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Calaveras County







            One of the leading mining men of Calaveras County is John J. McSorley, owner of the Crystal and Boundary Cone mines, both of which he has successfully operated for many years.  He was born on the old home place near Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, March 29, 1868, a son of Terrance and Mary (Colgan) McSorley, who came to California from Massachusetts, by way of Cape Horn.  Mr. McSorley went to work in the mines for wages, and afterward acquired property of his own, on which he developed some valuable mines, among which was the Green Mountain mine.  He was one of the successful mining men of the mother lode and remained actively identified with that line of business until his death, which occurred in 1890.  He was survived for over three decades by his widow, who passed away in 1922.  They became the parents of six sons and two daughters.  One of the sons, A. I. McSorley, a leading member of the California bar, severed as district attorney and as judge of the superior Court of Calaveras County.  Another son, R. V. McSorley, served for twenty-five years on the Oakland police force, while Thomas C., was President Hoover’s representative in Alaska.  The McSorley brothers in the course of years have worked and developed many good mining properties in various localities from Alaska to Mexico.

            John J. McSorley attended the local schools, and while still young took up the fascinating work of mining, his interests being in various parts of the coast region.  He also had extensive interests in Mexico at the time of Villa’s insurrection, and suffered a complete loss of all his investments there.  He is at present confining his activities mainly to the Boundary Cone and the Crystal mines, which were discovered by his father and from the latter he is getting out fine crystals for the United States government.  He gives employment to a number of men.

            Mr. McSorley married Miss Nettie M. Portoris, a member of an old pioneer family that crossed the plains in the early days and settled in Calaveras County.  Mr. McSorley supports the Republican Party and stands for those things which are calculated to promote the public interests.  He is a charter member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge at Tonopah, Nevada.  His hobbies are mining and cattle.  He is the owner of five thousand acres of land, and his mines are located on this property.  He has worked hard and continuously in his day and has truly earned the substantial success which is now his.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 296-297. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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