El Dorado County
Among the real pioneers of El Dorado County is numbered the Dormody family, of which Thomas A. J. Dormody is a worthy representative. This family is also one of the best known in this section of the valley, having been prominently identified with ranching and mercantile affairs from early days. Thomas Dormody was born on the old Green Springs ranch, now the Dormody ranch, on the 16th of October, 1857, a son of William and Sarah (Norton) Dormody. The father came to California, by way of the isthmus of Panama, in 1849 and for a while engaged in mining at Kelsey, El Dorado county. He then engaged in the dry goods business at Coloma, the place where gold was first found in this state. He prospered in his business and invested his profits in the present Dormody ranch, on which he conducted a hotel, or road house, a stopping place for the stages which came through this section. He carried the business on successfully until his death in 1876, becoming one of the best known men in the valley. His wife, who was a native of Ireland, came to California in her girlhood and was married to Mr. Dormody here. They became the parents of eight children, of whom six are living. The mother long survived her husband, her death occurring September 4, 1902. The Dormody ranch is located in Green Valley, on the old freighting road to the Comstock mines.
Thomas Dormody received his education in the Green Valley and Live Oak schools, and after the death of his father took an active part in managing the home ranch. After the death of his mother he came into possession of the property, of which he had been the active manager for several years, and had also run the general store, post office and mail route. He has disposed of the mercantile interests and until recently devoted his entire time and attention to the cattle and dairy business. The ranch contains over eight hundred acres of good land, is well improved in every essential respect, and is one of the valuable farm properties in this section of the valley. Mr. Dormody now rents the property and is taking things easy.
Mr. Dormody was united in marriage to Mary (Flint) Bell, a native of Illinois, and to them have been born five children, Dorothy, Grace, Thomas, Patricia, and Bernard, who died at the age of two and a half years. By a previous marriage Mrs. Dormody is the mother of the following children: Minnie L., the wife of G. O. Keyburz; Anna M., the wife of B. F. MacKeever; J. H.; Josephine L.; and Frances M., the wife of J. H. Randolph. Mr. Dormody is a Democrat in his political view and served one term as justice of the peace. He is fond of hunting and fishing, is a genial companion and all who know him hold him in high esteem.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.