California Genealogy and History Archives
One of the comfortable, home-like and prosperous ranches in the vicinity of Healdsburg is that owned and occupied by Jacob Conkle, a man of kindly, genial disposition, as was also his aged father, who until his death, in April, 1911, made his home with his son on the ranch. A native of Ohio, Jacob Conkle was born in 1848, the son of William and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Conkle, born respectively in that state in 1822 and 1824. Besides Jacob, the parental family included three daughters, all of whom are married and settled in homes of their own. The eldest daughter, Christina, became the wife of Marion Lawthan, and is the mother of three sons, Charles, Edwin and Hiram. The second daughter, Josephine, became the wife of Ira Gaston, and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Adaline. The youngest daughter of the parental family, Adaline, became the wife of John Snyder, but no children were born of this union.
Jacob Conkle has never married, and since the
death of his father has lived alone on his ranch. Altogether he owns six
hundred and seventy-five acres of land, much of which is in timber, and
from which in 1909 he cut and sold fifty cords of wood. Five acres have
been cleared and set out to fruit trees, which are now in bearing and
yielding excellent crops, and fifteen acres are in hay, this crop also
yielding abundantly and adding considerably to the annual income from
the property. Politically Mr. Conkle is a Republican.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011