Of the stanch and hardy pioneers who settled in the wilds of the Golden state in the early days none were more worthy than the ancestors of George Coleman, and the same sterling traits of character which they possessed have been noticeable in him. Depending upon his own resources from an early age he has risen to a place of prominence in the commercial world, and is now the owner of a large and valuable ranch near the Sylvan school house in Sacramento county.

California numbers Mr. Coleman among her native sons, his birth occurring in Placer county on the 17th of May, 1862, his parents being Daniel and Ellen (Colbert) Coleman, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and New York. In the early '50s the father crossed the plains to the far west, and after reaching Placer county, California, was married and for a number of years made his home in the vicinity of Roseville, where his life's labors were ended in death on the 23d of October, 1873. His widow still survives him, making her home at Roseville, and she has reached the sixty-second milestone on the journey of life. She came to this state late in the '50s. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Coleman three survive: Ida, the wife of George Butler, of Rosefille; Frederick, also a resident of that city; and George, whose name introduces this review. One son, Frank, is deceased.

George Coleman spent the days of his boyhood and youth in the county of his nativity, receiving his education in the public schools of Roseville, and since sixteen years of age has been dependent upon his own resources for a livelihood. In 1888 he engaged in farming at what is now Orange Vale, where he directed his labors until 1892, the year in which he came to his present ranch near the Sylvan schoolhouse. There he owns a tract of one hundred and seventy-two acres, which comprises his home ranch, and he is also the owner of an additional tract of one hundred and eighty0two and a half acres not far distant. His agricultural pursuits have been carried on along lines of modern improvement, and his well directed labors have resulted in bringing to him a very gratifying competence. His fields are always well tilled, and the neat and thrifty appearance of the place indicates the careful supervision of the owner. Farming has been his life occupations, becoming familiar with its duties in his boyhood days, and time has proved the wisdom of his choice of a life work.

Mr. Coleman chose for his wife Miss Emma Lewis, a native of Sacramento county and a daughter of Daniel W. Lewis, who for many years made his home in this community. One daughter has been born of this marriage, Leta E., whose natal day was September 13, 1888. Mr. Coleman takes an active interest in the welfare and progress of his community, and is active in political circles, supporting the men and measures of the Republican party. At the present time he is serving as road overseer of a portion of the Fourth District. The cause of education has ever found in him a warm and generous friend, and he was instrumental in securing the present commodious new school building for the Sylvan school district, which was erected in 1903. All who know him respect him for his hoorable principles, his upright dealings and his true worth.

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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