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Virgil W. Norton, the present postmaster at Sutter Creek, is a member of one of the old pioneer families of the Sacramento Valley, where he has lived since the age of two years, and thus he has been a witness of and participant in the wonderful development which has characterized this section of the state. He was born in Ohio, on the 4th of March, 1861, and is a son of William and Mary A. (Myers) Norton. His father crossed the plains in 1863 and in the same year his wife and three children made the long voyage around Cape Horn. The father, a shoemaker by trade, first located at Mud Springs, El Dorado County, and in 1865 moved to Oleta, Amador County, where the family lived until 1871, when they came to Sutter Creek, where his death occurred in 1920. The mother passed away in 1912. During the active years of his life William Norton followed his trade and in those days most all shoes were handmade. In the family were two sons and two daughters.

Virgil W. Norton attended the public schools of Sutter Creek, after which he learned the machinist trade, being employed in the machine shop of the local foundry for thirty-two years. In 1914 he received the appointment of the position of postmaster of Sutter Creek, the duties of which office he has discharged in a very capable and satisfactory manner.

Mr. Norton was married to Miss Mary Ann Smith, who was born and reared at Sutter Creek and is a member of one of the early families of this section. They have four children, Virgil C., Walter S., William H. and John G. In his political alignment Mr. Norton is a Democrat and has shown a live interest in public affairs. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he is a past master of his lodge; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has passed through the chairs; the Daughters of Rebekah, and the Order of the Eastern Star, of which he is a past worthy patron. He is one of the best postmasters Sutter Creek has ever had and as a citizen has done his full part in promoting the best interests of his community, so that he commands to a marked degree the respect of his fellowmen.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 455-456. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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