O. S. BLACKMON
One of the excellent and well known ranches of the Napa valley is that formerly owned by O. S. Blackmon, whose
family were among the early settlers of this locality. Mr. Blackmon was a native of the state of New York, where
he was reared and educated and then learned the trade of a blacksmith. He moved to Arlington, Fayette county, Iowa,
where for twenty years he was engaged in the manufacture of lumber, owning a sawmill there, in conjunction with
which he operated a grist mill. In 1880 he crossed the plains from Iowa to the Pacific coast, driving two wagons
and a top buggy, with six horses, the buggy being still in the possession of his son, Dale. The family spent the
first winter in Oregon and in the spring of the following year started southward, arriving in the Napa valley,
June 18, 1881. Mr. Blackmon bought the Darling ranch of one hundred and thirty acres, seven acres of which at that
time were in vineyard, and there he spent his remaining years, dying April 17, 1903, secure in the esteem and respect
of the entire community. He had married Miss Sarah Genung, a native of Ohio, and her death occurred in 1909. Of
their children, four are living, namely: Mrs. Emily Maleom, Mrs. Carrie Metzgus, B. F. and Dale, all of whom were
born in the east.
Dale Blackmon was about six years of age when the family came to the Napa valley and settled on the Darling ranch,
and here he has remained practically continuously since. He received his education in the public schools of this
locality and assisted his father in the operation of the ranch, which he managed after the latter's death. In 1909,
at her death, his mother deeded the ranch to him, and he has since devoted himself closely to its conduct. He has
made a number of splendid improvements on the place and is maintaining it at a high standard of excellence, it
being recognized as one of the best ranches in this section of the county. He has twenty five acres in vineyard
and fruit, the latter including cherries, peaches, apples, quinces, apricots and walnuts, and in every respect
has demonstrated business ability of a high order, as well as a thorough and practical knowledge of horticulture.
Mr. Blackmon is a member of the Napa County Farm Bureau. His life has been a busy and successful one, and while
laboring primarily to advance his own interests he has not been neglectful of his larger duties to the community.
His steady and industrious habits, his sound and practical business methods and his forceful individuality have
gained for him the sincere respect and admiration of all who know him, and he stands among the representative citizens
of the Napa valley.
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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