El Dorado County
JOHN F. LIMPINSEL
In the business affairs of Placerville John F. Limpinsel is a prominent factor, conducting there a well equipped grocery, in which he is meeting with creditable success, having a large patronage from among the best citizens of the place.
Mr. Limpinsel is numbered among the native sons of El Dorado County, his birth having occurred on the 18th of August, 1862. His father, Fred Limpinsel, a native of Germany, in 1853 crossed the Atlantic to the United States and came to California in 1854. The following year, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, he came to the Pacific coast and for a number of years was engaged in placer mining in El Dorado County. Like others, he both made and lost money, sinking considerable in mining speculation. He was the owner of several placer and quartz mines, among which are the Limpinsel mines, owned by his son John and considered a very valuable property. It is located on the Mather lode in the city of Placerville. He married Miss Margaret Miller, also a native of the fatherland. His death occurred March 31, 1884, when he had reached the age of sixty-eight years, and his wife, surviving him about five years, passed away February 3, 1889, at the age of sixty-seven.
John F. Limpinsel acquired his education in the public schools of Placerville and is a graduate of both the public school and the academy. On putting aside his textbooks he accepted a clerkship in a store in Placerville and was employed in that capacity for seven years, acting for a time as a salesman in the store of which he is now the proprietor. In 1889 he acquired an interest in the business, entering into partnership with George Schiff. This connection was maintained for eight years, on the expiration of which period Mr. Limpinsel purchased the partner’s interest and became the sole owner of the business, which has steadily increased until he is now the leading grocer of his town. He has by close application and honorable methods won very gratifying success, and in addition to his store he owns valuable mining property and considerable real estate, including residences and other realty in the town.
He was one of the organizers and charter members of Placerville Parlor, No. 9, N. S. G. W., and in it he has filled all of its offices, being now a past president. He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Foresters of America. In El Dorado County he is known as a prominent, reliable businessman and richly deserves his prosperity, and his friendship is most highly prized by those who know him best.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.