|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1878|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1930|
Known throughout Merced County as an expert on fig growing and developing, Albert G. Tracy has been one of the most important factors in that branch of horticulture in this section of California, for he not only has brought his own acreage to the highest state of cultivation and valuation, but he has been of very material aid in helping others to do the same. He is known to all as a genuine man, ready to help those in difficulty, among whom he is known as the "Fig expert," gaining the title through actual experience with problems of his own in the industry.
Mr. Tracy is a native of Ohio, born in Toledo, August 12, 1874, and he is the only survivor of a family of four children born to George A. and Sarah (MacElroy) Tracy, the former a native of Connecticut, and the latter of New York State. George A. Tracy, who at the venerable age of eighty-four years is making his home with his son, of this review, has an enviable record as a building contractor. Coming to Los Angeles at the tail end of the boom of 1886, he remained there six years, and then moved to Fresno, in 1892, and he has been a leader in the trade for over forty years of building in the State. His wife passed to her reward on October 22, 1922.
Albert G. received his education in the schools of Los Angeles and Fresno; and in 1896 with a party of thirteen Fresno men, he went north to the west coast of Alaska, and was absent for four and one-half years. On his return to California he entered the service of Uncle Sam, and with the United States Regulars, went with a pack-train into the Boxer region of China during that uprising, occupying the territory for twelve months. He was afterwards with the troops under Major Case in the Philippines, and with Engineer Andre in road construction and helped put in the first American roadbeds on the islands. He was elected sheriff of Sourge, and filled that office for three years.
When he returned to California and civilian life, Mr. Tracy located in Fresno, and took up horticultural work in 1905. Starting on forty acres in the McKinley district, and with limited means at the start, he has made several remarkable achievements in his chosen field as a fruit man. Raisin grapes and peach-growing were his first endeavors, and for seven years he tussled with each as a problem, both from the standpoint of grower and also the marketing side of the industry, which in the days before cooperation was a very serious problem for the grower. Mr. Tracy was instrumental in organizing, and is a charter member of the California Peach and Fig Growers Association. He developed a fine ranch, and acquired other valuable holdings in Fresno, which he disposed of, on his removal to Merced County.
His latest success has been in the Black Mission and Adriatic fig industry, and he is conceded by those who know to be an expert authority on fig growing in California ; his counsel and advice, is sought from near and far. In 1912 he sought a new field in which to develop the fig, then in its infancy as an industry and unknown to the large majority of valley ranchers as a producer, and a profitable one. He looked up and down the State, and after careful consideration chose the Merced district for his development work. Purchasing a tract of land five miles east of Merced, on Childs Avenue, up to the present writing he has developed into fine fig groves some 300 acres of land, having in the meantime engaged in the real estate business, with an office in Merced until a short time ago, when he discontinued his town office and now transacts all his business at his home, situated on the site of his first location in the county, and surrounded by eleven acres of figs in a highly developed state. Mr. Tracy named some of the avenues in his district, and he was one of the pioneers in an industry which has been of far-reaching effect in placing Merced County near the head of California's fruit districts, the value of which will be shown more and more plainly as the years pass.
November 15, 1905, occurred the marriage of Albert G. Tracy to Miss Maude L. Beck, a native of Kansas City, and daughter of a pioneer Fresno family, where her parents now reside. Mr. Tracy is a member of the Masons and Odd Fellows, both of Merced.
John Outcalt's 1925 "History of Merced County" pages 624-625
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003
George A. Tracy
birth: 12 August 1877 Swanton, Lucas, Ohio
father: George A. Tracy
mother: Sarah Mc Elroy
United States Census, 1880
George Tracy Son
birth: 1878 Ohio, United States
residence: 1880 Swanton, Lucas, Ohio, United States
father: George A Tracy
mother: Sarah Tracy
other: Harry Tracy
United States Census, 1910
Albert Tracy Head
birth: 1878 Ohio
residence: 1910 Township 2, Fresno, California, United States
spouse: Maud Tracy
George Albert Tracy (1840 - 1930)
Sara Mc Elroy Tracy (1842 - 1922)
Maud L Beck Tracy (1888 - 1985)
Note: Per census and birth data, likely born George Albert Tracy Jr, but took the name Albert as an adult
Mountain View Cemetery
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Jan 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23914460
In 1896 with a party of thirteen Fresno men, he went north to the west coast of Alaska, and was absent for four and one-half years.Although not mentioned in his bio, this overlaps the Klondike gold rush|
Added: Jan. 18, 2016
Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Added: Jan. 15, 2016