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James H. Rambo

In retrospect Mr. Rambo compares the present thriving city of Santa Rosa with the small village that greeted his coming to the vicinity forty years ago, when it boasted but one store and one hotel. He has watched its growth with the keenest interest, and the part that he has played in its advancement has not been inconsiderable.

The Rambo family is of Scotch origin and the father of James Rambo was born in the Land of the Thistle. The greater part of his life, however, was passed in this country, wither he came in young manhood. At the time of the birth of James H. Rambo his parents were living in Indiana, his birth occurring in Elkhart county July 4, 1836. When he was a child of six years the family removed to Iowa, and eleven years later they came to the Pacific coast, going to Oregon and settling in Corvallis. Three years later found them removing south into California, coming to Sonoma county and settling in Petaluma. Ambitious to explore the country further, Mr. Rambo went to Napa City eight years later, and from there, one year later, continued north by way of Idaho into the Frasier river country; returning, he went to Yolo county, and finally came back to Sonoma county, satisfied that there was no more desirable place to locate among all the localities that he had visited in his travels. Here he has a ranch of ten acres, not large in extent, but very productive and in every way a desirable piece of property. Fruits of various kinds are here grown and corn is also raised, both producing abundant crops ad yielding the owner a good yearly income.

In 1860 Mr. Rambo married Miss Sarah Denison, a native of Illinois, and of the seven children born of this marriage two are deceased. The wife and mother passed away in 1876, and subsequently, in 1885, Mr. Rambo married his present wife, formerly Miss Katie Kidd. She was born in Sonoma county in 1870, the daughter of Luke and Abigail Kidd, natives respectively of Massac county, Ill., and Missouri, and of Irish and Scotch descent respectively. Seven children were born of Mr. Rambo’ second marriage also, and of these, four are living. Nettie is the wife of Wayne Richards, and they are living near Dry Creek. Hattie E., who was born in 1892, is now employed in a printing office in Sonoma. Milton, born in 1894, is employed in Monterey county. The youngest child, Leroy, born in 1899, is at home with his parents. Politically Mr. Rambo is a Republican. It has never been his desire or ambition to hold public office of any kind, but at one time he filled the office of deputy postmaster in Dry Creek.

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