James T. Salmon is a pioneer resident and a prominent agriculturist of San Joaquin county, his postoffice being at French Camp. He has been profitably engaged in the ranching and stock-raising industries for a continuous period of forty years, and has been at one location for over twenty years, so that his success seems substantial and well fixed in the county of his adoption. Many other interests have likewise taken his time and attention, and he is spoken of throughout the county as a public=spirited, genial and upright man, whose industry and business sagacity throughout life have brought him from a humble commencement at the threshold of an active career to a position of affluence in material circumstances and honor and personal esteem when at the closing period of life.

He was born in Grant county, Wisonsin, December 8, 1833, being one of the ten childten of Cutler and Jane (Reynolds) Salmon. His father was a native of Ohio and his mother of Illinois, and they were early settlers of Grant county, Wisconsin. In 1853 the entire family, consisting of parents and the ten children, the son James then being in his twentieth year, placed what they could on an emigrant wagon and joined one of the customary trains such as fifty years ago could be seen wending its toilsome and danger-beset way across the great western plains toward the setting sun and the golden Eldorado on the Pacific coast. It wa six months before they arrived at Dutch Point, in San Joaquin county, and they were among the earliest settlers of this portion of the state. Cutler Salmon passed away in this vicinity some years ago, being eighty-four years of age, one of the venerable and true pioneer stock. Of the ten children but two now survive, one being James T. and the other Elizabeth, the wife of John Shedd, residing near Borden, California.

James T. Salmon was reared in his native county of Grant, Wisconsin, and what scholastic training he enjoyed was also received in the rather primitive schools of that state. Practical experience has been his best instructor, and from life and the world's great school he has come forth a man of broad general information and genuine worth and power. For a short time after his arrival in California he was engaged in placer mining, and subsequently, for over ten years, followed frieghting and teaming, mainly between Sonora and Mariposa. It was in the year 1864 that he entered upon the agricultural enterprises which have since been the main objects of his attention, and in stock-raising and general ranching he has found a very profitable line of business. He located on his present ranch in 1883, and during all the forty years of his connection with this industry he has been in San Joaquin county. He owns fourteen hundred and fifty acres of land in this county. While for so many years he has been extensively engaged in agriculture, he has also been and still in interested in gold and other mining operations. He is a very successful man, and the results of his past energy and diligence have placed him among the leading men of affairs in this part of the state of California. He heartily favors and is willing to aid in any enterprise whose end is the general welfare, and he has often co-operated in such matters. He is a Republican in politics.

Mr. Salmon married, October 2, 1857, Miss Nancy J. Sperry, who was born in Illinois. There were eight children of this marriage, and five are in the family circle at the present writing, namely: William C., in Merced county, California; Charles L., in San Joaquin county; James V., in San Joaquin county; Bourdette, of Dutch Point; and Frederic, at home.

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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