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As the successor of his father in an important and well-known business Mr. Lafferty has become associated with commercial activities in Sacramento, where for a long period he has owned and managed a livery and boarding stable located at No. 1510-14 J street. Until the death of his father and for some time afterward the business was conducted under the firm title of J. A. Lafferty & Son, while the management of the stables differed little from that of the present time, although recently special attention has been given to the maintenance of pleasure vehicles suitable for excursion and tallyho parties. No stable in the city surpasses this establishment in the elegance of its outfits and the beauty of its teams, nor does any excel it in the possession of a modern structure equipped with every facility for the expeditious and thorough dispatch of work. The building, indeed, represents a style of architecture admirably suited to the west, and affords visible evidence of the proprietor's wisdom in harmonizing the structure with the environment.

Membership in the Native Sons of the Golden West (in which he has been very active as president and influential worker) comes to Mr. Lafferty by virtue of his nativity in California, where his birth occurred at Colfax, Placer county, June 30, 1871, in the home of John Allen and Mary J. Lafferty. His father, who was born in Des Moines, Iowa, April 27, 1845, was brought to the west by his parents in 1850 and entered the primary room of the school at Iowa Hill. Later he completed the studies of the grammar school. When he started out to earn his own way in the world he took up teaming and for a short time followed the occupation at Colfax. Next he was employed as a brakeman with the Sacramento Valley Railroad Company. Later he drove a stage out of Colfax to various points until 1872, when he removed to Sacramento and embarked in the teaming business. From that beginning he drifted into the livery trade and established a large patronage, continuing at the head of the stables until his death in 1904, when he was succeeded by his son, the latter having been identified with the work ever since he left school and thus being thoroughly familiar with all of its details. Besides his membership with the Native Sons previously mentioned, he is associated with the Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In polities he votes with the Republican party. His marriage took place in Sacramento November 22, 1897, and united him with Miss Emma Schwartz, who was born in Sacramento, being a daughter of Benjamin Schwartz. They are the parents of two daughters, Beatrice and Frances, both of whom are pupils in the city schools. 

History of Sacramento 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: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011