Placer County








            Figuring gas one of the prominent and active business men of Auburn, Placer County, California, is the subject of this sketch, John Coleman Safford, who has for several years been a dealer in furniture.  He is a native of New York, born in Perry, Wyoming County, August 14, 1851, and is descended from English ancestry.

            His forefathers were among the early settlers of Connecticut, their identity with that state dating from the seventeenth century; the family was represented in the Revolutionary War and was prominently connected with civil affairs also at an early period in this country’s history.  Samuel Safford, the grandfather of John C., married Miss Ellen Moss.  Their son John, born in Perry, New York, grew up at that place and there married Miss Caroline Coleman, also a native of Perry.  She was the daughter of John and Julia (Ainsley) Coleman.  They became early settlers of Seneca Lake, where he was a farmer.  John Safford was a farmer and local minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He died in the thirty-sixth year of his age, his death resulting from the effects of a cold contracted while baptizing some converts in the creek in winter.  The mother was fifty-six years of age at the time of her death.  They were the parents of three sons and one daughter, all of whom are living, John C. being the eldest son.  The others are George S., Charles S. and Helen.  George has been a resident of Los Angeles, California, since 1873.  Helen is now the wife of Edwy Knight and resides in Jackson, Michigan.

John C. Safford was educated in New York, and his first business experience was in a book and stationery store, after which he was engaged in the painting and decorating business.  He came to Auburn, California, in 1881, seeking a change of climate, which has proved beneficial.  He first pursued the occupation of painter and decorator here, after which he became associated as partner with W. C. Crowell in the furniture and undertaking business.  At the end of five and a half years this partnership was dissolved, Mr. Crowell taking the undertaking department and Mr. Safford the furniture.  The latter now has a large furniture store, well stocked with a fine line of furniture, carpets and wall paper, and he also deals in paints and oil.  From three to five persons are employed in the store, the business is successfully conducted, and the proprietor enjoys the reputation of being one of the enterprising, up-to-date business factors in town.

Mr. Safford was married in 1871 to Miss Mary Ann Appleby, a native of Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York.  She is the daughter of George Appleby, a native of England, while her mother was of French descent.  Their union has been blessed with two sons:  Lucius Elbert, a clerk in his father’s store; and Edwy Knight, a student in Berkeley College.  Mr. Safford built the pleasant home he occupies in Auburn, and has surrounded his residence with an attractive lawn, dotted over with flowers, shrubbery and shade trees, making it an ideal home.

Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order, blue lodge, chapter and council, also as a member of the I. O. R. M., and politically is a Republican.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 412 -413. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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