GEORGE W. WETHERBEE


George W. Wetherbee, who owns and operates a good ranch of five hundred and eighty acres and is a well known citizen of San Joaquin county, dates his residence in this part of the state from the spring of 1877, while since the spring of 1885 he has resided upon his present farm, which is pleasantly located about three miles south of Lathrop. Mr. Wetherbee is a native of Niagara county, New York, born on the 21st of January, 1856. He is a son of James M. and Louisa (Johnston) Wetherbee, who were also natives of New York. In the latter part of the '50s the family removed from New York to Henry county, Illinois. His mother died inIowa when he was ten years of age, and his father ow resides in Fayette county, that state, having passed the seventy-fifth milestone on life's journey. He was a soldier of the Civil war, serving for three years in defense of the Union cause upon southern battlefields, and after the close of hostilities he removed with his family from Henry county, Illinois, to Fayette county, Iowa, where he has since made his home.

George W. Wetherbee was very young at the time of the removal of his parents to the west and was still but a youth at the time the family home was established in Fayette county, Iowa, where he was reared to manhood. As soon as old enough to handle the plow he took his place in the fields and assisted in their cultivation from the time of early spring planting until after crops were harvested in the late autumn. He acquired his education in the public schools, which he attended during the winter months, while in the summer seasons he engaged in farming. That he has achieved success is not the result of a fortunate combination of circumstances or the aid of influential friends, for he has progressed as the result of close application and unfaltering diligence. In 1877 he removed from Iowa to Cakifornia, coming direct to San Joaquin county. Here he has also carried on agricultural pursuits, and since 1885 has resided upon his present farm, which is about three miles from Lathrop. He first purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, but has added to this from time to time as his financial resources have increased and now owns five hundred and eighty acres, constituting one of the good ranches of the county.

On the 9th of September, 1883, Mr. Wetherbee was united in marriage to Miss Eva Litchfield, of Lathrop, California, and they now have two children: Clarence H. and Edna L. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wetherbee are widely and favorably known in San Joaquin county, and their circle of friends is extensive. Politically he is a Republican, giving earnest and unfaltering support to the principles of the party, althought he has never been active as a politician in search of office. The cause of education, however, finds in him a warm friend, and he has served as a trustee of the Rustic school district for several years. He has also been a member of the Republican county committee for the Lathrop precinct. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to the camp at Stockton. His residence in San Joaquin county covers more than a quarter of a century, and within this time he has always lived so as to command the good will and trust of his fellow men.

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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