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Capt Russell Perry Mace

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Capt Russell Perry Mace Veteran

Birth
Massachusetts, USA
Death
24 Apr 1894 (aged 73)
Madera, Madera County, California, USA
Burial
Madera, Madera County, California, USA Add to Map
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Captain R. P. Mace, who built the Yosemite hotel in Madera, was a scout in the Indian fighting days, a companion of Kit Carson, and a pioneer in California during the Gold Rush. His son, Russell H. Mace, is the present manager of the Yosemite hotel.

Russell P. Mace was born in Boston, Mass., May 14, 1821. His father, Eliphalet P. Mace, was a manufacturer of carpenter's tools. The boy spent part of his youth with an uncle in Vermont, and then ran away to sea on a coaster bound for New Orleans. That one experience of a sailor's life was enough. He stayed ashore at New Orleans, and for a time led an adventurous life that took him into the Comanche country to the northwest. At Independence, Missouri, he joined the trading train of the American Fur Company, en route to Bent's Fort on the Arkansas River.

Mr. Mace, while at Bent's Fort, had an opportunity to go to Taos, New Mexico, with Robert Fisher, noted scout and trapper. They had many narrow escapes from hostile Indians. Mr. Mace worked for the Bents for six years. Much of his time was spent with Kit Carson, hunting buffalo as meat supply for the traders. His range included what is now Denver and Pueblo. In 1844, Mr. Mace, but twenty-three years of age, returned to New Orleans where he remained for three years. Then he volunteered for the Mexican war and recruited a company of which he was captain. Part of his military experience included a trip to Yucatan, fighting Indians for the governor of that Mexican state.

On the breaking out of the California gold excitement, Captain Mace came to this coast by way of Panama, and reached the gold fields in August, 1849. He first spent a few years in the Yuba valley region, and then worked on down south. On the San Joaquin River, above Millerton, with a company, he spent three years in building a race to turn the river. The miners then struck it rich for a time, making on the first day from a few buckets of dirt about $900, and for several days $1000 a day; but the bed was soon exhausted. Captain Mace also discovered a rich quartz mine at Fine Gold gulch, which during his absence was mismanaged and destroyed. He engaged extensively in stock raising. But the "no fence" law put an end to the opportunity for wealth in stock, and he had to kill much of his cattle to dispose of them.

It was in 1874 that Captain Mace moved to Borden, on the newly built Central Pacific line. Here he operated a hotel until 1876, when the City of Madera was founded. Mr. Mace was one of the first to buy town lots in the City of Madera. In 1877, he built a two-story frame hotel at Madera, which was subsequently destroyed by fire. He replaced it with the present brick structure, the Yosemite.

Captain Mace represented Fresno County three terms in the California Assembly at Sacramento.

He was married twice, his second wife being the former Mrs. Jeannie Gilmore, a widow with one child, Matilda, who married Dr. Edgar Brown, the first physician in Madera. Captain and Mrs. Mace had four children:

Purchased the first lot in the new town of Madera and built the Yosemite Hotel. His hotel was an early stage stop on the Madera to Yosemite stage route. The building still stands at Yosemite Ave and E Street today and is currently a furniture store now.

Before settling in Madera, he was a pioneer in Fine Gold. His first wife died at Find Gold and he later married Jennie in Madera. The children are from his marriage to Jennie.
Captain R. P. Mace, who built the Yosemite hotel in Madera, was a scout in the Indian fighting days, a companion of Kit Carson, and a pioneer in California during the Gold Rush. His son, Russell H. Mace, is the present manager of the Yosemite hotel.

Russell P. Mace was born in Boston, Mass., May 14, 1821. His father, Eliphalet P. Mace, was a manufacturer of carpenter's tools. The boy spent part of his youth with an uncle in Vermont, and then ran away to sea on a coaster bound for New Orleans. That one experience of a sailor's life was enough. He stayed ashore at New Orleans, and for a time led an adventurous life that took him into the Comanche country to the northwest. At Independence, Missouri, he joined the trading train of the American Fur Company, en route to Bent's Fort on the Arkansas River.

Mr. Mace, while at Bent's Fort, had an opportunity to go to Taos, New Mexico, with Robert Fisher, noted scout and trapper. They had many narrow escapes from hostile Indians. Mr. Mace worked for the Bents for six years. Much of his time was spent with Kit Carson, hunting buffalo as meat supply for the traders. His range included what is now Denver and Pueblo. In 1844, Mr. Mace, but twenty-three years of age, returned to New Orleans where he remained for three years. Then he volunteered for the Mexican war and recruited a company of which he was captain. Part of his military experience included a trip to Yucatan, fighting Indians for the governor of that Mexican state.

On the breaking out of the California gold excitement, Captain Mace came to this coast by way of Panama, and reached the gold fields in August, 1849. He first spent a few years in the Yuba valley region, and then worked on down south. On the San Joaquin River, above Millerton, with a company, he spent three years in building a race to turn the river. The miners then struck it rich for a time, making on the first day from a few buckets of dirt about $900, and for several days $1000 a day; but the bed was soon exhausted. Captain Mace also discovered a rich quartz mine at Fine Gold gulch, which during his absence was mismanaged and destroyed. He engaged extensively in stock raising. But the "no fence" law put an end to the opportunity for wealth in stock, and he had to kill much of his cattle to dispose of them.

It was in 1874 that Captain Mace moved to Borden, on the newly built Central Pacific line. Here he operated a hotel until 1876, when the City of Madera was founded. Mr. Mace was one of the first to buy town lots in the City of Madera. In 1877, he built a two-story frame hotel at Madera, which was subsequently destroyed by fire. He replaced it with the present brick structure, the Yosemite.

Captain Mace represented Fresno County three terms in the California Assembly at Sacramento.

He was married twice, his second wife being the former Mrs. Jeannie Gilmore, a widow with one child, Matilda, who married Dr. Edgar Brown, the first physician in Madera. Captain and Mrs. Mace had four children:

Purchased the first lot in the new town of Madera and built the Yosemite Hotel. His hotel was an early stage stop on the Madera to Yosemite stage route. The building still stands at Yosemite Ave and E Street today and is currently a furniture store now.

Before settling in Madera, he was a pioneer in Fine Gold. His first wife died at Find Gold and he later married Jennie in Madera. The children are from his marriage to Jennie.


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