G. A. JORDAN
G. A. Jordan, who has lived in the Sacramento Valley for seventeen years, a period fraught with noteworthy accomplishments, is nationally known as the founder and head of the Jordan Bird Farm near Woodland, in Yolo County. He was born on one of the Hawaiian Islands, October 22, 1885, and was there reared and educated. For twelve years he was prominently identified with development work in the islands, becoming statistician for the sugar planters, assistant and inspector in the plant and fruit department of the territorial experimental station, and also taking an active part in the work of digging canals.
It was in 1913 that Mr. Jordan came to California and purchased a tract of eighty acres in the vicinity of Woodland, where he engaged in dairy farming for several years, his well directed labors bringing him substantial returns. In 1926 he turned his attention to bird culture, ranking with the foremost in this line in the United States. He started with valley quail and English call ducks, which are used for decoys by hunters and in 1927 added ring-necked pheasants. Later he discontinued these varieties and began specializing in rare aviary pheasants, having twenty-three varieties of very rare birds. These are imported from Japan, ranging in value from twenty dollars to five hundred dollars a pair, and are used as show birds for the aviaries of wealthy men. Some were sold to William Wrigley, Jr., for his notable bird colony on Catalina Island, also to the president of the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek, Michigan, and to other persons of means whose hobby is the collecting of fine birds. F. E. Booth, of the Booth Packing Company of San Francisco, was associated with Mr. Jordan in the business, which was conducted with system and efficiency and grew rapidly. They also had twenty varieties of wild ducks and pigeons, three varieties of partridge and three varieties of quail. The selection and care of these rare, beautiful and valuable birds devolved upon Mr. Jordan, who assembled what is considered the best collection to be found either in the United States or in England. He has devoted much thought and study to his work, which he has greatly enjoyed, and has become widely recognized as an authority on the subject of bird culture. His business has now been taken over by Leland Smith, of Fair Oaks, for as a close friend of Governor Rolph, Mr. Jordan expects to take charge of the department of natural resources of the state.
Mr. Jordan was united in marriage to Mrs. Elston, also a native of Hawaii. A. M. Elston, the father of her first husband, was a pioneer of Woodland and a well known educator who served for a number of years as president of Hesperian College. Mr. Jordan has a daughter, Alice Lees, and three stepchildren: Katherine, Arthur and Marion Elston.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 279-280. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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