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Among the most prosperous and highly esteemed business men of Sacramento, whose efforts along the lines of progress have been conspicuous in business life is Ralph Hill Muddox, who now fills a position of honor in more than one flourishing business house in this city. He is a native of Sacramento, having been born on the family homestead at Twenty-sixth and J streets, opposite old Fort Sutter, on July 9, 1876, and is the son of George A. and Isabelle (Bundock) Muddox, the former a native of London, England, and the latter of Chelmsford, England.

The father, George A. Muddox, was a potter by trade and upon his arrival in America came as far west as Illinois, where he settled, engaging in the manufacture of pottery ware in the city of Alton. In 1872 he came to California, and locating in Sacramento, established a pottery business which he continued until his death. The mother is still making her home in Sacramento.

Ralph H. Muddox was educated in the public schools and at the Atkinson Business College, from which latter he was graduated at the age of twenty-one, at which time he embarked in the contracting and building trade and followed it for twelve years with marked success. Having learned the manufacture of pottery and cement work when but a lad he became experienced in this line of work, and accordingly decided to resume that work. His terrazzo and cement manufacturing plant which is situated on Twenty-ninth street, between K and L streets, is the center of a thriving business which takes much of his attention and has proved a judicious investment and a financial success. Other business interests than this concern command Mr. Muddox's abilities. He is secretary of the Isleton Asparagus Company, which has one hundred and fifty acres in asparagus, and he is also a stockholder in the Sacramento Olive Company, one of the largest olive orchards in Northern California.

Mr. Muddox has proved himself to be a public-spirited, conscientious and progressive citizen in every sense of the word. He affiliates with the Native Sons of the Golden West and was for some time active in the Order of Eagles. In politics he is a Republican and is inclined to vote independently, favoring the man best suited for the position. On December 15, 1903, he was married to Miss Marian Russell, of San Luis Obispo county, Cal., daughter of D. A. Russell, then a lawyer at San Luis Obispo and later at Bakersfield, but who is now living retired from active cares and responsibilities. In 1903 Mr. Muddox made a four-months' tour of Europe, touching at different points of interest in England and on the continent, meanwhile visiting the old homes of his father and mother in England. Mr. and Mrs. Muddox attend the St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

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