John W. Davidson

It was in Bates county, Mo., that John W. Davidson, who now lives at No. 116 West Race street, Visalia, was born August 22, 1865, and in Cedar county, that state, he acquired a public school educa­tion and practical knowledge of farming as it was then carried on in that region. In 1885, when he was about twenty years old, he came to Vacaville, Solano county, Cal., and was employed as superintendent of the fruit ranch of Frank H. Buck and for a time by R. H. Chinn. He came to Exeter, Tulare county, in 1899, and was for a time super­intendent of the Evansdale Fruit Co. Later he was for seven years superintendent of the Encina Fruit Co. until in November, 1907, when he resigned and moved to Visalia. He is at this time the owner of an eighty-acre fruit ranch, six miles east of town, on which he raises peaches of several varieties, having forty acres of Phillips cling­stones. In 1910 he gathered from his orchard and marketed $6,000 worth of fruit and in 1911 one hundred and twenty-two prune trees brought him an income of $747. He is now developing twenty acres of Crawford peaches, and so thorough and informing have been his study and experience in this field of endeavor that he is widely recognized as an expert fruit-grower. He set the Phillips clingstone trees, and brought them to perfection with his own hands. Besides these he has Muirs and Lovells.

In 1886 Mr. Davidson married Lena L. Ellis, a native of Iowa, and they have two children: Charles G., and Corda May, who married George P. French, of Tulare county. Politically Mr. Davidson is a Democrat, devoted to the principles and policies as well as the tra­ditions and future work of his party. Fraternally he affiliates with the Woodmen of the World, with the Loyal Order of Moose, and with Four Creek lodge, No. 94, I. 0. 0. F., and the encampment. As a citizen he has always taken a public-spirited interest in everything pertaining to the general welfare and there is no proposition which in his good judgment promises to benefit any considerable number of fellow citizens that does not receive his encouragement and support.

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