ERNEST A. GAMMON


Ernest A. Gammon, a prominent citizen and well-known fruit-grower of Sacramento county, California, resides on the Sacramento river, at Richland. He is a native of this county, born July 18, 1866, and is a son of Walter and Dell D. (Cook) Gammon, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of Michigan. Her youngest brother is Professor A. J. Cook, of Pmona school, in southern California. Walter Gammon was one of the pioneer settlers of Sacramento countu, and coming to the west he settled at Richland, where his widow and Ernest A. now reside. He was drowned in Bloom Lake, July 2, 1867, and the county lost one of its representative and honored citizens, for he had done mich in promoting its early progress. Mrs. Gammon is numbered among the jonored pioneer women of Sacramento county. She was born November 20, 1830, in Shiawassee county, Michigan, where in early womanhood she engaged in teaching school for several years, entering upon the work of that profession in her fourteenth year. She came to California by way of the isthmus route from New York city and taught school in Sacramento and adjoining counties. She was one of the earliest as well as one of the most successful teachers of California, and she devoted her time and attention to the intellectual development of her community in this way until thirty years of age, when she gave her hand in marriage to Walter Gammon. They became the parents of four children: Charles W., who is now general manager for the American Exploration Company, with its head offices in San Francisco, while he makes his headquarters in London, England; May D., the wife of W. H. Wheeler, of San Jose, California; Walter E., who is living at Pacific Grove, California; and Ernest A., who is now the manager of the Gammon estate at Richland. This property comprises one hundred and forty-one acres of land on the Sacramento river, of which one hundred is devoted to fruit culture, including peaches, pears, plums, cherries and apricots. Mrs. Gammon has resided on this ranch at Richland since 1860, having been married on the first day of January of that year, and being taken to her present home by her husband as a bride. She is a member of the Baptist church and has a very wide acquaintance in the county, being held in the highest esteem by all who know her.

Ernest A. Gammon was reared to manhood upon the homestead ranch, where he still resides, and to the public schools of Richland he is indebted for the early educational advantages which he enjoyed. Later he spent two years as a student in the State Agricultural College of Colorado and subsequently attended for one term the State Agricultural School of Michigan, thus receiving excellent scientific training, which, added to his practical knowledge, has made him well qualified for the conduct of the important agricultural interests which to-day claim his attention.

On the 16th of September, 1890, Mr. Gammon was married to Miss Jessie E. Thomas, a daughter of J. H. Thomas, of Rio Vista, Solano county, California. Four children grace this union: Percy, Earle, Cyril, and Mabel A.

Mr. Gammon is now serving his second term as president of the Courtland Farmers' Club and is a recognized leader in all that pertains to the development of the rich agricultural and horticultural resources of the state, having made a close study of California's possibilities in this direction. He was elected in the fall of 1902 for a term of four years a justice of the peace of Franklin township, in which capacity he is now capably serving, his decisions being strictly fair and impartial. He is also, and has been for a number of years, a trustee of the Richland public schools, and his political allegiance is given to the Republican party. He stands to-day as a leader in his line of activity in the central ortion of the state, and he also belongs to that class of representative American citizens who, while promoting individual success, also contribute in large measure to general progress and upbuilding.

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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