J. A. ALTHOUSE.
Among the leaders in the citrus growing industry in Tulare county stands J. A. Atlhouse, whose industry, enterprise
and progressive methods have gained for him a success that has stamped him as a man of unusual ability. He was
born in York county, Pennsylvania, on the 14th day of February, 1861, and is the son of Henry and Juliana (Myers)
Althouse, both also natives of Pennsylvania and members of prominent old families of that state. Henry Althouse
was a minister of the Evangelical church and occupied many pulpits in Pennsylvania and the middle west. Eventually
he came to California and made this his permanent home.
J. A. Althouse received a good public school education and remained with his father until his marriage. He then
engaged in fruit raising on his own account, owning several citrus ranches in southern California until coming
to Tulare county in 1913. He is now the owner of a fine ranch of one hundred and sixty acres, one hundred and forty
five acres of which is in fruit, mostly oranges and lemons, and he is counted one of the most successful fruit
raisers in Tulare county. This is the fifth citrus fruit farm he has developed in this state and he leaves nothing
undone that will contribute to the successful growing and handling of his fruit. There are approximately ninety
acres of eleven year old fruit trees, orange, lemon and grape fruit. This grove has been one of the heavy producers
each year and is the pride of the county. He is a director in the Tulare Lemon and Grapefruit Association and is
also a director in the Sunland Packing House.
Mr. Althouse was married to Miss Bertha Boeck and they are the parents of three children, namely: Edith, the wife
of Everett Howell of Porterville; Benjamin, who is his father's assistant on the home ranch, and Henry James, of
Porterville, who is also associated with his father on the ranch. The mother of these children passed away on January
7, 1911. Mr. Althouse is an active member and a trustee of the Evangelical church in Porterville. He is a republican
in politics and a progressive man. He possesses to a marked degree those qualities that attract men and he enjoys
a large circle of warm and loyal friends. He is public spirited and supports every enterprise for the advancement
of the community welfare.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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