Daniel Flint, for over half a century a resident of California, having lived in the city of Sacramento since 1867, is one of the pioneer hop-growers on the Pacific coast, and as proprietor of the Pioneer Hop ranch near Sacramento has effected perhaps as much as any other one man toward bringing this industry to its present standing and commercial value in the west. The hops grown on the Pacific coast now rank well up with the best products of Europe, and it is a pleasure to marrate some facts in the life of a man who has so long been identified with this important branch of agricultural activity.

Of New England birth and parentage, born in Cheshire county, New Hampshire, May 9, 1832, he was a son of Benjamin and Harriet (Rixford) Flint, also of New Hampshire nativity. The father served in the war of 181, and the maternal grandfather, William Rixford, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.

Mr. Flint was reared in his native state, and a liberal education, considering the times, was granted to him. After spending some time in Essex county, New York, near Lake Champlain, in 1853 he took passage on the clipper ship Mystery at Boston, and via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco one hundred and thirty-nine days later. Since that date of arrival he has been a permanent if not continous resident of the Golden state. The first five years he had charge of a United States government warehouse. About 1856 he and his brother Wilson began, in a rather experimental fashion, the propagation of hop roots in Alameda county, and a little later transferred the industry, which early gave evidence of great commercial profit, to the ranch near Sacramento now known as the Pioneer Hop Ranch. In 1858 and 1859 he was also engaged in the nursery business on the same place, which is located on what is called the Riverside road, and also bordering on the Cosumne river. Since 1884 stock-raising has also figured as a branch of this extensive enterprise.

Particularly successful, from a business standpoint, in the industry just described, Mr. Flint has also broadened his interests and reached out into various branches of enterprise. For three years he served as director of the California State Agricultural Society's grounds, building and race track near Sacramento, for two years being superintendent of the race track. He is vice president and auditor, and was formerly president, of the Sacramento Rochdale Company, a mercantile concern; is vice president of the Sacramento Building and Loan Society, of which he was likewise formerly president. He affiliates with Capital Lodge No. 87, I. O. O. F., at Sacramento; is a prominent member of Sacramento Grange No. 12, P. of H., having for two terms served as master and also lecturer and being now treasurer; has served two years as master and four years as lecturer and is now treasurer of the California State Grange, having been associated with the work of this organization for many years.

August 22, 1854, Mr. Flint married Miss Mary E. Russell, who was born in New York state. The nine surviving children are as follows: Lillian J., of Sacramento; Russell R., of Sacramento; Flood V., of Sacramento; William R., in Sacramento; Howard H., in Sacramento county; Edward C., in Sacramento county; Clarence E., in the same county; Stanley H., in Columbus, Ohio; and Alice, H., wife of William Lampert, of Sacramento. In order of birth this last-named daughter comes between Flood V. and William R. Mr. Flint is at this writing treasurer of the Sacramento Humane Society, with whose work he has been identified for many years.

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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