El Dorado County
Since the year 1922, Mr. Warren Larkin has served as under-sheriff of El Dorado County, and in this capacity he has most satisfactory record for himself, and added greatly to the prestige he already enjoyed in the county of his birth. Mr. Larkin is descended from one of the true pioneer families of El Dorado County. He was born east of Diamond Springs, on the old Larkin place, January 28, 1865, a son of Henry and Sena (Trask) Larkin.
Henry Larkin was the captain of a wagon train which he brought across the plains in 1849, coming direct to Placerville. In 1852 he bought the land which is still known as the Larkin place, and on it built the structure yet known as the Big House, which is still standing. This portion of the property was later sold to a mining company, but Warren Larkin is still the owner of a portion of the old homestead. Henry Larkin principally followed mining, and was the official collector of the mining tax from those prospecting and mining in this district. This tax was called a foreign tax. He served as a deputy sheriff of the county, and also was for one term a state senator. After the boom days of the mining industry, he engaged in farming, and died at the age of sixty-six. His wife came to Sacramento the year of the flood, and in leaving Sacramento for Placerville was compelled to depart from the former city by boat. She came to California by way of the Horn and was one of the early school teachers of El Dorado County. Henry and Sena Larkin were married at Placerville, and became the parents of five children; two of them, Warren and a brother, now survive.
Warren Larkin was educated in the common schools of El Dorado County, and then worked on the old home farm until 1888, when he bought the Cary House at Placerville, and conducted it for six years. He next spent two years at Oakland, California, and then returned to Placerville, where he ranched and mined until he was appointed to the office of under-sheriff in 1922. Mr. Larkin is a Democrat, and is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He is past president of the local lodge of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, also of the Druids. He married Miss Fannie S. Blair, a descendent of other pioneer families.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.