The Pioneers: Robert Semple

Considering the short time Robert Semple lived in California, he made several contributions to the development of the state. Born in Kentucky, he apprenticed as a printer and somehow learned enough about dentistry to practice. In 1845, aged 39 and widowed, he joined a group of ten adventurous men journeying to Continue reading The Pioneers: Robert Semple

The Pioneers: Thomas Oliver Larkin

A successful North Carolina shopkeeper by age 20 but broke by 28 when he returned to his native Boston, Thomas O. Larkin sailed to California laden with trading goods after learning that his half-brother John Rogers Cooper needed help in his California trading business. On shipboard with him was Rachel Hobson Holmes, a Continue reading The Pioneers: Thomas Oliver Larkin

The Pioneers: James Marshall

James Wilson Marshall was a skilled carpenter, wagon-maker and general jack-of-many-trades who spent his early adult life in Missouri before ill health convinced him to move to the West Coast. Going first to Oregon Territory in 1844 (where he found the winters too wet for his liking) he arrived in the Sacramento Continue reading The Pioneers: James Marshall