That Yuba City is known far beyond the confines of Sutter County is undoubtedly in part due to such exceptional men as George Washington Littlejohn, the all-around orchardist, who was born in the county, on a farm near Harkey’s Corners, and grew up familiar with the environment in which he himself has so successfully developed his farm interests.  He first saw the light on October 2, 1875, when he entered the family circle of James and Della (Butler) Littlejohn, natives of Columbus and Centerville, Ohio, respectively; and he often heard his father tell how he came out to California across the plains in an ox-team train in the stirring days of 1859.  James Littlejohn was a farmer at Harkey’s Corners till 1880, when he sold his place and bought 160 acres one and a half miles southwest of Yuba City, where he resided until the time of his death, in December, 1908.  He was a man widely esteemed for his sterling worth.  Mrs. Littlejohn is still living in the old home, now in her seventy-ninth year, the object of affectionate regard of their family of nine children, of whom George W. is the sixth from the oldest.

George Littlejohn went to the ordinary public schools, and then supplemented what he got there by his opportunities in the greater school of actual, practical experience.  He helped his father on the farm, and afterwards, in 1898, went to Riverside, Cal., for a couple of years.  About five years later, he went into eastern Oregon, and was there for a year and a half, employed in flour mills.  Returning to California and the home farm, he continued there until his father died; and since that time he has been caring for his mother’s place.  He owns sixteen acres of the old home farm, which he set to peaches, except two acres of plums, and is making a success of his horticultural enterprise.

He is a member of the California Canning Peach Association and the California Peach and Fig Growers’ Association.  The family residence is located at 126 Chestnut Street, Yuba City.

Mrs. George Littlejohn was Miss Alta M. Williston before her marriage, a daughter of William and Ellen Williston, early settlers of Sutter County, where Mrs. Littlejohn was born and reared.  Three promising boys, Wilmer, Arthur and Ralph, attest to the happiness of this union.  Mr. Littlejohn belongs to the Odd Fellows Lodge, the Encampment and the Rebekahs.  He joined the order in 1906 and is a Past Grand of Yuba City Lodge, No. 185, and a Past Chief Patriarch of Marysville Encampment, No. 6, his term being for 1922-1923.  He is now a trustee of the lodge, and he has also been an officer of the Odd Fellows Hall Association.  He is also a Red Man and member of the Mystic Order of Cabiri, and of the drill team.

History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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