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Joseph Samuel Peoples

As a well-known and prosperous business man of Sonoma county and a fine representative of the native-born sons of California, Joseph S. Peoples, of Roblar, is deserving of mention in this volume. A man of enterprise, intelligence and keen foresight, he takes an active part in all matters relating to the welfare of town and county, and for many years he served as trustee of his school district. He was born at Stony Point, Sonoma county, March 24, 1866, the son of Andrew and Mary Elizabeth (Worth) Peoples, the former born in Londonderry, Ireland, in February, 1828, and the latter born in Bedford, Ind., December 25, 1839. Both came to the west single and were married in Stony Point in 1863. Here they set up their home and reared their family, the father owning and maintaining a ranch in this vicinity.

The earliest recollections of Joseph S. People are of the home farm upon which he was born and of the public school at Stony Point which he attended in boyhood. As the formative period of his life was passed in a farming community he naturally imbibed a comprehensive knowledge of farming in general, and it was work of this character that first engaged his attention when, after leaving school, he felt it incumbent upon him to take up business activities. The work proved not only congenial, but remunerative as well, and he followed it continuously in the vicinity of the old home place for a number of years. It was in 1904 that he discontinued agriculture, and removing to Roblar, established the general merchandise store of which he is now the proprietor. While in itself this is a small town, it is in the midst of a rich agricultural community, and is the supply station for a large territory. Stony Point is the nearest postoffice, mail for Roblar being distributed from that point by Rural Route delivery. Mr. Peoplesí interests are not confined solely to the grocery and feed business, which constitute the largest part of his general merchandise stock, but in addition, is the owner of considerable valuable real estate. In 1900 he purchased twenty-five acres at $50 an acre in the vicinity of Stony Point, adding to this in 1906 by the purchase of one hundred and forty acres for $53 an acre, and in 1909 he further increased his holdings by the purchase of forty acres in the Orland irrigation district in Glenn county, for which he paid $60 an acre. In 1911 he disposed of the one hundred and sixty-five acres of land which he owned near Stony Point. Among his holdings are also included two store buildings in Roblar, a warehouse and the residence which he occupies, besides which he also owns a general merchandise store at Hessel station, which he established in March, 1909, and which is managed by his oldest son, Curtis Vernett.

Mr. Peoplesí marriage occurred in Stony Point April 15, 1888, uniting him with Julia Bell Corbett, who was born in San Jose April 20, 1870, the daughter of Robert Spencer and Sarah (Gregory) Corbett. Eight children have been born of this marriage, all of whom are still making their home with their parents. Named in order of their birth they are as follows: Curtis Vernett, Etta May, Myrtle Ruth, Gladys Lucile, Josephine Irene, Andrew Spencer, Thayer Worth and Anna Belle. Mr. Peoples has not been so deeply absorbed in his own private affairs as to slight his duties as a good citizen, but on the other hand is alert and active, especially in matters which have to do with furnishing good school privileges for the young, and he has served as trustee on the board of school directors of Dunham district for the past sixteen years. Politically he is a Republican on conviction and principle, and fraternally he belongs to Bloomfield Lodge No. 191, I. O. O. F., and to Petaluma Camp No. 515, W. O. W. He is also a member of the Sonoma County Automobile Association, and in 1910 was elected a director of the same for a term of one year.

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