John W. Pruett is best known among the agricultural class of Sacramento county for his successful efforts in the line of almond-growing, an industry which he has brought to very profitable and extensive proportions. On his beautiful ranch of forty-one acres near Antelope thirty-six acres are given up to almond culture. Over twelve years experience in this branch of farming has given him ability to cope with all the conditions of production and disposal of the fruit, and he is an authority in this part of the state on the almond-growing industry.

Mr. Pruett, who has lived on his present homestead since 1879, was born in Sacramento county June 12, 1867, being a son of Uriah and Lovisa (Fould) Pruett, his father a native of Kentucky and his mother of Iowa. Dying at his home near Antelope in July, 1902, Uriah Pruett was one of the few pioneers who could boast of half a century's continuous residence in Sacramento county. He had come over the plains to this state in 1852, and always made his home in Sacramento county, first at what is now Fair Oaks and then at Antelope, where his death occurred. His widow, who still lives at Antelope, is now an octogenarian in years and one of the best known of the pioneer women in this vicinity, having come here in the fifties. Uriah Pruett was a Democrat in politics. Of the children born to this pioneer couple, four are still living: Thomas, of Orangevale, California; Nathaniel, a resident of this state; John W.; and Mary, who is the wife of J. W. Baldwin, of Grass Valley, California.

Mr. Pruett has spent practically all the days of his life in Sacramento county, being reared on his father's farm and receiving his education in the public schools. He began growing almonds as the principal part of his business in 1892, and has since carried it on with increasing success. A man of public spirit in the life and affairs of his home community, voting the Republican ticket in national and state politics, he has maintained high standards of civic worth and service. He is serving, at this writing, as a trustee of Dry Creek Joint school district. He is a member of Roseville Grange No. 161, P. of H.

October 22, 1902, Mr. Pruett married Mrs. Minnie A. Stillwell, who was born in this state, being a daughter of A. Wilson, a pioneer settler of Alameda county and now residing at Oakland. Mr. and Mrs. Pruett have one daughter, Beatrice L., and by her former marriage with Mr. E. Stillwell Mrs. Pruett has two children, Mary E. and Maurice A.

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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