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History of Santa Barbara County, 1927

Lowell Francis Shanklin

Among the men who have in a very definite degree contributed to the upbuilding and development of Santa Barbara county, stands Lowell Francis Shanklin, of Lompoc, who is actively and successfully engaged in ranching in this county and is also identified with commercial affairs in Lompoc. He was born at Point Arena, Mendocino county, California, March 2, 1867, and is a son of William E. and Nancy (Cox) Shanklin, the former a native of Vandalia, Illinois, and the latter of Indiana. The father was engaged in farming until the outbreak of the Civil war when he enlisted in the Union army, with which he saw much active service in the southland. On the expiration of his period of enlistment, he returned home and was married and in 1864 came to San Francisco by way of the isthmus of Panama. Locating in Marin county, he engaged in the lumber business about a year, and later followed the same business on the Garcia river, at Point Arena, where he remained until 1872. He then went to Santa Agatha canyon, Los Angeles county, where he operated a woodyard about six miles east of Anaheim. He also homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land there, which he improved and farmed until 1880, when he moved to the Santa Ynez valley and bought a small ranch at Ballard, remaining thereon until 1900, when he retired and moved to Santa Barbara. He served a number of years as janitor of the courthouse there and then moved to Lompoc, where he spent his remaining years, dying in 1913, at the age of seventy-seven. He was a republican in politics and served as road supervisor, building the road from Las Cruces to Gaviota, over the pass. he was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. His wife died at the age of sixty-eight years.

Lowell F. Shanklin spent the first four years of his life in Mendocino county, and then was taken by his mother back to the old home in Illinois, where they remained two years. In 1872 they came to Los Angeles county and rejoined the father on the ranch which he had bought there. The nearest school to their home was at North Anaheim and this Lowell and his brother attended. The country was so infested with mountain lions and other wild animals that they carried shotguns for protection. On reaching mature years, Mr. Shanklin engaged in farming at Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles county, where he remained two years, and then located on the Buelton ranch, in the Santa Ynez valley, where he devoted his attention to farming until 1906, when he sold out and moved to Lompoc. He bought one hundred and eight acres of land in the lower valley, improved it and remained there four years, when he sold and bought three hundred and sixty-one acres on the Buelton highway, facing Robinson bridge. Here he made substantial improvements, erecting a new set of buildings, but later sold the place and bought his present ranch of one hundred and then acres on the San Julian road. Here also he erected a fine set of farm buildings and has brought the ranch up to a splendid condition of improvement and productivity. In January, 1916, Mr. Shanklin bought his present home, comprising eight lots in Lompoc, and also leases another place of two hundred and thirty acres, devoted to the raising of sugar beets, mustard and other crops. He owns and operates two threshing outfits and is the agent at Lompoc for the Rumley Agricultural Implement Manufacturing Company, in which he has me with gratifying success.

In 1891, Mr. Shanklin was married to Miss Ella J. Muncton, who was born at Forestdale, Vermont, the daughter of Henry and Jane (Day) Muncton. At the age of ten years she came west with her parents, who settled in Carpinteria in 187, her father being employed there as a machinist. In 1882 he moved to Ballard, where he followed blacksmithing until 1907, when he came to Lompoc, where his death occurred in 1907. His widow then made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Shanklin, until her death, which occurred in 1917. Mr. and Mrs. Shanklin have two children, Grace and Albert. Politically Mr. Shanklin is a republican and a member of the county central committee of his party. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Knights of Pythias, the Pythian Sisters, the Dramatic Order of Knights of Khorassan and the Modern Woodmen of America. Through all the years of his residence in this locality, Mr. Shanklin has stood ready at all times to cooperate in all measures for the betterment of the community and has been a liberal supporter of worthy benevolent enterprises, so that he has well deserved the high place which he holds in the estimation of his fellowmen.

History of Santa Barbara County California 1927


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