Placer County









            The gentleman whose name graces this sketch is the enterprising proprietor of a printing establishment in Auburn, Placer County, California, and is a native of the town in which he lives.  John Albert Predom was born July 28, 1868, and is descended from an old French family noted for high literary attainments.  In France the name is Prud’homme.  That line of the family from which John Albert Predom is descended is traced back several generations to Canada, where the name is spelled Prud’homme.  The name was abbreviated to its present form after its representatives came to the United States.  It was the great-great-grandfather of John A. who was the first of the family to make settlement in Canada, he being one of a party of French colonists.  In Canada, probably in Montreal or Quebec, Joseph Prud’homme, the son of the first settler was born.  In Canada he married Miss Margaret Cass, and both lived to extreme old age, his death occurring in 1895 at the age of one hundred and five years; her in 1894 at the age of one hundred and three!  They were the parents of ten children, eight of whom are still living.

            One of this family, Moses Predom, the father of our subject, is the youngest of the surviving members.  He was born in Montreal, July 1, 1840, and in Canada spent the first fifteen years of his life, learning the trade of blacksmithing there in his boyhood days.  In 1855 he came to California.  On arriving here, he at once went to work at his trade in Auburn, working for wages ninety-five days, and then opening a shop of his own.  Since that time he has been engaged in blacksmithing and wagon and carriage making.  He has also, at different times, been more or less interested in mining operations; gold, silver and copper, but like many investors, has never realized his expectations in this direction.  He was married in 1866 to Miss Sarah Jane Worsley, a native of New York, and they have had eight children, of whom six are living, all natives of Auburn, namely:  Moses, John A., Charles, Clifford, Rathford and Mary Ella.  The eldest son, Moses, is in business with his father.  The daughter is now the wife of John Wood.

            Having thus briefly outlined the family history, we turn now to the direct subject of this article, John A. Predom, who has kindly furnished the facts herein contained.

            John A. Predom was reared in his native town and was educated in the public schools and at the Sierra Normal College.  He learned the printer’s trade in Auburn and San Francisco, after which he was editor of the Bulletin and later of the Placer County Republican.  In 1890 he opened a job printing office in his native town.  Being an expert printer himself and knowing the requirements of an office in which first-class work is done, he equipped his establishment with the best of machinery and material for all kinds of job work, and soon built up a substantial and satisfactory business, which he retains and which he is increasing as the years go by.

            January 22, 1892, Mr. Predom was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ursla Lawler, a daughter of Patrick Lawler, of Placer County, and a niece of A. McKinley, who served for fourteen years as an assessor of Placer County.  They have two children:  Cameron W., born December 16, 1893; and Daisy E., born September 1, 1896.

            Mr. Predom is a Republican, active and enthusiastic in political matters.  At this writing he is the secretary of the Republican central committee and also a member of the executive committee.  Fraternally he is prominently identified with several organizations.  He is a past chancellor of the Knight of Pythias lodge and the captain of the Uniform Rank, K. P., and an active member and past officer of the Native Sons of the Golden West.  He is a valued member of the National Guard of California, and is captain of Company D, Second Regiment, Third Brigade.  During the last war with Spain he raised a company and drilled the same preparatory to going to the front.  They, however, were not called out.

            Thus it is seen that Mr. Predom is one of the up-to-date and foremost young men of his town.  The biographer of a score of years later will, doubtless, find other interesting chapters to add to a sketch of the life of this enterprising citizen.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 725-727. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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