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FRANKLIN H. SARGENT

The possibilities connected with the development of a tract of fruit land brought Mr. Sargent to Fair Oaks during the year 1901. It was not, however, until some years later that he was able to establish a permanent home on the land he had then purchased. Meanwhile the trees on the tract were being cared for carefully and scientifically, the land was kept under cultivation and every facility afforded for the satisfactory growth of the fruit until the bud had developed into the ripened product ready for the market or the table. On the tract that he purchased in 1901 a house had been partly constructed and some trees had been planted. With personal energy he finished the work of tree-planting and house-building and started the improvements that now make the place one of the most valuable in the district.

Franklin H. Sargent was born April 10, 1851, at Searsport, Me., where he was educated in the public schools, and he then worked his way through the Castine (Me.) Normal school and Scofield's Commercial College in Providence, R. I., where he was graduated. Having followed the trades of brick and stone mason and plasterer in his eastern home, Mr. Sargent resumed employment at these occupations upon coming West, as, until his tract came into bearing, he could not secure a livelihood from its cultivation. San Francisco offered a fine field for his trades and accordingly he went to that city, secured work first as a mason and plasterer, but later as a contractor and builder. For seven years he continued in San Francisco and Berkeley, and meanwhile he established an enviable reputation for skilled workmanship. During the entire period of his residence in the western metropolis he had kept in touch with his Fair Oaks tract and had seen that the trees received due attention as needed. Finally, in 1909 returning to Sacramento county, be took up work at his trade here and at the same time personally cultivated the little farm. Of the ten acres, five are in peach trees of the Philips cling variety, which bore a valuable and large crop for the season of 1911; the balance is in oranges, olives and almonds. Gratifying as has been the work of the past, the promise for the future is greater, and the owner has every reason to feel proud of his attractive home place.

The residence which Mr. Sargent has improved and enlarged forms a valuable accession to the fine country homes of the county. Provided with an abundant supply of hot and cold water, equipped with excellent lavatory accommodations, and lighted by electricity, its improvements are thoroughly up-to-date and its conveniences are conducive to the comfort of the occupants. Mrs. Sargent, who became the wife of this progressive horticulturist at Fair Oaks in 1902, is a woman of culture and refinement, a native of Jamestown, N. Y., where she was the recipient of collegiate advantages. By his former marriage, Mr. Sargent has a son, H. P., who resides at Fair Oaks and is serving as deputy county clerk of Sacramento county ; by his marriage to Adella B. Buckley, a native of Fair Oaks, he has one son, Franklin Buckley Sargent, who is a prime favorite with the paternal grandfather.

In politics Mr. Sargent has voted the Republican ticket ever since he became a voter and, while always refusing official honors, he has not failed to support friends who are candidates, giving freely of his time and influence to promote their cause. While still a resident of Maine he was initiated into the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and served through the chairs of the local lodge, in which he rose to be past grand. In addition he was connected with the Encampment and served in its offices including that of chief patriarch. The Knights of Pythias also had the benefit of his intelligent identification for many years and the local lodge chose him to serve in various important capacities, including that of Chancellor Commander. 


Source:
History of Sacramento 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: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011