John L. Scholefield, a well known agriculturist of Sacramento county and one of the leading citizens of his community, is a native son of England, his birth occurring in Yorkshire on the 26th of September, 1854. His parents, Joseph and Hannah (Lea) Scholefield, were also natives of that country, and there the father passed away in death, but the mother still survives and now makes her home with he son, Edward Scholefield, in Sacramento county, having passed the seventy-fifth milestone on the journey of life. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Scholefield the following are now living: John L., whose name introduces this review; Susan, the wife of Matthew Williams, of Sacramento county; Charles M., who also makes his home in this county; Rhoades W., a resident of Woodland, California; Annie, the wife of Charles France, of Sacramento county; Edward and Joseph N., also resident of this county.

In 1863, in his early youth, John L. Scholefield accompanied the family on their removal to the new world, coming direct to California via Liverpool, New York and the isthmus route, and taking up their abode in Sacramento county, near Florin, which continued as the family home for many years, the son John being there reared to years of maturity and receiving his education in the public schools of the county, but this has been greatly supplemented in later years by extensive reading and experience. When but fourteen years of age he started in the battle of life for himself, and his business career has been practically devoted to agricultural pursuits. His home continued to be in the vicinity of Florin until 1904, in the fall of which year he located near Elk Grove on his fertile and well cultivated ranch of four hundred and sixty-two acres, which is devoted to the cereals best adapted to this soil and climate. On two occasions Mr. Scholefield went to Alaska and mined for gold, but with these exceptions his mature years have been principally given to the life of a farmer. He has made good use of his opportunities and has prospered from year to year, conducting all business matters carefully and systematically.

On the 26th of November, 1878, Mr. Scholefield was married to Mary E. Gardner, a daughter of Esau Gardner, of Sacramento county. Seven children have been born of this union: Joseph E., Alice E., wife of J. E. Casey, of San Francisco; Laura; Lillie M.; John L.; William E.; and Caroline. The Republican party receives Mr. Scholefield's active support and co-operation, and for several years he served as a member of the board of trustees of the Enterprise school district, in which he formerly resided, being also for a time clerk of the board. For a period of eight years he was the director of the Florin Fruit Growers' Association, of which he was one of the prime movers, and he is now serving as director of the Elk Grove Wine Grape Growers' Association, being also one of its organizers. He has always advocated all measures which have advanced the welfare of his community, has labored for its improvement and progress, and all who know him have the highest admiration for his good qualities of heart and mind.

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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