Thomas Taylor, who is now living a retired life at No. 2810 Bonita avenue, Highland Park, was born in Staffordshire, England, December 28, 1838, his parents being William and Sarah (Woods) Taylor, both of whom were natives of England. He spent the first twelve years of his life in the land of his nativity and then accompanied his parents to Ontario county, Ontario, Canada, where he was reared to manhood, completed his education and gained practical knowledge of agricultural pursuits through the assistance which he rendered in the cultivation of the home farm. In 1862 he left Ontario for British Columbia, this being the time of the gold excitement in that country, and he was then twenty-six years of age. He went by way of New York and the Panama route, proceeding from the isthmus up the Pacific coast to his destination. He remained for a few years in British Columbia and during a part of that time he was engaged in mining gold. He then returned to his old home in Ontario, after spending about three months in Sacramento, California, the return trip being made by way of the Niacaragua route. Remaining for a number of years in Ontario, he then returned to the Pacific coast country in 1884, making his way direct to Sacramento county. He located near Florin, where he secured a ranch and turned his attention to the cultivation of strawberries and grapes, there living until he put aside the more active duties of business life and retired to his city home. He is now the owner of twenty acres of land near Florin, which is devoted still to the production of the fruits mentioned, and which returns to him a good annual income. He was at one time president of the Farmers' Co-operative Fruit Shipping Company of Florin, California, and during that time he also acted as manager of the business. He is a man of strong purpose, laudable ambition and unfaltering perseverance, and these qualities have enabled him to carry forward his business pursuits to successful completion. He continued the management of his ranch until 1899, since which time he has resided at Highland Park. He was one of the pioneers in the strawberry industry in the neighborhood of Florin and his labors demonstrated the possibilities of the district for production in this direction.
Mr. Taylor was married, November 2, 1869, to Miss Harriet Hood, a native of Ontario county, Ontario, and a daughter of Henry and Mary (Turtleton) Hood, the former a native of England. They have one son, William R., who is residing near Florin. He married Florence Spencer and they have three children: May E., Winfred H. and Beatrice. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Taylor are members of Sacramento Grange No. 12, Patrons of Husbandry, and they also belong to the Episcopal church. Without special advantages at the outset of his career he has worked his way steadily upward, showing the power of determined purpose and untiring efforts as factors in the business life.
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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