David U. Finch, over thirty-five years a resident of California, prominent among the vineyardists of the state, since 1875 has been connected with the great Natoma Vineuard Company, at Natoma, Sacramento county, where is located the second largest vineyard, from standpoint of acreage and amount the vintage, in California. Entering the employ of the company in the capacity of construction foreman in the buiding of fruit dryers and wineries at Folsom, and subsequently superintending the planting of orchards and vineyards at Natoma, he has now for a number of years been associated with the business as their general foreman, and as a practical, all-around vineyardist and wine manufacturer he takes rank among the foremost in the west.

Born in Cass county, Michigan, July 14, 1852, a son of William W. and Frances (Enos) Finch, natives of New York state, he was educated in the public schools of Berrien county, Michigan, where the family moved when he was a child, and in 1869, when a boy of seventeen, he accompanied his parents and the rest of the family to California. The home, after being located for a short time in Sacramento countu, was transferred to Salina county, in the Vacaville district of the state, where he lived for a time, and in 1875 returned to Sacramento county, and entered the employ of the company with which he has since remained and made such an excellent record. He has been identified with the fruit industry from boyhood up, so that he has deservedly attained the reputation of being a practical expert, and, furthermore, he has gained his present position by earnest and persistent labor and by reliance on his own resources for advancement. Mr. Finch's father died in 1880, but his mother, who is now past seventy-four years of age, resides at Alder Creek in Sacramento county.

Mr. Finch was married in San Francisco, October 12, 1876, to Miss Cyrila J. Gwynn, who ecame the mother of four children, three of whom are still living, namely: William E., Lottie E., wife of John S. Morgan, of Portland, Oregon; and Edwin G. November 8, 1887, Mr. Finch married for his present wife Miss Marguerite McCarty, who is a native of California and a daughter of Patrick and Julia (Harrington) McCarty, who now reside at Latrobe, Eldorado county. Mr. nd Mrs. Finch have had eight children, and the six living are named Walter H., Vera E., Harold D., Aileen G., Madeline and David, Jr.

Eminently public-spirited and interested in all community affairs, Mr. Finch has identified himself with various institutions and social organizations. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Howard school district, and has been on the board for many years. He is affiliated with Grant Lodge No. 62, I. O. O. F., at folsom; Folsom Encampment No. 24, I. O. O. F.; Fedora Lodge No. 166, of the Rebekahs, at Folsom; Folsom Lodge No. 167, Knights of Pythias; and Folsom Lodge No. 109, A. O. U. W. A stanch Republican in politics, he has on several occasions been delegate to the county conventions.

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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