Allen S. Phillips is spending the declining years of a very active agricultural life as a vineyardist at Lodi, San Joaquin county, where he has been located since 1900. His residence is on Pine street, near Cherokee Lane, and he owns a fine vineyard of fifty-seven acres, devoted to the raising of choice varieties of table grapes. He has given much study and diligent attention to viticulture, and has taken a front rank among men of this class in San Joaquin county.

Mr. Phillips was born in Saratoga county, New York, January 10, 1832, being a son of Schuyler and Sophronia (Davis) Phillips, both native New Yorkers, his grandfather, Joseph Phillips, also being a native of New York state. Reared on a Saratoga county farm, where he was trained to agricultural pursuits, and receiving his education in the public schools of his county, he spent the first twenty-four years of his life in his native state, and then, in 1856, went west to Warren county, Illinois. There he became a successful farmer and stock-raiser. In 1860 he made his first trip out to California, taking the isthmus route, and he spent several years in San Francisco and vicinity, being engaged for a time in mining on the American river. In 1867 he returned to Warren county, Illinois, once more by the isthmus route, and continued his farming and stock-raising enterprises there until 1896. In that year he brought his family out to this state, which in the thrity years that had elapsed since his first residence here had made such wonderful progress that he felt he was in an entirely different country. For several years he was engaged in the growing of oranges and olives at Fair Oaks, Sacramento county, and in 1900 he brought his family to his present beautiful estate at Lodi.

Mr. Phillips was married in Warren county, Illinois, January 26, 1868, to Miss Ann M. McMahill, who was born in Warren county, November 20, 1843, a daughter of William and Mary (Snapp) McMahill, both her parents being native Kentuckians. Robert Snapp, an uncle of Mrs. Phillips, was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mrs. Phillips' parents located in Warren county, Illinois, in the early thirties, being among the very early settlers of that part of the state. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are parents of a fine family of five children, all in Lodi: namely, Wilbur R., Burtis, Mamie S., Wendell L. and Guy E.

While a resident of Warren county, Illinois, Mr. Phillips served for four years as supervisor of his home township, and he has always manifested a most commendable degree of public spirit and interest in community affairs. In politics he is a Republican. Mrs. Phillips and daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Lodi.

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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