Henry A. Horn, who resides several miles southeast of Stockton, being supplied with daily mail from the rural delivery route No. 4, is a well known and representative farmer and stock-raiser, and has lived in this vicinity for nearly fifty years, practically all his life. He was born near the city of Springfield, Missouri, on December 8, 1852, and was not yet four years old when the memorable trip was made across the plains in 1856. His parents were Alexander and Mary A. (Simmons) Horn, who were both born and reared in New York city. His father removed, in early manhood, from New York to the neighborhood of Springfield, Missouri, where he was engaged in farming pursuits until 1856. Then, with his wife and children, he migrated across the western plains to California, where, on his arrival, he settled in the vicinity of Stockton. He was thus a pioneer citizen of this locality, and was a prosperous agriculturist throughout the active years of his career. Several years ago he moved to Los Angeles county, where he is now living, being in his ninetieth year, truly one of the veterans of the world. He lost his wife in 1889. She, too, was a fine type of the pioneer woman, gentle but strong, pious and fulfilling her duties and obligations to family and her Lord. There are five children of this worthy old couple still living, as follows: Mary E., who is the widow of the late Mark Williams and is now residing in Stanislaus county, California; Caroline M., the wife of Ephraim Hatch, of San Jose; John A., in San Joaquin county; Henry A.; and Minnie L., the wife of C. C. Warren, of Los Angeles county. Alexander Horn, the venerable father, is a Republican in politics, and while a resident of San Joaquin county was a public-spirited citizen ever ready to accept his share of the public burdens and perform his share for the general welfare of the people and the community. He was a typical self-made man, rough-hewn from nature, but with large heart and strength of character above the ordinary.

Mr. Henry A. Horn was reared to manhood in San Joaquin county, and the education that he received in the public schools was amply supplemented by practical experience in after life. He early applied himself to farming pursuits, and has become one of the leading men in this important industry of San Joaquin county. He is a strong Republican in politics, and locally has served as a trustee of the Weber school district.

He has been married twice, and has six children by the two marriages, the names of these sons and daughters being as follows: Fannie, wife of Frank Miller, of San Joaquin county; Nellie R., wife of Walter Sherley, of Stockton; Carrie, Leti, Harold and Ruby, who are all residents of San Joaquin county.

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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