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THOMAS JEFFERSON MEALER

This enterprising and progressive citizen of Walnut Grove, Sacramento county, who is now serving his fellow citizens in his second term as justice of the peace of Georgiana township, was born near Franklin, this county, October 12, 1868, the son of Jefferson Mealer, who came across the plains to Sacramento county, with an ox-team outfit, with the pioneers of 1850, and lived here until 1904, when he died.

Such education as was available to him Thomas J. Mealer acquired in public schools near his boyhood home. From his childhood he was interested in horses and as a young man he handled and broke them with great success, and he still follows this business to a large extent. In 1884 he moved to Santa Clara county, but after some years returned to Sacramento county and in 1907 bought one hundred and seventeen acres of land on Andrus Island which he devotes to fruit and vegetable raising, making a specialty of asparagus and nutmeg melons, besides giving some attention to the raising of horses for the market.

Near Lodi, in 1895 Mr. Mealer was first married to Margaret M. Davies, a native of Salt Lake City, the daughter of William T. and Mentha Davies of Gait, this county. They had two children; Loyal D. is a student in the Sacramento high school, Darrell T., in the class 1913 Walnut Grove school. Mrs. Mealer died in 1908, and in Rio Vista, August 25, 1904, Mr. Mealer married Mary S. Seehorn, a native of Virginia, who was brought to California in her childhood. Her father, Russell C. Seehorn, was a teacher in Virginia and a farmer in California, now eighty-one years of age.

Mr. Mealer is a member of the Elk Grove Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons and of the Onisbo Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, of Courtland; Isleton Lodge No. 108, I. O. 0. F.; Occidental Encampment, Sacramento ; and Canton No. 1, Patriarch Militant in Sacramento, while he and his wife are members of the Rebekah Lodge of Isleton. His sons are both interested in wireless telegraphy and have a station on the ranch. In everything that pertains to the general advancement and development of the community Mr. Mealer is deeply interested and his generous support of many measures for the benefit of his community and county has amply demonstrated his public spirit. Mrs. Mealer is a member of Rio Vista Chapter, O. E. S. 


Source:
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