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Wesley Anderson Price

A more encouraging or delightful ranching enterprise could hardly be conceived of than that owned and managed by Wesley A. Price, near Santa Rosa, on Rural Route No. 5. No resemblance to its present condition was presented by this ranch at the time of purchase, May, 1903, for it was unimproved, but today a modern house shelters the family and the land is in a splendid state of cultivation. Certainly no ranch in the vicinity can produce at harvest time such a choice grade of prunes, apples, pears and plums, all of which are of a superior quality and kind. The greatest system and industry prevail on this ranch, the genial and popular owner having given much thought and study to the work which is to him not only congenial, but successful.

A native of Indiana, Wesley A. Price was born in Carroll county March 30, 1848, being one of the eight children, six sons and two daughters, born to his parents, the latter natives of Ohio. When he was a youth of sixteen years the home of the family was transferred to Gilman, Iroquois county, Ill., and continued there until the first migration to California in 1867. Woodland, Yolo county, was their first home in the state, after which they went to Mendocino county and continued there for seventeen years. The following five years were passed in the east, after which they again came to California and for four years thereafter were residents of Los Angeles. Another period of five years was spent in the east, after which Wesley A. Price sold out his holdings in that part of the country and came to California for the purpose of making it his permanent home. It was at this time, in May, 1903, that he came to Santa Rosa and purchased the ranch on which he now resides, one and a-half miles from town. Not only is the ranch advantageously located as to transportation, being on a railroad, but the soil is of superior quality and yields large harvests of all commodities grown. Half of the ranch, or ten acres, is in prunes, which during the season of 1909 yielded $500, a large part of the remainder of the land being in apples, pears and plums, besides which there is one acre of vineyard and some pasture and hay land. Scattered about through the vineyard and orchard may be seen fifty stands of bees, a part of which came from Texas and the remainder from Los Angeles. There is perhaps no part of his ranching enterprise that is so interesting and enjoyable to the owner as the work among his bees, the profits from which are about $50 a season.

In 1873 Mr. Price was married to Miss Sarah A. David, a native of Canada, and of the nine children born to them, two are deceased, as follows: Viola Jane, who was born in 1875, became the wife of James Lewis in 1894 and passed away the same year, and Willard Wade, who died in 1879, the same year in which he was born. The eldest of those living is Charles Oscar, born in 1877, in Mendocino county; by his marriage with Anna More in 1901 he is the father of six children. William Martin, born in 1879 (twin brother of Willard Wade), went to Alaska in 1900, and when last heard from was in Dawson. Mabel L., born in 1882, became the wife of Owen Dugan in 1901, and two children have been born to them. George W., born in 1885, is at home with his parents, as are also the other children, Belle L., born in 1888, Laura Ethel in 1890, and Walter Franklin, born in 1892. All of the children are Native Sons and Daughters. In his political sympathies Mr. Price is a Republican. While he has no taste for public office, yet he has held a number of school offices, and in a quiet way has done considerable to enlarge the usefulness of the community in which he lives.

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