Biography of Charles Kiphart
Lake County, CA Biographies





KIPHART, CHARLES. Was born in Clark County, Indiana, June 9, 1828. When he was but a child his parents moved to Johnson County, and after a short residence here they moved to Morgan County. Here farming was prosecuted until 1853, when the subject of this sketch left his parents and crossed the plains to California, arriving in Yuba County in October of the above year. In the fall of 1854 he went to the mines, and followed a miner's life until March, 1855, when he engaged in farming in Suisun Valley, Solano County. Here he remained until December, 1857, when he came to Lake County and settled about one mile south from Lower Lake, where he still resides. Mr. Kiphart married, April 11, 1850, Miss Emmarine Henderson, a native of Indiana. By this marriage they have five children: Zerelda, Sarah E., Milton, Ebenezer and Cynthia.

"MITCHELL - Near Mountain House, Napa County,
July 18th, I. K Mitchell, of heart disease, aged fifty five years.


OBITUARY. - As a pioneer of Lake County, and the first to erect a house in the village of Lower Lake, the deceased is justly entitled to more than a passing notice. Mr. Mitchell was born in the township of Hensley, Johnson County, Indiana, August, 1826, where he married a daughter of a Mr. Henderson, a sister of Mrs. Calvin Reams and Mrs. Charles Kiphart. In 1853, in company with his father in law and family, Mitchell and family left Indiana for California, arriving here near the autumn of that year. In December, 1857, he came to Lower Lake, then a part of Napa County, in company with Reams and Kiphart, and erected the first house in Lower Lake, on the ground on which stands the building now occupied by Luke Evans. In 1859 he sold his claim to E. M. Day, Esq., and after several years' moving over the State returned to Lake County. Mr. Mitchell leaves a wife and three sons, on whom his sudden death falls with crushing weight. In his domestic relations Mr. Mitchell was kind, indulgent, and always cheerful. Possessing warm and generous feelings, he made and retained his friends through life, and the writer, with an acquaintance of over twenty years, bears testimony to the generous impulses of his heart, now stilled in death. Let us remember and practice his virtues. The dead have no vices."

From:
History of Napa and Lake Counties, California
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1881


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