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            William F. Michell, the proprietor of the City Brewery, was born in Guntersdorf, in Bohemia, Germany, September 18, 1848, his parents being Egnotz and Francesca (Fritch) Michell, both of whom are now deceased.  His father died in 1866, and his mother, long surviving him, passed away in 1894.

            William F. Michell is the youngest of their six children and was reared and educated in the place of his nativity.  He crossed the Atlantic to America in 1866, when a young man of eighteen years, locating at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but after a short time removed to La Crosse, that state, where he remained for two years.  On the expiration of that period he made his way to the northwest, and after two years passed in Leesburg, Idaho, came to California.  He first located at Dutch Flat, where he carried on the brewing business for eighteen years.  He then went to the City of Mexico, in the interest of the English Company, and later to Los Angeles, California.  Subsequently he spent two years with the Enterprise Brewing Company of San Francisco, and in 1893 he came to Grass Valley, leasing the old City Brewery of Thomas Hutch.  Refitting that plant he has since conducted business there, and he now has a large local trade in Grass Valley and in Nevada City.  His product is considered the best on the market of both places, and throughout the county the volume of his business has reached extensive proportions.

            In 1870 Mr. Michell was united in marriage, in Boise, Idaho, to Miss Annie Roblin, a lady of English birth, who came to America in 1840.  She resided in Elk Grove, La Fayette County, Wisconsin, for some time and then crossed the plains to the Pacific coast, in 1852.  Mr. Michell gives his political support to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, but has never sought or desired office, preferring to devote his time and energies to his business, in which he has met with gratifying success.  Socially he affiliates with Clay Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Dutch Flat.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 299-300. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.





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