George Lockett Cooper, who is carrying on general agricultural pursuits in Sacramento county, his home being on Davies avenue, a few miles from the city of Sacramento, has been a resident of the state since 1866. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, April 6, 1863, and was brought to California by his mother, the journey being made by way of the isthmus route. They landed at San Francisco and proceeded at once to Sacramento and on to Marysville, California, where they joined the husband and father, James Cooper, who had previously come to California and had prepared a home for them. He was a brass-moulder by trade. Mrs. Cooper had been a resident of the state but a brief period when her death occurred in Marysville, in 1868. Her husband long survived her and passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1890.

When in his sixth year George Lockett Cooper was adopted by Mrs. Mary Turner, then a widow, living in California, and she subsequently married Richard S. Lockett, who thus became the foster father of our subjects. Mr. Lockett was born near Somerset county, Kentucky, February 13, 1818, and followed ship carpentering in Missouri from 1839 until 1843. He afterward worked at his trade in Louisiana until 1850, spending most of his time in New Orleans, and for four years was a pilot on the Mississippi river. In 1850 he came to California by water and again engaged in shipbuilding in San Francisco, where he worked on the construction of a steamer. Removing to Sacramento he conducted a restaurant and saloon on the corner of Third and K streets and in the great fire which swept over the city a short time afterward he lost heavily. In the '60s he entered a quarter section of land from the government and purchased another quarter section, a part of which is now within the city limits of Sacramento. There he engaged in the conduct of his ranch, making a specialty of the raising of grapes and other small fruits until his death, which occurred July 21, 1884. He was one of the charter members of Sacramento Grange and took great interest in the work of the Patrons of Husbandry. He was also prominent in political circles, and in 1882 became a candidate for the general assembly on the Republican ticket, but was defeated, together with the other candidates of his party, although his opponent, Gillis Doty, who is now supervisor of Sacramento county, won the election by only fifteen votes. His interest in public affairs was indicated by his active co-operation in many movements for the general good and he was known in his locality as a valued citizen, whose worthy was widely acknowledged. When living in New Orleans he had been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows but never affiliated with the organization in California. He displayed many good qualities that endeared him to a large circle of friends and his memory is yet cherished by many who knew him.

John Lockett Cooper was reared to manhood by his foster mother and father on the ranch where he now lives and which has since been his home. He early became familiar with all the work of the development and improvement of the place and he carries on agricultural pursuits here. In connection with his mother he inherited this property, and of his eighty acres of land, fifteen acres is devoted to grape culture, while twenty acres is utilized for the raising of various other kinds of fruits. The remainder of the ranch is devoted to general farming and stock raising, he making a specialty of thoroughbred Jersey cattle. Everything about his place is kept in excellent condition, showing his careful supervision and enterprise and the methods he follows are in keeping with the most advanced ideas of progress and improvement.

Mr. Cooper is a Republican in his political views and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, although he has never been an office seeker nor sought office as a reward for party fealty. He is a member of Sacramento Lodge No. 11, K. P., of which he is past chancellor, and in 1902 he was a delegate to the grand lodge. He is also a member of the Uniformed California Company No. 5, at Sacramento, and he also served as second lieutenant in 1901. he has a wide and favorable acquaintance in the county, where he has long resided and where he has so directed his business efforts in recent years as to make the ranch a profitable source of income to himself and mother.

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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