William H. Bonham has for a number of years been succesfully identified with the agricultural interests of San Joaquin county, and since 1895 he has lived on his excellent ranch near Linden. He is a man of ability and progressiveness, as has been indicated in all his undertakings and his connections with civic affairs. His farm of one hundred and twenty acres is devoted to general farming and alfalfa raising.

Mr. Bonham is almost a native son of San Joaquin county, for he has lived there since he was two years old, during which time he has become thoroughly acclimated and a typical citizen of the Golden state. He was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, January 1, 1859, a son of William H. and Emeline (Hineman) Bonham, the father a native of Virginia and the mother of Iowa. The Bonhams are of Scotch lineage. The senior Bonham brought his family across the plains from Wisconsin in 1861, and became one of the early settlers near Linden in San Joaquin county. He lived there until his death, in october, 1879, and his wife has also since passed away. He was a Republican in politics, and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at linden. He was twice married, and four of his children survive: Hiram J., in Colusa county; James, in Oregon; Saliece, wife of J. W. Campbell, in San Joaquin county; and William H.

Mr. Bonham, the youngest of the children, was reared to manhood in San Joaquin county, and has been employed in farming pursuits ever since he was able to enter actively into the serious affairs of life. The public schools of the county were the source of his education.

He was married October 9, 1891, to Mrs. Marine Miller, the widow of John Miller, late of San Joaquin county, and a daughter of George Thrush, another well known citizen of this locality. Mr. and Mrs. Bonham have two children, Lorena O. and William L. By her former marriage Mrs. Bonham has one son, Charles H. Miller, who resides in San Joaquin county.

Mr. Bonham has always shown his appreciation of public institutions, especially the schools, and at the present writing he is serving as a member of the board of trustees of the Linden school district. Fraternally he is affiliated with Scio Lodge, I. O. O. F., at Linden, and with the Modern Woodmen of America at the same place. In politics he is a Republican.

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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