Arthur C. Eastman is the owner of an excellent ranch of two hundred and twenty-seven acres on the Sacramento river just above Walnut Grove, and there he is successfully engaged in the raising of fruit and in general farming, having one hundred and thirty-five acres planted to fruit. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois, born April 19, 1869, his parents being William Elwell and Lucy (Carter) Eastman. The father was born in Vermont, in 1828, and was a son of William Elwell and Mary (Walker) Eastman, who was a representative of the Concord, New Hampshire, branch of the Eastman family, and his grandfather was the first male child born in Concord. Phineas Eastman, the great-grandfather of Arthur Eastman, was a blacksmith by trade and for many years followed that pursuit in Orange county, Vermont. He married Lucy Cogswell and her death occurred at the age of sixty-five years, while he reached the advanced age of eighty years. Their son, William Elwell Eastman, also reached an advanced age, having passed the eightieth milestone on life's journey ere he was called to his final rest. He married Mary Walker, a daughter of Lieutenant Walker, of Vermont, who served his country as a soldier of the Revolution and died at the age of seventy-five years. His wife survived him for ten or twelve years, passing away when more than eighty years of age. William Elwell Eastman, senior, was for many years proprietor of a grocery store at Manchester, Vermont, and he died at the age of seventy-nine years, while his wife passed away at the age of sixty-five.

William E. Eastman, junior, the father of our subject, supplemented his early educational privileges by study at Canaan Academy, in New York, where he spent three or four terms, and when nineteen years of age he entered his father's store, being there employed until 1857, when he began business on his own account as flour and grain merchant, and also as a miller, operating a mill and selling flour to the wholesale trade. In 1865 he removed to Chicago, where he established a wholesale grocery store, conducting the same until his business was destroyed in the memorable fir in that city, in 1871. In 1875 he came to California with his family and turned his attention to agricultural interests, here settling on the Sacramento river, about one and three-quarter miles above the town of Walnut Grove. There he carried on agricultural pursuits with excellent success up to the time of his death and also planted and improved a good orchard. He was married in 1866, in Concord, New Hampshire, to Miss Lucy Carter, a daughter of Simeon and Eliza (Abbott) Carter. Her father was a native of New Hampshire and died in 1850. His wife was born in Concord, that state, long surviving him.

To Mr. and mrs. W. E. Eastman were born two children: Arthur C., of this review; and Ella Gibson, born August 30, 1874. The father died January 2, 1897, and was survived by his wife until January 25, 1898. He served as trustee of the Pierson reclamation district for several years and took an active part in that locality in the work of reclaiming the swamp lands for the purpose of cultivation. He gave his political support to the Republican party, and was a public-spirited citizen who was known as a champion of every measure that tended to promote public progress and improvement. The cause of education found in him a warm friend and he served as trustee of the Walnut Grove school district.

Arthur C. Eastman was a little lad of only six years when he came with his parents to California. He was reared in Sacramento county and obtained his education in the public schools of Walnut Grove and through reading, observation, and experience in later life. He was trained to farm labor on his father's ranch and has always engaged in agricultural and horticultural pursuits. He not only raises fruit but during the season also buys and ships fruits at various times, and his business affairs are capably conducted, bringing him a well merited success. He is a man of great energy and whatever he undertakes he carries forward to successful completion. He, too, is interested in the work of reclamation here, and his efforts in this direction have proved of benefit to the locality.

Mr. Eastman was married September 27, 1893, to Miss Nellie Dougherty, a native of Virginia, and they have one daugher--Ella G.--who was named for his deceased sister.

Mr. Eastman is a member of and the present treasurer of the Courtland Farmers' Club. He also belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge at Isleton, California, and he has a wide acquaintance in Sacramento county, where he has lived from early boyhood days to the present. He has neither the time nor the inclination to devote to politics, but has given the closest attention to business, his capable management being one of thepotent elements in his successful career.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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