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            One of the enterprising old-time pioneers of the Sacramento Valley, who left a deep impress on his community and aided materially in the development of this section, was the late Augustus Lemuel Chandler.  A native of Vermont, he was born at St. Johnsbury on July 26, 1831, being descended from an old and prominent New England family.  His mother died when he was two years old, and he was reared and educated in the home of Deacon Walker, at Strafford, Vt., where he attended the local school and also the academy.

            In 1852, having become deeply interested in the gold rush and large immigration to California, Augustus L. Chandler came hither via the Isthmus of Panama, with an older brother, Charles Chandler; and here in the early days he began ranching at Nicolaus, in Sutter county, where they became owners of a large ranch devoted to grain raising.  In those days the best market for the grain was found in the mining towns; and they hauled the grain over the mountains to Grass Valley and Nevada City, and even as far as Virginia City, Nev.  His brother Charles having decided to return to his old home in Vermont, A. L. Chandler purchased his interest in the ranch, and thereafter continued the ranching operations.  He became very successful, and subsequently added another ranch to his holdings.

            On a trip back to Vermont in 1861, A. L. Chandler was married to Miss Caroline Jane Noyes.  She was also a native of Vermont, born at Tunbridge on January 9, 1836, of old New England and Revolutionary stock.  Mr. Chandler immediately brought his bride to his California home, making the journey to San Francisco via the Isthmus route.  She proved an excellent companion and devoted mother, the happy family ties being severed only by the death of Mr. Chandler on November 3, 1888.

            Mr. Chandler was a prime mover in the organization of the Farmers’ Co-operative Union of Sutter County, in Yuba City, and a stockholder and director in this concern, which built large warehouses on the Feather River.  When the debris filled the channel so that steamers could no longer ply on the river and carry the grain in storage at their warehouses, the Farmers’ Union was obliged to dismantle their 20,000-ton warehouse and build a new one on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and ship by rail.  When the Farmers’ Union established their bank, Mr. Chandler continued as a stockholder in the institution.  In early days he was interested with a partner, Mr. Keys, in a sawmill manufacturing redwood lumber in Santa Cruz County.  With other pioneers in Sutter County, he took a leading part in the anti-debris fight, keeping at it persistently until the anti-debris bill was passed by the legislature and became a law.  As a Republican, he served acceptably in the State Assembly for several terms, and then was elected State Senator.  He was reelected and was serving his second term when he died.

            Mr. Chandler was prominent fraternally.  He was a Mason, being a member of Gold Hill Lodge No. 32, F. & A. M., at Lincoln, and also of the Eastern Star.  He was also a member and Past Grand of Pleasant Grove Lodge of the Odd Fellows.  Active in the Grange, he served at one time as State Director of the Grange.

            After Senator Chandler’s death, his widow continued to reside on the home ranch, looking after the management of the ranches until she disposed of them, after which she made her home in Oakland.  She was a Past Matron and Past District Deputy Grand Matron of the Eastern Star, and also a Past Grand of the Rebekahs.  When eighty-three years of age, this estimable pioneer woman passed away at her home in Oakland, in November, 1919.  She was greatly loved for her amiability, charity, and womanly attributes of mind and heart.

            This worthy pioneer couple had seven children, five of whom are living:  Mrs. Carrie A. Gladding, wife of Albert J. Gladding, whose sketch is given elsewhere; Miss Ida Chandler, of Oakland; Lizzie, now Mrs. Atwood, of San Francisco; Mayme, the wife of O. L. Berry, of the same city; and Harry, who lives in Lincoln.





Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “History of Placer & Nevada Counties, California”, by W. B. Lardner & M. J. Brock. Pages 460-461. Historic Record Co., Los Angeles 1924.

© 2013  V. Gerald Iaquinta.




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