Robert Barmby, who resides at 3219 Magnolia avenue in Oak Park, Sacramento county, has been identified with California the greater number of years subsequent to his first coming here in 1864. A man of much ability in all the relations of life, especially successful in the industries based upon the soil, interested in all that is undertaken for the welfare of his community and willing to bear an active part therein, he has always held a position of influence wherever he has lived.
Of English birth and ancestry, born in Yorkshire, November 23, 1836, Mr. Barmby was a son of William and Mary (Tranmer) Barmby, with whom he came from England to America in 1855, settling at once in Scott county, Iowa, near Davenport, whence the family home was transferred to Clinton county in the same state, where both parents died. From Clinton county Mr. Barmby moved to Woodbury county near Sioux City, and thence to Cherokee county. It was from the latter section of Iowa that he came to California in 1864, making the journey with a horse team across the plains. After a brief residence in Sacramento county he went to Eldorado county, and from there to Nevada, in which state he did some gold and silver mining, principally at White Pine. Returning to his home in the east in 1869, he continued to make his home in that state until 1887, when he brought his family and took up a permanent home in this state. For a number of years he was engaged in general farming and fruit growing near Florin, until his removal to Oak park in 1901, since which time he has lived largely retired from active pursuits. He still owns a ranch of one hundred and sixty acres just east of Florin, and while the greater portion of the farm is devoted to general agricultural purposes he has some twenty acres in voneyard and strawberries. He has been very successful as a fruit grower. He relies upon irrigation in raising fruit, his water being raised and distributed over his fruit areas by means of steam and gasoline engines.
February 10, 1870, Mr. Barmby married, in Iowa, Miss Rachel Williams. She was born in Lincolnshire, England. They have a large family of fourteen children and a delightful home, all the children living in Sacramento county. While living on his ranch near Florin Mr. Barmby served a number of years as a trustee of Enterprise school district, and also for two terms served as a trustee of Elk Grove Union high school. While a resident of Cherokee county, Iowa, he served three years as assessor of Willow township, and in every public as well as private position in life he has acquitted himself with a high degree of credit. He is a member of the Oak Park Methodist Episcopal church, being on the board of trustees at this writing. In politics he is a stanch Republican.
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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