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A public hearing in regards to the growth of Farmington will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the San Joaquin County Department of Public Services, 1601 East Hazelton Ave, Stockton, California.

This is in regards to the amended request to add more homes to the community of Farmington. If you have concerns and questions about the additions, you are urged to attend and submit your concerns, along with any questions.


From "Doc Alders, Farmington's Lone Eagle": Charlie Holman was another farmer who contracted with his farm equipment whenever he wasn't too busy with farming. The Holman Brothers owned a big ranch off Van Allen Road. At first the Holman Brothers ran it. Then, when they passed away, Charlie inherited the ranch. He was an only son. Ed and Jimmy were the two brothers that were the original owners. It was a show place. There was a really nice home on the property. Charlie was Ed's son.

Charlie was a kind of a jack leg contractor. He had some SIXTY Caterpillars. He finally lost the ranch to Mrs. Eilers. She was very wealthy. She probably had the first dollar she ever made. She had the mortgage on the ranch and she foreclosed on Charlie. A lot of people were foreclosed on, in the 1930's. Henrietta Eilers, she farmed it a few years and sold it to the Murphy's. The Murphy's put it to good use along with a lot of other acreage they have.

Doc's sister, Ada, married Jim Lewis. Jim Lewis sold Studebakers, not to be confused with the then Farmington Fire Chief. Doc's brother-in-law, Jim, worked for Jerry Hodgkins, the Stockton Studebaker dealer. According to Al Honthaas, he sold Studebakers to nearly everyone around Farmington. Doc even bought a couple. When he went south during the war, Doc was driving a 1938 Studebaker Commander. This was the large Stude with a V-8 engine. He converted it over to butane which was a widely used LP gas during the 30's. After the war, butane was largely replaced by the higher octane propane gas.


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