Andrew T. Rutledge, one of the pioneer undertakers of California, having been in that line of business in Lodi, San Joaquin county, since 1869, is a pioneer in several other ways also. He was a pioneer resident of the state, and one of the early settlers of San Joaquin county. He was the first man to engage in the wheelwright business in the town of Woodbridge. In his varied activity he has been very successful, and he is recognized as one of the truly representative men of his portion of the state.

Mr. Rutledge is a native of the Old Dominion state of Virginia, born in Montgomery county, August 22, 1830, so that his lifetime now covers the long period of three-quarters of a century. His parents were Thomas E. and Atelia (Peery) Rutledge, both native Virginians, the father born in August county and the mother in Tazewell county. Grandfather Edward Rutledge served as a soldier in the war of 1812.

Mr. Rutledge received only a common school education, and has been in contact with the practical affairs of life since an early age. He was reared in his native county and state until the age of twelve, and then accompanied his parents to Wayne county, Missouri; from there, when he was seventeen years old, the family went to Montgomery county, Indiana, where he reached years of majority. In Darlington, Montgomery county, Indiana, he learned his trade of wheelwright by serving an apprenticeship of three years. In 1852, at the age of twenty-two, he drove an ox team across the plains from Indiana, his destination being Hangtown (now Placerville), and for some two years he had a considerable experience in placer mining in Eldorado county. In 1854 he located at Woodbridge, San Joaquin county, nd after farming in that vicinity for several years, in 1857 he started the pioneer wheelwright business in the town. He combined that with the undertaking business and continued in those two lines at Woodbridge until 1869, when he moved his establishments to Lodi, where he has resided ever since. About 1885 he retired from the wheelwright enterprise and has since devoted his attention principally to undertaking. From 1885 to 1897 he was manager for the Simpson Lumber Company at Lodi, conducting this along with his other affairs. He has long been in the front rank of the Lodi business men, and his public spirit and progressiveness have been constant factors in the development of Lodi to an important place among the towns of this part of the state.

Mr. Rutledge was married in Boone county, Indiana, to Miss Catherine R. Gordon, a native of Indiana. Two children have been born of this marriage, Fannie M., residing in Lodi, and Mary A., wife of A. J. Larson, of Lodi.

Mr. Rutledge is a member of the Presbyterian church at Woodbridge and is an attendant at the Congregational church in Lodi, being a member of the choir in the latter church. He is a Republican in politics, and is an especial friend and supporter of education, having served as a member of the board of trustees of the Salem school district. He affiliates as an active member with Lodi Lodge No. 259, I. O. O. F., having joined that lodge a few days after its organization, which was effected at Lodi on May 22, 1877.

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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