GEORGE F. MACK
In the educational interests of central California, George Franklin Mack, principal of the schools at Ione, occupies a position of distinction. Since 1850 he has been a resident of California; being brought to this state when a child of four years. He was born in St. Charles, Illinois, on the 15th of November, 1845, and is of Scotch and Irish descent. His father, Jonathan L. Mack, was born in New Hampshire, where the paternal grandfather of our subject located in 1776, the year in which the independence of the nation was declared. The father married Miss Mary Randall, also a native of the old Granite state, and in 1850 they crossed the plains to California, the father acting as the commander of a company of men who protected the emigrant trains from the Indians. Three months passed ere the journey was completed. They had resided in Illinois prior to their removal to California, and from that state made their way to the Pacific slope, journeying directly westward to Hangtown, now Placerville, where the father engaged in the operation of a sawmill and in mining. There he remained for about twelve years and on the expiration of that time he went to Yolo County, where he carried on agricultural pursuits; but his land formed a part of a grant the title to which was defective, and he was obliged to locate elsewhere. He then crossed the mountains to Virginia City in search of a location, and his family never heard from him afterward. His wife died in Placerville in 1894, in the seventieth year. She had been a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church from her girlhood and was an exemplary Christian woman. Her two daughters died in infancy and Professor Mack is now the only survivor of the family.
He was educated in the public schools of California, in Hesperian University and the academy at Healdsburg. Since that time his attention has been devoted to educational labors, in which profession he is successful and enthusiastic. He has been employed as a teacher in El Dorado, Nevada and Amador counties, and his labors have been attended with excellent results, being very effective in promoting the educational standard of the state.
In 1874 Professor Mack was united in marriage to Miss Gilla A. Miller, a native of El Dorado County and a daughter of David Miller, a respected pioneer of the state. Their marriage has been blessed with six daughters and four sons, namely: William H., George F., Mary A., Gilla A., Agnes M., Robert L., Daniel M., Gertrude, Laura U. and Ethel Ione. The mother is a consistent member of the Methodist Church and a most estimable lady.
Professor Mack cast his first presidential vote for the renowned soldier, General Grant, and has since continued in the ranks of the Republican Party. In 1886 he was elected county superintendent of schools of Amador County, and filled the position so satisfactorily that he was continued in the office for three successive terms. He has since been the principal of the schools of Ione, and under his management they have taken high rank, being a credit alike to the city and to the superintendent. Professor Mack is a Knight Templar Mason, having become a member of the order in El Dorado Lodge, No. 26, F. & A. M., in 1868; and he has served as its master. He is also a valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having passed all of the chairs in both branches of that fraternity. He likewise holds membership in the Foresters and Chosen Friends, and is a member of St. Matthew’s Mission, an Episcopal church of Ione. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mack have a wide acquaintance in the county and enjoy the high regard of many friends. Their own home is noted for its generous hospitality and its social functions are pleasant events in Ione.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.