John B. Osborn


JOHN B. OSBORN. A successful business man and influential citizen of Atwater, Merced county, is John B. Osborn, since 1892 a resident of this place and a participant in all movements calculated to advance the general welfare of the community. A native Californian, he was born in San Joaquin county, October 10, 1858, a son of Henry A. Osborn, who came to this state in 1852. The latter was a native of Woodbury, Conn., where he was born February 13, 1828.  He remained in the east until attaining manhood, when he came to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama, on his arrival engaging in freighting out of Stockton. After some years he found employment in ranching, which occupied his attention for some time, after which he entered upon a mercantile life in
Turlock, Stanislaus county, where he has since remained, meeting with success in his work and establishing himself in the business life of that section.  His wife, formerly Minerva J. Baker, is a native of Pennsylvania and the daughter of W. J. Baker. an early settler of California. The children born of their union are named in order of birth as follows: William, of San Francisco; John B., of this review; Ellen, who married Clark Coulthard, of Fresno county; Edward, who is in business with his father; and Mary, the wife of Albert Owen,of Atwater.
   After spending his youth in Turlock, John B. Osborn came to Atwater in 1892, accepting a position as agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad at this place, and retaining the same with credit to himself until April 15, 1904. In the same year he also engaged in the mercantile business here, purchasing a small store, and building up in the passing years a custom which has justified him in the
erection of his present commodious building, which he put up in 1902.  He carries a large and complete stock of general merchandise and caters to a large trade throughout this part of the county, his conservative methods and unswerving integrity having won for him many friends. In addition to his mercantile interests Mr. Osborn owns a seventy-five acre peach orchard. and
four hundred and eighty acres of stock range, located four miles from Atwater, and well stocked with cattle. He also deals largely in sweet potatoes, shipping in a single season over two hundred carloads.
   In Stanislaus county Mr. Osborn was united in marriage with Mattie B. Legallee, a native of Iowa, and they have one son. Charles A. In his political convictions Mr. Osborn is a Republican, and is a popular and progressive man. Fraternally he is associated with the Knights of Pythias.


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