Abraham M. Plummer, pioneer citizen, prosperous farmer and influential man of affairs in Sacramento county, being now well along toward his eightieth year of life, has spent more than a half century of his career in this state and by far the greater part of that period in Sacramento county, where he belongs in the class of honored and praiseworthy pioneers.

His birth occurred in Yates county, New York, September 28, 1826, being a son of william and deliah (Fitzsimmons) Plummer, his father having settled in Yates county in young manhood. His grandfather, George Plummer, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and through all the generations the family have been noted for their integrity and honest purposes in life.

Mr. Plummer spent the first eighteen years of his life in his native county of Yates, where he received the education which was offered the youths of the time at subscription schools. The family moved out west to Kane county, Illinois, in 1844, and he lived there until 1850. In that year he joined a party and crossed the plains to California, after a long journey entering the state at Weavertown in Eldorado county, and from there Mr. Plummer came at once to Sacramento county, where his early first residence covered a short time. He then spent a short time in Amador county, and in 1851 purchased a store in that county at what was formerly known as Snake Hollow, where he established a mercantile business. He hired a manager to conduct the details of this business, while he himself engaged in freighting his goods from Sacramento to Snake Hollow. He was in this hardening and rough outdoor work of hauling until the summer of 1853, and then sold out his store and returned to Sacramento county. His store at Snake Hollow was a pioneer establishment in that locality and he did a large and profitable business. In 1853 Mr. Plummer settled on his present ranch, and for several years he conducted a hotel thereon, but almost continuously in the subsequent years has engaged in farming. His home place comprises four hundred and eighty acres of land, and this is devoted mainly to hay and grain raising.

In 1860 Mr. Plummer married Miss Belle Bailey, who was born in Wisconsin and in 1852 came across the plains with her parents to California, her father, the late Joshua T. Bailey, being among the first settlers on the Jackson road in Sacramento county. Mr. and Mrs. Plummer have had five children, four of whom are living: Minnie L. is the wife of Edward Lynch, of Sacramento county; Etta I. is the wife of Charles Tackney, of Sacramento; Myrtle V. is the wife of Frederick Warren, in Sacramento, and John T. resides at home with his father.

Mr. Plummer is among the pioneers who have seen Sacramento county develop from its primitive condition to its present great prosperity, and he can recall the time when there was not a house in sight from his own home and for miles in every direction not a fence. His fine homestead is located on the Jackson road just fourteen miles from the court house in Sacramento. He is a member and a past master of Enterprise Grange No. 129, P. of H., at Walsh, and was one of its founders. Mr. Plummer had the misfortune to lose his good wife some years ago, after they had lived together for many years and gained the esteem of all friends and neighbors.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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