J. Oscar Frazier, who since 1889 has resided on his present farm in Alabama township, Sacramento county, near Conley station, was born in Giles county, Virginia, on the 10th of December, 1858. He is a son of Creed and Julia A. (Manning) Frazier, who were also natives of Virginia. The son attended the public schools of his native county and there remained until the year in which he attained his majority, assisting in the labors of the home farm when not occupied with the duties of the schoolroom, so that he gained practical knowledge of farming methods in his boyhood days and was well equipped to successfully conduct his own ranch when he found it possible to invest in land. In the year 1880 he left Virginia for the Pacific coast, making his way to San Joaquin county, California, where he was employed at agricultural labor. In 1883 he began farming on his own account near New Hope, this state, and in 1889 came to Sacramento county, where he has resided continuously since. He purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Alabama township, and is now engaged in the raising of hay and grain, annually harvesting good crops. He also has a new vineyard upon his ranch, and although it is recently that he has turned his attention to the raising of grapes it bids fair to prove a source of gratifying profit.

On the 22d of October, 1885, was celebrated the marriage of J. Oscar Frazier and Miss Emma King, a native of Tazewell county, Virginia, and a daughter of Harvey King, late of San Joaquin county, California. She came to this state with her parents when a child and was reared in San Joaquin county upon the home farm, which was near New Hope. To this marriage eight children have been born, as follows: John C., James H., George T., Jessie J., Hazel J., William C., Irene L. and Mary C.

By his ballot Mr. Frazier endorses the principles of Democracy, for he believes that the party platform contains the best elements of good government. He has never sought office, however, as a reward for party fealty, but in his hearty endorsement of many measures he manifested his public-spirited interest in the county and its welfare. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity at Galt, and in the order as well as out of it he has many sincere friends. The entire period of his manhood has been passed here, for he arrived in California soon after attaining his majority. He had little capital, but he had an American's desire for success with the hope that every citizen has the right of cherishing--the hope of ultimately winning prosperity, for in this country where opportunity is open to all he has made the most of his advantages, and by persistent labor and capable management has become one of the substantial agriculturists of his 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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