One of the well known and respected citizens of Sacramento county is Fred P. Gage, a man whose history furnishes a splendid example of what may be accomplished through determined purpose and well directed effort. Throughout his active business life he has been prominently identified with agricultural interests, and for over twenty-five years he has resided on his present farm. He is a native of Cass county, Michigan, where he was born on the 7th of November, 1851, his parents being Benjamin and Mary L. (Perry) Gage, natives of the state of New York. In the county of his nativity the son Fred received his early educational training, but as his father died when he was only fourteen years of age he was thereafter obliged to assist in the maintenance of the family, remaining on the home farm and managing the same until his twenty-sixth year. He then left the parental home to engage in the battle of life for himself, and from his youth up he has been interested in agricultural pursuits. In 1878 he came from Cass county, Michigan, to California, and since April of that year has made his home on his present farm near Elk Grove, where he is the owner of two hundred and eighteen acres of rich and fertile land, devoted to grape and fruit growing and general agricultural pursuits. His work has ever received his close attention, but while his energies have thus been directed he has at the same time been a valued factor in fraternal and social circles, where his upright life and genial temperament make him highly esteemed and respected.

On the 30th of June, 1881, Mr. Gage was united in marriage to Miss Cora E. Darling, a native of Blue Earth county, Minnesota, and a daughter of Ira J. and Julia A. (Long) Darling, the former a native of New York and the latter of Vermont. In 1880 the parents came to California, establishing their home at Brighton, Sacramento county, but later removed to Sacramento city, and both are now deceased. Mrs. Gage received her education in the Minnesota State Normal School at Mankato, Minnesota, and in 1877 she came to California where she subsequently engaged in teaching school, following that profession in Amador, Sacramento and Eldorado counties for several years, and she also taught in Minnesota previous to coming to this state. She is the present secretary of the Elk Grove Park Association and for the past year has been president of the Elk Grove Friday Club. Mr. Gage is a member of the board of directors of the Florin Fruit Growers' Association, now serving as secretary of the board, and is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Elk Grove Lodge No. 274. Both he and his wife are deeply interested in the promotion of farmers' institutes, and are members of the Courtland Farmers' Club. They are numbered among the leading citizens of Sacramento county, and enjoy the warm regard of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

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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