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was at Fort Wayne, Ind., that Willard A. Fairfield was born November 12,
1854. lie was educated in public schools, and after his graduation from
the high school was employed there at farm labor until he was twenty-two
years old. He then went to Golden, Colo., and entered the Colorado State
School of Mines, from which he was graduated as a mining engineer in
1881. From that time until 1891, during- a period of ten years, he was
kept busy examining mines and reporting on mining property in Colorado.
Meanwhile, in 1889, he returned to Fort Wayne, Ind., and opened a
real-estate office and engaged in the sale of stock. For several years
he was successful in these lines and especially so in the stock
department of his business. Then he came to Sacramento, Cal., and made a
careful survey from his professional point of view of the Sacramento
valley in particular and in a general way of the whole state. Going back
east he remained for a short time, but reappeared in Sacramento March
26, 1910, and acquired the interest of J. F. Brickell in the Oak Park
Realty Company, of which he is now president, engaging in a general
real-estate and brokerage business.
December 4, 1894, Mr. Fairfield married Miss Ella M. Barrows, of La
Grange, Ind., daughter of an early settler and prominent farmer of that
section of the state and one of the leading men of that city until his
death, which occurred when he had reached the advanced age of
ninety-four years. Mr. and Mrs. Fairfield have three children: Mabel
Ruth born July 10, 1897 ; Paul B., born March 10, 1899, and Howard I.,
born March 27, 1902.
As a business man Mr. Fairfield is successful beyond many in his line. As a citizen he undertakes in a public-spirited way to do his duty as a consistent Democrat. Fraternally he affiliates with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has long been helpfully identified with the Congregational Church.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011