Biography of Elam Manier
Tulare County, CA Biographies





ELAM MANIER.
Prominent among the worthy representatives of the pioneer element in Tulare county is Elam Manier, who for many years was a forceful factor in the growth, development and prosperity of this section of the valley and as such his name and reputation extended far beyond the limits of the locality where the greater part of his life has been spent. Elam Manier, who is of French descent on the paternal side, was born in Texas on the 31st day of July, 1850, and is the son of William and Susan (Miles) Manier, natives, respectively, of Virginia and Illinois. William Manier, who was a rancher in Texas, died when his son Elam was but four years old. He had one child besides Elam, Elizabeth, who became the wife of B. F. Mitchell of Colusa county, California.

Elam Manier attended the common schools during his early youth, but in 1864, when but fourteen years of age, he accompanied his uncle, H. H. Miles, to California, the trip being made by the way of the Isthmus of Panama. The uncle settled in Healdsburg, Sonoma county, where Elam Manier remained until 1868, when he came to Tulare county and went to work for his maternal grandfather, William Miles, who had come to California in 1851. Elam Manier was an industrious and economical young man, so that in 1874 he was enabled to buy his first land. This was located five miles southeast of Springville, and to this he added by homestead and other purchases from time to time until he had at one time two thousand, one hundred acres of land and for many years was known as one of the big cattle raisers and extensive grain farmers of this part of the county. He operated his ranches until 1922, when he sold his farm land and retired from active business, buying a comfortable home on three acres of land in Springville, where he made his home until March, 1925, when following the death of his wife on February 26th of that year he came to Porterville, where he makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Doty.

On January 8, 1873, Mr. Manier was married to Miss Ellen Osborne, who was born in Grass Valley, Nevada county. She was the daughter of Ashbell Osborne, who came from the east by ox team, remained until 1852, then returned east and brought his family, thus making three trips across the plains by ox team. To Mr. and Mrs. Manier were born nine children, namely: Eva, who died at the age of ten years; Rebecca, who died at the age of nine months; Myrtle, the wife of Elmer Doty; Sada, now deceased, who was the wife of C. W. Hubbs; Letha M., the wife of Richard Withrow; Edgar, who died at the age of ten months; Fay; Glenn, who died at the age of twenty three years; and 011ie, the wife of Thomas Bobo. There are also twenty grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A most enjoyable event was the celebration, on January 8, 1923, of the golden anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Manier, which was observed in a manner befitting the unusual occasion. Mr. Manier has all through his long residence in this locality been true to his duties of citizenship and has given earnest support to every movement for the advancement of the public welfare. He is a genial and approachable man, whom it is a pleasure to deal with, and by his upright life and fine qualities he has won a host of loyal friends throughout the community.

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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