WILLIAM BARLOW MORDECAI.
One of the youngest and at the same time one of the most enterprising tillers of the soil in Sonoma county is William
Barlow Mordecai, well known in the vicinity of Petaluma and Two Rock, where his entire life has been passed. He
was born in Petaluma May 9, 1889, the only son born to his parents, Thomas and Eva (Barlow) Mordecai; besides him
there was also a daughter, Frances, who is now the wife of Walter Foster, of Petaluma.
When William B. Mordecai was a child of four years his parents removed from town to the ranch which the father
leased, lying between Petaluma and Two Rock, and here he was reared, and here also he gained his first knowledge
of books in the district school. Subsequently he attended the public school at Petaluma, continuing his studies
there until he was nineteen years of age. In the meantime the father had died and the care of the ranch fell upon
the mother until the son was able to assume the responsibilities. At the age of nineteen years, when his schooling
was completed, he returned to the home ranch and relieved his mother of the cares which she had borne so patiently
since the death of her husband, in March, 1904. Mrs. Mordecai now makes her home in Petaluma.
The ranch upon which Mr. Mordecai resides is the property of his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Louisa Barlow, a resident
of Berkeley, Cal., and comprises two hundred and sixteen acres of fine land. Mr. Mordecai does not specialize on
any one branch of agriculture, finding diversified farming a congenial as well as a remunerative occupation. Of
his varied interests the raising of chickens probably takes the lead, his flock comprising four thousand chickens.
Thirty eight cows contribute to his dairy, besides which he has eight horses and colts. Twenty acres of the land
are under cultivation to potatoes, thirty acres are in hay, while ten acres are in apples, including several of
the best varieties.
When less than twenty years of age Mr. Mordecai was married, August 5, 1908, to Miss Hannah Gould, a resident of
Penn Grove. He is identified with only one organization, the Two Rock Grange, of which he is an enthusiastic member.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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