It is appropriate that the SCCBF board include Ed Swift, whose family history in Amador County is as old as the county itself. Although he was born in Oakland and didn’t come to Sutter Creek until WWII, his great-grandfather settled in the county in 1860 and proceeded to build a sawmill, develop ranches and build the home where Swift lives to this day.
Swift’s ties to the county reach every corner of the region. He began as a mill laborer and then the yard boss. He and his wife Margaret bought blocks of leftover wood from the mill and sold them as firewood, the first venture of what was to become a long line of Amador-centered businesses.
In 1952, Swift took an inherited log truck and launched the Swift Trucking and Lumber Sales, and later developed properties in Sutter Creek and the surrounding area, including the Gold Country Bowling Center that today is managed by son John Swift. Swift’s other son Jim runs the family’s auto parts dealership, the longest-running such business in the county.
Swift’s many civic activities included serving on the Bank of Amador founding board and the Sutter Creek City Council; heading up the Sutter Creek Fire Department for eight years; and serving twice as Jackson Rotary president.
As the Foundation proceeds with its mission to preserve and enhance Sutter Creek, Ed Swift’s close ties and long dedication to the community lend the organization a unique perspective.