El Dorado County
EUGENE T. BENNEY
Among the most progressive of the business men of Placerville is Eugene T. Benney, who is the owner and proprietor of the American Laundry and Dry Cleaners, located at Main and Coloma Streets. The modern and efficient character of this business is a credit not only to the community but to the ability and skill of Mr. Benney.
Eugene T. Benney is a descendant of one of the pioneer families of this section of the state. He was born in Mariposa County, California, June 8, 1883, a son of Thomas J. and Anna (Marshall) Benney. The father was born in El Dorado County, and was one of the first miners at Virginia City, at the famous Comstock Mine. He made a fortune in mining, but later lost it. His death occurred in May, 1927. His wife was born in Mariposa County, California, also of pioneer stock, ad still survives her husband. Eight children were born to Thomas J. and Anna Benney. Eugene T. Benney received his education in the public schools of Nevada and Tuolumne counties, California. At an early age, however, he started to engage in mining and prospecting, and for fourteen years continued in this occupation, traveling by foot and horseback over a wide territory and through the vast mountains, having an interesting experience despite the many hardships he encountered. He was also connected with a surveying party for a time. In 1916 Mr. Benney came to Placerville and here purchased the laundry which he now operates and which was the only one in this section. He has developed the business to a high point and utilizes only the most up-to-date methods and equipment in his work. He employs about twenty people and his business extends over the whole of El Dorado County.
Mr. Benney was married to Miss Anna I. Hughes, a native of San Francisco, California, and they are the parents of two children, Jeannette and Vernon. Mr. Benney is a staunch Republican in his political views and is now serving his second term as a city trustee of Placerville. He has also served for two terms as a trustee of the grammar school. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and with the Ancient Order of Druids. His chief diversion is fishing for trout in the mountain streams.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 335-336. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.