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Jacob Conkle

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.

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