Forrest Foote, a prosperous agriculturist of San Joaquin county, has spent nearly all his life in this state and belongs to one of the well known old families of San Joaquin county. His home estate, situated near the town of Waterloo, consists of two hundred acres, and he also owns a ranch of one hundred and sixty acres in northeastern San Joaquin county.

Born in Steuben county, New York, March 5, 1852, Mr. Foote was a son of Dr. Erastus N. Foote, late of San Joaquin county, and Maria H. (White) Foote. Dr. Foote, who was born down east and obtained his literary and professional training there, for several years was engaged in the practice of medicine in Steuben county, New York. In 1852, the same year of the birth of his son, he came out to California, making the trip by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and for several years he was engaged in both placer and quartz mining in this state. He was a partner in the Foote and Thompson Gold Mining Company, which operated near Mokelumne Hill, and his gold mining enterprises were successful to an unusual degree. He subsequently moved to Comanche in Calaveras county, where he practiced medicine and later continued his profession in Lockeford, San Joaquin county, where he was a widely known and accomplished physician for many years. He died there in his seventy-ninth year, but his widow still resides in Lockeford, with a daughter, Mrs. Julius Bruml, and although eighty-four years old at this writing, this venerable pioneer woman of California still possesses a bright mind and recalls readily the earlier scenes of her life in this state. Dr. Foote was a Democrat in politics, but would never enter politics actively, although often solicited so to do. He was a member of the state medical society, a prominent Mason, and to an unusual degree possessed the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He and his wife were parents of nine children, and the five now living are: Gertrude, wife of John Andrus, of Galt, this state; Forrest; Charles H., in Sonoma county; Gordon M., in Hollister, this state; and Laura, the wife of Julius Bruml, of Lockeford.

Mr. Forrest Foote came out to California in 1856, with his mother and a sister, making the trip from New York by way of the Isthmus, and they joined the father in Calaveras county. He received his early education in Calaveras and San Joaquin counties, and notwithstanding his busy and absorbing application to the work of practical affairs he has kept himself well read and informed concerning the events and movements outside his immediate sphere. He became connected with agricultural pursuits in youth, and has ever since devoted his chief energies to that occupation, in which he has gained his best success. He has lived on his present ranch since 1901.

Mr. Foote married, first, Miss Leila Woodworth, who was born in Nova Scotia, and who became the mother of five children, four of whom are living: Robert N., Myrtle, Ralph M. and Marie. The present Mrs. Foote was Mrs. Laura A. Coburn, nee Finn, of Plymouth, a daughter of Robert Finn, one of the pioneers of Amador county, who was engaged in mining operations up to his death; her mother still survives, living in Sacramento county, and one of the venerable pioneer women of the state, and she has borne Mr. Foote four children: Frank, Forrest, Gertrude and Vivian.

Mr. Foote is affiliated with Vesper Lodge No. 94, Knights of Pythias, and with Progressive lodge No. 134, I. O. O. F., both at Lockeford. For a number of years he served as a trustee of Grant school district, and part of the time clerk of the board. In politics he is a Democrat.

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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