San Francisco County
ISAAC TRUMBO was born September 9, 1858, near the line which marks the division
of California and Nevada. His father, John K. Trumbo, was a native of
Beth county, Kentucky, and his grandfather, Isaac
Trumbo, was also a Kentuckian by birth.
Their ancestors came from Scotland and settled in Virginia in the early
history of the colonies; later they removed to Kentucky and were contemporary
with Daniel Boone. John K. Trumbo came
to California in 1849, and was engaged in the mercantile business for
years. He was the founder of the horse
market in Sacramento, and for a long period of years was interested in mines
and mining enterprises. He married Miss
Mary Reese, a daughter of Colonel John Reese, a pioneer of Nevada, and one of
her most prominent citizens; he laid out the city of Carson, Genoa; Reese river, Nevada, was named in his honor; he also laid out what
was known as the McDonald trail over the mountains of California. Mr. Trumbo was a brave and generous man, and
was deeply mourned when he died; he passed from this life in 1889.
1867 Colonel Trumbo went with his father and family to Corinne, Utah, where he made his
start in life. Later he went to Salt
Lake City, and there amassed a considerable amount of money in commercial and
industrial enterprises. In 1880, he came
to California and went to Placer county, where he
engaged in mining; at the end of two years he retired from active participation
in the management of the business, but still retains a large interest in the
mines there. Since coming to San
Francisco he has become interested in various lines, and in the great wheat
deal a few years ago he succeeded in breaking one of the richest combinations
ever formed on the coast. His hand was
not counted on and his resources were not believed to be of weight, but he
proved his mastery and an ability worthy of the
highest diplomacy. He is a member of
Governor Waterman’s staff.
Colonel was married October 13, 1886, at Salt Lake City, to Miss Emma
White. He has for so many years been
prominently identified with the commerce of the city, that a volume of this
character would not be complete with his name omitted. He is in every way a representative
Californian, and takes a just pride in his nativity.
Transcribed by Donna L.
Source: “The Bay of San
Francisco,” Vol. 2, Pages 486-487, Lewis Publishing Co, 1892.
© 2006 Donna L.