James Henry Pope, of Lodi, has made an enviable reputation as a fruit grower in his locality of San Joaquin county. On his beautiful homestead of some sixty-five acres he has thirty acres devoted to the raising of peaches, and thirty acres more given up to the grape culture, producing fine table grapes of the Tokay variety, while the rest of his place is in alfalfa. Mr. Pope is a progressive and enterprising man in all his undertakings, and the steady progress and success which he has won indicate the persistence and energy of his character.

Though not a native son of this state, Mr. Pope has practically lived here all his life, and is in all senses of the word a typical Californian. He was born in Washington county, Arkansas, August 29, 1858, a son of Benjamin S. and Rebecca A. (Eddlemon) Pope, both native Tennesseeans. In 1861 the father brought his family across the plains, in true emigrant fashion, with ox and horse teams, direct to San Joaquin county, settled near what is now Lodi, and was there engaged very successfully in agriculture until his death in 1894. His wife survived until October, 1903. Of their children there are the following living: William H., in Stockton; James Henry and Thomas A., in San Joaquin county. Benjamin S. Pope was a worthy, self-made man, thoroughly respected in every community where he made his home. He was a Republican in politics, and a member of the United Brethren church at Woodbridge.

Being three years old when he arrived in California, Mr. Pope grew to manhood and received his education in San Joaquin county. After taking up the serious activities of life he was for some time engaged in general agricultural pursuits, but of recent years he has devoted himself exclusively to fruit growing, wherein he has made his best success.

Mrs. Pope's maiden name was Miss Saloma Avery, a native daughter of San Joaquin county, her father, Demas Avery, being an early settler there. Mr. and Mrs. Pope have five children: Edward H., Perry A., Rosa L., Demas A. and Alma S. Mr. Pope affiliates with Court Mokelumne No. 135, Foresters of America, and he has passed all the chairs in the local court. In politics he is a stanch Republican.

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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