Biography of Julius H. Fox
Kings County, CA Biographies





JULIUS H. FOX.
In the early days the Pacific coast was often a tempting field to energetic, ambitious, strong minded men, and California was filled with them during the time she was struggling up to a respectable position in the sisterhood of states. There was a fascination in the broad field and great promise which the new region offered to activity and originality, which attracted many men, and it was this class more than any other that gave shape, direction and character to the state. Julius H. Fox, one of the pioneer residents of Kings county and one of the most active men in its public affairs for many years, became identified with this locality in an early day and through all the subsequent years he has been a potent factor in its development. He was born in Steuben county, Indiana, on the 23d day of October, 1846, the son of Joel A. and Sarah G. (Barry) Fox, the former of whom was a native of Massachusetts and the latter of Vermont.

Julius H. Fox was reared and educated in his native county and at the age of eighteen years he enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment of Michigan Volunteer Infantry. This was near the close of the war, but he saw some active service in the south before the end of the struggle. The family came to California in 1873, traveling by railroad on an emigrant train which required ten days to make the run from Chicago to Los Angeles. Upon reaching the latter place they bought one hundred and thirty acres of land, where now is the corner of Seventh and Olive streets, for thirty two hundred dollars. But their funds failed to arrive from the east in time for them to make the final payment when due, and they lost the land. However, they had brought with them five hundred portable bath tubs, which they sold here at a good profit and thus they were provided with funds with which to make a start in the new country.

Julius Fox took up a soldier's homestead and filed a pre emption claim on a piece of land between Traver and Dinuba, in Tulare county, and gave his attention to the farming of this land. Later the family moved to the spot where Lemoore now stands and in 1877, in connection with Dr. L. L. Moore, the father bought one hundred and sixty acres near by and Julius Fox's father in law, Dr. L. Lee Moore, bought one hundred and sixty acres on the present site of the city. Dr. L. Lee Moore was the pioneer physician of this locality, practicing his profession here for many years, and the town of Lemoore was named in his honor. Mr. Fox is now the owner of two valuable and highly improved ranches, of eighty and one hundred and forty acres respectively. In 1924 he sold twenty one acres, the site of the new Lemoore Union high school, for twenty one thousand dollars. For twenty two years Mr. Fox was a member of the leading mercantile firm in Lemoore, he and B. K. Sweetland forming the well known firm of Fox & Sweetland. They sold their business in 1906.

Mr. Fox has taken an active part in practically all local public movements and has been honored in various ways. He was an alternate delegate to the Republican National convention at Chicago which nominated Theodore Roosevelt for the presidency; was a member of the board of supervisors of Tulare county in 1890, and became chairman of the first board of supervisors of Kings county after the organization of the county in 1893; is a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Lemoore; and was formerly a director of the Kings River Ditch Company. He was a member of the school board of Lemoore at the time of the construction of the first modern school building erected here.

In 1868 Mr. Fox was married, in Sturgis, Michigan, to Miss Emma Moore, the daughter of Dr. L. Lee Moore. Mr. and Mrs. Fox have a son: Lynn, who is an accomplished musician and successful violin teacher. Mrs. Lynn Fox is a popular teacher in the Lemoore schools. Mr. Fox was a charter member of the Lemoore Masonic lodge and there is but one other surviving charter member. He is a past master of his lodge. He is also a charter member of the Masonic Club of San Francisco. He was one of the founders of Union Post, Grand Army of the Republic, in Lemoore, and of the original thirty members only three are now living.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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