FLOURNY GUSTIN POOR, an honored pioneer of 1854, is a native of Clark county, Kentucky, born March 9, 1833, and a son of William and Priscilla (Lane) Poor. The parents were Virginians by birth, and the father was a wealthy planter and slave-owner; their family consisted of three daughters and a son who is the subject of this notice. He remained under the parental roof until he was nineteen years of age, and then started out in the world to make his own fortune. He went to Platte county, Missouri, and was engaged in farming there until 1854. On the 14th day of April of that year, he left Independence, Missouri, with ox teams and a drove of cattle, his destination being the Golden State. He arrived in Stockton October 10 of the same year, having had a long and weary journey. A month later found him near Mt. View in San Jose valley, where he had employment for six months; thence he went to the redwoods of San Mateo county and for five years drove ox teams. He then began ranching in Sonoma county, and later was engaged in the livery business at Healdsburg; this he conducted until 1865, when he again went on a ranch; this occupied him until 1872, when he came to Merced county and located on Bear creek; after two years he moved to Merced river and for nine years devoted his time to farming; thence he removed to the Crocker ranch near Merced, which he cultivated three years. In 1885 he located where he now lives, nine' miles southeast of Merced, where he is farming three and a half sections of land. On an average two-thirds of this vast territory are in wheat every year, and the entire tract is managed with an admirable intelligence. Mr. Poor is one of the most practical of farmers, and his efforts have met with a generous reward.
He was married, in 1861, to Isabel Irelan, and to them the following children were born: William, John, Henry, Hannah, wife of George Strothers; Arthur and Walter. The mother died in 1878. In 1881 Mr. Poor was married a second time, being united to Mrs. Isabel Haskell, a daughter of John Burns, a most worthy pioneer. By her first marriage Mrs. Poor had two children, Guy and Laura Haskell; by her union with Mr. Poor five children have been born: Annie, who died at the age of ten years; Jessie, Allie, Edna and Pearlie, who was named for Benjamin Pearlie Poor, a gentleman who distinguished himself by wheeling a barrel of apples thirty miles from New Orleans on a bet made during a presidential campaign.
Mr. Poor is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to La Grange Lodge, No. 99, F. & A. M. Politically he affiliates with the Democratic party.
Facsimile Reproduction
Memorial and Biographical History
Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras,
Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties
The Guild McHenry Museum of Art and History
Modesto, California - 1980

contributed by Thomas Hilk