Biography of John F. McGeorge
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





JOHN FREDERICK McGEORGE. - The pioneer grocer of Eureka, whose first identification with this line of business dates back to the opening of a small store at No. 1037 B street during the year 1883, is John Frederick McGeorge, a native of the parish of St. James, Charlotte county, New Brunswick, born June 3, 1846, of Scotch descent, and reared on a farm in that province. On leaving home to take up the task of self support he went across the St. Croix river into Maine and was employed on farms in Aroostook county, where he continued for a number of years. Removing to Pennsylvania in 1872, he found employment on a farm in Clearfield county and remained in the same locality until 1877, after which he worked in the oil fields of Clarion, MacKean and Venango counties, in the same state. From Pennsylvania he came to California in 1883 and settled in Eureka, where he since has made his home and where, beginning with practically no capital, he has risen to a position among the prosperous real estate owners and business men of the place.

After continuing for some years in small quarters, the growth of the business made it necessary to have a larger building, which was erected for him by the Dr. Clark estate. This he afterward purchased and here he conducted a first class grocery business, that was incorporated in 1903 as the J. F. McGeorge Co. Recently he relinquished the active management of the grocery in order that he might devote his attention to his various property holdings.

Through his marriage, in 1877, to Mary B. Fulton, a native of Clearfield county, Pa., Mr. McGeorge has two daughters, Grace A. and Edith, both of whom are efficient teachers in the public schools of Eureka. Made a Mason in Clearfield Lodge, F. & A. M., in 1873, Mr. McGeorge has since been interested in the activities of Masonry, being exalted in Clearfield Chapter, R. A. M. He is now affiliated with Humboldt Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M., of which he is a past master, and of Humboldt Chapter No. 52, R. A. M., and with his wife and daughter is a member of Camelia Chapter No. 63, O. E. S.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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