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a slight elevation overlooking the beautiful valley to the south a.
visitor to the Fair Oaks district notes with admiration the attractive
residence owned and occupied by Mr. Gore, who in selecting the location
bore in mind the need of a soil adapted to his specialties in fruit, but
at the same time did not fail to note the advantages of the eminence as
the site of a modern country home. Adjacent to the residence are the
three fruit ranches which have come under his ownership and to which he
devotes considerable attention, personally directing their management
and overseeing the harvesting of the fruit. In the main, however, he has
given his time to business pursuits. For a time after his arrival in
Fair Oaks he conducted a general mercantile establishment and in this he
still owns an interest, although no longer its proprietor. Recently he
has been interested in the management of the lumber business which he
has bought and now manages with the same keen comprehensive energy
characteristic of liim in every commercial association.
birth of this influential citizen occurred in Clark county, Ohio,
November 18, 1858. At an early age he was taken to Illinois by his
parents, who settled on a farm in Sangamon county near the city of
Springfield. There he passed the years of youth and received a
common-school education, supplemented by attendance at the Spring- field
high school. Immediately after completing his studies he began to learn
the profession of a pharmacist, in which he soon acquired proficiency.
For some twenty years he carried on a drug store at Mechanicsburg, III,
near Springfield, and meanwhile he devoted his leisure hours to the
supervision of a valuable farm of one hundred and sixty acres which he
had bought with the profits of the business. At Mechanicsburg he was
also a local leader of the Democratic party and a well-known politician,
serving as a delegate to numerous conventions and influencing the
decisions of many assemblies of local party men. The only office which
he consented to hold was that of assessor, but he aided his friends in
their candidacies and kept himself thoroughly posted in regard to all
important political measures.
Having made visits to California in 1896 and '98 and having purchased property in Fair Oaks in 1896, Mr. Gore located permanently in California in the year 1900. Settling at Fair Oaks, he identified himself with the district by the purchase of a tract which he has since developed and still owns. His activities have been varied, for he has been a fruit rancher, merchant and owner of a lumber yard. In addition he promoted the organization of the Fair Oaks Bank, bought stock in the concern and now serves as one of the directors. A further proof of his devotion to the community is given in his zealous promotion of the Fair Oaks Fruit Company, in which he was one of the first to buy stock and to which he has tendered time as well as means with a firm faith in its importance to the community. Indeed, every enterprise of value to the town has felt the impetus of his energy and sagacity and he even has found leisure to promote numerous commercial ventures outside of Fair Oaks, for while this place naturally receives the principal share of his time, thought and investments, he possesses the broad patriotic spirit that foresees the general prosperity of the commonwealth and desires to aid in its permanent up-building. Sharing with him in the good-will of the community are his wife, a woman of culture, and his daughter, Miss Hortense S., who is a graduate of Mills College. The only other child in the family, Flutie, died during infancy. Prior to their marriage, which was solemnized at Springfield, Ill., December 6, 1882, Mrs. Gore bore the name of Miss Lizzie McDaniel. The family of which she was a member bore a part in the early upbuilding of Sangamon county, where she was born and where during girl- hood she received the educational training, afterwards graduating from St. Mary's College at Knoxville, which forms the foundation of her broad fund of general information and her wide scope of mental attainments.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011