John was the husband of Sarah Ann (Clark) Kidder (1842-1933). They had one adopted daughter, Beatrice (Kidder) Ward Black Hubert (1885-1965) who is listed on Findagrave memorial 205279350. Beatrice was the biological daughter of Joel Jasper Clark, the brother of John's wife, Sarah (Clark) Kidder. John was the son of Levi Kidder and Elvira (Parker) Kidder and brother of Elmira J. Kidder.
Mr. Kidder is a native of New York City, born July 2, 1830, and his father, Levi Kidder, was born in Massachusetts and was an educator of considerable note in his early life. Later he engaged in business as a shipping merchant and during the year 1836, while visiting Charleston, South Carolina, with a cargo of goods, he suffered sunstroke which caused his death. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Elvira Parker, was also a native of Massachusetts and a descendant of one of the old and influential families of New England, tracing their ancestry back in direct line to Theodore Parker. Her death occurred in 1893. John Flint Kidder, the elder of her two children, was reared in the city of his birth. He acquired his preliminary education there, which was completed by a collegiate course in Rensselaer University, in which he was graduated in 1847, having completed the civil-engineering course. He afterward held the position of city engineer of Syracuse, New York, and was also the superintendent of streets for some years.
In 1860 Mr. Kidder came to the west, locating at Carson City, Nevada, whence he afterward removed to Portland, Oregon, where he engineered and built a portion of the Northern Pacific Railroad, making the survey and superintending the construction of the line from Kalama, Washington, for a distance of sixty miles. He also located the Nevada County Narrow Gauge from Colfax, California, to Grass Valley, doing the work under contract, and in 1876 was appointed superintendent of the road, which was built and equipped at a cost of six hundred and forty-one thousand dollars. The road is twenty-three miles in length and was incorporated April 4, 1874. At the time the new charter went into effect the line was sold, Mr. Kidder becoming the purchaser, and at the present time he owns the greater part of the stock.
In his political views Mr. Kidder is a Republican and is very active and earnest in the support of the principles of the party. His labors have been effective in promoting the growth of the organization, and on the Republican ticket he was elected and served as a representative from El Dorado County in the state legislature in 1866. He has also held a number of important state offices by appointment of the governor, and in all these positions has discharged his duty in a most able and creditable manner. Socially he is connected with the Masonic Lodge of Syracuse, New York, and has taken the Royal Arch degree. He also belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen of Grass Valley.
In May, 1873, Mr. Kidder was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Clark, a lady of culture and refinement who presides most graciously over her hospitable home. She is a native of Iowa and a daughter of Joshua Clark, an Oregon pioneer. Mr. and Mrs. Kidder now have one child, Beatrice. Their residence, which is conveniently located near the depot, is one of the finest in northern California. It was erected thirteen years ago at a cost of many thousand dollars. It is built in a pleasing style of architecture, is finished throughout in hard wood and supplied with all modern conveniences. It is both richly and tastefully furnished and contains many handsome pieces of old furniture, some of which have been in existence for one hundred and fifteen years. The large library is composed of rare and valuable works, as well as the more modern volumes, and indicates the literary taste of the owner who therein spends many of his most pleasant hours. The grounds are beautifully adorned with shrubs and flowering plants and the home is one of the most attractive in this section of the state. Mr. Kidder is a man of the highest business integrity, of the utmost loyalty in matters of citizenship, and of a genial and social nature, manifesting in his relations with his fellow men those sterling characteristics which in every land and in every clime command respect.
Passing away in 1901, his wife moved years later to San Francisco, then returned to move his earthly remains there. In the 1930s, the City took over the cemetary and his remains once more were moved to the Colma Columbarium, where he is now united with his wife.
Please note: John was originally buried at the Odd Fellows Masonic Cemetery in Grass Valley, Nevada County, California before his remains were brought to San Francisco and then to the Colma Columbarium. (See memorial # 100656744 for original burial place). Age of death at originally cemetery was 71 years, 9 months and 8 days old which would have made his birth date July 1, 1829.
Sarah Ann Clark Kidder
1842–1933 (m. 1874)
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