Samuel Ferdun, agriculturist and vineyardist, whose well managed and valuable estate is located on Cherokee Lane near the town of Lodi, is an old-time resident of San Joaquin county, and has the honor of having lived nearly forty years on his present ranch. He came out to California in 1859, and has been identified with the affairs of San Joaquin county since that year. the estate which he now cultivates and on which is his nice home contains about eighty acres of land, and forty-five acres of this are devoted to vineyards, so that he one of the extensive grape culturists of the county.

Mr. Ferdun was born in Orleans county, New York, May 7, 1837, being a son of Samuel S. and Margaret (Rude) Ferdun, his father a native of New York state and his mother of Canada. Reared in his native county and state and receiving a public school education which was much supplemented by his experience in after life, previous to coming to California he resided for some time in Michigan, from which state he started for California in 1859. He came out by way of New York city, the isthmus and San Francisco, being a month on the road from New York to San Francisco. For a short time after his arrival he lived in Stanislaus county, but in the same year, 1859, moved to San Joaquin county, where he has lived ever since. He took up his abode on his present place in 1866.

He was married in November, 1868, to Addie H. Morse, a daughter of Eli and Martha Richmond Morse, natives of Massachusetts. She came to California with her brother, Lorenzo M., in the spring of 1866. Mrs. Ferdun's maiden name was Miss Addie H. Morse, and she is a sister of the late Lorenzo M. Morse, of San Joaquin county. Mr. and Mrs. Ferdun have been the parents of three children: Charles M. is well known as the cashier of the Bank of Lodi and is a popular and efficient young business man. Ernest E., who is at home, was educated for the law and has been admitted to the bar of the state, but at this writing he is not practicing his profession. One child, Leslie, died in infancy.

Mr. Ferdun affiliates with the Odd Fellows lodge at Lodi, and is also a member of the Knights of Pythias at the same place. A stanch Republican in politics, he has for years taken much interest in the local affairs of his party, adiding its growth and work by every effort within his power. He has long been known as a prominent citizen of the county, and his influence has been for progress and upbuilding in civic and material affairs.

Mr. Ferdun not only owns his home place of eighty acres, which was originally two hundred and forty acres; he also owns one hundred and eighty-seven acres on the Sargent tract, in Reclamation District No. 548.

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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