Biography of William W. Sheahan
Kings County, CA Biographies





WILLIAM W. SHEAHAN.
Probably no citizen of Kings county in the same period of years has taken a more active and effectual part in advancing the interests of the community, especially along the line of the development of the ranch interests, than has William W. Sheahan, the efficient and faithful clerk of the city of Lemoore. He was born in Clay county, Nebraska, on the 7th day of January, 1877. When he was five years old the family moved to Knox county, Illinois, where he was reared and attended school. Upon attaining mature years he went to work on farms, but some time later went to Peoria, Illinois, and became a clerk in the wholesale hardware house of Clark, Quein & Morse, with whom he remained four years. He then resumed farming in Illinois, which engaged his attention for seven years, at the end of which time, in the spring of 1911, he came to Kings county. Buying a ranch near Stratford, he engaged in the dairy business, in which he met with a very gratifying measure of success. In the spring of 1924 Mr. Sheahan was elected city clerk of Lemoore, whereupon he leased his ranch and moved to this city, where he now resides. He has so conducted the affairs of his office as to win the hearty approval of his fellow citizens, being capable in a business way and accommodating and courteous in his relations with the public. Mr. Sheahan owns eighty acres of land near Stratford, planted to alfalfa.

Since coming to Kings county Mr. Sheahan has taken an active interest in irrigation projects, having given much study to this problem, and has been influential in the development of irrigation. At the present time he is assessor, collector and treasurer of the Lemoore irrigation district. He is a director of the Lemoore Canal & Irrigation Company, a director in the Jacob Rancho Water Company and in every possible way exerts his influence to the end that the farmers of this district may realize the greatest possible returns from their land. He was formerly a director of the Lake View school district and was one of the advocates and promoters of the new schoolhouse built there.

Mr. Sheahan was married to Miss Iona B. Sellon, who was born and reared in Galva, Henry county, Illinois, and they are the parents of three daughters; Gladys, Austa and Margaret. Personally Mr. Sheahan is genial and approachable, and by a life consistent in motive and because of his many fine qualities of head and heart, he has earned the sincere regard of a vast acquaintance.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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