The Canadian-French element in our national commonwealth is descended from French ancestry and has been a factor for good in our population, although it perhaps has not been so much in evidence as some other elements. The reason of this is probably in the fact that the people of this blood are not ambitious for publicity, but are lovers of home and have therefore not emigrated to all parts of the country as rapidly as other peoples that could be mentioned; yet they are found on the Pacific coast, and in Tuolumne County the French Canadian citizenship is worthily represented by the family of Lefevre, of which James Lefevre, a prominent resident of Quartz, is a well known member.
James Lefevre, who has ably filled the office of justice of the peace at Quartz and is at this writing a prominent Republican candidate for the office of county supervisor of Tuolumne County, is a son of Abraham and Mary Louise (Qunel) Lefevre, both of whom were born of French ancestry in Canada, where their forefathers were early settlers. Abraham Lefevre, who was a native of Montreal, born October 17, 1815, in the course of events settled in Missouri, and there his son James was born, April 19, 1852. In 1856, when the subject of this sketch was four years old, his father came with his family to California and located at Sevens Bar, Tuolumne County, where he mined and conducted a hotel until 1866. In the year mentioned he removed to Quartz Mountain, where he resumed hotel-keeping and took up quartz-mining, and remained until his death which occurred July 24, 1884, when he was sixty-nine years old. His wife survived him until June 18, 1899, when she died at the age of seventy-eight years. He was a pushing, industrious, thoroughly reliable businessman of much private enterprise and public spirit. James Lefevre is his only child.
Mr. Lefevre was educated in Tuolumne County, inherited the family homestead and was in the liquor and hotel business until 1897, and was associated meanwhile with various mining enterprises. He sold his interest in the Clark mine for five thousand dollars and now has an interest in the Lava Hill mine, which is being operated with success. He is a businessman of ability and his interest in county affairs has led him into public life. He has always voted the Republican ticket and worked for the success of Republican principles. He was elected a justice of the peace in 1898 and has filled that office with so much fidelity and good judgment that the decisions he has rendered have given general satisfaction, and not one of them has been reversed by a higher court. In the fall of 1900 he was nominated by his party for the office of supervisor of the fifth district of Tuolumne County, but was defeated. He is not a member of any secret society, is quiet and unassuming and has never made any special effort to gain public favor. His hospitable home is one of the landmarks of the town and he and his family are widely known and highly respected.
In 1874 Mr. Lefevre married Miss Helen Sweet, who was born in Illinois in 1854, and came with her parents to California in 1856. They have three children: Mabel, who married G. H. Cornell; James Edward and Ruby.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.