Jeremiah Aker, another of the representative and successful San Joaquin county agriculturists, has been a resident and active factor in affairs of this county for the pat thirty years, his arrival in the state and county dating in the year 1875. Six miles north of the city of Stockton he owns an excellent homestead of one hundred and seventy-two acres, in a fine state of cultivation, and productive of as good crops as any place of its size in the county. His land is especially well situated for irrigation whenever that is needed, for the Woodbridge irrigation Canal Company has lateral branches running past both the east and west sides of his ranch, and from these water can be drawn during the season when necessary. In connection with general agriculture he conducts a first-class dairy, with about twenty-five milch cows on the average, and this department of his industry has been attended with the same success which has generally resulted from his enterprises.

Mr. Aker was born in Hants county, Nova Scotia, January 25, 1851, being a son of George V. and Elizabeth A. (McClare) Aker, both natives of Nova Scotia. His paternal grandfather, John V. Aker, was born in Germany, and from that country emigrated to Nova Scotia and established his family at an early day. On the mother's side the McClare family were Scotch-Irish.

Reared in Nova Scotia until he had passed his twentieth year, Mr. Aker then went to Massachusetts, locating at Wenham, where he was employed on a farm for about four years. Farming pursuits have been his principal line of endeavor throughout his active career, and he has had broad and ample experience in this line. From Wenham in 1875 he came direct to California and to San Joaquin county, where after several years he got into farming on his own account. He settled on his present ranch in 1894.

May 3, 1904, Mr. Aker married Alice Harvey, who is likewise a native of Nova Scotia. For a number of years Mr. Aker has been a partner of James U. Castle in operating a combined harvester. Fraternally he is a member of Truth Lodge No. 55, I. O. O. F., at Stockton, and of Centennial Lodge, Knights of Pythias, at the same place. In politics he has always supported the Republican party.

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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