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For more than a quarter of a century agricultural enterprises in Sacramento county have engaged the intelligent attention of Joseph William Angrave, who is regarded as one of the most experienced farmers and capable stock-raisers in the vicinity of Gait. A lifelong identification with this county proved helpful to him when he started out to earn his own way in the world. . While during the early years of his business activity he had different interests successively in town and country, eventually he settled upon his present place and here he has been content to remain, receiving from his resourceful industries a goodly income each year. The tilling of the soil, con- ducted skillfully and wisely, has been a leading element in his prosperity, but he has also found the stock industry profitable and through specializing in cattle he has established a wide reputation for skill and success.

The earliest recollections of Joseph William Angrave cluster around a house that stood on the corner of Tenth and J streets in the city of Sacramento. There his birth occurred June 21. 1861. His parents, Joseph and Jane (Davis) Angrave, were natives of Lancashire, England, the former born in 1827 and the latter in 1829. Married in their native shire during the year 1856, they came to the United States three years later and after landing in New York City proceeded direct to California, settling in Sacramento. In the capital city he opened up a business on J street between Ninth and Tenth and there he continued in business up to the time of his death in 1872. For many years afterward his widow remained at the old home, where her closing days were made happy by the friendship of a large circle of old acquaintances and by the affection- ate ministrations of her children. July 6, 1894, she passed from her earthly home into the mysteries of eternity.

Between the years of six and ten Joseph William Angrave attended the public schools of Sacramento. Afterward he was a pupil in the Grant school district, five miles from Gait, and at the age of sixteen he entered a business college at Sacramento, where he completed the regular commercial course. At the expiration of a year iu that institution lie returned to the farm. Eventually he began for himself in San Joaquin county and bought a I'anch near Elliott, where he ultimately owned twelve hundred acres. After ten years on a farm there he rented it and returned to the vicinity of Gait and bought five hundred acres of grain land. This he later sold. From 1880 to 1883 he was proprietor of a livery barn, but in the year last-named he resumed agricultural pursuits, to which he since has devoted his undivided attention. He still owns two ranches near Gait, one of three hundred and sixty and the other two hundred and fifty-two acres, devoted to dairying. Political affairs have never been allowed to divert his mind from his chosen occupation, but he keeps posted concerning national questions and gives his support to the Republican party. In fraternal relations he holds membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. December 24, 1893, he was united iu marriage with Miss Lorena Jeannette Wooster, who was born in San Francisco, the daughter of John M. and Jeannette (Clough) Wooster, natives of New York state. They came to California in 1849. Mr. and Mrs. Angrave have three children, namely: Verna, William Wooster, and Joseph Marshall. The eldest child is now a student in the high school, while the sons are pupils in the grammar-schools and all are enjoying the ad- vantages of careful preparation for the activities of life. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011