Harry Dewey, a native son of California and who has been identified in a practical and successful manner with agricultural pursuits all his active career, resides near Fair Oaks in Sacramento county, where he owns a beautiful ranch of three hundred and eighty-five acres, devoted to general farming.

He was born in California, August 6, 1863, and was only a child when he lost both his parents, John H. and Mary E. Dewey, who were natives of New York state and who died in Nevada county, California. Thus at an early age thrown on his own resources, he is practically a self-made man and has achieved by his own industry his success. After the death of his parents he was reared in the family of Nicholas Mertes, of Roseville, California, his youth being spent entirely in rural surroundings. On attaining his majority he became an employe of the late Jacob Heintz, whose daughter he afterward married. he later became a partner of his employer, and after the death of Mr. Heintz he continued the partnership, farming with the widow until 1901, when he began farming on his own account. Enterprise and intelligent labor have gained for him an influential position among his fellow citizens in Sacramento county, and he is reckoned as one of the most substantial men of affairs in his community.

In May, 1888, Mr. Dewey married Miss Bertha J. Henitz. Her father, Jacob Heintz, was an early settler of Sacramento county, once held the office of deputy sheriff in the county, and was in various ways a man of note and worth of character. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dewey. Harold J., Alta W. and Joseph H. are at home, and one daughter, leapha E., is deceased. For fifteen consecutive years Mr. Dewey has held the position of trustee on the school board of the San Juan district, and is clerk of the board. He has done much for the cause of public education in his locality, and is a man of public spirit in all his actions. In politics he is a Republican, and his fraternal affiliations are with Capital Lodge No. 87, I. O. O. F., at Sacramento.

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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