An honored citizen of his community for a number of years past, Benjamin F. Colton is entitled to a prominent place in the annals of Sacramento county. He was born in Stephenson county, Illinois, November 1, 1852, being a son of Lewis and Maria (Orton) Colton, with home in 1854 he crossed he plains with ox teams to California, the family first establishing their home in Nevada county. Further mention of this worthy pioneer couple will be found in the sketch of G. M. Colton in this work, he being a brother of Benjamin F.

When the family made the momentous journey to California Benjamin F. Colton was but a little lad of two years, and to the public schools of Sacramento county he is indebted for his early educational training, for here he was reared to years of maturity. He was obliged to begin the battle of life at an early age, and when a young man engaged in the threshing business with his brother, G. M. Colton, operations being carried on under the firm name of Colton Brothers, and success attended their efforts in that occupation. From his youth up, however, Mr. Colton has been interested in agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, and for a number of years past has made a specialty of raising a good grade of horses. In the fall of 1888 he moved to his present valuable farm near Elk Grove, on the Cosumne river, this tract consisting of three hundred and fifty acres of rich and well cultivated land, thirty-five acres of which is devoted to viticulture and the remainder to agricultural pursuits, while in addition he also has a tract of three hundred acres near his home place on which he conducts a large dairy. He is one of the representative business men of the locality, but his prestige has been attained by personal effort and the correct application of the powers which are his.

The marriage of Mr. Colton was celebrated on the 18th of September, 1888, when Drucilla H. Ordway became his wife, she being a native of Sonoma county, California, and by her marriage became the mother of three children: Orton O., Helen and Benneta. The wife and mother was called away by death July 13, 1904, but those who knew here still cherish as a sacred treasure the memory of her friendship. She was a lady of culture and social grace, and the hospitality of her home was enjoyed by many friends. Mr. Colton gives his political support to the Republican party. As nearly his entire life has been spent in Sacramento county he is widely known among its citizens and is held in uniform regard.

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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