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George Thomas Rickman

Adjacent to the Hopkins grant, including a forest noted for its picturesque scenery and giant redwood trees, lies Rickmanís Mill Creek resort, on the banks of Mill creek, four miles from Healdsburg. The ranch, which is the native place of Mr. Rickman and has been owned by him since December 3, 1906, comprises two hundred and forty-eight acres, which with the improvements cost him $12,000. The estimated value of the place is now $18,000. A vineyard of twenty acres produces luscious grapes in season, from which an average of forty tons of wine is manufactured. Ten acres in prunes and seven acres in peaches add to the value of the property. The balance of the ranch, with the exception of a meadow and twenty acres, is utilized for pasture purposes. Mill creek abounds in trout and excellent hunting is afforded in the mountains around the ranch, so that the place offers exceptional attractions to those fond of fishing and hunting. Children are entertained with swings and croquet, with hammocks under the great trees, with a piano and graphophone, and with occasional rides along the creek and through the valley. Several fine springs on the place furnish cool drinking water, and one of the springs upon analysis has been found to contain a small percent of sulphur. In the cool dining-room built around a large oak tree, the boarders enjoy home cooking, an abundance of the purest of cream and butter, with fruit, melons and vegetables that are raised on the ranch. Accommodations have been provided for forty guests, who are met at Healdsburg if notified in advance by letter or rural telephone. It is the constant aim of the proprietor and his wife to thoroughly satisfy their guests. That they have succeeded in their worthy ambition is proved by the fact of the frequent return of those who once have come within the sphere of their kindly hospitality.

Born in 1875 in the house where he now lives, George Thomas Rickman received a grammar-school education in the Junction district, and since leaving school he has engaged in farming, fruit-growing and the summer-resort business. For eight years he served as school trustee and that office is now filled by his wife, who in addition has acted as teacher of the school for a number of years. Mrs. Rickman was formerly Mary Etta Meek and was born in Lafayette, Mo., December 20, 1871, coming in early life to California and settling in Sonoma county, where June 20, 1895, she became the wife of Mr. Rickman. Their children are named as follows: Clyde W., born in 1896; Clair Henry, born October 25, 1898; Howard Leslie, December 5, 1901, and Wilda Mae, January 5, 1909. The family are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church South and contribute generously to religious movements. Politically Mr. Rickman favors the principles of the Democratic party, and fraternally he is connected with the Improved Order of Red Men.

The Rickman family is of southern extraction and was founded in California by the father of our subject, David Henry Rickman, a native of Tennessee, whose biographical sketch appears on another page of this work.

Source:
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