JOHN EDWARD GRAMBART
John Edward Grambart is descended from old pioneer stock in both paternal and maternal lines and his family has for many years been prominent in their community. He was born in the historic old Central House, in Amador County, on the 21st of August, 1868, and is a son of John and Esther (Wells) Grambart. His father was born in Germany and came to California in 1852. In partnership with J. C. Williams, he established and for ten years had a store in Drytown, then one of the booming mining camps of this locality. After that mercantile experience, he and Grandfather Wells, who had come to this state in 1849, bought the Central House, one of the best known road houses of that day, being a stopping place for the stages. The lumber out of which it was built had been brought around the Horn, and at this place many of the most noted personages were guests. In connection with the Central House there was a large cattle ranch. Here John Grambart lived for many years, during which a large part of the glory of the mining days passed away, thus decreasing the necessity for such hostelries as the Central House, but he continued to reside there until his death, in 1891. He was survived over three decades by his widow, whose death occurred in 1922. Previously, in 1917, the Central House and its holdings were sold to E. O. Rupley. Esther (Wells) Grambart was born in New York and came to California by way of the Isthmus in 1852.
John E. Grambart was educated in the public schools of Drytown, after which he farmed on the old home place until 1914, when he left the farm and has since devoted his attention to freighting, in which he has built up a large business.
Mr. Grambart was united in marriage to Miss Bernice Barnes, of Pine Grove, Amador County. By a previous marriage she is the mother of a son. Mr. Grambart is a staunch Republican in his political belief and has always shown a commendable interest in public affairs. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Daughters of Rebekah and the Native Sons of the Golden West. He is well and favorably known throughout this section of the valley and is one of its best citizens.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.