Biography of George N. Sanborn
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GEORGE NEWELL SANBORN.
The Green Mountain state has contributed of her citizenship to the upbuilding of California in many representatives, but of the number none have entered more thoroughly into the spirit of the west than has Mr. Sanborn. Born in Albany, Vt., December 27, 1835, he was reared in that locality and continued to make it his home until attaining manhood years. Although reared in a farming community his tastes did not lie in that direction, instead, having a taste for the work of the school room, and it is as teacher of the young that the greater part of his life has been passed.

Mr. Sanborn followed his profession of teacher four years in his native state, when he was seized with the western fever and determined to come to California. He made the voyage by the water route, via the Isthmus, and arrived at his destination in the state in April, 186o. Coming to Sonoma county, he began his career as a teacher in Petaluma, where he taught for three months, after which he taught in Oak Grove and had a larger number of pupils than there was at that time in the Santa Rosa schools. In 1862, on account of the ill health of his father, Mr Sanborn returned to Vermont via Nicaragua, and remained in the east two years. After the death of his father he again came to Sonoma county, in 1864, this voyage also being made by way of Nicaragua. Coming to Sebastopol he resumed his profession in the schools of this place. His experience in teaching extended over twenty four years, all of the districts in which he taught being within a radius of a few miles of his first school. With a record to his credit as the most painstaking and thorough instructor in Sonoma county, in the fall of 1884 he gave up the life for which he was so eminently fitted and began the development of the ranch property upon which he resided until 1900, when he located in Sebastopol. He had eighty acres of fine land, well suited to the raising of peaches, and by being painstaking and careful he made a success of it. Besides his orchard he also maintained a small vineyard. For about sixteen years he devoted the same energy to the management of this ranch that he had to the duties of the school room in previous years, but in 1900 he gave up its care to younger hands, and has since lived retired. In 1904 he sold the ranch. As a young man Mr. Sanborn was a deep student of the problems of life, and early in his career decided that the cause of the majority of the failures of life was attributable to lack of thoroughness. Taking to heart the lesson which he learned thus early in life he has done with his might whatever task he put his hand to, and to the religious application of this principle he gives credit for all that he has accomplished, both in his career as a teacher, and in his later efforts as a horticulturist. By making a thorough study of the peach industry he developed a grade of this fruit which has never had an equal in this section of the state. This is what is known as the orange cling peach, which grows to an unusual size, and it was no uncommon thing for one peach to weigh one pound. One season his crop ran as high as fifty one tons of orange cling peaches.

In 1864 Mr. Sanborn was married to Miss Emily J. Dewey, a native of Vermont, and one child was born of that marriage, George D., a real estate dealer in Sebastopol. Mr. Sanborn is a valued member of the Santa Rosa Grange and of the Sonoma County Pomona College, in both of which organizations his opinion on horticultural matters is regarded as authority. No one was more instrumental in the formation of the Sonoma County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company than was Mr. Sanborn, and most of the time since its organization he has served in the capacity of vice president. As early as 1859 he joined the Masonic order, and for over half a century he has stood by the principles for which that body stands. He is now a member of Lafayette Lodge No. 126, F. & A. M., of Sebastopol, of which he was secretary for many years. Those who know Mr. Sanborn appreciate his worth, and by all he is greatly esteemed and loved.

From:
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911


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