Andy L. Bonham, who at this riting is serving as deputy county assessor of Douglass township, San Joaquin county, is a native son of the county and since attaining years of maturity has taken a substantial place in the varied affairs of his locality.

Born in San Joaquin county, May 2, 1863, he was the only son of Harvey and Lizzie (Heard) Bonham. Harvey Bonham, a native of Missouri, came out to California about 1852, making the trip by the isthmus route, and for a short time mined gold, then settled on a ranch near Linden, and continued agriculture during most of the remaining years of his life, although he also resumed mining for a time. His death occurred in life, although he also resumed mining for a time. His death occurred in 1876. He was a Republican in politics, and was afiliated with the Odd Fellows fraternity. Mrs. Lizzie Bonham, a native of Wisconsin, came across the plains with her parents in 1859, residing for a time in northern California, and then located in San Joaquin county, which has been her home ever since. She now resides with her son near Linden, being in her sixty-third year. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Linden, and is held in high esteem throughout her neighborhood, where she has lived for so many years.

Reared to man's estate in San Joaquin county, whose public schools furnished him his education, Mr. Bonham has since devoted his energies specifically to farming. He is popular and esteemed for his true worth, and, a Republican in politics, he was appointed to his present office of deputy county assessor for Douglass township in March, 1904. He owns a ranch of one hundred and ten acres near Linden, and fourteen acres of this is devoted to viticulture, the rest to general farming.

Mr. Bonham was married, December 24, 1890, to Miss Ara Prather, a daughter of Philip Prather, deceased, late of San Joaquin county. Mr. and Mrs. Bonham have six children: Alice L., Welma A., Maud, Bessie, Carlton L. and Ruth. Mr. Bonham is prominent in local fraternal circles, being a member of Valley Lodge No. 135, F. & A. M., at Linden, and of Scio Lodge No. 102, I. O. O. F., at Linden.

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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