Cornelius F. Swain, who resides on West Lane about four miles from Stockton, is a well known and prosperous agriculturist and dairyman of San Joaquin county, and during his residence in the county of some fifteen years he has progressed to a worthy place in material circumstances and has also won the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens. Mr. Swain's beautiful farming estate consists of one hundred acres, and farming and dairying constitute the principal activities. He also has four acres of vineyard, in which he grows a considerable amount of table grapes.

Mr. Swain was born in Franklin county, Illinois, June 3, 1857. His parents, who are still living in Franklin county at the advanced age of nearly threescore and ten years, and Henry and Perilla (McGlasson) Swain. Franklin county was the scene of mr. Swain's early rearing and school training, and from an early age he has learned independence and self-reliance in the affairs of life, and these qualities have gained him success in his various undertakings. He has spent all his active career in farming pursuits, and for some years followed that line of business in Illinois. He came out to California from Illinois in 1890, and has since that date been a resident of San Joaquin county. For several years here he was in the employ of others, and in 1894 he took up farming on his own account.

Mr. Swain was married April 11, 1900, to Miss Ann V. Bunch, a daughter of John Bunch, the late well known citizen of San Joaquin county. Both the children born of this union are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Swain are members of the Christian church at Stockton, and are popular members of the social circles of their community.

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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