California a half century ago, was known only as a mining state, but in more recent years its splendid agricultural and horticultural resources have awakened the attention of the entire world and the products of its orchards and vineyards are sent to all parts of this country and to many foreign lands. Mr. Bartholomew is among those engaged in the raising of grapes in Sacramento county and his vineyard is among the best in this part of the state. He resides near Florin and he has been a resident of the county since 1859, always living in the same neighborhood, although he has been located on his present place only since the fall of 1902. Here he has forty acres of land, of which eighteen acres is devoted to grape culture, his specialty being the Tokay grape.

Mr. Bartholomew is a native of New York, having been born in Steuben county, November 6, 1842. He is a son of Ziba B. and Elizabeth B. (Newman) Bartholomew, who are also natives of New York. They were there reared and married, and on leaving the Empire state removed to Morgan county, Illinois, in the year 1844. After remaining there for several years Mr. Bartholomew took his family to Dallas, Texas, where he spent one winter, and in the spring of 1854 he started with his wife and children for California, crossing the plains with an ox team. With this slow method of travel it was six months before he reached his destination, arriving in the Golden state in the fall. He located in Eldorado county and was there engaged in mining and freighting, the great majority of the population being connected with the search for gold or with some kindred industry which has grown out of the development of the mineral resources of the state. In 1859, however, Mr. Bartholomew came to Sacramento county and settled with his family near where Cameron P. Bartholomew now resides. There he carried on agricultural pursuits until 1866, when his death occurred. He was active and infuential in public affairs and was honored with the office of justice of the peace of San Joaquin county for a number of years, which led him to be known throughout the locality as Squire Bartholomew. He took an active interest in everything that pertained to the development and progress of his part of the state, and his labors in its behalf proved beneficial, so that at his death in 1866 Sacramento county lost one of its honored and representative citizens. Three of his children yet survive: Amanda, who is the widow of the late Bernard Thompson, of Sacramento county; Cameron P.; and Nelson E., who is living in Tehama county, California.

Mr. Bartholomew was married November 29, 1866, to Miss Harriett Y. Lindsay, a native of Iowa, who came with her mother and sisters to California in 1861, the family home being established in Sacramento county, near Elk Grove. To Mr. and Mrs. Bartholomew have been born three children: Charles V.; Edna L., who is the wife of Robert Cornelius; and Joanna, who is teaching in Jackson school, located near her father's home. All the children are yet resident of Sacramento county, but the wife and mother died September 12, 1888.

Mr. Bartholomew has served as trustee of the Jackson school district and was formerly road overseer in what was known as district No. 10. In his public offices he has discharged his duties with promptness and fidelity, bringing to them the same care and attention which he bestows upon his private business interests. His political allegiance has been given to the Republican party since he cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. He belongs to Union Lodge No. 21, A. O. U. W., at Sacramento. Through the long years of his residence in the county he has formed a wide acquaintance, and his history has always been such as would bear the closest investigation and scrutiny. His life has conformed to strict business ethics and his sterling traits of character have gained for him the good will and respect of his fellow men.

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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