Biography of Elijah Wimmer
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ELIJAH WIMMER,a rancher near Grange is a native of Indiana, born on Turkey creek, near Fort Wayne, in 1832, His father, P. L. Dimmer, was born in Ohio in 1812, and was a pioneer of the unsettled country of Indiana. In 1846 George Harlan, an uncle of our subject and a philanthropist of his day, made up a train of ten wagons, with ox teams, and then gathering together his relatives and immediate friends, P. L. Wimmer and family being among the number, crossed the plains to California. After rendezvousing at Independence, Missouri, they followed the old Truckee route, and for the first 1,000 miles were accompanied by the historic Donner party, from whom they separated at Weber Cannon. The Donner party turned back, and, crossing by a longer route, were snowed in upon the mountains, and thus died from cold and starvation. The Harlan party pushed on, safely crossed the mountains, and landed at Sutter's Fort just six months from the date of embarkation.

were together when the gold was discovered, and for picking up the article Marshall became famous throughout the land, while Wimnmer, equally deserving, has lived in oblivion, though still in possession of the gold nugget which electrified the world. Mining was then followed for a time, but with the rapidly increasing immigration Mr. Wimmer entered mercantile life at Coloma, while Elijah did the teaming from Sacramento. In 1850 our subject helped to pack the donation train made up in San Francisco and Sacramento to the starving emigrants of Carson valley, taking 3,000 pounds of supplies on mules, and was absent about four months. The. next ten years were passed in mining, ranching and drifting about until 1861, when he settled on King's river, in Fresno County, and engaged in the stock business. After first taking cattle on shares he gradually built up his band until he had about 1,200 head, from which he made a great deal of money. With the increasing ranches and sheep business Mr. Wimmer moved his cattle to Nevada, where he remained until. 1875, when he sold out and settled in Fresno City.

On arrival Elijah Wimmer, though then but fourteen years of age, joined the troops of General Fremont, and under Captain Erramn was stationed at Santa Clara until treaty was made with the Mexicans. He then joined his uncle in farming near San Jose, and in the lumber interests near San Antonio, until the discovery of gold in 1848. P. L. Wimmer, his father, was employed by Sutter in 1848, in the digging of the mill race at Colomna, in which the first gold was discovered, while Marshall was employed in putting up the mill. Wimmer and Marshall

He was married in Stockton in 1874 to Miss Ellen Sutherland, a daughter of John Sutherland, an early pioneer and stockman of the Lower King's river. Mr. Wimmner resided in Fresno until 1885, when he sold out at a largely increased price and settled upon the ranch of his wife in Fresno County, three miles northwest of Grangeville. The ranch contains 584 acres, where he carries on grain farming and stock raising. Mr. and Mrs. Wimmer have five children, - Mary E., John A., Earl M., Eugene D. and Elizabeth.

From:
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


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