El Dorado County
Charles Mayhew, one of the veteran ranchers of El Dorado County, known as one of this community’s most highly respected citizens and substantial businessmen, was born on a farm in Iowa, January 7, 1867, and from young manhood has had to make his own way in the world, his education having been mainly received in the stern school of experience. He first came to California in 1887, but returned east, where he remained until 1900, when he again came to the coast and established his permanent home. He is now the owner of a well improved and productive ranch near Clarksville, and in its cultivation has met with very gratifying success, due to his tireless energy, sound judgment and good management.
Mr. Mayhew was united in marriage to Mrs. Julia Carsten, to which union was born a son, Fred, who is assisting in the operations of the home ranch. By a previous marriage Mrs. Mayhew is the mother of three children, Tilda, the wife of E. J. Walker, Henry and Ernest. She is a daughter of Henry Schneider, who was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and on his emigration to this country settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where he followed the butchering business. Later he went to Kansas City, Missouri, and opened one of the first meat markets there. In 1855 he became a butcher for the United States government on the plains, spending two years on the frontier. He was in Utah at the time of the Mountain Meadow massacre, was taken prisoner and was compelled to assist in burying the dead. Finally he escaped, but endured great hardships before he reached friends. In the fall of 1857 he located in Placerville, California, and engaged in butchering, but later went to Downieville and Diamond Spring, where he was in the same line of business. He afterward bought a farm in Pleasant Valley, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits to the time of his death, which occurred in 1914. In Pleasant Valley he married Miss Louisa Smidth, of New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Mayhew are popular and have a large circle of warm and loyal friends.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.