Solano County

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One of the successful and enterprising fruit farmers of Solano county is Ralph Merriman Sheldon, who was born in the Suisun valley on the 12th of December, 1874, a son of W. C. and Ella (Merriman) Sheldon. The father made the long journey across the plains in 1852, coming at once to the Suisun valley, where his father took up a tract of land, and he thereafter devoted his life to farming pursuits up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1906. The mother was a native of Maine, whence she came to California with her parents in an early day, making the trip by way of the Isthmus of Panama. Her death occurred some years before that of her husband.

Ralph M. Sheldon received his education in the public schools of Suisun and was graduated in the commercial course in the high school in 1892. While still in school he had given some attention to farming, and in 1906 he bought his present place, which at that time comprised thirty-two acres. It was good land and he gave intelligent direction to its improvement and cultivation. In the course of time he was able to add to it, and he now has a fine, well improved and productive ranch, practically all planted to fruit and comprising a very comfortable and attractive place. In conjunction with his son, Mr. Sheldon farms one hundred and sixty acres.

Mr. Sheldon was married to Miss Anna Henrich, a native of Yolo county, California, and a daughter of F. N. Henrich, an early settler of that county, where he spent the remainder of his life, he and his wife both being deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon has been born a son, William Boyd, who saw service with the United States army during the World war. He is married and has two children. Father and son are members of Suisun Lodge No. 55, Free and Accepted Masons, of which lodge both are past masters, while the grandfather also served as master—this being a very unusual record. Politically Mr. Sheldon is an ardent supporter of the republican party and takes a deep and abiding interest in public affairs. He was (in 1920) one of the principal organizers of the Suisun Valley Fruit Growers Association, which he serves as president.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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