F. P. CORMAN.
After years of earnest and unremitting toil, F. P. Corman, a highly respected citizen of Napa county, is now able
to live more leisurely, enjoying the golden sunset of his life in the enjoyment of the fruits of his years of effort,
residing in his attractive and comfortable home located on the Napa road. Mr. Corman is a native of Kentucky, and
he was born on the 12th day of January, 1853, a son of J. T. and Marguerite (Zyke) Gorman, farming folk in the
Blue Grass state. His educational opportunities were somewhat limited, as he obtained only about five years of
school training but he has been a close observer of men and events and is today a well informed man. He assisted
his father on the home farm until he attained his majority and then started out on his own account.
Coming to California, Mr. Corman located in Colusa county and there was engaged in farming for about three years.
In 1878 he went to Kansas, where he gave his attention to farming and also engaged in the grocery business. He
remained in that locality until 1888, when he returned to California, locating in San Jose county, where he was
engaged in plaster and masonry contracting for about ten years. In 1898 he went to Alaska and for four years devoted
his attention to mining, and in 1902 he came to Napa county and bought two ranches, on one of which he established
his permanent home. A few years ago he bought a third ranch in Napa county and recently has purchased a ranch in
Sonoma county, so that he is now the owner of some fine acreage in one of the best sections of the state.
Mr. Corman was married in Kansas City to a Miss Hamilton, who was born January 1, 1853, and two children have blessed
this union, namely: E. P., who was married to Miss Ada Balch and has four children; and Frank C. Politically Mr.
Gorman gives his support to the democratic party, and he is a Protestant in his religious faith. What he has achieved
in life proves the force of his character and illustrates his steadfastness of purpose. Beginning at the bottom
of the ladder, he has climbed to the top solely by his own efforts, and his life constitutes a striking example
of what may be accomplished by the exercise of sound judgment, persistent effort and thrift.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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