Edmund Rowlands, a well known citizen of Sacramento county, residing near Florin, is a native of Monmouthshire, Wales, born January 10, 1859, his paretns being Morgan and Elizabeth (Thomas) Rowlands, who were likewise natives of the same country. There the son was reared and remained a resident of Wales until 1871, in which year he came to America, accompanied by a brother and two sisters. He then went to Pennsylvania and was employed in coal mining in the antracite coal fields at Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, where he worked for many years. Subsequently he came to the west, arriving in Washington Territory in 1888. He went to Wilkinson, where he was engaged in mining coal, and in 1889 he removed to Amador county, California. At Plymouth he was employed in mining coal, and he remained at that place for about two years, on the expiration of which period he removed to Oregon and became engaged in coal mining. His time was then occupied in that place for several years and later he removed to Nevada county, California, where he was engaged in mining gold according to the placer method. He was next employed in the Tesla coal mines in Alameda county, Californnia, where he remained until his removal to Sacramento county in 1901. Here he has since resided and he is to-day the owner of a ranch of twenty acres near Florin, of which about eight acres is devoted to grape culture.

Mr. Rowlands was married to Miss Leah Parry, a native of Wales, and to them were born four children, of whom two are living: Joseph and William. For his present wife he chose Mrs. Mary A. Venn, the widow of Charles Venn, a native of Wales. There are seven children of this marriage, of whom three are living: Arthur, Hannah, and David. By her former marriage Mrs. Rowlands had seven children, of whom four are living: Thomas, Mary E., Sarrah A., and Priscilla.

Mr. Rowlands is a member of the board of trustees of the Florin school district and has exerted his influence strongly in behalf of public education. He votes with the Republican party and belongs to the Masonic fraternity at Livermore, California. His is a well-rounded character in which social, political and business interests claim a proportionate part of his time and attention. All he possesses has been acquired through his own efforts and his life record proves that earnest labor is the basis of all prosperity.

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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