GEORGE W. RYAN
SURNAMES: SHORT, LANHAM,
An experienced, successful rancher whose long years of
arduous, intelligent labor have enabled him at last to retire in
comfort. enjoying the confidence and esteem of all who know him, is
George W. Ryan, a native of Bethel, Claremont County, Ohio, where he
was born on May 10. 1852. His father, Patrick Ryan. was a native of
Ireland, who came to the United States when a mere boy; he was a
wagon-maker by trade, and he married Miss Ann Erwin, a devoted wife and
an affectionate mother. Both died there.
George W. attended the grammar school at Bethel, learned telegraphing,
became an operator and a station agent on the Wabash Railway, and
afterwards studied at Oberlin College. At the age of nineteen he went
to Shelby County, Illinois, and near Windsor he commenced farming. He
raised excellent corn and stock, and continued there for eight years.
In 1882 he moved to Pembina, Dakota Territory, and there he owned a
farm but engaged in the banking business, continuing altogether
eighteen years. and established banks at Crystal and Cavalier in Dakota
and Hallock, Minnesota. In 1884 he moved to Spink County. now in South
Dakota. and there he homesteaded land, proved up on it. and returned to
Pembina. In the eighteen years in which our subject remained in Dakota,
he acquired several thousand acres of land, which he devoted to grain
and flax. There. too, he reared his family.
In 1900 he sold out and came to California. and for six years he lived
in the Sacramento Valley. In 1906 he removed to San Jose. and he has
lived here ever since, engaging in the real estate, insurance, and
loaning business until 1920. He owns 235 acres in Placer County, Cal..
a ranch devoted to plums, pears, peaches and grapes. He also is
interested in about 600 acres at Atwater devoted to peaches, almonds,
pears, and apricots. Both of his ranches are well irrigated.
At Fairmount, Ill., on December 1. 1881, Mr. Ryan was married to Miss
Mary Short. a native of that place and the daughter of Thomas and
Virginia (Lanham) Short. She is a lineal descendant of the old
Short family of Virginia, and is also related to the Lanhams. She was
educated in the schools of Illinois, and has assisted in the education
of three children of her own. Fred S. is a well-known physician of San
Jose, in the enjoyment of a large and constantly increasing practice.
Clarissa Maud is at home, as is also Margaret. C. Ryan.
Mr. Ryan is a Royal Arch Mason. He has today one of the finest homes of
San Jose; but the reader will regret to learn that in 1920 he suffered
a paralytic stroke which has made it difficult for him to get about—a
severe trial to ,one for so many years so active and industrious, and
always so considerate of and attentive to the wants of others.
from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922 page 1443
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