John B. Cory, standing as one of the prominent representatives of fruit-raising and shipping interests in central California, has largely displayed the qualities of the pioneer in the development of an extensive and important business. He has wrought along new lines, and his efforts, guided by sound judgment and keen discrimination, have been resultant factors in success. He has made opportunity where none existed and has gradually progressed, finding in each transition stage of his business career opportunity for a further step in advance. He now resides about four miles east of Acampo, California, in San Joaquin county, and the ranch which he is conducting comprises eight hundred acres of valuable land.

John B. Cory is numbered among Californi'a native sons, his birth having occurred in San Jose, on the 20th of February, 1854. He is a son of Dr. Benjamin and Sarah (Braby) Cory, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Missouri. The father has passed away, but the mother still makes her home in San Jose, California, and is now more than seventy years of age. Dr. Cory was among the honored and valued pioneer physicians of California, locating at San Jose about 1849. He emigrated westward from Ohio in 1847 and on completing the long and arduous journey across the plains established him home in Oregon. After a short time, however, he came to California, and in 1849 settled in Santa Clara county. In the exercise of his professional duties his life proved of the utmost value to his fellow men. His work necessitated long rides often fraught with hardships, difficulties and sometimes dangers, but he never faltered when there came to him a call from the sick, his labors being prompted by a broad humanitarian spirit as well as by a legitimate desire to acquire financial success. He figured prominently in public affairs as well as along professional lines, and left the impress of his individuality for good upon the early development and the later progress and improvement of his portion of the state. He was a member of the California state assembly during its first session and aided in forming the early laws of the commonwealth. He was a man of strong purpose and marked capability, and certainly California is indebted to him as one of its founders and promoters. He died in the year 1899, respected by all who knew him. His wife came to California in 1850, crossing the plains with her people and establishing her home in San Jose, where she later gave her hand in marriage to Dr. Cory. One of the esteemed pioneer women of the state, she can relate many interesting incidents concerning the early days of California's development.

John B. Cory pursued his education in the public schools, continuing his studies through successive grades until he had completed the high school course in San Jose. He afterward entered the University of the Pacific in his native city, and when his education was completed he became a factor in business life in central California. Through several years he was engaged in stock-raising near San Jose and for three years devoted his efforts to public service as deputy auditor of Santa Clara county. In 1883 he turned his attention to the fruit industry at Vacaville, California, where he resided until 1888, when he came to San Joaquin county, and has since made his home upon the ranch which is now his place of residence. Comprising eight hundred acres of richly cultivatible land, it is devoted to the raising of peaches, prunes, apricots and grapes. The fruit which he ships is of superior quality and finds a ready sale on the market. This ranch is one of the best equipped for the purposes in the state. There are drying and packing plants and, in fact, all the facilities needed to promote the business and make the products of the ranch a marketable commodity. The place is irrigated with the water of the Mokelumne river by means of a pumping plant upon the ranch. The orchards were set out under the immediate supervision of Mr. Cory, who is a part owner of this valuable property, being associated with Frank H. Buck, of Vacaville, Solano county. Giving undivided attention to the development and improvement of this place, his efforts have been attended with excellent success. He has made a close and systematic study of fruit-raising in California and understands the subject thoroughly from the scientific as well as the practical standpoint, so that among fruit growers of this part of the country his opinions are largely regarded as authority. He is now the treasurer of the Frank H. Buck Company, incorporated, and in the control of a constantly growing business is meeting with the prosperity which is the deserved reward of his energy, perseverance and close application.

On the 23d of April, 1884, Mr. Cory was married to Miss Nellie Buck, a daughter of L. W. Buck, of Vacaville, California, now deceased. In his political affiliation Mr. Cory is a Republican, but, while keeping well informed on the questions and issues of the day, is content to do his duty as a private citizen rather than a public official. He is a member of the Masonic order at Woodbridge and has taken the Knight Templar degree at Stockton, California. Few men are more prominently or more widely known in San Joaquin county than John B. Cory. He has been an important factor in business circles and his popularity is well deserved, as in him are embraced the characteristics of unbending integrity, unabating energy and industry that never flags.

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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