The truth of the admonition "Earn thy reward," has been verified in the life history of John G. Woods, who by ceaseless toil and endeavor has attained a marked success in business affairs, has gained the respect and confidence of men, and is recognized as one of the distinctively representative citizens of Sacramento county. He is extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, and has that keen discrimination and sagacity in business affairs which, when combined with energy and industry, lead to success.

Mr. Woods is a native of Oxford county, Ontario, born January 6, 1838, and is a son of Francis and Ann (Money) Woods, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of England. The son John G. attained to years of maturity in his native county and province, and since the early age of twelve years has been obliged to make his own way in life's activities. His father died when he was but eleven years of age, and shortly afterward he was thrown upon his own resources, thenceforth engaging in agricultural pursuits. On the 1st of February, 1859, he started by the isthmus route for California, arriving at San Francisco on the 1st of March following, and shortly afterward he became interested in the sheep industry in Salina county. His next occupation was in freighting from Sacramento to the mines, during which time he maintained his home at Dayton, Nevada, but in the spring of 1868 he returned to Sacramento and took up his abode near White Rock. In the fall of that year he resumed the sheet industry, which he carried on with success for a number of years, and since that time his attention has been devoted principally to the cattle business, in which he has been eminently successful. In the spring of 1868 he purchased and removed to his present valuable ranch of one thousand six hundred and eighty acres, located near White Rock. In his business methods he is systematic, upright and just, winning the approval of those with whom he has dealings.

The marriage of Mr. Woods was celebrated on the 29th of April, 1884, when Miss Mary Showers became his wife. She was a native of Eldorado county, California, and a daughter of William Showers, one of the early and honored pioneers of that county. One daughter has belssed this union, Florence M., now a student at the Sacramento high school. Mrs. Woods passed away in death September 30, 1888, leaving behind her a wealth of love and affection and numerous friends to mourn her loss. The political affiliations of Mr. Woods are with the Democracy. Many years of his life having been spent in Sacramento county he is widely known among its citizens, and is held in uniform regard.

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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