Martin Michael is the proprietor of the leading meat market of Lincoln, Placer County. A native of Missouri he was born in Gasconade, on the 17th of April, 1856. His ancestors came to America from the land of the Alps. His parents, John and Mary (Gansner) Michael, were both natives of Switzerland and during childhood were brought to the new world by their immigrant parents. They were reared and married in Missouri, and were numbered among the industrial farming people of that state. They still reside there, respected by all who know them for their many excellencies of character. They hold membership in the Congregational Church and their lives are consistent with their professions. Mr. Michael is now sixty-three years of age and his wife is sixty-eight years of age. In the family were seven children, of whom only three are now living.
Martin Michael is the only representative of the family in California. He obtained his education in the public schools of Missouri, and when twenty-one years of age started for the Golden state, arriving on the 28th of March, 1877. Here he began learning the butchering trade, working for wages for three years, during which time he became very proficient in the line of his chosen vocation. In 1880 he opened a meat market of his own in Auburn and there carried on business for five years in a most successful manner. He then came to Lincoln and during the past fifteen years has conducted the leading meat market in this place, furnishing to his patrons an excellent quality of meat at moderate prices, and by his industry and upright methods he has secured not only the liberal support of the public, but also enjoys the esteem and good will of the businessmen and citizens of his town.
In 1885 Mr. Michael was united in marriage to Miss Florence V. Meyers, one of Auburn’s native daughters, her father being Judge Meyers, of that city. They now have three interesting children: Benjamin Franklin, John Leslie and Ellen Arline. They have a nice home of their own and its gracious hospitality is enjoyed by a very large circle of friends. Mr. Michael has taken the symbolic, capitular and cryptic degrees of Masonry and is also a valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the Chosen Friends and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. On questions of state and national importance he supports the Republican Party, but at local elections votes independently, for then no issue is involved and the fitness of the candidates for the discharge of the county and state business is all that should be considered. He is now serving as deputy sheriff and as a citizen, officer and businessman he merits and enjoys the confidence and regard of those with whom he is associated.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.