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Newton R. Nunn

Since becoming a resident of Sonoma county some years ago Mr. Nunn has devoted his attention to the development of land which he acquired in Mendocino township and which embraces three hundred and seventy-five acres on Wallace creek, three and one-half miles from Healdsburg, costing in its raw, unimproved state only $11 per acre and at present assessed at that valuation for the pasture and timber acreage. A large area of the tract is in meadow and the sale of the hay furnishes a neat sum each year. There is sufficient pasturage for the stock raised on the farm, which is sufficient for the owner’s needs, none being raised for the markets. It is his intention to make a specialty of fruit, for which purpose he considers the soil and climate of his locality well adapted. Already he has made a start in horticulture, as evidenced by the fact that he sold seven tons of prunes and five tons of peaches in 1909. The prunes have proved so profitable that he is preparing to plant another orchard of the same fruit during the season of 1911. Sixty acres are under cultivation to grapes, his vineyard being carefully tended and made productive by the use of modern methods; and in addition to the vineyard there are forty acres in various deciduous fruits.

The family genealogy shows that Hiram Nunn was born in Harrison county, Tenn., in 1813, and there met and married Jane Robinson, a native of the same commonwealth. Seeking the cheap lands of the regions further west they early settled in Missouri and pre-empted a large tract in Wright county, where their son, Newton R., was born in 1846. Besides this son there were ten children in the family, namely: Thomas, a resident of Texas and married to Isabel Conger, by whom he has ten children; Green, who married Mary O. Kelley and has two children: Taylor; Joseph, who married Rose Ray and has a son, Edward; Cynthia; Mary; Emily; Jane, who died in infancy; Martha, Mrs. Wilson Smith, who has two daughters; and Jane (the second of that name), Mrs. Walter Haight, who has two children and makes her home in Oregon in the city of Portland.

As early as 1857, when only eleven years of age, Newton R. Nunn accompanied other members of the family to California and settled in Butte county, where he made his home near Oroville for a long period of years. Later he removed to Oregon and took up land, remaining in that state for twenty years. On his return to California about 1904 he came to Sonoma county and purchased the raw tract of land which he has developed into his present valuable homestead. During 1880 he was united in marriage with Miss Sylvia Lewis, who was born in California in 1857 and received a fair education in the free schools of this state. They are the parents of two sons, Clarence and Joseph. Both were educated in local schools and later sent to the business college at Santa Rosa, from which institution the elder son was graduated in 1907 and the younger son in 1909. Since completing his studies Clarence has engaged in agricultural pursuits and has established a home of his own. In the circle of his associates Mr. Nunn has established reputation for sagacity of judgment and energy of character. Persevering industry is bringing in a well-merited reward, while uprightness of character and an exemplification in dealings with others of the principles of the Golden Rule have won him the ward regard of neighbors. Political matters have not engrossed his attention; indeed, he takes no part whatever in such matters aside from casting a Democratic vote at the general elections, but he gives encouragement and hearty co-operation to all movements for the well-being of the community and in all respects has proved himself to be a loyal citizen.

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