|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1876|
San Joaquin County
GEORGE MASON BANCROFT George Bancroft was born in 1876. His parents died while they were still young people. Little is known of his early life. He worked as a steam shovel engineer for the railroad and his work took him to many locations. He worked in Arizona,and near the Salton Sea and his wife, Flora Mae Shinn Bancroft, frequently brought their children, Raymond, Elizabeth, and Clarence, to visit him. They lived on the site of his work. When the family returned to live in Woodbridge and the children settled into local schools, George became a trustee of the old Woods School. He was a member of the Woodbridge Masonic Lodge, the Wood-bridge Order of Eastern Star, and the Woodbridge Odd Fellows Lodge. On one occasion, when the railroad wanted him to work on some construction near Valley Springs,he declined, saying he preferred not to work with equipment he was not familiar with, so the company brought his equipment up from the desert, and he did the job building the trestle there. When he retired from the railroad work. he farmed a small acreage. He died in 1924 at home in his sleep, while napping, at the age of 48. and is buried in Lodi Memorial Cemetery.
Biog. from the website "MyRootsPlace"
An energetic citizen of Woodbridge, to whom the community is much indebted, particularly for its fine new schoolhouse, which was built under his supervision as clerk of the school board, is George Mason Bancroft, who was born in Caledonia County, Vt., on September 23, 1876. The family of his father, Parker Bancroft, dates back to colonial days; the great historian, George Bancroft, being a cousin. Parker Bancroft married Miss Mary Ann Morrison, whose family are associated with some of the most interesting annals of Maine. He was a merchant, who died while they were living in New Hampshire, when George was only three years old; and as Mrs. Bancroft also passed away there, the lad had to get his education as best he could. At first he worked on farms in Vermont and New Hampshire, and later took work at the Groton, Vt. Mills. In 1899 he came to California, and to Acampo. Near there he labored for awhile as a ranch hand; and then, going to San Francisco, took a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, in the maintenance of way department, covering the line from Ashland, Ore., to El Paso, Tex., on all parts of the Western Division. He spent twenty-three years with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
Not withstanding these necessary migrations and temporary residences elsewhere, Mr. Bancroft has always made his home at Woodbridge since he came here. In 1903 he bought a vineyard of fifteen acres, and later acquired a vineyard of twenty acres south of Woodbridge, both of which are finely irrigated.
At Woodbridge, on June 15, 1902, Mr. Bancroft was married to Miss Flora May Shinn, a native of that town, and the daughter of H.D. and Emma Shinn. Her father was an honored pioneer of the state. Mrs. Bancroft completed her education at the San Joaquin Valley College, where she was a proficient student. Three children have blessed their union: Raymond Ellwood, now aged eighteen; Elizabeth, aged thirteen; and Clarence, aged ten. Mr. Bancroft is a Republican in matters of national political import. He is at present clerk of the school board of the Woodbridge district, and has had direct supervision of the building of the new school, at a cost of about $60,000, designed to accommodate 200 or more pupils. It is modern in every respect, and will be thoroughly up-to-date in its equipment. Mr. Bancroft is a Mason, belonging to the Woodbridge Lodge, and is also a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge and Encampment at Lodi, and has gone through all the chairs of the lodge. Mrs. Bancroft shares her husband's popularity; and they are untiring in their efforts to better the social life of their community.
Biog. from History of
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY
Transcribed by : Linda Diane Jackson 10/3/2009
Flora Mae Shinn Bancroft (1875 - 1945)*
Raymond Elwood Bancroft (1903 - 1982)*
Elizabeth Mae Bancroft Gardner (1910 - 2001)*
Clarence Mason Bancroft (1911 - 1969)*
Lodi Memorial Cemetery
San Joaquin County
Created by: Roland J. Dillon Boulwar...
Record added: Jul 03, 2012
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