California Genealogy and History Archives
Poinsett county, Ark., at Crowley Ridge, John F. Bedwell was born March
14, 1868. His father, Samuel K., a man of good abilities and a
millwright by trade, built the first flour mill at Memphis, Tenn., and
other pioneer mills of different kinds in that vicinity. In 1871 the
family moved to Fulton county. Ark., where the mechanic turned farmer
and lived until April, 1908, when he died. His wife, formerly Eveline
Lampkins of Tennessee, bore him six children, of whom our subject was
John F. Bedwell was eleven years of age he left home to paddle his own
canoe, going to Newport, Ark., where he worked on a farm two years.
Then, at the age of thirteen, in 1881, he came to the Pacific coast and
located in Los Angeles, where he found employment in a nursery at which
he busied himself until he was sixteen. After that he was a fireman in
the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, and as such worked
on trains between Los Angeles and Bakersfield and Los Angeles and
Barstow two years and between Los Angeles and Colton one year. Then he
resigned his position to go into the real estate business, and he and
his partner put on sale one of the first tracts exploited at Pasadena.
For eight years he operated successfully, buying and selling land in
large and small parcels, for himself and others; then he disposed of his
interests in Los Angeles and vicinity and went to Arizona. He carried on
business in various parts of that state until 1900, when he went to San
Francisco and was for four years a salesman in a music store. After that
he was similarly employed in Sacra- mento two years. January 1, 1907, he
opened a real estate office in Sacramento, and in 1909 John F. Fleisher
became his partner in the handling of large holdings in Sacramento,
Placer and Sutter counties. Their offices are at No. 704 J street,
Sacramento, and at Pleasant Grove, Sutter county, and in their
undertakings they are meeting with merited and unusual success.
The present Mrs. Bedwell was in maidenhood Lucy Jones, a native of Sacramento. By a former marriage Mr. Bedwell has three children, as follows: Edna, Mrs. Melliken, of Fresno; William Wilbur, employed on the transport Sheridan, plying between San Francisco and Japan, and Irvin F., who is serving in the United States navy.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011