Joseph William Sturgeon

As a farmer and as a business man, Joseph William Sturgeon has achieved distinction in the country round about Tulare, Tulare county. He is a native son of California, having been born in Ama­dor county, October 7, 1855, and was in his sixth year when, in 1860, his father, Francis Marion Sturgeon, located near Farmers­ville, in Tulare county. There the boy was reared and educated in the common schools and on his father's ranch instructed in the fundamentals of farming and stockgrowing. His original land hold­ing was one hundred and sixty acres, but he rented and farmed other land and grew as a stockraiser until lie now has two thou­sand acres and handles about three hundred head of cattle. Fifteen hundred acres of his land is reserved for farming and is at this time used for pasture. He owns also eighty acres of alfalfa land on the Tule river, ten miles from Tulare, which is being im­proved under his personal direction. He lived on his ranch until 1895, When lie removed to Tulare, where he has since made his home. Since his retirement from active farm life he has identified himself with several important interests and is a stockholder in the bank of Tulare. His father, Francis Marion Sturgeon, ranched near Farmersville until his activities were terminated by his death.In 1889 Joseph W. Sturgeon married Matilda Evelyn Lathrop, and they have three children, Mildred Lee, and William Tyler and Wallace Ezra (twins). The Sturgeon family is well and favorably known to members of most of the best families in the county and its head is recognized as a citizen of much public spirit, who is never backward in assisting any measure which, in his opinion, promises to promote the public will..

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