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S. W. Stedman

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:33 pm    Post subject: S. W. Stedman Reply with quote

S. W. STEDMAN, the subject of this sketch, was born fifty-two years ago, in Cortland, New York, from New England stock. He came to California in the year 1858, and first settled in Marin county, where he engaged in dairying. From there he went to Contra Costa county, where he followed stock-raising and butchering; thence to Solano county, where he engaged in butchering and merchandising; thence, in 1869, to his present place of residence, Quinado Canon, about six miles from Kings City, Monterey county. Here he has engaged in various pursuits, keeping a feed yard and boarding-house, and doing a blacksmith business, and drifting eventually to farming and stock-raising, in which he has been eminently successful. The soil in this vicinity is especially adapted for grain culture and fruit, and the wheat he raises is classed as A No. 1 Milling. He owns 760 acres of land, but farms several hundred acres more belonging to other parties.

Mr. Stedman married Miss Griselda A. Bradley, of Sebastopol, Sonoma county, California, October 21, 1873. The result of this union is five sons and one daughter, namely: Alvirus, born in 1874; Maud, 1876; Albert C, 1878; Walter Scott, 1881; Kay Bradley, 1886; and Jack, 1890.

Mr. Stedman has held the office of Clerk of the Board of School Trustees, and Justice of the Peace for many years. In the year 1879 he was nominated for Sheriff on the New Constitution ticket. The ticket, being a side issue, was defeated.

He is a cousin of H. D. Coggswell, of San Francisco, James P. Coggswell, of Oakland, and William Coggswell, the artist and owner of the celebrated Madraville mines. Personally, Mr. Stedman is large, muscular, of good presence, and stands high for his integrity in the community in which he lives.

Source: A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago; Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.
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