THE Society of California Pioneers in this county is a large
and prosperous one and includes men and women who, by their cheerful
spirit and firmness of character, command the general respect and
esteem of their fellow citizens.
Native Sons of the Golden West
Native Daughters of the Golden West
This society was organized in 1875 with Cary Peebles as President, pro
tem., and A. P. Murgotten
as Secretary. The object of the organization, as set forth by the
president, was for social intercourse and to hold an annual reunion of
the pioneer residents of the county who had arrived in the state during
1853 or earlier. At this meeting Colonel Coleman Younger, Judge A. L.
Rhodes, John Trimble, Judge Davis Divine,
and John M. Murphy were appointed a committee on permanent
organization, and to draft the constitution and by-laws for the
government of the new society. The first reunion and picnic was held on
June 22, 1875, at O'Donnell's Garden. The first officers were Judge A.
L. Rhodes, President; John M. Murphy and P. 0. Minor, Vice-Presidents;
A. P. Murgotten, Secretary; John H. Moore, Treasurer; 'Colonel Younger,
Davis Divine, John Trimble, Adolph Pfister, Cary Peebles, and B. D. Murphy,
Directors. The officers of the organization now are C. R. Woodhams,
President; E. G. Hines and Mrs. E. W. Simons, Vice-Presidents; W. D. J.
Hambly, Secretary; and L. A. Spitzer,
The generation of pioneers is fast passing away, but their sons and
daughters have been drinking deeply of their spirit and are not lacking
in their father's energy and perseverance. These have organized under
the name of Sons and Daughters of California Pioneers, and the
membership roll includes Mrs. Caroline Benson, Miss Blanche Blanchard,
Miss Lizzie Bergler, Miss Juliette A. Burns, Miss Nellie F. Bowen, Mrs.
Frank J. Brandon, Miss Fannie Coddington, Mrs.
E. J. Columbet,
Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper, Miss Lida C. Clark, Miss Ida Devendorf, Mrs.
Mamie Doud, Miss Joey Denton, Miss Edith Eddy, Miss Josephine E. Eddy,
Miss Virginia Eddy, Miss Nellie Evans, Miss Elizabeth Evans, Miss
Cornelia M. Farley, Mrs. James Gally, Mrs. Annie Gilman, Mrs. A. G.
Gruwell, Mrs. Hattie Gregg, Mrs. L. E. Hines, Mrs. Jettora W. Hyde,
Mrs. Andrew P. Hill, Miss Laura Hildreth, Miss Hall, Mrs. M. H. Hyland,
Mrs. Helen F. Haynes, Mrs. Mary E. Hall, Miss Alice Humphrey, Miss
Stella Herndon, Miss Mildred Hanson, Miss Florence Inskep, Mrs. W. A. January,
Mrs. 0. M. Keesling, Mrs. Edwin A. Kennedy, Miss Abbey Lewis, Miss
Elizabeth Lewis, Mrs. L. Leibe, Mrs. Louis Loupe, Mrs. A. P. Murgotten,
Mrs. Lucy J. Morgan, Mrs. Mary F. McVay, Miss Carrie L. Peckham, Miss
Lois A. Peckham, Mrs. Homer Prindle, Miss Eva Prindle, Mrs. Mary A.
Pillot, Mrs. C. A. Putney, Miss Ida Rogers, Miss Edith C. Richards,
Mrs. Thomas Singleton, Mrs. Edwin E. Skinner, Mrs. W. E. Trimble, Mrs.
W. H. Van Valer, Miss Bertha Warren, Mrs. George F. Williams, Miss
Jessie Williamson, Miss Augusta Younger, John M. Fitzgerald, L. J.
Chipman, A. L. Dornberger, Charles B. Gleason, W. D. J. Hambly, Andrew
P. Hill, Wilber F. Henning, Irvine P. Henning, M. H. Hyland, Edwin A.
Kennedy, James S. Lawrence, A. P. Murgotten, Gustave A. Malech, John G.
McMillan, J. A. Peckham, Homer Prindle, J. R. Rodeck, Edwin W. Skinner,
Edwin A. Skinner, and C. S. Sullivan.
(see complete listing of pioneers)
The officers are Charles B. Gleason, President; Mrs. Frank J. Brandon,
First Vice-President; Mrs. Mary Pillot, Second Vice-President; Mrs. G.
F. Williams, Third Vice-President; Miss JessieWilliamson, Secretary;
Homer Prindle, Treasurer.
Native sons have come to the front in all lines of work; while in the
sphere of letters, on the stage, in music, and in art, fair California
women have thrilled thousands in their own and foreign lands. A
powerful body, whose number is legion, have banded together under the
name of Native Sons, and equally as large a body under the name of
Native Daughters. Both these orders are founded on magnificent
principles, and the aims and objects of each are to promote social
intercourse, and to aid the sick and needy in time of affliction by
deeds and words of affection, as well as by the beneficiary fund, and
to thus extend the hand in charity without the recipient's feeling the
hurt that is so often felt when alms are bestowed merely from a sense
of duty. They aim to perpetuate the memory of the soul-stirring deeds
of the pioneers, and to keep alive interest in early California
history. No sectarian or political doctrines have a place in the
by-laws of these organizations, and the members stand ever loyally by
the Stars and Stripes.
Vendome Parlor, No. 100, Native Daughters of the Golden West, had
its first meeting at Hotel Vendome, and elected the charter members
into their respective offices. On. March 12, 1897, the parlor was
instituted by the Grand Secretary, Mrs. Georgia Ryan, who was assisted
by District Deputy Grand President, Miss Dora Zmudowski, and Grand
Organizer, Miss Anna Worth. It had a charter list of twenty-seven
members. The present officers are: Past President, Mrs. Ella Garcia;
President, Miss Lottie Bragg; First Vice-President, Mrs. Robert De
Zaldo; Second Vice-President, Miss Julia La Montagne; Third
Vice-President, Miss Emma Koenig; Marshal, Miss Frankie Stockton;
Financial Secretary, Miss Delia McAbee; Recording Secretary, Miss Eva
Prindle; Outside Sentinel, Mrs. Elsie Doerr; Inside Sentinel, Miss Eva
Riddle; Surgeon, Dr. Caroline Avery; Trustees, Miss Tillie Brohaska,
Mrs. Mary Thwaits, and Mrs. Virginia Gruen. The Parlor has an orchestra
consisting of: piano, Miss Tillie Brohaska; violin, Miss Lizzie Cunan;
cornet, Miss Delia McAbee; clarionet, Miss Julia La Montagne;
saxiphone, Miss Laura Cottle; cello, Mrs. Flora Rease; piccola, Miss
Laura La Montagne.
San Jose Parlor, No. 81, Native Daughters of the Golden West,
met for the first time on June 29, 1894, with Grand President, Miss M.
Coulter, presiding. She was assisted in initiating the Parlor by
District Deputy Grand President Miss Alice Coulverwell; Past Grand
President, Miss Wittenmeyer; Grand Vice-President, Miss Mary Bertola;
Grand Secretary, Mrs. Georgia Ryan. The present officers are: Past
President, Mrs. Ethel Pyle Ressiguie; President, Mrs. Eleanor P.
Anderson; First Vice-President, Mrs. H. Munfrey; Second Vice-President,
Miss Mamie Campbell; Third Vice-President, Miss Hazel Carkeet; Marshal,
Mrs. Josie Barboni; Financial Secretary, Miss Nettie Yocco; Recording
Secretary, Miss Belle Pyle; Outside Sentinel, Miss Lottie Wade; Inside
Sentinel, Mrs. Lorena Lee; Organist, Miss Henrietta Poulain; Surgeon,
Dr. Elizabeth Gallimore; Trustees, Mrs. Alice Trousdale, Mrs. Eleanor
Belloli-Hammond, and Mrs. Iva Belloli.
Palo Alto Parlor, No. 82, Native Sons of the Golden West, has a
membership of over one hundred. It was organized on April 5, 1886, by
the District Deputy Grand President Edward Younger, assisted by members
of San Jose Parlor No. 22, California Parlor No. 7, and Monterey
Parlor, No. 75. The officers now are: Past President, H. I. Mabury;
President, J. J. Tormey; First Vice-President, H. W. Hoenes; Second
Vice-President, B. Dreischmeyer; Third Vice-President, G. P. Bull;
Marshal, C. McGinley; Recording Secretary, H. McComas; Financial
Secretary, I. L. Koppel; Treasurer, F. M. Stern; Physicians, Dr. G. V.
Saph and Dr. George W. Seifert; Trustees, J. A. Peckham, R. F. Brown,
A. J. Hocking, and T. B. Reardon.
Observatory Parlor, No. 177, Native Sons of the Golden West, is
a prosperous organization having for its officers: Past President, H.
C. Doerr; President, F. H. Benson; First Vice-President, J. A.
Second Vice-President, C. H. Bauer; Third Vice-President, W. H. Jung;
Recording Secretary, J. M. Longdon; Financial Secretary, J. E. Hancock;
Treasurer, W. J. Boschken; Surgeon, Dr. J. N. Johnston.
San Jose Parlor, No. 22, Native Sons of the Golden West, has for
its officers: Past President, Martin I. Welch; President, T. E. Lahan;
First Vice-President, M. M. Prola; Second Vice-President, M. E.
Griffith; Third Vice-President, S. Semichy; Marshal, G. D. O'Connell;
Recording Secretary, A. Pedemonte; Financial Secretary, E. T. Coffe;
Treasurer, H. R. Tripp; Trustee, J. A. Anthes; Hall Trustee, Thomas
Monahan; Surgeon, Dr. Lincoln Cothran.