Augustus G. Corson, a permanent resident of California since 1878, has been for some years one of the leading business men of Lodi, San Joaquin county, where he is proprietor of the Lodi barley mill and grain warehouse, enterprises which he directs with most profitable results. He became connected with this line of business in May, 1894, at which time he formed a partnership with S. E. Wright, and the firm of Wright and Corson continued until June 1, 1904, at which time Mr. Corson became sole proprietor. His warehouse, located alongside the Southern Pacific tracks, is two hundred feet by fifty wide, is steel-sheathed, and has a capacity of thirty-five hundred tons of grain. Besides the storage of grain it is also used for storing all kinds of general merchandise. Mr. Corson buys and ships all kinds of grain, being the agent at Lodi for the well known firm of Castle Brothers, of Sacrament and San Francisco, for whom he likewise buys and ships fruits and nuts during the season. The Lodi barley mill, of which he is proprietor, is one of the important local concerns of the town. He buys and sells barley, and at the mill crushes grain for stock feed. The mill has an hourly capacity of twenty-five sacks of barley, and is run by a gasoline engine.

Mr. Corson has been numbered among the esteemed citizens of Lodi since 1887. On coming to California in 1878, he spent some time in Stockton, and then for four years was a clerk in a mercantile house at Lockeford, and was a resident of Pasadena for a short time before permanently locating in Lodi. Mr. Corson was born August 26, 1858, a native of and reared in the town of Canaan, Somerset county, Maine, and his parents, Lysander H. and Susan (Morrison) Corson, were also New Englanders. His education was supplied by the public schools of his native locality. At the age of twenty he set out for the west, and spent several months in Reno, Nevada, before coming to California.

While a resident of Lockeford he served in the office of deputy county assessor for one year. He affiliates with the Knights of Pythias at Stockton, and his political adherence is with the Democratic party. He was married, November 14, 1888, to Mrs. Lillie M. Allen, of Jackson, California, her maiden name being Lille M. Lippe. They have one child, Juanita.

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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