William O. Davies is connected with what has developed into a leading industry of California -- the raising and shipping of fruit. He is connected with this business at Florin, where since 1902 he has been an independent fruit shipper. Previous to that time he was manager of the Florin Fruit Growers' Association for seven years. He is a native son of Sacramento county, his birth having occurred within its borders September 25, 1857. His parents were Owen T. and Ann (Morgan) Davies, both of whom are natives of Wales and were among the pioneer residents of Sacramento county, California. They settled two miles north of Florin, where both died. The father was at one time a well known agriculturist and fruit-raiser and his business efforts were attended with gratifying success. He remained a resident of Sacramento county from the early '50s up to the time of his demise.

William O. Davies was educated in the Elder Creek public school and was reared upon his father's ranch north of Florin. After attaining his majority he began business on his own account as a fruit-raiser, having a tract of land near Florin on which he developed excellent orchards. Here he still resides, owning one hundred and sixty acres of land which is devoted to the raising of fruit and to agricultural pursuits. He is also a director in the Florin Supply Company, incorporated, and is one of its founders. For seven years he acted as manager of the Florin Fruit Growers' Association and then became an independent shipper, since which time he has enjoyed constantly increasing success.

Mr. Davies was married to Miss Mary Allen, a native of Missouri, and to them have been born four children: Frank L.; Edward W.; Hazel M.; and Owen. Mr. Davies is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to lodge No. 364. His political views accord with the principles of the Republican party, but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him as he prefers to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs. He has made a close study of conditions affecting the fruit-raising and shipping interests of California, and his thorough knowledge of the business and his adaptability and utilization of opportunities have made him successful in the field of his chosen labor.

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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