CHARLES JOSEPH BOGAN
††††††††††† All those forceful and winning qualities of the Irish race which have brought Irishmen to the front in all parts of the world have been exemplified in the career of Charles Joseph Bogan, one of the best known citizens of Stent, Tuolumne County, California.† Mr. Boganís parents were Mark and Ellen (McGinnis) Bogan, and they came of ancient and honorable Irish families and were both natives of the green isle.† They came to the United States in 1848 and were married in New York City.† In 1850 Mark Bogan came to California by the Panama route and located at Jamestown, where he was one of the pioneers in placer mining.† He was naturally enterprising and did not shrink from hard work and met with fair success.† At Sullivanís Creek he found a nugget worth one hundred and fifty dollars and took out gold to the value of five hundred and fifty dollars in one day.† After experiencing the ups-and-downs of placer mining for several years he bought two hundred and sixty acres of land near the town of Stent and engaged in farming.† He gradually improved his farm and as soon as he was able to do so erected a large and convenient dwelling house.† His honest, industry, thrift and enterprise won their legitimate reward and he became one of the prominent farmers and leading citizens of Tuolumne County and is still well, active and prospering, at the age of seventy-five years, public-spirited in all things and enthusiastic as a Democrat.† His good wife, who has been his worthy helpmeet for more than half a century, is still by his side, and together they enjoy the honors due pioneers.† Their union was blessed by the advent of twelve children, one of whom died in infancy, eleven reared to manhood and womanhood, and eight are now living:† James, Robert, Peter, Hugh, Charles, Joseph, Grace, Maggie and Anna.† Maggie is the wife of Charles Durgan and Anna and Grace are in college at Stockton.
††††††††††† Charles Joseph Bogan was born in Tuolumne County December 18 1862, the fifth child of his parents in the order of nativity, and was a twin, with his sister Maggie, deceased.† He was educated in schools near his fatherís home and reared to the practical work of the farm, but since early in his active life has given his attention to quartz mining.† He was connected at one time or another with the Jumper Union mine, the Heslep mine, the Golden Gate mine and the Humbug Gold mine, and has worked himself up to a responsible position in connection with mining operations.† After having been for some years a shift boss he became foreman of the Dutch Mining and Milling Companyís mine, a large and paying property at Quartz.† He is known as a bright, active and capable quartz miner of much experience, and no small part of the responsibility for the proper operation of the mine with which he is connected rests on his shoulders.† His residence at Stent is commodious and well appointed and is well known for its genial hospitality.† He is a member of the Minerís Union and of the Foresters of America, and he and Mrs. Bogan are members of the Catholic Church.
††††††††††† Mr. Bogan was married, in 1894, to Miss Margaret G. OíDonnal, a native of San Francisco, and they have a son and a daughter, named Charles Cornelius and Mary Belle.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.