Thomas E. Davies is the owner of a ranch of eighty acres near Florin, devoted to fruit-raising. He is a native of Wales, born June 8, 1850, and is a son of Owen T. and Ann (Morgan) Davies, who were also natives of the little rock-ribbed country in which the birth of their son occurred. In 1850 they started for America, spending some time in Illinois and other states. In 1854, however, they started for the far west and spent two winters in what is now Brigham City, Utah. On the 4th of July, 1856, they arrived in California, having made the journey from Utah to this state with ox-teams, and in the same year they continued on their way until reaching Sacramento. They settled on a ranch several miles from the city of Sacramento and two miles south of the town of Perkins, this place being now occupied by John M. Davies, a brother of our subject. There the parents remained until called to their final rest. Owen T. Davies was a well known and representative pioneer of Sacramento county, and his life, when viewed from a business standpoint, was ever successful. He assisted materially in the early improvement of this part of the state and his efforts for the public good were far-reaching and beneficial. His political support was given to the Republican party and at his death the community mourned the loss of one of its representative men, its leading agriculturists, and honored pioneer residents.

Thomas E. Davies has been a resident of Sacramento county since 1856, and was here reared to manhood. In his youth he was trained to the work of the ranch by his father and since starting out in life on his own account he has engaged in the raising of fruit and in the crops best adapted to the soil and climate. His education was acquired in the Elder Creek public schools and when he put aside his text books he concentrated his energies upon business affairs, which, in the course of time, have brought him very desirable success. He now owns a ranch of eighty acres near Florin and thereon annually produces an excellent fruit crop which brings him a good financial return.

Mr. Davies was married to Miss Susie Fox, of Sacramento county, California, and they had one son, Thomas O., who is now living in Oakland, California. After losing his first wife Mr. Davies wedded Martha painter, a native of Ohio, and they became the parents of two children, but only one is living: Clyde M., who resides with his parents.

Mr. Davies is a member of Florin Grange No. 130, P. of H., and at one time was master. He served as trustee of the Elder Creek school district for nine years and for seven years of that time was clerk of the school board. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party and he keeps well informed on all the questions and issues of the day. An examination into his life record shows many elements worthy of emulation and of commendation, and the sterling traits of his character are facts acknowledged by all who know him.

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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