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 Cornelia <I>Young</I> Wysinger

Cornelia Young Wysinger

Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Death 30 Jun 1954 (aged 80)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Fowler, Fresno County, California, USA
Memorial ID 36813472 · View Source
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Source: Delilah L. Beasley, "The Negro Trail Blazers of California", 1919, p. 153:

1896 - "Fowler, California, is one of the most interesting districts in the San Joaquin Valley. The holdings of the colored people in the district prove beyond a doubt that they are capable of pioneering.

Mr. Reuben Wysinger, a native son, owns a good ranch of fifteen acres planted in Muscat, Tompkins and seedless raisin grapes. These grapes yield, on an average, a ton to the acre and are marketed for $50 to $100 an acre. He also has a peach orchard of the "Muir" and "Alberta" peaches which yield two tons to the acre and sell all the way from $100 to $150 an acre.

Mr. Wysinger and two other colored gentlemen, realizing the possibilities of this section of California in the fruit industry, decided to procure a plot of land while the price was within their reach. They purchased a plot of eighty acres, paying $100 down and in five months paying another hundred dollars, which entitled them to a deed, with five years in which to pay the remaining indebtedness at 10 per cent interest. They paid twenty dollars an acre at the date of purchase, some fifteen years ago. Today one could not buy the same ground for several hundred dollars an acre. After securing the deed to the plot each man settled on his share and began the cultivation of the laud. It will be impossible to give the experience of every one of the gentlemen, but that of Mr. Wysinger can safely be taken as an example of them all. His experience and perseverance show what one can do with a will. He was employed during the day. After night, with the assistance of his wife, he planted his peach orchard and vineyard. Owing to their lack of experience, it required years of hard work before they were able to secure a crop of anything. They never faltered and finally conquered, and today they have a wonderful ranch that any one in the valley would be proud to own. The best part of it all is, they own a beautiful, modern home and an automobile from the products of a well-paying ranch. They have a family of three children, to whom they are giving the best education that the State affords. They are also giving them actual experience in ranch life, so that, if they wish, they can remain on the ranch and be independent."

Cornelia and Reuben Wysinger, married January 12, 1895.

The Wysinger family lived in the Fowler, California community since 1896, for 115 year. Starting with Reuben, and the last Wysinger to move out of the area was his great-granddaughter Valerie Wysinger in 2010.

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  • Maintained by: Myra Wysinger
  • Originally Created by: Lester Letson
  • Added: 6 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36813472
  • Myra Wysinger
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelia Young Wysinger (14 Jul 1873–30 Jun 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36813472, citing Fowler Cemetery, Fowler, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Myra Wysinger (contributor 47591359) .