio Parlor, No. 194

Louis Bauer, Presidio Parlor, No. 194

Fred Alfred Zepeda, Marshall Parlor, No. 202

Robert Joseph Sullivan, Marshall Parlor, No. 202

Harry Jorgensen, Twin Peaks Parlor, No. 214

Andrew McCarthy, Twin Peaks Parlor, No. 214

Otto W. Kerdes, University Parlor, No. 216

Arthur Floyd, El Capitan Parlor, No. 222

Thomas Slavin, Russian Hill Parlor, No. 229

Joseph Nixon, Russian Hill Parlor, No. 229

Owen McQuade, Guadalupe Parlor, No. 231

E. M. Otto, Castro Parlor, 232

Francis Joseph Schneider, Rocklin Parlor, No. 233

Charles Blower, Rocklin Parlor, No. 233


San Jose and Santa Clara Parlors

The memorial exercises for the deceased members of the Parlors of Native Sons of Golden West of San Jose and Santa Clara were particularly impressive.  Touching and and eloquent addresses were delivered by Jackson Patch and Judge and tea tooling of Hollister.  And address on “Our Deceased Brothers” was delivered by District Deputy Grand President Joseph Desimone.  Ms. Irene Quilty, Mrs. Charles McKenzie, Henry Hill, Miss Millie Constance Moncla, D.C. Powers, Roy McCallum, and others contributed to the musical program area


The names of the deceased members are:


San Jose Parlor, No. 22---Harry I. Bodley, Robert E. Edwards, Thomas C. Barry, F. M. Pfister, W. R. Snook, D. J. Murphy, J. R. Stock, George F. Oakes, C. M. Branham, M. H. Flynn, P. H. McGrath, J. T. Murphy, H. H. Herndon, W. W. Lowe, C. D. Croall, T. W. Hambly, J. T. Bailey, L. H. Hartmann, E. E. Bernal, C. J. Belloli.


Palo Alto Parlor, No. 82---A. L. Veuve, George P. Bargman, E. B. Goodrich.


Observatory Parlor, No. 177---John F. Ward, A. J. Greeninger, J. N. Johnston, L. G. Hinkelbein, A. L. Hinkelbein, Leroy B. Johnson.


Santa Clara Parlor, No. 100---D. A. Toomey.


The names of San Francisco Native Sons who have died since the memorial service held on November 19, 1905, were read by Secretary William J. Wynn, as follows:


California Parlor, No. 1—Ben Messinger, Michael Cuneo, Henry Mayer.

Pacific Parlor, No. 10—John Emmett Fitzgerald, Henry P. Giannini, Frank C. Reynolds, William W. Wade.

Mission Parlor, No. 38—J. D. Devine, F. A. Little.

San Francisco Parlor, No. 49—Joseph O’ Hanlon, Thomas Rooney, A. P. Franquelin, A. P. Ross.

El Dorado Parlor, No. 52—Edward Burns, Edward Guinnane.

Rincon Parlor, No. 72—Charles W. Dakin, William Francis Doran, William H. Kessing.

Stanford Parlor, No. 76—William M. McGuire, William W. Ackerson, Otto Hess, P. J. Quirk.

Niantic Parlor, No. 105—Thomas Black.

National Parlor, No. 118—Sumner J. Nickerson.

Hesperian Parlor, No. 137—Frank R. Hogan.

South San Francisco Parlor, No. 157—Daniel Brown.

Sequoia Parlor, No. 160—Henry Neeb, L. Spencer.

Presidio Parlor, No. 194—Charles F. Stewart, Louis Bauer, Henry A. Schmidt, Dominic Domeniconi.

Marshall Parlor, No. 202—Fred A. Zepeda.

Dolores Parlor, No. 208—Clifton H. Keene.

Twin Peaks Parlor, No. 214, Henry L. Sullivan, John J. Schaat.

El Capitan Parlor, No. 222—Arthur W. Floyd.

Russian Hill Parlor, No. 229—Thomas Slavin.


Proceedings of the

Thirty-Second Annual Session  



Frank D. Ryan, Sacramento Parlor No. 3.


On February 9, 1908, Past Grand President Frank D. Ryan was suddenly called by death.  Brother Ryan joined Sacramento Parlor No. 3 on March 11th, 1879, and was a Past President of that Parlor.


Brother Ryan was elected Grand President of the Native Sons of the Golden West in 1889.  He never ceased to take an active interest and the Order at large and never failed to attend a session of the Grand Parlor, and by his counsel and ability as a debater did much toward shaping the legislation of that Body.


Brother Ryan was born at the City of Sacramento on the eleventh day of May, 1859.  He attended the public schools there, completing his education at St. Mary’s College in San Francisco, then began the study of law in his native city, was admitted to practice in 1880, and occupied a prominent position in the legal fraternity.


Brother Ryan was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Young Man’s Institute, and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.


In public life Brother Ryan was always prominent.  He was elected to the Assembly in 1882; served as Clerk of the Assembly; was District Attorney of Sacramento County; served as Trustee of the State Library; Trustee of the Chico Normal Schools; Trustee of Sutter’s Fort; and Commissioner of Public Works.  He became a member of the National Guard in 1880, and after fifteen years of service was retired with the rank of major.


Brother Ryan left surviving him a widow, a son, Frank D. Ryan, of Sacramento Parlor No. 3, three daughters, Estelle, Ruth and Irene; his mother, Mrs. John C. Ryan, two brothers, Henry and Leonard Ryan, both members of the Native Sons, and five sisters, viz.: Rose, Agnes and Blanche Ryan and Mrs. Mary Harney and Mrs. James Strachan.



Richard Church Rust Excelsior Parlor No. 31.


Was born in the pioneer town of Marysville, Yuba County, California, on May 19th day of October, 1855, and died at Jackson, Amador County, on the 25th day of November, 1908.


With father and mother both born in Vermont, he came of that pure New England stock which has given us some of the strongest and best intellects of the nation.  His parents were pioneers of 1849, his father been an early alcalde of San Diego, and a veneration for the pioneers was inspiration of many an eloquent tribute from his lips to the memory of the empire-builders of our commonwealth.


Beginning life at a lower rung of the industrial ladder, he climbed upward in an honorable career.  Determined and indefatigable, he took up to the study of the law; was admitted to the bar on Nov. 10, 1879; practiced as a lawyer in San Francisco till 1883, when he went to Jackson and entered into a partnership with Hon. A. Caminetti; was elected District Attorney in 1890 and re-elected in 1892; was elected Judge of the Superior Court in 1894 and re-elected in 1896, 1902, and 1908, being elected without opposition in 1894 and 1896, and, though himself a Democrat, being the nominee of both the great political parties in 1908.  His career of upon the bench had been conducted on a plane so high that he became the choice of the people of Amador County for the position, without regard to party, and in all his incumbency as a Judge so accurate were his rulings that no decision of his was ever reversed by an Appellate Court.


In fraternal association Judge Rust’s best years were given to the Native Sons.  While in his later life he became a Mason, and Past Master of Amador Lodge, F. & A. M., of Jackson, he was through all his younger manhood an active, retiring, enthusiastic Native Son.  Many times he passed through the chairs of Excelsior Parlor No. 31, of which he was Charter President, his constant theme being devotion to the ritual.  He was a member of the Grand Parlor from 17th to 28th sessions, inclusive, and became Grand President of the Order at the Oroville session, in 1900.  His splendid work whether as a missionary to Subordinate Parlors throughout the State, found some, rehabilitating others, encouraging and inspiring all, and his peerless counsel upon the floor of the Grand Parlor itself are emblazoned on the records of the Order.


Shortly after settling in Jackson, on November 30, 1887, he was married in San Francisco to Elizabeth Hosner, of that city, and two children, Richard Whitney and Helen, are the result of the union.


Stricken down in the prime of his manhood he did not know until three hours before his death that the summons had come.  Conscious to the very last, surrounded by his loved ones, he faced the end with a sublime resignation and a sublime courage.


He was an upright judge, a loving husband and father, a true friend, a good citizen, a brave Christian, a noble man.




The following is an excerpt from the "Grizzly Bear" magazine:


Richard Church Rust, Superior Judge of Amador County and Grand President of the Order of Native Sons of the Golden West during the year 1900-1901, passed to the Grand Parlor on High, Wednesday, November 27, at his home in Jackson, surrounded by his family and conscious of his passing to the Great Beyond.


Deceased was one of the most popular members of the State Order and have the love, respect and admiration of its entire membership.  His voice was always heard in defense of the right and advocated all those things that tended to the uplifting of the membership, as through this he foresaw the betterment of the State.  Judge Rust was ever a friend of the Pioneers, and his most eloquent addresses in the Grand Parlor were those advocating the preservation of early California history and in arousing interest in the welfare of the rapidly departing Argonaut band.


Judge Rust was an honored an active member of the Excelsior Parlor, No. 31, N. S. G. W., of Jackson, as well as a Past Master of Amador Lodge, F. and A.  M., of the same city.  He was elected to the office of Grand President of the Native Sons of the Golden West at the Oroville Session in 1900, and fulfilled his official duties in a way that not only won him the admiration of the membership, but also raised the public estimation of the Order.  He stood for everything good and noble, and was an open and bitter enemy of all things that worked for the degradation of mankind.


Richard Church Rust was born near Marysville, Yuba County, fifty-two years ago.  There he started as a teamster in his early manhood, afterwards taking about the study of law in San Francisco.  Becoming proficient in his chosen profession, he removed to Amador County in 1883.  In 1890 he was elected district attorney of that county, in which he office he served two two-year terms.  In 1894 he was elected to the superior bench, which he occupied with credit to himself and to the eminent satisfaction of the people to the very hour of his death.  Although a consistent democrat, Judge Rust knew no party or friend in his judicial rulings.  As a high tribute to fourteen years of efficient administration of justice, he was recently renominated by both the democrats and republicans and was the unanimous choice of the people to occupy the bench for another six years, but death has intercepted him on the threshold of another term.  Shortly after he located in Amador County he was married in San Francisco to Elizabeth Hosmer, who with their children, Helen and Whitney, are left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father.  His aged mother, 93 years of age, also survives, as does a brother, Edwin Rust.


Funeral services were conducted at Jackson by both the Native Sons and Masonic Orders, and were attended by large delegations from both organizations, as well as by the Native Daughters and Eastern Stars.  At the close of the services the remains were taken by relatives to San Francisco for cremation, accompanied by the following special escort: Hon. A. Caminetti and L. J. Glavinovich from Excelsior Parlor, N. S. G. W., Jackson; E.C. Voorheis, C. E. Jarvis, Frank Johnston and Frank Coracco, from Amador Parlor, N. S. G. W., Sutter Creek; District Attorney Vicini and Hon. D. B. Spagnoli, from the Amador County Bar Association; W. F. Detert  and R. I. Kerr, from the Masons; Supervisor Strohm and Superintendent Grennhalgh, from the county officers; Miss Loretta Meehan, from the Native Daughters of Jackson.  A large delegation of Native Sons accompanied the remains to the depot at Martell.


On arrival at the Oakland Mole, the funeral party was met by Grand President C. M. Belshaw of the Native Sons, Frank J. Solinsky and other friends of the late judge from Oakland.  On the San Francisco side the remains were met by Grand Secretary Charles H. Turner and President Past Grand President George D. Clark, of the Native Sons.


The casket was taken to the home of Frank Rolph, brother-in-law of the deceased, where the last sad rites were said, according to the ritual of the Episcopal Church, of which deceased was a member, the Rev. Benson officiating.  An unusually large number of beautiful floral offerings attested the high esteem in which the deceased jurist was held.  The religious ceremonies were later concluded in the chapel of the crematory, after which the casket was lowered and the earthly remains of Judge Rust were reduced to ashes.


The pallbearers were: Justice Angellotti, of the Supreme Court; Grand President C. M. Belshaw, Past Grand President J. H. Grady of Marysville, Past Grand President M. T. Dooley of Hollister, representing the Native Sons; District Attorney C. P. Vicini of Amador County, John Raggio of Stockton.  The honorary pallbearers were Past Presidents C. H. Decker and Lewis Byington, of the Native Sons; Hon. C. H. Lindley, formally of Amador County; Ex Consul, Hon. D. B. Spagnoli, E. B. Young, and W. F. Detert.


Thus passed from his earthly home an able jurist, a learned and just judge, a good citizen, honored, respected and esteemed by all.


W. J. Murphy, California Parlor No. 1

Robert Paul Wieland, California Parlor No. 1

Thomas Conrad, California Parlor No. 1

Edward Charles Kalben, California Parlor No. 1

Louis Miller Nye, California Parlor No. 1

Frank D. Ryan, P. G. P., Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Abraham Moose, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Joseph Studarus, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Albert J. Newman, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Henry J. Carragher, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

B. F. Bokemen, Sr., Argonaut Parlor No. 8

Frank A. Christmas, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Samuel S. Brower, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Clarence W. Kramer, Humboldt Parlor No. 14

Owen Fallon, Amador Parlor No. 17

William H. Hammond, Visalia Parlor No. 19

A.  B. Johnson, Visalia Parlor No. 19

Oliver T. Noble, Arcata Parlor No. 20

Jesse B. Lowery, Chico Parlor No. 21

F. J. Beuttel, San Jose Parlor No. 22

George Eads, San Jose Parlor No. 22

Charles J. Lightston, San Jose Parlor No. 22

Charles C. Evers, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

Frank Lauden, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

J. H. Eakle, Woodland Parlor No. 30

D. L. Levi, Woodland Parlor No. 30

John T. Kelley, Excelsior Parlor No. 31

R. C. Rust, P. G. P., Excelsior Parlor No. 31

William Edward Gibbons, Mission Parlor No. 38

Ferdinand H. Yunker, Mission Parlor No. 38

George B. Johnstone, Mission Parlor No. 38

Russell Lincoln, Mission Parlor No. 38

T. H. Fogarty, Baker Parlor No. 42

W. E. Hawkins, Fremont Parlor No. 44

Joseph H. Dunleavy, Alameda Parlor No. 47

Robert I. Davis, Plymouth Parlor No. 48

James Hester, San Francisco Parlor, No. 49

H. J. Juri, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Charles Harriman, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Daniel O’Connell, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Thomas E. Mulcahy, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

H. M. Locke, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Chris Kuegler, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

George S. L. Railton, Oakland Parlor No. 50

George S. Wheaton, Oakland Parlor No. 50

L. B. Mayer, El Dorado Parlor No. 52

Henry Spurr, St. Helena Parlor No. 53

L. P. Schwartz, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

Andrew Holmes, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

W. F. Sauer, Los Osos Parlor No. 61

James Flanagan, Mount Tamalpais Parlor No. 64

Edward Smith, Mount Tamalpais Parlor No. 64

Rudolph Pinto, Watsonville Parlor No. 65

James F. Sheehy, Watsonville Parlor No. 65

James E. Ralston, Redwood Parlor No. 66

James P. Murphy, Rincon Parlor No. 72

William G. Davidson, Rincon Parlor No. 72

Francis Ignatius Kingwell, Stanford Parlor No. 76

Peter J. Weniger, Stanford Parlor No. 76

Alfred McLaughlin, Stanford Parlor No. 76

James B. Harris, Granite Parlor No. 83

William Colter, Mount Bally Parlor No. 87

Thomas Rodriguez, Santa Clara Parlor No. 90

W. F. Dorsey, Santa Clara Parlor No. 90

Clarence Worthington, Ferndale Parlor No. 93

Gerald L. Dexter, Santa Lucia Parlor No. 97

Thomas R. Kelly, Mt. Diablo Parlor No. 101

William L. Ashe, Glen Ellen Parlor No. 102

George C. Nutting, Bay City Parlor No. 104

Samuel Samuel, Bay City Parlor No. 104

George Bastian, Niantic Parlor No. 105

Joseph W. Lynch, Ramona Parlor No. 109

E. A. Bruck, Ramona Parlor No. 109

Charles Colgan, Cabrillo Parlor No. 114

Valentine Cagnacie, Cabrillo Parlor No. 114

Martin Tico, Cabrillo Parlor No. 114

Demesio Martinez, San Lucas Parlor No. 115

Fred P. Wehe, National Parlor No. 118

George H. Peterson, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

Charles P. Stanley, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

W. S. Bankhead, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

A. O. Lombard, Mountain Parlor No. 126

Clarence A. Granger, Wisteria Parlor No. 127

F. G. Norman, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

W. P. McCraith, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

W. J. Irelan, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

William J. Haas, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

Shillaber M. Scott Jr., Hesperian Parlor No. 137

Joseph Malaspini, Chispa Parlor No. 139

E. G. Bust, Alcatraz Parlor No. 145

Charles Roach, Alcatraz Parlor No. 145

Edward F. Fitzgerald, San Marcos Parlor No. 150

Thomas J. Deasy, Brooklyn Parlor No. 151

John Staude, Alcalde Parlor No. 154

Charles Williams, Alcalde Parlor No. 154

Thomas Henry Kane, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Henry Nonnenmann, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Jesus Maria Rojas, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Andrew Malough, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Frank Pechart, Sequoia Parlor No. 160

Charles Leitscher, Sequoia Parlor No. 160

John Dynan, Jr. Keystone Parlor No. 173

William H. Fernandez, Observatory Parlor No. 177

E. G. Levy, Observatory Parlor No. 177

Ben W. Merian, Golden Anchor Parlor No. 182

John Morriety, Menlo Parlor No. 185

John E. Maloney, Menlo Parlor No. 185

Robert George Fredericks, Tracy Parlor No. 186

John M. Hickey, Precita Parlor No. 187

James Franks, Olympus Parlor No. 189

George Ryerson, Presidio Parlor No. 194

J. F. Armstrong, Athens Parlor No. 195

L. E. Silvera, Athens Parlor No. 195

W. V. Johnson, Alder Glen Parlor No. 200

Charles Murray, Marshall Parlor No. 202

Peter Boulin, Marshall Parlor No. 202

William P. Torres, Middletown Parlor No. 212

James Tuite, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

C. P. Ely, Richmond Parlor No. 217

H. Entrican, Richmond Parlor No. 217

W. E. Torrance, Pebble Beach Parlor No. 230

Thomas Shewbridge, Gaudalupe [sic] Parlor No. 231

Walter Percival, Guadalupe Parlor No. 231

J. J. Tuite, Castro Parlor No. 232.


Also reported the death of Mrs. Crackbon, only daughter of General A. M. Winn, the founder of our Order.  The Sacramento Parlors attended the funeral. (Pg. 3-4)



Proceedings of the

Thirty-fourth Annual Session  



In Memoriam

Grand Trustee Nathan P. Bundy


Shortly after the Admission Day Celebration of last year in San Francisco, the membership of our  Order throughout the State was shocked and grieved by the sad tidings of the unexpected death of Grand Trustee Nathan P. Bundy.  Brother Bundy was born and Los Angeles County on Admission Day in 1870.  He was educated in public schools of his native county and entering the legal profession and gave promise of a useful career in his chosen profession when the hand of death closed his work ere it would hardly well begun.  He became a member of the Order on July 24, 1906, being a charter member of Sierra Madre Parlor No. 235.  His interest and fidelity to the Order, as well as his sterling worth and ability, were immediately recognized.  He was sent as a delegated to the Grand Parlor at Yosemite in 1908, and returned again to Marysville in 1909, where he was elected Grand Trustee.  He was re-elected at Tahoe and a useful and brilliant career was anticipated for him in the Order.  He had been happily married for a period of less than a month at the time of his death, and besides a loving wife he left to mourn his untimely death, a father, mother, three brothers and his sister.


Whereas, Grand Trustee Bundy was a kind and loving husband, a good and exemplary citizen, as well as an earnest and faithful member and a devoted and efficient Grand Officer of our Order; and


Whereas, In the death of Grand Trustee Bundy the State of California has lost the goods citizen and the Order of the Native Sons of the Golden West has been deprived of the wise counsel and zealous efforts of a useful member and the Grand Officer; therefore, be it


Resolved, That while we humbly bowed to the will of the Almighty, we deeply deplore the loss of our Brother, that to his young wife upon whom this afflicting dispensation fell most heavily, we extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy; and be it further


Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Grand Parlor and that a copy thereof, under seal of the Grand Parlor, be sent to the widow of our deceased Brother.


Bismarck Bruck

Frank M. Rutherford

J. E. Barber

Emmet Seawell

John F. Davis

Louis H. Mooser

Robert M. Clarke

Grand Trustees.



Honored Dead

Grand Trustee Nathan P. Bundy


Nathan P. Bundy first saw the light of day at Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, on Admission Day, Sept. 9th, 1879, and was overtaken by death at San Francisco, October 7th, 1910.


He became affiliated with the Order, as a charter member of Sierra Madre Parlor at Los Angeles in 1906; he immediately took an active interest in the Order, and became a Past President of the Parlor; during the years 1907 and 1908, he was District Deputy Grand President for Los Angeles County, and as such instituted two Parlors; at the Grand Parlor session in Marysville, 1909, he was elected a Grand Trustee, and re-elected at the Grand Parlor session at Lake Tahoe, 1910, being a member of the Board of Grand Trustees at the time of his demise. 


Nathan Bundy was a hustler, in every sense of the word, and early in his life his ambition was to become an attorney at law.  Although many attempts were made to discourage him from entering the legal profession, he could not be dissuaded, and through his own untiring efforts he eventually was admitted to the bar.  Through his dogged determination, perfect frankness and unimpeachable integrity, he soon became recognized as one of the most successful young lawyers in Southern California, and just prior to his death he was tendered and accepted a responsible position in the legal department of one of the State's largest corporations, which took him to San Francisco to reside and away from his field to activity in the Order.


With the passing of Nathan Bundy the Order lost one of its most enthusiastic workers--one who labored night and day, even at the sacrifice of personal affairs and health, for its best interests.  As he was true within the Order to the teachings of Friendship, Loyalty and Charity, so was he faithful, even into death, to the best interests of those he served in a legal capacity, and those he honored with his social and fraternal friendship.  His charity was unbounded, and there are many who can testify to his willingness to always assist, both in a moral and a financial way, those not so fortunate as himself.


To Nathan Bundy, every charge--weather within business, fraternal or social circles--was is a sacred trust, and he held each and every one of them above a suspicion of dishonor.  Every duty imposed upon him was well performed, and he gave the best that was in him to the successful accomplishment of all tasks assigned him.


While young in years, he had accomplished what many who live to a much greater age never accomplished, that while his life work was cut short when the pathway ahead seemed strewn with naught but the roses of success and happiness, still the pathway through life which he had trod is plainly marked with the never-fading flowers of the life well spent--a life not devoted to personal success and pleasures, but largely giving over to the accomplishment of good deeds and to the betterment of his fellowmen.



In Memoriam

Past Grand Trustee James E. Isaacs


There was called to the Grand Parlor on High our esteemed Brother, James E. Isaacs, above McCloud Parlor No. 149, a former Grand Trustee of our Order.  Brother Isaacs took a deep interest in our Order in its earlier history, performing his duties as a Grand Officer with zeal, energy and sincerity, being deeply imbued with the principles of the Order, which he so dearly loved.  He was a native of Shasta County, living there the span of his life, fifty-four years, in splendid type of manhood.  He was conspicuous among his fellow man for his high rate ideal of good citizenship, and in practice of his profession of the law, was noted for his integrity and ability.  Never was his name tarnished and when he passed away at his home in Redding, in his native county, June 8, 1911, he was mourned by all who knew him for his noble character and sterling worth he had live to the life of a true and loyal Native Son.


In Memoriam


In Memory of Brother and Deceased during the year 1910.



In memory of Brother and deceased during the year 1910.  Full-page memorials to Past Grand Officers, separate pages for Delegates, and General Parlor sequence of all reported in the semi-annual reports for 1910.


Honored Dead

Past Grand President Charles Henry Garoutte


Charles Henry Garoutte was born in Yolo County, California, on the 15th of October, 1854.  His parents were among the sturdy pioneers crossed the plains in the early days, but who, like many others, when the gold excitement had abated, settled down to the farm.


It was not his privilege to enjoy the advantages of a higher education, for in those days the public school system was but a crude imitation, as compared with the magnificent institutions of learning everywhere about us today.  He attended the district school and afterwards received the further instruction in a sectarian college which fitted him for teaching and this profession he followed for a short time merely as a stepping stone to the accomplishment of a loftier ambition.  Meanwhile he was preparing himself, during leisure hours, for the practice of the law.  Later he entered the law office of the late F. E. Baker at Woodland, and was admitted to practice at the comparatively early age of 21.  He at once entered vigorously upon his chosen profession, and within a few months after his admission to the bar was nominated by the Republican party of Yolo County for the office of district attorney, in which, as well as in nearly every other after of his life, he was successful.  At the next succeeding election he was reelected, as search for a period of five years, declining renomination for a third term.  His experience in this office developed the fact that he possessed the qualifications of an able prosecutor, and gained for him an eviable reputation has a trial lawyer.  In 1884 he was nominated by the same party for the office of judge of the superior court of Yolo County, and filled this position for six years, but before his term had expired the people of the State recognizing his ability had elected him an associate judge of the superior court, when he relinquished the duties of judge of the superior court it was only to take up the more arduous and distinguished responsibilities of justice of the court of last resort.  In the latter position he served the full term of twelve years with eminent ability, and the result of his labor is recorded in volumes 85 to 137 of the supreme court reports, an enduring monument to his name.  He was the author of several of the leading opinions of that court and his characteristic attitude and manner of expression never permitted any question submitted for decision to remain undetermined.


Judge Garoutte was one of the charter members of Woodland Parlor No. 30, organized May 24, 1884, and to the date of his death, he took an active interest in the welfare of the organization.  At the meeting of the Grand Parlor held in 1887 he was elected to the position of Grand President, and at succeeding meetings of the Grand Parlors, his wholesome influence was manifested by his presence and participation in the deliberations and debates which have shaped the destinies of the Order, and made it a recognized element for good.


He was essentially a self-made man.  He inherited the genius which afforded opportunities to success, and as those opportunities presented themselves he knew the best method of taking advantage of them and turning them to account.  As a public speaker he was forceful and eloquent, of commanding presence, dignified and able, yet always tolerant of the views of others.  He possessed a vein of humor which made him easily accessible and entertaining.


Nature had been exceedingly liberal in bestowing upon him a vigorous mind and body, but it was the sagacity and good judgment which he possessed that enabled him to wield a powerful influence among men, particularly fitting him for leadership and enabling him to solve difficult situations and vexations problems with the case and skill of a master.


As a private citizen he was free from ostentation, open and frank in manner, good-natured in conduct and disposition, and always loyal to the cause of his friends.


On the bench he was courteous and obliging, but absolutely independent and courageous.  His decisions show a broad and comprehensive marshaling of law and facts, and a corresponding elimination of the purely technical, thereby giving permanence, stability and character to his contributions to our judicial literature.


Both as a man and as a judge Judge Garoutte stood out prominently among the young men of our State.  Called at an early age to positions of trust and confidence he filled those various stations with such a degree of satisfaction that he was invariably rewarded by increased duties and responsibilities.  For his advancement he was indebted solely to the recognition of the public of his great abilities and high character.


Although taken from the scenes of this world's activities, from its hopes, its aspirations and its victories at his prime he was none of the less a public figure.  His whole life was spent in California and he knew his native State and her people as few men learn to know.  He loved the Order of Native Sons because it simplified the loyalty and patriotism of those whom he was most intimately associated.  And in turn he was regarded by his fellow men a true specimen of California manhood, a legitimate representative of the offspring of our worthy pioneers.


In all his domestic relations as husband and father his life was beautiful.  And while it was true or that he rose to distinction there is a satisfaction in the hearts of his devoted wife and daughters greater than fame can give, that he bequeathed to them the priceless legacy of a pure and stainless name.



Honored Dead

Eugene F. Bert


On the eighteenth day of February, 1910, stricken down in his prime, Eugene F. Bert, Past President of Mission Parlor No. 38 and a Past Grand Trustee and Grand Order of the Grand Parlor, passed to the Heavenly Parlor on High.


Brother Bert was a loyal and enthusiastic Native Son.  Joining Mission Parlor in 1886, he from the first took an interest in all matters pertaining to our Order.  After passing through the Chairs of his Parlor, Brother Bert did not allow his interest to lag, but continued his activities, and though located in New York for a number of years, he retained the membership in the Order until the last.  He was a member of the Assembly in the State Legislature of 1891, subsequently being elected State Senator and serving during the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Sessions of the Legislature, and afterwards becoming an attorney for the State Insurance Commissioner.


By training and inclination Brother Bert was admiringly fitted for the profession of the law, which he adopted on reaching his majority.  He was President of the California Baseball League for a number of years and in every walk of life took that active interest which characterized his associations with our Order.


Brother Bert was a Delegate to the Grand Parlor at the Twelve, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Sessions.  He was elected Grand Trustee at the Sixteenth Session and Grand Order at the Seventeenth Session, and sat in the Grand Parlor as Grand Orator during the Eighteenth Session, and thereafter was again elected to the Grand Parlor and sat with it as Delegate during the Nineteenth in Twentieth Sessions.


In Memoriam


Robert P. Burns, California Parlor No. 1

Dan F. Ford, California Parlor No. 1

Harry Angell McLaren, California Parlor No. 1

Charles Ayres Brittan, California Parlor No. 1

Louis Phillip Gephardt, California Parlor No. 1

Joseph F. Ryan, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

E. F. Fraser, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

V. H. Gazzolo, Stockton Parlor No. 7

J. N. Stephenson, Stockton Parlor No. 7

R. I. Pope, Stockton Parlor No. 7

W. W. Ferguson, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Louis Erna, Stockton Parlor No. 7

William David Rutherford, Argonaut Parlor No. 8

Henry Geivenham, Placerville Parlor No. 9

R. W. Baum, Placerville Parlor No. 9

Henry J. Brickwedel, Pacific Parlor No. 10

William James Mitchell, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Albert Tschantz, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Walter Fearn, Pacific Parlor No. 10

John T. Lester, Amador Parlor No. 17

J. H. Sawtell, Chico Parlor 21

George Maze, Yosemite Parlor No. 24

Samuel B. Slight, Sunset Parlor No. 26

Louis J. Wells, Sunset Parlor No. 26

Louis A. Payne, Sunset Parlor No. 26

Fred W. Carey, Sunset Parlor No. 26

William Poelman, Petaluma Parlor No. 27

Henry Barney, Santa Rosa Parlor No. 28

J. T. Means, Santa Rosa Parlor 28

Henry Jagals, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

James Edward Fay, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

Charles W. Benson, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

Charles H. Garoutte, Woodland Parlor No. 30

August Grillo, Excelsior Parlor No. 31

William Mattley, Excelsior Parlor No. 31

Francis M. Sibole, Ione Parlor No. 33

Harry A. Madison, Mission Parlor No. 38

Charles S. Harney, Mission Parlor No. 38

Eugene F. Bert, Mission Parlor No. 38

Thomas Elliot, Elk Grove Parlor No. 41

George H. Bourguignon, Alameda Parlor No. 47

Lorenz L. Schuler, Alameda Parlor No. 47

Charles J. Hogue, Jr., Alameda Parlor No. 47

George P. Bonefay, Plymouth Parlor No. 48

William J. Denahy, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Stephen Danove, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Henry M. Helmke, Oakland Parlor No. 50

Louis E. Folk, El Dorado Parlor No. 52

Emil Soher, El Dorado Parlor No. 52

John L. Austin, St. Helena Parlor 53

Henry Lane, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

Samuel L. Rogers, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

William Heuwood, Quartz Parlor No. 58

Daniel Deeble, Quartz Parlor No. 58

Thomas Thompson, Napa Parlor No. 62

Perry Jacobs, Napa Parlor No. 62

James Watson, Sr., Mount Tamalpais Parlor No. 64

Francisco Mesa, Mount Tamalpais Parlor No. 64

Henry A. Silva, Watsonville Parlor No. 65

Frank Searer, Redwood Parlor, No. 66

W. C. Spaulding, Colusa Parlor No. 69

Peter F. Rota, Rincon Parlor No. 72

Joseph J. Sheehan, Rincon Parlor No. 72

Harry W. Hickie, Rincon Parlor No. 72

P. D. Angle, Santiago Parlor No. 74

N. E. Maison, Stanford Parlor No. 76

William F. Barbat, Stanford Parlor No. 76

William Chester Keogh, Stanford Parlor No. 76

George E. Wayman, Friendship Parlor No. 78

T. F. Laird, Angels Parlor No. 80

Richard F. Brown, Garden City Parlor No. 82

Walter C. Paul, Granite Parlor No. 83

George P. Gerber, Granite Parlor No. 83

John M. Hoey, Granite Parlor No. 83

Constant V. Hughes, Yerba Buena Parlor No. 84

James F. Bonnell, Yerba Buena Parlor No. 84

Charles E. Fredericks, Yerba Buena Parlor No. 84

Emerson J. Benton, Mount Bally Parlor No. 87

G. F. Flagg, Mount Bally Parlor No. 87

Ambrose A. Jones, Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90

W. E. Maxcy, Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90

Henry A. Morgan, Ferndale Parlor No. 93

Peter Goff, Golden Nugget Parlor No. 94

John H. Bassett, Golden Nugget Parlor No. 94

August Dobble, Seaside Parlor No. 95

W. Cornin, Santa Clara Parlor No. 100

I. Geminani, Santa Clara Parlor No. 100

J. D. Talamontes, Ramona Parlor No. 109

W. L. Lewis, Cabrillo Parlor No. 114

George Huwe, National Parlor No. 118

Jess J. Wise, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

J. P. Scanlan, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

R. M. Townes, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

John R. Buchanan, Wisteria Parlor No. 127

E. T.  Hogan, Quincy Parlor No. 131

Charles W. Etting, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

Harry A. Anderson, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

F. W. Fugeler, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

William Williston, Tuolumne Parlor No. 144

Joseph S. Williams, Halcyon Parlor No. 146

Nathaniel L. Jehu, Halcyon Parlor No. 146

James E. Wilson, McCloud Parlor No. 149

William B. Keeney, McCloud Parlor No. 149

Thomas J. Hennessey, San Marcos Parlor No. 150

Julius F. Baumgarten, Brooklyn Parlor No. 151

C. J. Van Der Weele, Brooklyn Parlor No. 151

M. W. Mirror, Cambria Parlor No. 152

Charles Koenig, Alcalde Parlor No. 154

John F. Cosgrove, Alcalde Parlor No. 154

Van A. Denike, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Robert F. Crockard, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

James F. Lyons, Sequoia Parlor No. 160

George Ernest Rutherford, Donner Parlor No. 162

August Lernhart, Washington Parlor No. 169

Morris O'Brien, Precita Parlor No. 187

Charles Clemens, Precita Parlor No. 187

John T. McGrath, Precita Parlor No. 187

Walter Short, Etna Parlor No. 192

John F. Luddy, Liberty Parlor No. 193

J. Delucchi, Athens Parlor No. 195

H. J. Luttrell, Athens Parlor No. 195

Ben Aulin, Alder Glen Parlor No. 200

George L. Bill, Marshall Parlor No. 202

Joseph DeQuards, Marshall Parlor No. 202

Alexander Murphy, Army and Navy Parlor No. 207

Francis J. Collins, Army and Navy Parlor No. 207

Charles Cody, Dolores Parlor No. 208

Thomas Grady, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

Albert T. Lund, University Parlor No. 216

Austin F. Shannon, El Capitan Parlor No. 222

George A. Sloan, Russian Hill Parlor No. 229

Stephen J. Paulme, Russian Hill Parlor No. 229

Joseph McGiffin, Guadalupe Parlor No. 231

James Patrick King, Guadalupe Parlor No. 231

William J. Dolan, Castro Parlor No. 232

William A. Wakerly, Castro Parlor No. 232

George S. Ancleto, Castro Parlor No. 232

Fred W. Blower, Rocklin Parlor No. 233

Nathan P. Bundy, Sierra Madre Parlor No. 235



Proceedings of the

Thirty-seventh Annual Session  



In Memorial

Richard D. Barton


Our brother in the full vigor of his manhood, Richard D. Barton has passed to the Heavenly Parlor on high.


His was a noble character, full of energy and charity.


His last thoughts, as had been his constant care during the whole of his manhood, were the order of Native Sons of the Golden West.


His crowning glory was that shortly before he had seen his son initiated into his beloved Order.


He died, not old in years, but full of achievement.  For twenty-three years he had been recording secretary of Sequoia Parlor.


Nor did he confine his work to his Parlor; he served for many years as a Deputy Grand President-at-Large.


He had been a member of the Nineteenth, Twenty-first, Twenty-third, Twenty-seventh, Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, Thirty-first, Thirty-second, Thirty-third, and Thirty-forth, and Thirty-fifth Grand Parlors, and was a duly elected delegate to the Thirty-seventh Grand Parlor now assembled.


His good work as assistant secretary to the 1910 Joint Ninth of September Committee contributed in no small measure to the success of the that monster celebration.  And he died during the burden of secretary to the Joint 1915 Admission Day Committee. 


He practiced to the full the virtue of Friendship, and his friends are legion.  He exemplified Loyalty and all things, both great and small.  His Charity was boundless in both word and deed.


He was gone, leaving a birthright and a legacy to his family and his friends, beyond the dreams of avarice, a good name and in during memory.


D. C. B. Murphy,

A. Gudehus,

William Melander,

Dave D. Gibbons,

Sequoia Parlor No. 160.



Proceedings of the

Thirty-ninth Annual Session


In Memoriam 1913

In memory of members deceased during the year 1913.  Separate page for ex-Delegates, and General Parlor sequence of all reported in the semi-annual reports for 1913.


Honored Dead

John Anthony Steinbach

Past Grand President


Born--San Francisco, Oct. 21, 1854

Entered Fraternity--July 11, 1875

Died--August 13, 1913


In his twentieth year, within a few months of his majority, John Anthony Steinbach was the first to set his name to the roll of the little society determined on immediately after the Independence Day Parade held on July 5th, 1875, and formally organized on the following Sunday, July 11th.  He was the first President of the "Native Sons of the Golden West," and one of the five incorporators of the corporation formed on March 27th, 1876.


Not only in the foundation of the parent society was he at the front, but in later years as District Deputy, as Grand Vice-President, as Grand President, and as it a Past Grand President acting as Organizer he was the instituting officer for Modesto Parlor No. 11, Visalia Parlor No. 19, Sunset Parlor No. 26, Bear Flag Parlor No. 27, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29, Woodland Parlor No. 30, Excelsior Parlor No. 31, General Winn Parlor No. 32, Hanford Parlor No. 37, Mission Parlor No. 38, Suisun Parlor No. 39, Rainbow Parlor No. 40, Elk Grove Parlor No. 41, Fremont Parlor No. 44, Alameda Parlor No. 47, San Francisco Parlor No. 49, Oakland Parlor No. 50, El Dorado Parlor No. 52, St. Helena Parlor No. 53, Yuba Parlor No. 55, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56, Quartz Parlor No. 58, Auburn Parlor No. 59, Dixon Parlor No. 60, Napa Parlor No. 62, Sotoyome Parlor No. 68, Gilroy Parlor No. 81, Oakdale Parlor No. 142, Alder Glen Parlor No. 200 and Cape Horn Parlor No. 203.


In addition to the foregoing Parlors, of which he was Instituting Officer, the archives of the Order show he was one of those assisting an institution of many other Parlors.  He can well be called one of the "fathers of the Order."


On the formation of Pacific Parlor No. 10, in November, 1881, he transferred his membership to that Parlor, and was sent to represent it in the Grand Parlor convened in June, 1882, the Fifth Grand Parlor, at Sacramento.


At the Six Session, in April, 1883, at San Francisco, he again represented his Parlor and was then elected, by acclamation, "Deputy Grand President," which title was changed during that session, after his installation, to Grand Vice-President.


In April, 1884, at Marysville, he was unanimously elected Grand President and presided over the remainder of the Seventh Grand Parlor’s Session and the destinies of the Native Sons of the Golden West until the installation of Officers of the Eighth Grand Parlor at San Jose in April, 1885.


As Past Grand President he sat in the Grand Parlor and gave the benefit of his experiencing counsel at the Ninth Session in Woodland, the Tenth Grand Parlor at Nevada City, the Eleventh Grand Parlor at Fresno, the Twelfth Grand Parlor at San Rafael, the Thirteenth Session at Chico, the Fourteenth Session at Santa Rosa, the Fifteenth Session at Los Angeles, and the Sixteenth Grand Parlor at Sacramento.


After sitting in the Grand Parlor for twelve successive years ill health prevented his further regular attendance and he thereafter was able to attend but three sessions; at Oakland, in 1895 he attended the Eighteenth Grand Parlors; in Santa Cruz he sat with the Twenty-fifth Session in 1902, and for the last time he attended a Grand Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West at Tahoe Tavern, Lake Tahoe, in 1910, the Thirty-third Session. 


In Memoriam


Henry S. Millzner (1912), California Parlor No. 1

George Harvey Fairchild, California Parlor No. 1

Emil C. Medan, California Parlor No. 1

George Washington Haggett, California Parlor No. 1

James Brinsley Sheridan, California Parlor No. 1

John F. Stewart, California Parlor No. 1

Lester Hobro, California Parlor No. 1

Martin Coffey, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Joseph H. Gilman, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Benjamin F. Howard, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Frank H. Krebs, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Edward Sullivan, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

John J. Johnson, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Robert E. Kent, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

Daniel A. Sprague, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

H. P. Adames, Stockton Parlor No. 7

M. J. Musto, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Dr. I. B. Ladd, Stockton Parlor No. 7

J. W. Fowler, Stockton Parlor No. 7

C. D. Russill, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Guy P. Pierce, Placerville Parlor No. 9

J. Frank Miller, Placerville Parlor No. 9

E. J. Clark, Pacific Parlor No. 10

John F. Hopkins, Pacific Parlor No. 10

John A. Steinbach, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Frank E. Faler, Arcadia Parlor No. 20

Thomas H. Bair, Arcadia Parlor No. 20

William C. Smith, Chico Parlor No. 21

Charles Henry Merkle, San Jose Parlor No. 22

Charles H. Deane, Yosemite Parlor No. 24

C. H. Beall, Fresno Parlor No. 25

H. I. Seymour, Sunset Parlor No. 26

J. E. Krumb, Sunset Parlor No. 26

Walter C. Lindsay, Santa Rosa Parlor No. 28

H. Grundel, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

J. C. Eichel, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

C. H. L. Gudmansen, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

P. H. Gallagher, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

D. M. Ryan, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

Henry C. Schaertzer, Mission Parlor No. 38

Adam Wagner, Mission Parlor No. 38

Isaac Uri, Mission Parlor No. 38

Harold E. Layna, Mission Parlor No. 38

Edward L. Spiegel, Mission Parlor No. 38

Patrick James Dooling, Fremont Parlor No. 44

John A. Bannister, Los Angeles Parlor No. 45

John Joseph Doman, Plymouth Parlor No. 48

John E. O’Connell, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Nicholas Demartini, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Walter Nightingale, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Louis Devaggio, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

John J. Kelly, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Samuel P. Hall, Oakland Parlor No. 50

John E. O'Brien, El Dorado Parlor No. 52

V. A. Wallace, St. Helena Parlor No. 53

Louis Lee Chamberlain, Auburn Parlor No. 59

Christopher L. Forster, Auburn Parlor No. 59

Nels W. Nelson, Silver Star Parlor No. 63

Manual Iguera, Mount Tamalpais Parlor No. 64

William J. Wickman, Mount Tamalpais Parlor No. 64

Henry C. Langerman, Watsonville Parlor No. 65

Joseph Otto Belser, Watsonville Parlor No. 65

Leslie William Braden, Redwood Parlor No. 66

Arthur I. McSorley, Calaveras Parlor No. 67

Ralph Waldo Rose, Healdsburg Parlor No. 68

William Tietjen, Rincon Parlor No. 72

William Henry Rice, Rincon Parlor No. 72

Leslie Emil Garms, Rincon Parlor No. 72

William W. Myers, Rincon Parlor No. 72

Charles Boronda, Monterey Parlor No. 75

Charles D. McGowan, Stanford Parlor No. 76

Benjamin B. Hulse, Stanford Parlor No. 76

C. Louis Zander, Stanford Parlor No. 76

John B. Martin, Stanford Parlor No. 76

William M. Herrington, Stanford Parlor No. 76

Stephen C. Asbill, Stanford Parlor No. 76

George T. Hesser, Granite Parlor No. 83

Daniel Suter, Yerba Buena Parlor No. 84

Orley Beerbower, Golden Star Parlor No. 88

William H. Williamson, Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90

William J. Lynch, Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90

William C. Hoffman, Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90

W. G. Branstetter, Ferndale Parlor No. 93

C. A. Berding, Ferndale Parlor No. 93

Louis D. Hall, Lassen Parlor No. 99

Moses E. Friedman, Bay City Parlor No. 104

Sol Peiser, Bay City Parlor No. 104

Arturo Bandini, Ramona Parlor No. 109

George F. Pickering, Ramona Parlor No. 109

Theodore L. Froehlinger, Ramona Parlor No. 109

Edward L. Blanchard, Ramona Parlor No. 109

Monroe Stewart, Arrowhead Parlor No. 110

George E. Reynolds, Eden Parlor No. 113

William A. Hobson, Cabrillo Parlor No. 114

E. F. Ruiz, Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116

L. M. Hyde, Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116

Guadaloupe A. Hernandez, Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116

Horace J. Stewart, Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116

Frank L. Canty, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

James T. Madden, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

John C. Hoos, Mountain Parlor No. 126

W. D. Dunn, Mountain Parlor No. 126

George H. Mower, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

August L. Zett, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

Frank E. Dore, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

Victor Raggio, Chispa Parlor No. 139

Cecil Woodson, Tuolumne Parlor No. 144

Thomas Donahue, Tuolumne Parlor No. 144

James O. Staples, Alcatraz Parlor No. 145

William J. O'Connell, Brooklyn Parlor No. 151

George L. Bartels, Alcade Parlor No. 154

Edward J. McGlade, Yontockett Parlor No. 156

James Daley, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

George Sylvester, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Torievio Tanforan, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Dr. Thomas L. Mahoney, Sequoia Parlor No. 160

William Washington Gassaway, Williams Parlor No. 164

M. J. Culligan, Washington Parlor No. 169

S. L. Noce, Keystone Parlor No. 173

Maurice C. Ryan, Precita Parlor No. 187

Will E. Bailey, Siskiyou Parlor No. 188

George Ignatius White, Olympus Parlor No. 189

Robert C. Hooper, Etna Parlor No. 192

Meyer Josephson, Presidio Parlor No. 194

William J. Barton, Presidio Parlor No. 194

George Schneider, Presidio Parlor No. 194

William J. Elliott, Athens Parlor No. 195

Joseph M. Johnson, Alder Glen Parlor No. 200

Maurice Higgins, Marshall Parlor No. 202

Leon Veiller, Marshall Parlor No. 202

George Standish, Carquinez Parlor No. 205

Louis N. Buttner, Carquinez Parlor No. 205

Emil Giannini, Dolores Parlor No. 208

Joseph Powers, Dolores Parlor No. 208

William Offe, Berkeley Parlor No. 210

Charles E. Edgar, Berkeley Parlor No. 210

John Albert Anderson Berkeley Parlor No. 210,

Van C. Wehe, Berkeley Parlor No. 210

Frank Mihane, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

Arthur Phelps, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

Edwin Tobin, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

Harry A. Rowley, Fortuna Parlor No. 218

Charles E. Alexander, Fortuna Parlor No. 218

William Roche, Russian Hill Parlor No. 229

John Fanell, Russian Hill Parlor No. 229

Elmer S. Bither, Balboa Parlor No. 234

Charles E. Finnigan, Balboa Parlor No. 234

George J. Walsh, Bay View Parlor No. 238

Paul C. Thaler, Sutter Fort Parlor No. 241

A. W. Minaker, James Lick Parlor No. 242

James Graham, Galt Parlor No. 243

Joel A.  Harlan, San Ramon Valley Parlor No. 249

Ruel L. Chase, Niles Parlor No. 250

Ray Osequeda, Fruitvale Parlor No. 252

James D. Livingston, Laurel Lake Parlor No. 257



Proceedings of the

Thirty-ninth Annual Session



In Memoriam


In memory of members deceased during the year 1915.  Full pages for ex-Grand Officers, separate pages for ex-Delegates, and general Parlor sequence of all reported in the semi-annual reports for 1915.


Honored Dead


Fairfax Henry Wheelan

Past Grand Trustee


Born--San Francisco, September 27, 1856.

Entered Fraternity--Pacific Parlor No. 10, March 27, 1906.

Died--San Francisco, March 26, 1915.


After a short nine years of strenuous activity as a Native Of the Golden West, Fairfax Henry Wheelan was taken by the Great Reaper from among his fellows.


From the day of his initiation into Pacific Parlor he gave of his utmost energies for the Order, leading lasting, living monuments to mark his efforts in the Native Sons and Native Daughters Central Committee on Homeless Children and in the Joint San Francisco Employment Committee, N. S. G. W., both of which were called into being mainly through his untiring efforts.


In 1909 he represented his Parlor in the Thirty-second Session of the Grand Parlor at Marysville; in 1910 he sat as representative of Pacific Parlor in the Thirty-third Session, at Lake Tahoe; he was again a member in the year 1911, at Santa Cruz, during the Thirty-fourth Session; at Oroville, it in 1913, he once more represented his Parlor at the Thirty-sixth Session and was then elected Grand Trustee, sitting in as such in the Thirty-seventh Grand Parlor, convened in Los Angeles in the year 1914.


Honored Dead

Frank Mitchell Rutherford

Past Grand Trustee

Born--Wyandotte, Oct. 6, 1866

Entered Fraternity--Donner Parlor No. 162, June 22, 1896

Died--Sacramento, April 10, 1915


With characteristic energy Frank Mitchell Rutherford immediately became a leader in Donner Parlor No. 162 upon his initiation, his shoulder to the wheel and all the work of the Order, probably “going through the chairs," serving as District Deputy Grand President after his work in his Parlor, coming to the Grand Parlor as Delegate from the Donner Parlor to the Twenty-sixth Session, at Bakersfield, in the year 1903; he was returned to the Vallejo Grand Parlor, the Twenty-seventh, in 1904; he sat again as representative of his Parlor at the Twenty-eighth Grand Parlor at Monterey, in 1905, and once more he was with the Grand Parlor for the Twenty-ninth Session in 1906, at Ventura.  He was sent by his Parlor to represent it in the Thirty-first Grand Parlor, at the Yosemite Valley in 1908, and then to Lake Tahoe, in 1910, for the Thirty-third Session, where he was elected Grand Trustee.  In the Thirty-fourth Annual Session, at Santa Cruz, in 1911, he sat in his capacity as Grand Trustee, where declining to seek re-election, and afterwards again sat in the Grand Parlor as Delegate for the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Sessions, at Fresno in 1912 and at Oroville in 1913.



Honored Dead

Conrad Gottwals

Past Grand Sentinel


Born—Colusa County, Oct. 20, 1860

Entered Fraternity--Marysville Parlor No. 6, Aug. 22, 1882

Died--Marysville, July 13, 1915


Brother Conrad Gottwals was born in Colusa County, Oct. 20, 1860, and died in Marysville on July 13, 1915.


He became a member of Marysville Parlor No. 6, passed through the chairs of his Parlor and became a Past President of the of his Parlor, and was elected and served as delegate to the Tenth and Eleventh Grand Parlors, Nevada City and Fresno, served as Grand Inside Sentinel at the Twelfth Session, in San Rafael, and as Grand Outside Sentinel at the Chico Grand Parlor, the Thirteenth session.


He was always an ardent and enthusiastic Native, and will be remembered by the members of the earlier Grand Parlors as the " Poet Lariat."


His love for the Order was known by his will, in which he requested that he should be buried under the auspices of his Parlor and that a Brother of the Parlor should pronounce his eulogy.


The requests contained in his will were fully carried out and the Past Grand President, a member of his Parlor, delivered the funeral address, in which was epitomized, in the following sentence, his aspirations as a poet: "Brother Gottwals was a poet in the rough and although his efforts may have been crude, they breathed a love for his Native State which could not be mistaken."


In Memoriam


Leon Sanguinetti, California Parlor No. 1

Leon Dennery, California Parlor No. 1

Charles A. Boldemann, California Parlor No. 1  (Scroll to bottom of page.)

John Michael Heinimann, California Parlor No. 1

Broderick Temple, California Parlor No. 1

Joseph Platz, Jr., California Parlor No. 1

Isaiah Murdock, California Parlor No. 1

Moses Liebert, California Parlor No. 1

James Patrick Lanagan, Sacramento Parlor No. 3

George H. Voss, Marysville Parlor No. 6

E. A. Forbes, Marysville Parlor No. 6

Conrad Gotwalls, Marysville Parlor No. 6

Frank A. West, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Michael T. Doyle, Stockton Parlor No. 7

John D. Gill, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Charles A. Dreyer, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Charles J. Haas, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Oscar N. Benson, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Con Gischel, Stockton Parlor No. 7

Francis P. Orelli, Placerville Parlor No. 9

George W. Harvey, Placerville Parlor No. 9

Thomas Francis Smith, Placerville Parlor No. 9

John Wesley Fisher, Placerville Parlor No. 9

Fred H. Olsen, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Samuel J. More, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Fairfax H. Wheelan, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Frank H. Ward, Pacific Parlor No. 10

William B. Benoist, Pacific Parlor No. 10

George H. Bahrs, Pacific Parlor No. 10

Eugene M. Melvin, Pacific Parlor No. 10

A. C. Malatesta, Amador Parlor No. 17

H. W. Moffett, Visalia Parlor No. 19

Foster Hopkins Wilson, Fresno Parlor No. 25

Walter McSwain, Fresno Parlor No. 25

Emil Steinman, Sunset Parlor No. 26

Emsley, Fine, Santa Rosa Parlor No. 28

Clifford Edson Merritt, Santa Rosa Parlor No. 28

Henry C. Smith, Golden Gate Parlor No. 29

Horace Greenwood, Woodland Parlor No. 30

William E. Osborn, Woodland Parlor No. 30

F. C. Wyckoff, Woodland Parlor No. 30

Victor J. Chichizola, Excelsior Parlor No. 31

George Felmeth, Excelsior Parlor No. 31

Frank Firenze, Excelsior Parlor No. 31

William Harland, Mission Parlor No. 38

George P. Marron, Mission Parlor No. 38

John J. Joyce, Solano Parlor No. 39

John Wilbur Glenn, Rainbow Parlor No. 40

William McCloskey, Fremont Parlor No. 44

Frank J. B. Young, Los Angeles Parlor No. 45

Waldo W. Isaacsoti, Los Angeles Parlor No. 45

Charles Raggio, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Harry Poole, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Michael McCracken, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Robert Talfor, San Francisco Parlor No. 49

Frederick G. Pless, El Dorado Parlor No. 52

Minerd C. Arey, El Dorado Parlor No. 52

Leonard Lux, El Dorado Parlor No. 52

O. T. Parker, El Dorado Parlor No. 52

John G. Richards, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

T. E. Goyne, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

E. W. Hartung, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

E. E. Godfrey, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

J. F. Worthington, Hydraulic Parlor No. 56

Joseph Kronberg, Napa Parlor No. 62

Thomas F. Lunny, Mount Tamalpais Parlor No. 64

Thomas J. Fallon, Mount Tamalpais Parlor No. 64

David William Rice, Watsonville Parlor No. 65

John Williams Stow, Watsonville Parlor No. 65

Fred Robert Mann, Watsonville Parlor No. 65

Frank Gann, Redwood Parlor No. 66

Joseph Adam Zwinge, Calaveras Parlor No. 67

John Charles Burtis, Colusa Parlor No. 69

George F. Dahmke, Rincon Parlor No. 72

Joseph Gatto, Rincon Parlor No. 72

Michael A. DePangher, Rincon Parlor No. 72

William Francis Brown, Rincon Parlor No. 72

John N. Cantua, Monterey Parlor No. 75

George H. DeRobert, Stanford Parlor No. 76

Fred H. Stanle, Stanford Parlor No. 76

Edgar R. Bryant, Stanford Parlor No. 76

George Herbert, Vallejo Parlor No. 77

Arthur E. Bernall, Garden City Parlor No. 82

Charles Walter Knowles, Garden City Parlor No. 82

James E. Burke, Granite Parlor No. 83

Joseph A. Foster, Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90

Herman Simon Hanson, Santa Lucia Parlor No. 97

Charles D. Richards, Mount Diablo Parlor No. 101

M. M. Taggart, Mount Diablo Parlor No. 101

James Albert Merous, Mount Diablo Parlor No. 101

Nathan Olinsky, Bay City Parlor No. 104

Edward P. Figel, Bay City Parlor 104

Edward Maloney, Niantic Parlor No. 105

J. E. Green, Courtland Parlor No. 106

Juan A. Domingo, Ramona Parlor No. 109

Walter J. Horgan, Ramona Parlor No. 109

William F. Bryant, Ramona Parlor No. 109

Wallace L. Bray, Ramona Parlor No. 109

Joseph W. Sharp, Ramona Parlor No. 109

Romulo Pico, Ramona Parlor No. 109

George H. Bancroft, Ramona Parlor No. 109

George S. Kelley, Arrowhead Parlor No. 110

Joseph Woods, Eden Parlor No. 113

Eugene F. Gill, National Parlor No. 118

Bernard A. Rathjen, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

Daniel J. Denahy, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

John W. Newell, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

Edward F. Holland, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

Henry John Feldman, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

Philip Emil Walsh, Piedmont Parlor No. 120

Joseph F. Lynch, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

Ralph Victor Williams, Hesperian Parlor No. 137

Fred B. Showalter, Sebastopol Parlor No. 143

David Burke, Alcatraz Parlor No. 145

Adolph Coleman, Alcatraz Parlor No. 145

Edward Bleyman, Halcyon Parlor No. 146

Miran Clay Webb, McCloud Parlor No. 149

Charles A. Jacoby, Brooklyn Parlor No. 151

W. D. Knight, Brooklyn Parlor No. 151

George W. Duffield, AlcaldeParlor No. 154

Henry Alferitz, Alcalde Parlor No. 154

Charles F. Zahn, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Edward Henry Leon, South San Francisco Parlor No. 157

Joseph Copsey, Lower Lake Parlor No. 159

Richard D. Murphy, Sequoia Parlor No. 160

Frank Mitchell Rutherford, Donner Parlor No. 162

Arthur William Ashton, Donner Parlor No. 162

Sanford Ernest Duncan, Williams Parlor No. 164

F. C. Griffin, Washington Parlor No. 169

John Dynan, Keystone Parlor No. 173

Tom Dynan, Keystone Parlor No. 173

August J. Hackmaier, Precita Parlor No. 187

Cornelius R. Smyth, Precita Parlor No. 187

J. A. Glendenning, Siskiyou Parlor No. 188

Ellis Dawson, Etna Parlor No. 192

John C. Desmond, Presidio Parlor No. 194

Lorenzo J. Delucchi, Athens Parlor No. 195

E. A. Brendage, Corona Parlor No. 196

Chester A.  Scott, Alder Glen Parlor No. 200

Frank Hartman, Alder Glen Parlor No. 200

William Bassill, Marshall Parlor No. 202

Henry Baptista Rey, Carquinez Parlor No. 205

Fred Eheleben, Berkeley Parlor No. 210

Scott S. Piggott Berkeley Parlor No. 210

Walter Dreyer, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

Clarence Albrecht, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

James Hanley, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

James Hurley, Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214

Bastista Bordi, Mountain View Parlor No. 215

George W. Reeves, Kelseyville Parlor No. 219

J. J. Morrissey, El Capitan Parlor No. 222

Edward F. Reilly, Russian Hill Parlor No. 229

Thomas Francis Kernan, Guadalupe Parlor No. 231

Daniel McGonigle, Castro Parlor No. 232

William L. Schlegel, Castro Parlor No. 232

Fred D. Ritchie, Castro Parlor No. 232

J.P. Leonard, Balboa Parlor No. 235

Edward R. Furrer, La Fiesta Parlor No. 236

George John Weber, Bay View Parlor No. 238

Thomas Augustus Hall, Sutter Fort Parlor No. 241 (Scroll to bottom of page.)

Albert Frank, Concord Parlor No. 245

Guy G. Smith, Orestimba Parlor No. 247

Harvey R. Eddy, San Ramon Valley Parlor No. 249

R. Dobson, San Ramon Valley Parlor No. 249

James Easterday, Niles Parlor No. 250.

Andrew Kell, Niles Parlor No. 250

George Tiedemann, El Carmelo Parlor No. 256

Herman Nelson, Columbia Parlor No. 258



From “The Grizzly Bear” April, 1915,



Page 17.




                Fairfax H. Wheelan, one of the most prominent men in the business, political, literary, and social life of San Francisco, died in that city, March 26, after a lingering illness, the end coming peacefully.  Surviving are the widow, two sons—Edgar Stow and Fairfax Randall Wheelan—and a sister, Miss Naomi Wheelan of Santa Barbara.

                Deceased was born in San Francisco, September 27, 1856, his parents, Peter and Frances Wheelan, being among the earliest settlers.  After attending school in his native city, he went East to complete his education, graduating from Harvard, with a degree of A.B., in 1880.

                Mr. Wheelan was one of the most-loved members of the Order of Native Sons of the Golden West, being a member of Pacific Parlor, No. 10, San Francisco, and always took a deep interest in those things that tended to the Order’s uplift.  At Oroville, in 1913, he was elected Grand Trustee, and it was generally conceded that he would, in time, be chosen Grand President.  But the lingering illness that eventually caused his death, made it impossible for him to continue as an official of the Grand Parlor, much to the regret of the entire Fraternity. 

                Fairfax Wheelan, aside from the activities which engage the attention of most men, devoted a vast amount of his time, energy and finances to the cause of Charity.  And it was at his suggestion, and largely due to his earnest pleading, that the Native Sons of the Golden West, in conjunction with the Native Daughters of the Golden West, engaged in an organized effort to assist the California homeless child.  As a result, the Homeless Children’s Agency of these Orders was instituted; the work accomplished is known from one end of the State to the other.  Fairfax Wheelan was the father of that movement, and to the time of his death gave it his best personal attention.

                In the passing of Fairfax Wheelan, the State has lost one of her most valued sons, and the Order of Native Sons of the Golden West one who advocated the highest ideals and whose counsel will be sorely missed.  To his surviving widow, sons and sister, we extend our heartfelt sympathy, for we knew the worth of Fairfax Wheelan to the State, the Order, and to humanity in general.—C. M. H.


Transcribed by Sharon Walford Yost.





                Dr. B. J. Coil, a local character of La Porte, then in Sierra County, and well known, from his eccentricities, in the northern section of the State, died in February, 1865, and the editor of the Grass Valley “National” wrote the following unique obituary notice of the well-known citizen:

                “Dr. Coil is best described as a genius, a compilation of ignorance and unexplained sense; of contradictory traits and harmless fabrications.  His birthplaces were numerous, but, as he claimed Kentucky more frequently as his native state than any other locality, we take the benefit of any doubt and call him a Kentuckian.  He located at an early day in La Porte, when it was called Rabbit Creek, and made his debut in the role of a carpenter.  But carpenters were numerous and doctors were scarce, while patients were plentiful, and one day the newcomer astonished the community by hanging out a sign on which appeared:  “Dr. B. J. Coil, Physician, Surgeon and Accoucher.”

                “Where he had familiarized himself with the profession of medicine, even the Doctor’s most intimate friends never knew.  When questioned as to where he read medicine, he assumed a sapient look, asserted he was not a quack, alluded mysteriously to a certain stone building very high up on the Tombigbee River as the place where he had learned the science of compounding pills and potions, and stopped further inquiry at that point.  His imaginary patients were numerous.  No one had the temerity to catalogue the wonderful healing feats performed by the doctor. 

                “His activity was not satisfied by the monotonous surroundings of his practice, so, like Dr. Gwin, he turned his attention to politics.  In 1856, by act of a set of jokers, he was sent as a delegate to a Democratic convention at Downieville.  By a continuation of the joke, he was nominated as a candidate for Assembly, and as a joke upon the jokers he was elected.  He was in the Legislature during the memorable campaign of Broderick and Gwin for United States Senators.  Many are the side-splitting anecdotes told on the member from Sierra County during his legislative career.

                “To Dr. Coil’s credit, let it be proclaimed, that in all the filthy lucre scattered by the contestants, not a dollar did he receive, save what was paid him for his professional services.  In 1861, he wrote a voluble work favoring a Pacific Republic.  Of its literary merits or its originality of ideas we can say nothing, as the doctors’s orthography was decidedly after the fashion of Josh Billings and the work was an extensive draft on the speeches of Calhoun and other Democratic leaders.  Many a weary hour have we passed in hearing the doctor read his manuscript.

                “Like all geniuses, he was haunted by the specter of impecuniosity.  His patients seldom paid, as he frequently, in a lugubrious mood, informed us.  His work on the Pacific Republic was printed in several hundred volumes in San Francisco.  The author was short of funds when they came by express to La Porte, and the express agent stuck to the C. O. D. instructions.  While time passed and the doctor was slowly raising the amount to pay for them, La Porte was destroyed by fire and not a single copy of the work remains to immortalize the author.

                “With all his frivolities, his harmless idiosyncrasies, his visionary ideas, Dr. Coil was an extraordinary man, and his place will remain unfilled with the fun-loving people of La Porte.”  Dr. Coil was 50 years of age at the time of his death, and had been a resident of the county for nearly fifteen years.


Transcribed by Sharon Walford Yost.         



Page 23.


   Charles A. Boldemann, husband of May C. Boldemann, Grand President of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, and himself a long-time and active member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, passed peacefully away, after months of illness, at the family home in San Francisco, February 24.

   Since March 4, 1886, when he was initiated, “Charlie” Boldemann had been a loyal member of California Parlor, No. 1, N.S.G.W.   June 7, 1888, he was elected its president, and June 27, 1901, was chosen recording secretary, which position he filled with efficiency to the time of his demise.  Even to a few hours before the passing, he was engaged in writing the minutes of the Parlor meeting of the previous Thursday.  He had represented his Parlor at frequent Grand Parlor sessions, was a member of the San Francisco Past Presidents’ Association, and was for some time interested in the “Golden State,” in years gone by the official organ of the Order.

   Charles A. Boldemann was the eldest son of the late Adolph J. and Louise G. Boldemann, early Pioneers, and was born at San Francisco, April 11, 1859.  For many years he was associated, in business, with the Boldemann Chocolate Co.  Besides the widow, deceased is survived by two sons—Elmo L. and Carl C.—and these brothers and sisters; Adolph C., Gustave, Bernard J., Oscar, Emil, Emma, Dr. Lillie, and Alice Boldemann.

   In the passing of her beloved husband, Mrs. May Boldemann has the sincerest sympathy of every Native Daughter and Native Son.  As head of the Order of Native Daughters of the Golden West, duties devolved upon her that took her away from home during her husband’s illness.  Yet, she has fulfilled her every duty to both husband and Order faithfully and well; and when absent from his side, those who know her best realize that her thoughts were always with the loved, but slowly passing, life-mate at home.

   And even though in poor health at the time of his wife’s election as Grand President, and fully appreciation the time that must necessarily be spent away from home, none was more insistent than “Charlie” Boldemann that his good wife must accept the great honor.  For he appreciated that she—like himself to the Native Sons,--had devoted years of faithful service to the Native Daughters, and, because of his illness would not, under any consideration, consent to her declining the honor within her grasp.

   Thus is exemplified true devotion—a devotion which, while temporarily suspended on earth, must have an eternal continuation in the Grand Parlor on High.—C.M.H.


Page 42.


   San Bernardino—N. B. Hale, since 1874 engaged in the jewelry business in this city, died March 17.  He was a native of Wisconsin, and highly respected in this community.  Besides a widow, deceased leaves two sons—W. H. Hale and M. Guy Hale, for many years the faithful and efficient financial secretary of Arrowhead Parlor, No. 110, N.S.G.W., both residents of this city.



   To the officers and members of Sutter Fort Parlor, No. 241, N.S.G.W.: We, your committee appointed to draft resolutions upon the death of our beloved brother, Thomas A. Hall, who passed away at Sacramento, February 25…. Sacramento , California, March 10, 1915.





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