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Thomas Barney Meek, Jr.

Until recently horticultural activities engaged Mr. Meek’s attention exclusively, the place which he owns and formerly operated being a well-known farm lying on Mill creek near the city of Healdsburg in Mendocino township and comprising one hundred and fifty-seven acres of land, a portion being favorably located for fruit culture. A timber pasture contains three thousand cords of wood, and in addition there is a prairie pasture utilized by the stock on the ranch. Thirty acres are in a vineyard which in 1909 produced twenty-two tons of grapes of choice quality. In addition there are thirty acres in deciduous fruits, from which were sold in 1909 about nine tons of dried fruit. In the fall of 1910 Mr. Meek leased his interest I the ranch and located in Healdsburg, where he is now engaged in the cornucopia and ice-cream business.

Born at Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1885, Thomas Barney Meek is a son of Thomas B. and Augusta Ann (McClure) Meek, the former born in Kentucky in 1847, and the latter born in Indiana in 1845. By successive removals the father gradually worked his way to the west, going to Deadwood, S. Dak., in 1871, and from there to Wyoming, whence in 1894 he came to California and settled in Sonoma county. In his family there are eight children, namely: William E. (who married Alice Hall), John, Frederick, Thomas B., August A., Harry V., Mary E., and Tiny O., the last-named being the wife of R. W. Hawes and the mother of a son, Delbert Lyle Hawes. The primary education of Thomas Barney Meek was secured in Cheyenne schools and later he completed grammar-school studies in Sonoma county. After leaving school he began to work on a farm, and in a short time acquired the property which he now owns.

Upon establishing a home of his own Mr. Meek chose as his wife Miss Margaret Cavers, who was born in San Francisco, Cal., in 1889, and is a young woman of excellent education and superior attainments. Two children bless their union, George Thomas and Roy Elmer. Mrs. Meek is of Canadian ancestry, her father, George W. Cavers, having been born in that country, whence he came to the United States and now makes his home in Sonoma county. His marriage united him with Mrs. Anna (Lee) Thomas, who by her former marriage had four children, George, Bert, Amanda and May, while by her marriage with Mr. Cavers she had two daughters, Margaret and Anna. Amanda, a daughter born of the first marriage, is the wife of Frank Chaverria, and has one daughter, Frances. May is the wife of John Terry, of Healdsburg, and has three children, Elwood, Glenn and Mintie. It was always necessary for Mr. Meek to devote his attention closely to his land, in order that the best possible results might be secured therefrom; hence he has not identified himself with public affairs and has taken no part in politics aside from voting the Republican ticket, yet he would be well qualified for official responsibilities both by intelligence and by loyal devotion to the welfare of the county. The only fraternal organization to which he has allied himself is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, his membership being with Healdsburg Lodge No. 64, in the work of which he maintains a warm interest. Charitable projects have his sympathetic co-operation, and while he has not been identified with any religious denomination he has the utmost faith in their importance as uplifting factors to the human race, his interest manifesting itself in contributions to worthy movements along that line of progress.

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