For a number of years past John L. Aldrich has been engaged in the raising of fruits and in general agricultural pursuits on Grand Island, and his long identification with this locality and his prominence here entitle him to more than a passing notice in a work of this character, devoted as it is to the portrayal of the lives of representative men and women of the community. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where he was born on the 11th of February, 1856, being a son of William L. and Sarah (Farnsworth) Aldrich, natives respectively of Rhode Island and Vermont.

When but four years of age John L. Aldrich was taken by his parents to Providence, Rhode Island, there remaining until his eleventh year, when he went to Franklin county, Vermont, and for a number of years thereafter was engaged in agricultural pursuits. When about twenty-five years of age he entered the employ of the Central Vermont Railroad Company as a fireman, in which capacity he was engaged for the following two years, his run being between St. Albans and White River Junction. The year 1884 witnessed his arrival in California, and since that time the Golden State has numbered him among her honored and worthy sons. Locating first in San Francisco, he entered the employ of Scott & McCord, then well known hay and grain dealers, with whom he remained for three years, and subsequently came to Sacramento county and embarked in an extensive way in the dairy industry near Courtland, thus continuing for a number of years, and meeting with a high degree of success in the venture. In 1896 Mr. Aldrich located on his present ranch on Grand Island, his farm consisting of one hundred and twenty-five acres, forty acres of which is devoted to fruit growing, raising principally Bartlett pears, and in addition to this he is also interested in the apiary industry, owning about one hundred and forty colonies of bees. Thus it will be seen that his business interests have not been confined to one line of endeavor, but being a man of resourceful ability he has in addition to his individual endeavors been an active factor in the successful control of many of the county's leading enterprises.

On the 1st of December, 1886, Mr. Aldrich was united in marriage to Miss Emma E. Stanley, a native of Petaluma, California, and to this union has been born one daughter, Marion H., whose birth occurred on the 6th of June, 1888. In his political affiliations Mr. Aldrich is a Republican, while his fraternal relations are with California Lodge No. 1, I. O. O. F., at San Francisco, of which he formerly served as secretary. He was also one of the founders of the Growers Co-Operative Agency in San Francisco, for the sale of farm products, and of this organization he is now serving as secretary, director and assistant manager. For two terms he served as trustee of Reclamation district No. 3, comprising Grand Island, during which time he gave careful attention to the affairs of the office and filled the same to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. He has long been numbered among the prominent and well known citizens of Grand Island, and enjoys the confidence of the business community.

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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