In connection with the agricultural interests of Sacramento county no name is more familiar than that of William Berry, whose labors have brought to him rich returns. He is a native of the province of Ontario, Canada, born October 11, 1850, a son of Peter and Mary Berry, the former a native of Quebec, Canada, and the latter of England.
When sixteen years of age William Berry left his Canada home and came to the United States, first taking up his abode in Michigan, and subsequently for a short time was a resident of Nebraska. Returning thence to his old home in Ontario he remained there until 1869, when he came to California, via the isthmus route, and after his arrival in this state resided temporarily in various counties until 1876, the year of his coming to Sacramento county. Since 1878 he has resided on his present valuable ranch of three hundred and thirty-four acres located near the Sylvan schoolhouse, of which tract twenty acres is devoted to grape growing and the remainder to general agricultural pursuits. From his boyhood days Mr. Berry has been identified with the farm, and in early life became familiar with all the duties pertaining to the life of the agriculturist, and when ready to embark on life's journey alone decided to follow that pursuit. The neat and thirfty appearance of his ranch, coupled with the handsome competence which he receives each year from his harvests, plainly indicates that his vocation was wisely chosen and that success has rewarded him for his labor.
On the 27th of September, 1876, Mr. Berry was united in marriage to Miss May Evans, a native of Eldorado county, California, where she was born on the 4th of December, 1857, a daughter of Edward H. and Mattie O. (Holmes) Evans, natives respectively of Maryland and Ohio. The father was a California pioneer of 1848, at which time he took up his abode in Eldorado county, and in the vicinity of Placerville made his home for many years, his death there occurring in 1895. He was a surveyor by profession, one of the first to engage in that occupation in this state, and his name is deeply engraved on the pages of its history, for through many years he was a most important factor in the financial interests of this section. At his death California lost one of her early and honored pioneers. He was a Democrat in his political affiliations, and was a worthy member of the Masonic order. To Mr. and Mrs. Berry were born eight children, namely: Ella M., the wife of Cyrus Deckelman, of San Francisco; Olive M., the wife of Raymond D. Gould, residing in Placer county, this state, andEdward W., Alyce L., Grover C., Madge L., Lloyd V. and Cecil G., all at home. The Republican party receives Mr. Berry's active support and co-operation, and as its representative he has served in many official positions. He is now a member and trustee of the Sylvan school district, also serving for several years in that position under a previous law, and for two years was road overseer of former Road District No. 3. Such is the biography of one of the successful men of Sacramento county. He has carved his way to fortune alone and unaided, advancing step by step along the tried paths of honorable effort until he has reached the goal of prosperity.
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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