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   JOHN H. FIELD.  Among the leading horticulturists of Madera County John H. Field is given a prominent position.  He was born in Columbia, Mo., February 14 1856, a son of John H. Field, Sr., a native of Richmond, Ky., who left the familiar scenes of his young manhood and located in Missouri, where he became prominent as a farmer and stockman and as a merchant in the town of Columbia.  He died near Mexico at the age of fifty-seven years.  He was connected with the Harden family on the maternal side, an old family of Virginia. John H. Field, Sr., married Frances Provines, a native of Kentucky and a sister of Judge R. R. Provines, a pioneer of San Francisco.

    Educated in the common schools of Columbia, Mo., John H. Field later took a course in the state university and was graduated in 1877.  Having received special training as a surveyor and civil engineer he followed that line of work for fifteen years, five years in the government service on the Mississippi River Commission and ten years in the employ of various railroads.  During the time he surveyed on all the principal roads between the two mountain ranges, being located in Colorado after 1879.

   About 1895 Mr. Field decided to locate in California and upon going t Fresno County, he entered the employ of E. A. Eliott of Fresno, and in the interest of the latter served as superintendent of different ranches throughout that section.  In 1904 he purchased forty acres on the Green section, one and one-half miles south of Madera, which he is preparing to put into fruit and alfalfa and making other improvements for a home with Ida Lee Price, a daughter of R. Price and of this union two children, Marie and Price, have been born.  In his political opinions, Mr. Field allies himself with the Democratic Party.

 Guinn, J. M., History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, (Chicago: Chapman Publishing, 1905), page 1300.

Transcribed by Harriet Sturk.

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