Biography of Wallace Sullivan
Kings County, CA Biographies





WALLACE SULLIVAN.
Agriculture has been the true source of man's dominion on earth ever since the primal existence of labor and has been the pivotal industry which has controlled for the most part all the fields of action to which his intelligence and energy have been devoted. Realizing the supreme importance of this fact, up to date farming communities are now bending every effort to advance the interests of those who devote themselves to the cultivation of the soil. Not the least of these agencies now is the county farm agent, whose educated intelligence is at the service of the farmer, to the latter's benefit and profit. Wallace Sullivan, who has for six years ably filled the position of farm advisor of Kings county, representing the University of California and the United States department of agriculture, was born on a farm near Thompsonville, Illinois, on the 5th day of December, 1887, the son of Silas and Rhoda J. (Stull) Sullivan, the former of whom is deceased. Silas Sullivan followed farming as a vocation, but was also a preacher of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Wallace Sullivan attended the rural schools of his native community, but was not then satisfied to settle down to the routine of ordinary farm life and work. He became a student in the Kansas State Teachers College, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in education. He then entered the Colorado State Agricultural College, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Science in agriculture, and afterward took a special course in agriculture in the University of California, at Berkeley. He then became principal of the agricultural school in Kansas, and later, for two years, was an instructor in the Colorado Agricultural College. Following this he went to Utah, where for one year he served as county farm agent, and in January, 1918, came to Hanford and became the first farm advisor of Kings county. Mr. Sullivan has a thorough knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of all phases of farming operations and is able thus to bring to farmers who need him the most advanced knowledge and science in relation to their work. Many problems which formerly retarded the farmer's work are in these days solved through the agency and assistance of these educated men, who are thus contributing in an immeasurable degree to the farmer's success and the prosperity of the entire community. Mr. Sullivan is genial and unassuming and by his courteous manner and evident desire to be of practical service to the community, has won the confidence and esteem of all who are in touch with what he is doing.

Mr. Sullivan was married to Miss Mary E. Bice, of Kansas, and to them have been born the following children: Elizabeth, Wallace K., Elsie Marie, Harold B. and Katharine Aileen. Though nominally a republican in his political affiliation, Mr. Sullivan is non partisan in local elections, feeling rightly that a candidate's fitness for office is of more importance than the particular label he may be carrying. He is a lover of out door sports, and from his school days has been an ardent football enthusiast.

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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