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David Anthony VAUGHN 1846-1917 bio

Few men in the vicinity of Porterville are in higher repute than David Anthony Vaughn, a brief account of whose career to this time is here given.

He was born at East Greenwich, Kent County, R. I., October 7, 1846, a son of Caleb and Lydia (Hathaway) Vaughn, natives of the same town. Caleb Vaughn, who was born in 1816, and now ninety-seven years old, is still living there; his wife died in 1881. They had two sons and four daughters: David A., William, Pheby, Susan, Lydia and Addie. Pheby, Addie and William are living at East Greenwich.

In May, 1868, Mr. Vaughn started for California by way of Panama, and arrived at San Francisco June 13, following. That same year in San Joaquin County, he leased a five hundred and ten acre ranch and for three years engaged in stock-raising and wheat growing. In 1871 he moved to Porterville, Tulare County, where for twenty years he gave his attention almost exclusively to sheep raising. During that period he purchased about six thousand acres of land from individuals and from the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. He has sold three hundred and twenty acres of orange land, which is now being improved, and now owns fifty-three hundred and sixty acres, sixteen hundred acres of which is number one orange land. For the last thirty years he has grown wheat and raised cattle.

In 1904, upon the organization of the First National Bank of Porterville, he was one of its original stockholders and he has since owned a considerable interest in the institution. In 1907 he moved his family from his ranch to the city of Porterville, where he had bought a family residence at the intersection of Morton and D streets. He was elected mayor of Porterville in 1910 for a two-year term, after which he refused to again become a candidate. During his term of office he made a record as an able, honest and up-to-date executive. During all the years of his manhood he has been a Republican and he is still proud to support the policies of that party.

In 1880, at East Greenwich, R. I., Mr. Vaughn married Amanda M. Shippee, a daughter of Manser and Harriet Shippee, natives of that town. Mrs. Vaughn was educated in the public schools of East Greenwich, and came to California immediately after her marriage. L. U. Shippee, her uncle, had come to Stockton in 1853. Mrs. Vaughn's parents are both dead. She has two brothers and two sisters living in East Greenwich, R. I. Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn have two daughters. Minnie and Bessie. Minnie married J. S. McGahey, of Porterville. in 1903, and they have a son named Earl.

Tulare & Kings Counties, California


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