John A. Graham, a well known citizen, a surveyor and civil engineer by profession, has since 1890 resided on his excellent farm near Lodi, where he cultivates one hundred and fifty-nine acres of good land and makes a prosperous business in this, as he has done in all his undertakings through his busy career. Twenty-six acres of his place are devoted t vine culture, and he also has a small almond orchard, the remainder of the ranch being devoted to general farming, with some fruit. Mr. Graham has been a resident of California most of the time since 1868, when he arrived in the state from Michigan, having come by way of New York city, and the isthmus, to San Francisco. In the subsequent years his professional duties have called him to reside temporarily in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Washington, but he has considered California his home state. He is one of the leading citizens of San Joaquin county, and is a man of true worth and broad ability in the affairs of the world.

Mr. Graham's native state is Pennsylvania, having been born in Crawford county, February 21, 1845. His parents were Joseph and Phoebe (Madison) Graham, both natives of New York state, and when the son John was about two years old they moved out to Chicago. His father, being a railroad construction contractor, necessarily sojourned in marious parts of the country, and made his home at various points in Illinois and at Warsaw, Indiana, where he died when John A. was about ten years old. Shortly after his father's death he accompanied his mother and the other children to Berrien county, Michigan, where he grew up and made his home until he came to California. He received a good education, principally in the Berrien high school, where he took a course in surveying and thus became identified with the civil engineering profession. As a civil engineer he was employed for a number of years by the Southern Pacific Railway, mainly in California and Arizona. he also had charge of some civil engineering work for the Bellingham Bay and British Columbia Railroad. He had charge of the locating party which surveyed the line between Stockton and Fresno, this state, this line being now a part of the Santa Fe system. In 1890, as already stated, he took up his residence on a farm in San Joaquin county, estate being located a few miles northwest of Lodi.

Mr. Graham's first wife was Lizzie Rutter, a native of Australia. He married for his present wife Mrs. Louise Graham, of San Joaquin county. Mr. Graham affiliates with the Knights of Pythias order at Woodbridge. In politics he is a Democrat. A few years ago he was a candidate for the office of surveyor of San Joaquin county, but was defeated by Mr. Quail, the present county surveyor. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Ray school district, and has taken a prominent part in community affairs ever since making his home in 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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