EDSON SCHUYLER WADSWORTH
††††††††††† Edson Schuyler Wadsworth, better known as Schuyler Wadsworth, is a successful farmer and sheep man residing in Sutter City who also figures actively in public affairs as supervisor of the third supervisorial district of Sutter County.† He owns fifteen hundred acres of land near Sutter City, four hundred acres of which is leased out for the cultivation of rice, while the remaining eleven hundred acres is sheep pasture.† Mr. Wadsworth was born on the old Wadsworth homestead in Sutter City, California, September 24, 1868, his parents being William Marsh and Martha J. (Wynecoop) Wadsworth, the former a native of the state of New York and the latter of Illinois.† John Jacob Wadsworth, the paternal grandfather of Schuyler Wadsworth, was born in the Empire state, a representative of the New England family of that name.† It was in 1853 that his son, William M. Wadsworth, lured by the gold discoveries on the Pacific coast, crossed the plains with ox teams, returning to the east in 1857.† Two years later, in 1859, he came back to California accompanied by his family, as well as by his father and the latterís family.† He settled two miles south of Sutter City, on the property which became the old Wadsworth home farm, successfully engaging in agricultural pursuits and becoming the owner of eleven hundred acres of land.† William M. Wadsworth was married twice and by his first wife had two children, but both passed away in early life.† In 1864 he wedded Miss Martha J. Wynecoop, of Sutter City, and they became the parents of nine children, but two daughters of the family died in childhood.† The seven surviving children are as follows:† William U., a live stock broker residing at Orland, California; Edson Schuyler, of this review; Elizabeth, the wife of J. L. Welter, a farmer in the Franklin school district of Sutter County; Frank Alva, who is a real estate dealer at Sacramento; George M., a rancher residing at Napa, California; Everett V., an expert accountant employed by a firm of assessment experts in Oakland, California; and Alice, the wife of B. G. Campbell, also an expert accountant of Oakland.† The father of the above named is now deceased, while the mother is still living.
††††††††††† Edson Schuyler Wadsworth, the second child born to William M. and Martha Wadsworth, began his education in the public schools at Sutter, continued his studies in Pierce College at College City, California, and also attended a business college at Stockton, this state.† He has become a well informed man on many subjects, having with the passing years augmented his school training by wide reading and observation, while the varied experiences of business life have constantly broadened his knowledge.† He was reared to manhood on his fatherís farm of eleven hundred acres and early became interested in the sheep raising business, in which he has met with a considerable measure of success.† He raises large numbers of a mixture of Hampshire and Merino breeds of sheep and sells both lambs and wool on an extensive scale.† As stated above, Mr. Wadsworth leases four hundred of his fifteen hundred acres for the growing of rice but gives his personal supervision to the sheep business.† He is a director of the Wool Growers Association and also a director of the State Rice Growers Association.
††††††††††† On the 19th of November, 1890, Mr. Wadsworth was united in marriage to Miss Lottie Pease, a native of Enfield, New Hampshire, whose parents were prominent early settlers in the Franklin district of Sutter County, California.† Mr. and Mrs. Wadsworth are the parents of a son and a daughter, namely:† Leo A., principal of the Sutter Union high school, who is mentioned at length on another page of this work; and Olive E., who is the wife of A. Lemenager, a dairy farmer residing near Sutter, California.† Mr. and Mrs. Lemenager are the parents of three children:† Donna, Jeane and Austin.
††††††††††† Mr. Wadsworth gives his political allegiance to the Republican Party.† For four years he served on the state reclamation board through appointment of Governor Richardson, and is now a member of that board through appointment of Governor Rolph, while during the period of the World War he rendered patriotic support to the government as a member of various bond committees.† The Sutter district raised its full quota in each bond issue.† In May, 1930, Governor C. C. Young of California appointed Mr. Wadsworth supervisor of the third supervisorial district of Sutter County to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the former supervisor, John C. Ahlf, and he was elected to the office by a large majority at the following election.† In this capacity he is much interested in building good roads, especially the Yuba-Sutter by-pass, which is now nearing completion.† He is also active in the suppression of hydraulic mining and the rehabilitation of lands destroyed by the sediment from hydraulic mining.† Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic order, belonging to Enterprise Lodge, No. 70, F. & A. M., of Yuba City, and to Ben Ali Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Sacramento, the Elks Lodge of Marysville and Marysville Rotary Club.† He enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the prosperous and representative citizens of the Sacramento Valley and is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which his entire life has been spent.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 136-138. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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