JESSE FOOT GREGORY
Jesse F. Gregory is a representative of one of Ione’s oldest families as is indicated by the fact that the old home in which he still resides was bought by his father in 1854, and therefore has been in the possession of the family for seventy-six years. Jesse F. Gregory was born in Ione, January 17, 1863, and is a son of Engleford Burrel and Martha (McMurry) Gregory. The father crossed the plains in 1853 and settled at once in Ione, where he followed the carpenter trade. He was among the first builders in Amador county and erected many of the homes of the pioneers of Ione and vicinity. He also built the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1862. In 1854 he bought two acres of ground on Church Street, Ione, and there established the family home. The mother crossed the plains with her husband in a train of thirty-nine wagons. Her death occurred in 1917. Mr. and Mrs. Gregory had six sons and four daughters, of whom three sons and two daughters are still living.
Jesse F. Gregory received his education in the public schools of this locality, after which he learned blacksmithing, which he followed from 1883 until 1893, when he went to Nevada, where he remained a year. From 1894 until 1897 he was employed in the mines at Sutter Creek, doing timbering. He was in Seattle, Washington, in 1898 when the gold rush to Alaska got underway. He joined the stampede to that territory, where he remained until 1906, when he returned to the states. He went first to Oakland thence to Fresno county; where he was employed at sawmill work for four years. The year 1915 he spent at the San Francisco fair and in Mexico. In the fall he came back to Amador county and spent some time in prospecting. In 1917 Mr. Gregory built a new residence on the old home place, which he had previously bought, and engaged in contracting and building, which he has followed to the present time, though he is now practically retired from active business and is in very comfortable circumstances.
Mr. Gregory was united in marriage to Miss May E. Reese, who is a native of Sacramento county. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, gives him political support to the Democratic Party and has shown an active interest in matters affecting the general welfare. He has long been interested in collecting relics of early days, and has some very old guns and other mementos of pioneer times, while he has also made some donations to the collection at Sutter’s Fort. He is a strong booster for his home community and lends his efforts to the advancement of Ione and Amador county.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.