F.S. HOTCHKISS, PIONEER IS DEAD
After chatting pleasantly with members of his familyat lunch and taking his accustomed walk to town in the afternoon, Fredrick S. Hotchkiss, who was one of the three surviving members of theSacramento Society of California Pioneers, passed away at his home, 314 O Street, late yesterday afternoon.
Physicians who atended the aged pioneer likened his demise to the running down of a clock which had ticked off the minute for it's allotted time.
Retaining his mental facilities and especially his keen sense of humor through the 90 years of his life, Hotchkiss endeared himself to the scores in the city who knew him intimately.
He was born in Connecticut 90 years ago, was one of a party of New Englanders who purchased a ninety ton schooner, and in that small craft set sail for California around the Horn in the early days of the gold rush.
He arrived in San Francisco in July, 1849. At that time, his wordly goods, excepting a small interest in the schooner, consisted of a few cents.
In the latter part of the summer of 1849, he came to Sacramento after having spent a short time in the gold fields. He established the first planing mill in Sacramento in 1852 and up to the time of his death was interested in it.
For the past fourteen years deceased was not actively engaged in business, although he kept in close touch with it.
Only twice during the sixty five years was the continuity of his residence in Sacramento broken- once when he went to the gold fields during the Salmon River Rush and once when he went to lAlaska for a few months during the days of the Klondike fever .
Only two organizations claimed the attention of the deceased- The Pioneer Society; of which now only two members survive, and the Masons. He was one of the oldest Mason's in the State.
One daughter, Mrs. A.S. Miller, two sons, Fred and George Hotchkiss and four grandchildren, Mrs. Albert Strum, Alice and Anita Hotchkiss and Walter Lusk survice him.
Sacramento Bee 6/3/1914