George R. Fox, a well known citizen and representative agriculturist of San Joaquin county, California, living on Roberts Island, has worked his way steadily upward from a humble financial position to one of affluence, and the visible proof of his life of industry is his farm of one hundred and seventy-five acres, highly cultivated and well improved with modern equipments. >P> Mr. Fox is a native of the Empire state, his birth having occurred in Rochster, New York, on the 29th of June, 1860. His parents were John and Sarah (Hall) Fox, both natives of England. During the boyhood days of their son Goerge they removed to Ontario county, New York, locating near Canandaigua lake, and there he was reared until twelve years of age, when he went with his parents to Iowa, the family home being established in Dallas county near Des Moines. There George R. Fox remained for several years, on the expiration of which period he removed to Pottawattamie county, Iowa, which continued to be his place of abode until 1881, when he came to California and has since resided in San Joaquin county. His early education was acquired in the public schools of New York, and he afterward continued his studies in the public schools of Iowa. Practical experience and observation have also added largely to his knowledge and made him a man of broad general information.

After his arrival in California he was employed at French Camp for a time and later took up his abode on Roberts Island, where he secured work. Subsequently he engaged in agricultural pursuits on his own account as a renter, and in the latter part of the '80s, with the capital he had acquired through his own diligence and economy, he purchased a portion of the ranch upon which he now lives. To this he has added from time to time as his financial resources have increased, until he now owns one hundred and seventy-five acres of rich land under a high state of cultivation and is devoting his efforts untiringly to the further imrpovement of his property. He now owns a fine residence at 122 East Poplar street, Stockton.

On the 5th of October, 1885, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Fox and Miss Lenora O. Peters, of San Joaquin county, a daughter of Samuel Peters of this county. There are three children born of this marriage: Wesley, Clyde O. and Gladys M. In community affairs Mr. Fox has taken an active interest and his co-operation has frequently been a most helpful factor. He has served for several years as a trustee of Reclamation district No. 544. He gives his political allegiance to the Republican party. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America at Stockton, and in this fraternity and in other relations is held in the highest regard. His life history proves what can be accomplished when one has the will to dare and to do, and when industry and honesty are salient characteristics of the individual.

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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