William Thomas, farmer and stock-raiser near Lockeford, San Joaquin county, is one of the enterprising and progressive men of his class in this state, and in all activities of a very busy and successful career has been found a representative of true manhood and personal worth and of the civic virtues which make for the welfare of his community.

His fine ranch contains four hundred and thirty-nine acres of land, which has been in the name of the Thomas family since pioneer days in this section of the state. Almost a native son of California, Mr. Thomas was born in Springville, Utah, February 9, 1859, and in the same year was brought to California and has ever since been a resident of San Joaquin county. His father died in August, 1884, on the homestead ranch, being then in his eightieth year, and his widow still survives, being past the age of fourscore. Daniel Thomas brought his family from Wales to America in 1850. He was a blacksmith by trade, and followed that pursuit and had his residence for varying periods of time in St. Louis, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and in Springville, Utah, in which last-named place he also did farming, and from there came to San Joaquin county in 1859, settling on the ranch where his son William still lives. He was a Republican in politics, and was honored as one of the old and successful citizens of this locality. Of his children five survive: Mary, widow of John Griffiths, at Gold Hill, Oregon; Benjamin, in Stockton; Elizabeth J., widow of James De Bond, she being a resident of San Joaquin county; Daniel J., in San Joaquin county; and William.

Mr. William Thomas has accordingly spent nearly all his lifetime in San Joaquin county, where he was reared to manhood and received his public school education. He was married July 11, 1885, to Miss Hulda McMartin, of Lockeford. Fraternally he affiliates with Scio Lodge No. 102, I. O. O. F., at Linden, and in politics he is a stanch 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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