Reason F. Bartlett

REASON F. BARTLETT, Treasurer of  Merced county, is a native of Kentucky, born September 19, 1846, a son of Dr. John G. Bartlett. After completing the course of the common schools he entered an academy at Newcastle, Kentucky, from which he was graduated in 1867. Two years later he set out for the far West, and arriving at the mines of Nevada he stopped there, and during the time picked up a practical know- ledge of the carpenter's trade. He also engaged in the lumber business at Eureka, .Nevada, where he remained until 1881. In November of that year he went to Bodie, Mono county, California, and mined there for a year; he then came to Plainsburg, Merced county, where he took charge of the Grange warehouse. For eight years he gave his attention to this business, and was very successful.

Being well and favorably known throughout the community, when his name was presented as a candidate for Treasurer of Merced county, in November, 1890, he was elected by a majority of 474 over his opponent, being the choice of the Democratic party. He took charge of the office January 5, 1891, and has made a very fine record as an official.

Mr. Bartlett was married in 1872, to Miss Mattie L. Spinks, a native of Texas. To them have been born two sons, Clyde and Roy. Our subject owns some valuable town property in the young and thriving town of Selma, Fresno county. He is one of Merced county's most active and progressive citizens and merits the confidence reposed in him.  He is a member of the A. O. U. W., Merced Lodge, No. 74, of which he is secretary, and is president of the Merced Building and Loan Association, which was organized in June, 1891.

Facsimile Reproduction
Memorial and Biographical History
Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras,
Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties

The Guild McHenry Museum of Art and History
Modesto, California - 1980


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