HISTORY – Early Businessmen & Farmers in the San Joaquin Township – 1880

In January 1876 the Elk Grove Building Company was incorporated and began building structures in Elk Grove.

Elk Grove, California Business in 1880

Elk Grove had a population of 400 and sat on the line of the Central Pacific Railroad, sixteen miles for Sacramento

2 – Hotels

* “Railroad House” built by M.H. Davis in 1876

* “Elk Grove Hotel” built by Elk Grove Building Company in 1976

1 – Elk Grove Flour Mill built by H.S. Hill in 1976 – Ran by steam power and produced 80 barrels of flour per day

2 – General Merchandising Stores

1 – Hardware Store opened in 1977

1 – Tin Store opened in 1877 – A.J. Longenecker, proprietor

1 – Meat Market – J.W. Martin, proprietor

1 – Furniture Manufacture – D.J. Nelson, proprietor

2 – Drug Stores – Dr. C.S Bradford & A.W. Vance, proprietors

1 – Harness Shop – Clarence Parker, proprietor

1 – Variety Store – W.H. Talmadge, proprietor

1 – Warehouse built by Lewis Bower in 1877 for $5,500 with a storage capacity of 2,000 tons of grain & 600 tins of hay

1 – Dress Maker – Mrs, Longenencker, proprietress

2 – Millinery Stores –  Mrs. F.M. Jones and Mrs. Mau, Proprietress’

1 – Boot & Shoe Store

1 – Carriage and Wagon Manufacture – John D. Hill, proprietor

1 – Blacksmith – james T. Chinnick, proprietor

3 – Vineyards

* George Kerr – 60 acre vineyard

* Joseph Kerr – 33 acre vineyard

* S. Treat – 20 acre vineyard

 

The Elk Grove area was part of the San Joaquin Township (“a small geographical area,” kind-a-like a county in a county) and included Dry Creek and parts of Alabama, Franklin, Brighton, and Lee Townships. On October 20, 1856, the Board of Supervisors established the boundries.

In 1880, Sacramento County published a list of “Patrons” of the San Joaquin Township with basic information. There were probably more, but these were what was listed, in the order of the date of purchase of their parcels:

1849 – Parker, W.F. – 340 acres for $10, 000 – Sailor, Mining, Farming, Stock Raising.

1849 – Kelly, Andrew – average for $15,000 – Lead mining, Farming, Kept Hotel in Sacramento.

1850 – Bond, A.E. – 320 acres for $3,600 – Masonry, Farming, Stock raising, School Trusty.

 

1850 – Drew, E. – 160 acres for $1,600 – Farming, School Trusty, Enrolling Officer

1850 – Healy, Edward – 57 acres for $1,100 – Mining, Farming

1850 – Hill, H.E. – unknown – Wagon making

 

1850 – Johnson, S.O. – unknown – Landlord of Railroad House at EG, Dep Co Assessor, Constable.

1851 – Schulze, William J. – 480 acres for $12, 500 – Sailor, Mining, Farming, Stock Raising

1851 – Sehlmeyer, J.F. Louis – 116 acres for $2, 500 – Mining, Mill Business

1852 – Bayless, Mrs. V.M. – 320 acres for $6000 – Unkown

1852 – Hobbs, Digory – 800 acres for unknown –  Farming, Merchandising, Sheep raiding, Teaming

1852 – Hoover, S.M. – 1200 acres for unknown – Farming, Stock raising, “Pioneer Teamsters” of California

1852 – Kerr, George H. – 140 acres for $3,500 – Farming, Carriage Making, Fruit, Makes Wine, Raisons, Vinegar

 

1852 – Kerr, Joseph H. – unknown – Blacksmith, Farming, Fruit, First to Plant Vineyard.

1852 – Stewart, Norman J. – 250 acres for $6,000 – Farming, Stock Raising, School Trusty

1852 – Theobald, W.H. – 320 acres for $3,000 – Farming

1853 – Byington, E.I. – unknown – Printer’ Trade, Hotel Business, Moving Buildings

1853 – Coon, David – 360 acres for $5000 – Constable

1853 – Maitland, Mrs. Mary – 160 acres for $1,500 – Unknown

1854 – Bartholomew, K.P. – 169 acres for $3,000 – Farming

1854 – Dickson, Charles – 480 acres for $15,000 – Farming, Dairy, Stock Raising

1854 – Woodard, A – unknown – Farming, Stock Raising

1855 – Kennedy, W.H. – 320 acres for unknown – Farming

1856 – Beans, B.F. – 320 acres for $8,000 – Lumber Trade

1856 – Everson, J. – Merchandise for $20,000 – General Merchandising, Justice of the Peace, School Trusty

1856 – Jenkins, Mrs. A.M. – 180 acres for unknown – Unknown

1856 – Lewis, Edmund Jr. – 160 acres for $4000 – Farming, Teaming

1856- Thompson, Thomas J. – 80 acres for $2,500 – Farming

1859 – Brown, S. – 160 acres for $3,000 – Farming, Lumber, Mill Business, General Merchandise

1859 – Byron, Roger – 313 acres for $4,500 – Farming, Fruit Raising

1859 – Clinton, Alex – 160 acres for $5,000 –  Carpenter, Mining, Farming

1859 – Gage, Delos – unknown for $1,200 – Farming, School Trusty

1859 – Sholl, John – 160 acres for unknown – Wagon Making

1860 – Dart, Levi S. – 150 aces for $3000 – Farming, Sheep Herding, Teaming over mountains mines

1860 – Dixon, Alfred – 800 acres for $15,000 – Farming, Practical Law, Stock Raising

1860 – Jenkins, Thomas –  160 acres for $5,000 – Unknown

 

1861 – Freeman, O.S. – 811 acres for $35,000 – Farming

1863 – Allin, Richard – 55 acres foe $4,000 – Farming, Blacksmith

1863 – Wackman, A.K. – 300 acres for unknown – Farming

1864 – Garrett, Manuel –  320 acres for $12,000 – Farming, Sheep Raising, School Trusty

1864 – Lewis, James – 165 acres for $4000 – Unknown

1866 – Hunt, George L. – 320 acres Rents – Lumber, Mining, Farming, Rents from Mrs. E. Foulks

1869 – Iler, J.W. – 500 acres for $25,000 – Farming, Stock Raising, Grows Corn & Alfalfa, Large Oak Grove

1870 – Everson, W.E. – unknown – Merchandising, Owns town property in Elk Grove

1872 – Aldrich, Levi – 120 acres for $3,000 – Farming

1872 – Budahn, C.F. – 240 acres for $4000 – Unknown

1865 – Hill, J.D. – unknown – Wagon Making

1875 – Ogle, Daniel – unknown – Butchering

1876 – Chinnick, James, T. – House, Shop for $1,000 – Blacksmith, Carriage Maker

1876 – Longenecker, A.J. – unknown – Tinsmith, Merchandising