HORACE H. ROWELL
A well known and reliable businessman of Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, is Horace Hall Rowell, the subject of our sketch. Mr. Rowell is an old settler of California, having located in the state in 1853. His birth took place January 9, 1830, at Hooksett, New Hampshire, and was the son of Peter and Susan (Eastman) Rowell, natives of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, respectively, who were of French and Scotch descent. Peter Rowell served as a drummer in the War of 1812. He and his wife were the parents of eleven children, four of whom are surviving. Mr. and Mrs. Rowell were worthy people, of Universalist belief, and died at the ages of seventy-five and fifty-six, respectively.
Our subject lived the usual life of the school boy of his time and prepared for future usefulness by learning the gunsmith’s trade. In 1849 his brother Gilman came to California and successfully engaged in mining in Mariposa County, dying at Sawmill Flat, Tuolumne County, in 1890, leaving behind him a record of good deeds and many kindnesses to other miners. He was generous and liberal and will long be remembered. Our subject reached California by the Isthmus route and for three years engaged in placer mining at Sawmill Flat, where he met with some success, leaving with considerable money. He then opened a blacksmith shop, hiring a smith for the work, but suffered a loss of three thousand dollars by fire. In 1875 he settled in Sonora, again losing a large sum by fire, but rebuilt and opened up his place of business better prepared than ever. Since that time Mr. Rowell has successfully carried on his line of trade, dealing in guns, ammunition and sporting goods and in connection handles sewing machines, also owning a repair shop.
Since the Civil War Mr. Rowell has been a staunch Republican, showing much enthusiasm for the present (1900) administration. Since 1860 he has been a valued member of the I. O. O. F., and is regarded as one of the representative businessmen of Sonora.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.