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George Irwin

In Mr. Irwin we find a Native Son who has never known any other home than the one he now occupies, for his birth occurred on the ranch he now owns, near Santa Rosa, in 1873. The records show that he is a descendant of southern ancestors, for his father was born in Tennessee, and his mother was born in Missouri. Both are now deceased, the father passing away in 1898, and the mother nine years later, in 1907. Besides George Irwin the parental family included four other sons and one daughter, all of whom are living in Sonoma county, three sons making their home near Sebastopol, and the other son and daughter make their home with Mr. Irwin of this review, on the old home ranch near Santa Rosa.

Mr. Irwin was educated at the district school in the neighborhood of his home, and with the close of his school days he began to assume duties in the management of the home ranch that ultimately resulted in his supervision and control of the entire property. Here he has a fine tract of fifty acres all in grain, besides which he keeps a number of cows, only enough as yet however for his own use, but it is his intention to enlarge his dairy and ultimately make the dairy business his chief industry. In the meantime he is reaping large harvests of the various grains, all of which find a ready market at excellent prices.

By his marriage in 1901 Mr. Irwin was united with Miss Anita Jones, a native of Ukiah, Mendocino county, Cal., and the daughter of Lewis D. and Martha J. (Orender) Jones, the former deceased, but the latter still living in Santa Rosa. One child, Ruth Agnes, has blessed the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin, and everything in the power of these proud parents is being done to further her welfare and happiness. Mr. and Mrs. Irwin are both members of the Baptist ‘Church at Santa Rosa, being regular attendants upon its services and active workers in the many benevolent organizations connected therewith. Politically Mr. Irwin is a Democrat. If there is one object more than another that receives Mr. Irwin’s keenest thought and interest it is the subject of providing good school facilities for the young in his district, and his accomplishments along this line are worthy of commendation. At the present writing (1910) he is serving as trustee of Hearn district school and is also central committeeman of the Mantanza 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