Biography of J. H. Donohou
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





J. H. Donohoe. Was born in Ireland, March 18, 1835. When he was eight years of age he, with his parents, came to America, and settled in Louisiana. At the end of a year they went to Jackson county, Missouri, where they resided seven years. His father was a botanist, which profession he followed until he went to Missouri, where he began farming. His parents both died in July, 1846. Young Donohoe went to Mexico in 1850, where he followed clerking until December 17, 1856, when he started to California via Arizona, arriving at Fort Yuma January 9, 1857. He engaged to take a drove of mules from San Diego to Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory, which occupied the summer of 1857. In the fall he returned, to California, and engaged in mining and packing in Siskiyou county till April 22, 1858. He then returned to Washington Territory and spent the summer, and arrived at The Dalles, Oregon, November 11th. On this trip there were one hundred Spaniards engaged as packers, and Mr. Donohoe was employed by the Government as interpreter at $5 per day. His next permanent location was in Napa valley, where. he worked on a farm till October 23, 1859, when he came to Mendocino county, where he engaged in teaching in Anderson valley until the fall of 1865, except about nine months, when he was engaged in packing at Washoe. He then turned his whole attention to farming till 1866, when he was appointed Deputy Assessor under J. B. McManus The duties of this appointment occupied the summer season, and the winters were spent upon his farm, for two years. He then received the same appointment under J. A. Jamison for four years. In 1871 he was elected Assessor on the Independent ticket, which office he held for four years. In August, 1873, he moved to Ukiah, where he still resides. In June, 1873, he took charge of the Ukiah branch of the bank of Santa Rosa as cashier, and continued in that capacity for about four years; and he had charge of their business for two years more, being engaged in settling up their affairs. He then engaged in wool growing in Long valley and on Cow mountain, which interests he still holds. In September, 1879, he was elected on the Independent ticket to the office of Sheriff; which office he now fills. He took a very active part in the chase for the "Mendocino outlaws," being on the road about sixty days. He is a very vigilant and efficient officer. He was married, June 25, 1861, to Miss Ellen Nunn. Their children are: Alice, Emmett, Sylvester, Margaret, Eva, Martin, Alfred, and Thomas.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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