El Dorado County
ERNEST G. BARRETTE
††††† One of El Dorado Countyís leading cattlemen is Ernest G. Barrette, whose livestock operations have been conducted on a large scale and in accordance with progressive methods, so that he has realized a splendid measure of success and is regarded as one of his communityís most substantial men.† He was born on the old Barrette ranch, where he now lives, near Shingle Springs, on the 6th of June, 1862, and is a son of Gillaume and Abbie (Wells) Barrette.† His father came to California from Montreal, Canada, by way of the Isthmus of Panama in 1849, so that the family ranks among the real pioneer families of the Sacramento Valley.† He acquired property on the Shingle Springs-Latrobe Road, on which he established a general merchandise store.† He prospered in his affairs and became one of the best known men of El Dorado County.† He was accidentally killed in 1881, being struck by the limb of a tree while passing it in a wagon.† His land was rich in gold, millions of dollars worth of the yellow metal having been taken from it in earlier days.† After coming to this locality Mr. Barrette met and married Miss Abbie Wells, who also had come by the isthmus route.
††††† Ernest G. Barrette was educated in the public schools of his home community, after which he assisted his father in the management of the property.† Since his fatherís death he has had the sole use and management of the ranch, to which he has added three thousand six hundred acres.† He carried on his ranching and cattle business with marked success until 1918, when he leased the property to the University of California for experimental work.† This lease has now expired and he is again resuming his cattle business, in which he has taken great pride and in which he has achieved his greatest success.† This is one of the best known ranches in El Dorado County and has always been managed in accordance with the most scientific methods.
††††††††††† Mr. Barrette was united in marriage to Miss Philipina E. Meder, who also is descended from old pioneer stock, being a daughter of John and Fredeline (Fredman) Meder, the former having settled in Jayhawk, June 5, 1854.† To Mr. and Mrs. Barrette have been born three children, Lawrence E., Irene, living in Shingle, and Ernest, who died at the age of two years.† Lawrence E., a well educated man became a bank teller in the Bank of Italy at Sacramento, but owing to his fatherís ill health for the past year, he will now take charge of the fine stock ranch near the town of Shingle Springs.† The daughter, Irene, who is prominent in local social circles and active in the affairs of the community in general will also have an interest in the operations of the ranch.† The ranch is well located in the hills with trees and shrubbery, and is very attractive.† Mr. Barrette gives his support to the Democratic Party and is interested in local affairs; he is now serving as justice of the peace, having recently been reelected for a second term.† He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, and is very popular throughout the community where he has spent his life.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.
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