El Dorado County
SIDNEY P. GRAY
Sidney P. Gray, one of the leading business men of Shingle Springs, El Dorado County, conducts an up-to-date grocery business and also deals in gasoline and oil. Mr. Gray is descended from one of the real pioneer families of the gold country, and was born in El Dorado County, on a farm near Shingle Springs, August 25, 1868. He is a son of Young and Julia (Porter) Gray, of whom the former died August 7, 1894, and the latter January 7, 1929. Young Gray came to California in the year 1854, bringing his bride across the plains on their wedding journey. He came to El Dorado County in the late ‘50s, and like many others first engaged in mining, then later preempted land on which he farmed for the remainder of his life. There were nine children in the family, all of them now living.
Sidney P. Gray was educated in the rural schools, then assisted his father on the home farm, and later engaged in farming on his own account, in which he continued until he purchased his present grocery business in 1922. Mr. Gray carries a complete line of staple and high class groceries, and has a very thriving trade at Shingle Springs. His political views are in accord with the Democratic Party, but he has never sought public office for himself.
Mr. Gray was married to Miss Annie V. Marks, a daughter of Dan Marks. She was also born in El Dorado County and is a representative of pioneer stock in both the paternal and maternal lines.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.