Charles Colquhoun has for nearly twenty-five years been one of the successful hop growers of Sacramento county. While not a pioneer in this industry he has been engaged therein so long that few men in this part of the state exceed him for length of years devoted to this branch of agriculture. He has also been prosperous in general farming operations, and his ranch near Mills is recognized as one of the best improved and most skillfully handled of any in the county. He has lived on this estate since 1881, and been growing hops in marketable quantities thereon since 1883. The ranch comprises one hundred and eighty acres in all, and forty-six acres is devoted exclusively to the cultivation of fine hops.

Born in Dundas county, province of Ontario, Canada, April 6, 1850, he is a son of Alexander and Harriet (Munro) Colquhoun, who were both born in Scotland and were early settlers of Dundas county, Ontario. Mr. Colquhoun came to man's estate in his native province, acquiring his education in the public schools of his locality. A practical man of affairs and of unusual energy and enterprise, he has made his own success and through his industry and attention to business gained a substantial place in his home community. He came to California from Canada in 1873, and has been a resident of Sacramento county ever since. It was in the employment of Daniel Flint, the well known pioneer hop-grower of Sacramento county, that he gained his first close knowledge of the hob industry and at the end of four years in the employ of that gentleman was well fitted for a career of his own. He then began farming and the growing of hops in his own account, and, as already mentioned, located on his present estate near Mills in 1881.

Mr. Colquhoun was married in 1892 to Miss Frankie E. Smith, who is a native of the state of Vermont. Mr. Colquhoun is a Republican in politics, and affiliates with Industrial Lodge, I. O. O. F., at Sacramento.

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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