Reuben T. Demuth

Reuben T. Demuth was born in Nazareth, Northhampton county, Pennsylvania, October 29, 1825. He was reared on a farm until about 21 years old, when he went to learn the miller's trade. He worked in a flouring mill until he started to California, in 1852. From the time he was 8 years old until coming to California, he had resided at Clinton, Lenawee county, Michigan.

His first venture in El Dorado county was at mining on American Flat, he afterwards opened a store in company with L. Bingham, in 1854 he quit selling goods and purchased an interest in Thomas Shane's saw mills, on Bear Creek, and one year later bought the other interest and run the mill until the discovery of the Comstock mines in Nevada. The stones or burrs used in this mill were the first ever brought on to the Georgetown divide. The first flour made in the mill was on Sunday, and himself and wife bolted it by hand. His present home was located by John Minters, the pioneer, in 1853, and purchased from him in 1855 or '56.

He was married May 31, 1858, to Margaret Griffin, of Michigan. They have five children, Edwin, Eva, Oliver, Bingham and Ernest. His ancestors for four generations back are Pennsylvanians, of the old Moravian stock. Is an industrious hard working man and has the confidence and esteem of all who know him.

Reuben Demuth died in December, 1904, aged 79.


The History of El Dorado County, California by P. Sioli, page 239

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