Homer C. Townsend

A native of Noblesville, Ind., born January 8, 1832, Homer C. Townsend crossed the plains to California in 1852, prospered in the land of his adoption and died in 1885, after a career in many ways interesting. He was but twenty years old when he came to the state, young, hopeful, ambitious and determined to succeed. After a long journey full of trials, of dangers and of weariness, he arrived at a point on the American river, and there he began mining, continuing in 1854 and 1855 at Placerville, Eldorado county. He I-WC­was ready to take to ranching, and he followed this near Sacramento, remaining till in 1856, when he came to Visalia. .In the spring of that year he located on the old Pratt place, on which he lived about a year, and then again became a miner, operating on White river in Kern county, meanwhile having an experience as a. grocer, in a venture in which he had Ira Kinney as a partner.

Back to Visalia • Mr. Townsend soon came, now to go into the harness and saddlery business, in company with Mr. Bossler. He served his fellow citizens as public administrator of Tulare county eight years and as deputy county assessor for a shorter period. Eventually he engaged in stock-raising and farming on a ranch two miles east of Visalia, where, in the course of events, he was washed out of house and home by a flood. His next location was at a ranch on the Mill road, in the mountains, which he bought and devoted to raising cattle and horses. There he lived out his days and passed from the scenes of earth. His widow conducted the ranch a few years after his demise, then sold it; before her marriage she was Miss Elizabeth Huston. She was born in Ar­kansas and her father was a pioneer in California, long well known in Tulare county. This daughter of one pioneer and wife of an­other, who now lives at Visalia, was the mother of children as follows: James H., who married Myrtle Pattie and has two sons, Russell H. and Ray W.; Thomas H., who has passed away; Fan­nie M., who is the wife of S. Simmons of Coalinga, Cal., and Frank A., of Montana.

A man of fine character, devoted to the development of his town, state and county, Mr. Townsend was a model citizen, active, patriotic and useful. The vicissitudes , through which he passed in his earlier years here were a good preparation for the main struggle of his life which brought him success, contentment and honor.

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