|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1838|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1915|
Thank you Lester, I do enjoy your biography's, are you sure you weren't a history teacher in the past life? LOL
From a 1905 biography by J M Guinn
THOMAS EDWARD BACON. As a pioneer among the primitive conditions, hardships and dangers of the early days, Mr. Bacon recalls the events which have marked the progress and development of Fresno county. He was born in St. Louis county, Mo., September 9, 1838, the fourth in a family of children born to his parents. His father, William Bacon, is mentioned at length in the biographical sketch of James A. Bacon, of Orosi, which appears in another part of this volume. Thomas Edward Bacon was reared in his birthplace until attaining the age of eleven years, when he started to Texas with his father. Instead of completing the journey a stop was made in Arkansas, where, in Crawford county, the elder man engaged m farming. For ten years Thomas E. remained upon the paternal farm, receiving his education in the common school in the vicinity of his home. On September 2, 1858, he married Lucinda Strawn, a native of Crawford county, Ark., and the following year they came as far west as Tucson, Ariz., with ox-teams, spending the winter in that place. In i860 the journey was completed to Visalia, Tulare county, shortly after the arrival locating on the St. John's river, seven miles northeast of that city. In 1861 Mr. Bacon went to Mariposa county and engaged in the wood business /or four y^ars, in January, 1865, locating in the Kings river bottom about two and a half miles below old Scottsburg. He engaged in the raising of hogs and cattle and met with success in the venture. In 1868 he bought a section of land nine miles northeast of the
present site of Centerville, which he improved and utilized in stock-raising. He remained in that location for sixteen years, when he sold out and moved to Academy, on Dry Creek, where he bought a residence and twenty acres of land, this move being for the purpose of educating his children in what was then the best school in Fresno county. He still follows the cattle business on the Upper Kings river, where he owns a stock ranch. In 1902 he located in Fresno, purchasing his present residence at No. 251 Clark street. In addition to his ranch on Upper Kings river he owns in partnership with his son-in-law, J. G. Simpson, a large herd of cattle on Dry creek.
To Mr. and Mrs. Bacon were born the following children : Amanda R., the wife of Dr. B. W. Doyle, of Fresno; Amelia, the wife of Wesley B. Hazelton, of Sanger; John A., in the stock business in the vicinity of Fresno; Frank, in the stock business at Academy; Laura B., the wife of J. G. Simpson, of Academy; and Ida M., a teacher in the Fresno schools. Mr. Bacon served as school trustee for several terms in the Fancher Creek and Academy districts, and takes a strong interest in the development and progress of educational matters in the community. He is a Democrat politically and served as deputy assessor in the same localities for thirteen years and as a member of the county central committee. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which he is ruling elder, and fraternally is identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
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