THOMAS J. WAUCHOPE


Thomas J. Wauchope, who has been an enterprising and prosperous California citizen since 1892, now resides near Lodi in San Joaquin county, where he is one of the most successful vineyardists. He owns a beautiful little estate of about forty-nine acres, and thirty-four acres of this is devoted to the culture of the vine. Various kinds of grapes are raised by him, and he believes in scientific viticulture, having received large profits from his labors as a vineyardist since going into the business on an extensive scale. he also grows considerable alfalfa on his place. He has resided on his present ranch since 1897, and previous to that he was in business for several years in Stockton, and for a short time after coming to the state in 1892 he lived in Fresno.

Mr. Wauchope was born in LaSalle county, Illinois, near Streator, on November 16, 1846, being a son of Samuel D. and Elizabeth (Hamer) Wauchope. His father was born near Belfast, Ireland, and his mother in Connecticut. The Wauchope family are of Scotch extraction, while the Hamers are English. Mr. Wauchope attained to years of majority in his native county and state, attending as opportunity afforded the public schools of LaSalle county, although his early educational training was not ample and he has made up for it largely by practical experience and contact with the world of affairs. He was reared on a farm, his father being one of the pioneers of LaSalle county, and agricultural pursuits have been his principal occupation in the various places where he has made his home. He came to California from Missouri, where he lived for some time.

Mr. Wauchope married, October 16, 1870, Miss Elizabeth Glass, who was born in Allegheny county, Maryland, October 3, 1840. her parents were Jonathan and Phoebe (French) Glass, both natives of Pennsylvania. Henry and John Harmon, uncles of mrs. Wauchope, served in the war of the Revolution, and the former was an officer in the army. Mr. and Mrs. Wauchope have had five children born into their home, and the three living are mabel M., Thomas F. and August E., the sons being students at the Stockton Business College.

Mr. Wauchope moved his family from Illinois to Macon county, Missouri, in 1884, and was there engaged in farming and stock-raising until he brought his family out to California in 1892. He and his wife are very popular citizens of this part of the state. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Lodi, and mr. Wauchope is at present serving as a trustee in the same and was formerly a steward of the church. In politics he is a Republican. He and his wife have accumulated their gratifying amount of worldly possessions through their own industry and thrifty management, and the esteem of their fellow citizens is deservedly accorded to both of them.

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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