Contra Costa County












JOHN BARRETT EAKLE.  The characteristics most responsible for the success of John Barrett Eakle are perseverance, determination and unswerving integrity.  Born in Woodland, Cal., June 7, 1868, he was worked his way unaided to business prominence in Point Richmond, and is the junior partner in the Tilden-Eakle Lumber Company, and the owner of a sixty-five acre ranch in the vicinity of Woodland.  Mr. Eakle’s parents, Christian and Margaret (Edrington) Eakle, were born in Kentucky, and crossed the plains in 1850 with ox teams, locating in the Sacramento valley near Woodland.  The twelve children in this family, five sons and seven daughters, have long since departed from the family roof, but the parents still occupy the farm from which they have derived a comfortable competence.


Mr. Eakle attended the Hesperian College in Woodland, having completed the course in the public schools while still on the home farm.  He afterward farmed in the vicinity of the town from 1892 until 1901, locating then in Point Richmond, where soon after he became a member of the firm of Tilden-Eakle Lumber Company.  The mill belonging to the company is the pioneer of its kind in the town, and does a large business in general lumbering, shipping its output throughout the northern part of the state.  It has behind it active, energetic men, who have a broad knowledge of their business, and who aspire to a rapid increase in their trade and capacity.  Mr. Eakle also is interested in ranching, and his property of sixty-five acres is a valuable one, lying near Woodland, and especially adapted to the raising of alfalfa.


In Woodland in 1892, Mr. Eakle married Lillian Freeman, a native of Woodland, and they have an only daughter, Gertrude, who is attending school at Irving Institute, San Francisco.  Mr. Eakle is a Democrat of liberal tendencies.  Fraternally he is connected with McKinley Blue Lodge, F. & A. M., Oakland Chapter No. 82, the Woodmen of the World, and the Native Sons of the Golden West.  He is a popular and forceful addition to the business life of Point Richmond, and is regarded as one of its most promising, public spirited and genial citizens.





Transcribed by Donna Toole.

­­­­Source: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 938-939. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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Contra Costa County Biographies

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