Frank H. Ashley, who resides eight miles north of Stockton, where he owns a ranch of three hundred and twenty acres devoted to farming and stock-raising, is a practical and successful man of affairs and thoroughly progressive in the industry which he has made his life work; he is furthermore one of the representative citizens of San Joaquin county, where he has spent practically all his life. He was born in Calaveras county, July 4, 1860, and when four years old was taken to San Joaquin county, which was destined to be the field of his labors and active citizenship to the present.

His parents were George H. and Sarah A. (Edwards) Ashley, both natives of Massachusetts. His father early took to sea-faring life, and for several years was on a whaling vessel, sailing to different parts of the globe. He was on one of his voyages during 1848-49, having come around the Horn, when the ship stopped at San Francisco, and the recent gold discoveries led him to quit whaling and remain in the Golden state as a miner. After following gold mining for a time he went to farming in Calaveras county, and in 1864 moved to San Joaquin county and settled on the ranch where his son Frank still lives, and where he resided until his death, in September, 1898. He was a member of the San Joaquin Society of California Pioneers, in politics was a Democrat, and was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows orders at Woodbridge. His career had been a successful one, and until his death he was honored as one of the able and upright citizens of San Joaquin county. Of his children only two survive, Frank H. and Everett M., the latter of Stockton.

Reared in San Joaquin county and receiving his education in the public schools, ever since taking up the active affairs of life, Mr. Ashley has been at the forefront among the agricultural class in this section of the state. He is a public-spirited citizen, a friend of schools and all enterprises for the public good, and has been able to make his influence felt for progress in all his relations with business and civic affairs.

He was married April 16, 1882, to Miss Alice Moore, a daughter of William Moore, of Lodi, and by this marriage there are two children, Lela M., wife of Lloyd Russell, of northern San Joaquin county, and Frank L., at home. Mr. Ashley is a Democrat in politics, and is affiliated with the Masonic order at Woodbridge and with the Order of the Eastern Star at the same place.

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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