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Miles Bohan

Nestling among the foothills of our coast range mountains and not far from the old historic place, Fort Ross, we find the ranch and family residence that is the property of Miles Bohan, who was born in county Longford, Ireland, the son of Daniel and Catherine (Connell) Bohan, who were farmers in that country and where Miles was reared and educated in the public schools. He followed farming in Longford until 1873, when he came to California. His first employment was in the San Francisco Sugar refinery, where he worked for eighteen months. He then came to Salt Point Township, Sonoma county, where he worked as a ranch hand until 1880, when he had saved enough money to purchase the first three hundred and twenty acres of his present ranch. Later on he bought three hundred and twenty acres adjoining and he now has six hundred and forty acres on the stage road, about three miles north of Sea View. He has made improvements and is engaged in dairying and stock raising, his ranch being well watered by the south fork of the Gualala and numerous springs. It is well timbered and since 1880 Mr. Bohan has sold thousands of dollars worth of wood, apparently without diminishing the quantity.

At Sea View, Miles Bohan was united with Miss Lizzie Carey, also a native of Ireland, and of this union was born one child, a daughter, Lizzie Catherine. All are members of the Roman Catholic Church at Tomales. Mr. Bohan is a progressive and enterprising citizen and by his energy and public spirit has done much to build up his section of Sonoma county. For many years he was a member of the board of trustees of the Timber Cove school district.

History of Sonoma 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: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011