IN 1867, Charles Crocker met David D. Colton and their two families became warm friends. Colton received passes on the Central Pacific Railroad and he and Crocker visited the Yosemite Valley together. Colton was made the president and general manager of the Rocky Mountain Coal & Iron Company mine at Ione in Amador County, which belonged to the railroad company. When the Crockers severed their connection with the railroad company in 1871 and went to Europe, the Coltons looked after the Crocker boys who were attending a military academy.1
David Douty Colton was a native of Monson, Maine, where he was born July 17, 1832. He came to California in 1849 and served as the Sheriff at Yreka in Siskiyou County. Later he returned to the East, and after a course of study at Albany, New York, he opened a law office in San Francisco in partnership with R. C. Harrison.2 He was active in California politics, and was the delegate of the Union Democrat Party in 1861. He became Brigadier-General of Militia and Colonel of the U. S. Volunteers. He was of fine physique and quick intelligence.
In 1872, General Colton and his family occupied a handsome house at the N. E. comer of California and Taylor