George W. Carlisle is well known as a raiser of strawberries and grapes and the products of his ranch are of superior size, quality, and excellence, so that his annual sales return an excellent financial reward. For twenty years he has lived upon the ranch which is now his home. He is one of the native sons of California, imbued with the spirit of enterprise and determination which have been the salient factors in the upbuilding of the great commonwealth.

His birth occurred in Sacramento on the 10th of January, 1854, his parents being Samuel S. and Hannah (Phillips) Carlisle. The former was a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and the mother's birth occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Carlisle family is of Scotch lineage and was established in America at an early day. Samuel S. Carlisle, leaving his native city in 1849, came to California, accompanied by his wife and three young children. He was attracted by the discovery of gold on the Pacific slope and hoped that in this state he might readily obtain a good home and comfortable competence for his family. They made the long and arduous journey across the plains with ox-teams and at length reached Sacramento. At that time the Indians often caused great trouble to the travelers and were also a dangerous element in California life, so that the pioneer residents frequently had to seek the protection of the fort at Sacramento. Mr. Carlisle was among the earliest contractors and builders of the capital city, and he erected for his own use the first brick house built in Sacramento, the brick used in its construction having been brought to the Pacific coast from St. Louis on a ship that sailed around Cape Horn. Extending the field of his operations Mr. Carlisle began the manufacture of brick in Sacramento and was thus identified with its productive industries for a number of years. He was also interested in mining at Virginia City, Nevada, where he conducted a hotel for a time and for several years previous to his demise he resided in Oakland, California, where he passed away more than a quarter century ago. He was one of the leading pioneer residents of the state, coming here when California was little more than a mining camp, and used his efforts for the upbuilding of the various localities in which he resided as well as for his individual profit. His labor proved very beneficial, and his name should be inscribed igh on the roll of pioneers who laid the foundation for the present development and progress of the state. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Carlisle are: Jennie A., who is now the wife of M. L. Cheney, of Oakland, California; Samuel P., died May 2, 1905; Mary E., the wife of J. E. Youngberg, of Alameda county, California; Mericana D., the wife of G. W. Scott, of Alameda county; George W.; Lillie, the wife of F. H. Hersey, of Oakland, California; Jessie is deceased. The father gave his political allegiance to the Republican party and in all matters of citizenship he was progressive and public-spirited. He held membership in the Sacramento Society of California Pioneers, and in his death his community lost one whom it had learned to honor and respect.

George W. Carlisle spent the days of his boyhood and youth in Sacramento county and pursued his education in the public schools of the capital city. When a young man he learned the trade of a brick mason and for a time engaged in business as a contractor in that line. Since locating on his ranch, however, he has given his attention to agricultural pursuits and for several years past has devoted his attention more especially to the cultivation of grapes and strawberries. He is to-day the owner of forty acres of land near Florin, of which eleven acres is given to the cultivation of grapes and the remainder to strawberry beds and also is used for the raising of hay. It was in 1885 that Mr. Carlisle took up his abode upon this ranch and with the exception of two years passed in Fresno county he has remained here continuously since.

Mr. Carlisle was married August 26, 1882, to Miss Celia V. Buell, a native of Chickasaw county, Iowa, and a daughter of Daniel H. and Susan (Arnold) Buell. Her father was a native of Ohio, while her mother's birth occurred in Iowa. Her parents, who have traveled life's journey together as man and wife more than a half century, now reside at Lodi, California. With their family they came from Nebraska to California in 1871, locating near Florin in Sacramento county, where they resided until the fall of 1901, when they removed to Lodi, where they now make their home. They had a family of six children, of whom four are living: Charles L., a resident of Lodi; Celia V., the wife of Mr. Carlisle; Julius H., who is living on Roberts Island, California; Daniel S., a resident of Oak Park, Sacramento county; and Edwin and Frank, who have passed away. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle has been blessed with four children: Fred E.; George E.; Harvey H.; and Rena C.

Mr. Carlisle's study of the questions and issues of the day has led him to give his support to the Republican party, but he has never sought or desired office, preferring to give his undivided attention to his business affairs. Fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Oak Grove and with the Red Men tribe at Florin. He is a public-spirited citizen, whose efforts in behalf of general progress have been marked and beneficial. His wife is a member of the Thursday Club at Florin, and both are highly esteemed by many friends because of their excellent traits of character.

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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