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GEORGE WASHINGTON EASTON, SR.

 

 

      To the late George Washington Easton, Sr., belonged the distinction of being the oldest pioneer of Plymouth, and throughout Amador County he was recognized as one of the community’s best citizens.  He was born on a farm in Wisconsin on the 28th of November, 1852, his parents being Thomas William and Lucinda Jane (Van Lone) Easton, the latter a native of New York.  In 1854 they journeyed across the plains to California, locating first in Sacramento, whence soon afterward they moved to El Dorado County and Thomas W. Easton engaged in the hotel business at Brownsville.  In 1873 he came to Plymouth, where he built a hotel.  When this was destroyed by fire, he erected another hostelry which he conducted successfully until the time of his retirement from active business.  To him and his wife were born four children, a son and three daughters.

      George W. Easton, Sr., who was but two years of age when brought by his parents to the Golden state, attended the public schools of El Dorado County and after putting aside his textbooks went to work in the mines of Calaveras County, at one of which he ran the hoist for seven years.  On the death of his father, he took over the management of the hotel at Plymouth.  Some years later the hotel was again burned, and Mr. Easton then went to work in the quartz mill but retired at the end of seven years, spending the remainder of his life in well earned leisure. In early manhood, Mr. Easton was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Sallee, who was born in the state of Missouri but was reared in California.  They became the parents of three children, namely:  Mrs. Mary McCloud; George W., an electrical engineer; and Mrs. Hazel Carlson.  All are residents of the Bay district.  There are also four grandchildren.

      Mr. Easton supported the Republican Party and during all the years of his residence here loyally supported those measures calculated to promote the best interests of the community.  He held membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for fifty-three years and passed through all the chairs of the subordinate lodge.  He was a man of sterling principles and straightforward manner, sincere and constant in his social relations, and all who knew him held him in the highest measure of esteem.  His death occurred in December, 1930, when he was seventy-eight years of age.

 

 

Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 283-284. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.

 

 

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