Biography of John H. Routt
Tulare County, CA Biographies





JOHN HENRY ROUTT is one of the representative business men of Lemoore, Tulare County, California, and as an enterprising man and public spirited citizen, stands high in the estimation of the community.

Mr. Routt dates his birth in the State of Missouri. His father, Henry Lewis Routt, was born in Kentucky, and when a young man moved to Missouri and there reared his family. His ancestors were of Scotch-Irish origin and were early settlers in the South. Henry Lewis Routt married Mary Catherine Butler, a native of Kentucky, who was reared in Missouri. To them eight children were born, of whom seven are living, four in California. The subject of our sketch was the fifth born and was reared and educated in his native State. He first clerked in a grocery store, afterward learned the tinner's trade and worked at it one year. He then engaged in the lumber business, first in Missouri and afterwards in Iowa, remaining in the latter State three years. He next moved to Kansas and followed the same business a year, returned to Missouri, and about a year later, in 1886, came to California. For a year and a half he was with the Moore & Smith Lumber Company, at Merced. In September, 1887, he came to Lemoore to take charge of the San Joaquin Lumber Company's business, and has since remained at this place, having full charge of their interests here. He was special partner in a drug business in the town for a year, after which he sold out, but still owns the building in which the store is conducted. He owns a forty acre fruit ranch, eight acres in raisin grapes and twelve in deciduous fruit trees. He also has a ten acre colony tract, which he is improving with trees and vines, and on which he is planting ornamental trees, flowers and shrubs.

In 1879 Mr. Routt was married to Miss Sarah D. Landram, a native of Missouri, and their union has been blessed with two ehildren. The elder, Lida Ethel, died at the age of seventeen months. Their son, Forrest Vincil, is a bright boy of eight years and sings remarkably well for one of hips age. Mr. and Mrs. Routt are members of the Presbyterian Church, and both are prominent in musical circles. Mr. Rontt is an elder in the church and has been superintendent of the Sabbath school in Lemoore since its organization. Indeed, he has been engaged in this work from his youth up, having been a Sabbath school superintendent since he was nineteen years old. He was one of the organizers of the Presbyterian church here. Politically he is a Democrat. In both religions and secular matters he takes a prominent and active part, and is classed among the most worthy and reliable citizens of Lemoore.

From:
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


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