El Dorado County
WARREN C. GREEN
(see also pgs 753-754)
Of the mercantile interests of Georgetown, Warren C. Green is a well known representative, and he is also prominent in mining. Of California he is a native son, his birth having occurred in Placer County on the 22nd of July, 1862. His father, R. P. Green, was born in Springfield, Illinois, in 1824, and engaged in lead mining at Galena, that state. He came to El Dorado County at an early epoch in the development of California and engaged in placer mining and mercantile business.
In 1859, however, he returned by way of the water to Platteville, Wisconsin, where he was married. Then he again came across the plains to the Pacific coast. They were annoyed by the Indians and the men in the train stood guard all night to give the warning if the savages should make an attack. On other occasions they traveled all night in order to escape the red men. On the second trip Mr. Green was accompanied by his wife and brother. On again reaching the Golden state the father of our subject located near Placerville, where he continued mining, and later in Placer County. In 1864 his wife died in the twenty-fourth year of her age, leaving to him the care of their two sons, Edwin and Warren C. He then discontinued mining and was in the stock business for some years in Colusa County. In 1880 he and his son Edwin removed to Montana, locating at Corvallis. They were eleven months traveling by wagon, spending the winter at Salem and reaching the Bitter Root Valley on the 26th of July, 1880. There the father located on four hundred and eighty acres of land, on which he erected a good home, making it his place of abode until his life’s labors were ended in death on the 24th day of February, 1895, when he was in his seventy-first year. Edwin Green is the proprietor of the well known Plaza shoe store in Placerville. He married Emily Gardner and they have five children: Ruth, Walter, Frank, Hazel and DeWitt. The Green brothers are rated among the most enterprising businessmen of the county and W. C. Green is the proprietor of the leading mercantile establishment in Georgetown.
Warren C. Green was educated in the public schools of El Dorado County and in Colusa County, and at the age of eighteen he put aside his textbooks to learn the more difficult lessons in the school of experience. He engaged in mining as a common laborer and was employed in that way for five years, after which he served as a foreman of mines for two years. On the expiration of that period he became a mine owner and mine superintendent, but continued his active connection with the development of mines until January, 1899, when he purchased a general mercantile store in Georgetown. He has since conducted this enterprise and has found it a profitable source of income, but he is still largely interested in the development of the mineral resources in this part of the state, and has seven hundred acres of mining land four miles east of Placerville. For a number of years he has been one of the most active and successful mining men in his county and he has in his possession thirty-two pieces of pure gold taken from the mines in which he was interested, that are valued from twelve to one hundred dollars apiece, the value of the entire collection being nine hundred dollars. Mr. Green has also purchased and sold mining properties, and at one time he was largely interested in mining land on the Georgetown divide, which he sold to the Two Channel Mining Company, mostly formed of Indianapolis capitalists.
Mr. Green was married in 1881 to Miss Mary Hoxie, of Placerville, a native of that place and a daughter of P. P. Hoxie, a California pioneer. They have four children: Ruby, Stella, Edwin and Myrtle. Mr. Green is an active member of the Republican Party and for thirteen years has served on the Republican county central committee, his efforts proving of great benefit. He is a man of marked business ability, never making an engagement which he does not fulfill and never incurring an obligation which he does not meet. His prosperity is the result of his diligence, capable management and keen sagacity.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.