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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" Reminiscence 'Appendix' about William J. Toda: An enterprising business man as well as a native son, of Farmington. He was the proprietor of the Farmington Meat Market. In 1920, at a cost of $5,000.00, Mr. Toda installed an up-to-date refrigerating system with a capacity of three tons per day. He was born in Farmington, on March 4, 1882. The eldest son of Julius and Nellie (Schrock) Toda, natives of Germany and Texas. Mr. Toda began his education in the Shady Grove district school for two years; then while living with his maternal grandparents he attended the Paloma district school near Fostoria, Calaveras County, until his seventeenth year. He then became interested in mining in Calaveras County and spent the following twelve years prospecting and placer mining, with considerable success. Meanwhile his father had been carrying on the stock business and meat market in Farmington. In 1910 William J. and his brother L.A. Toda, became partners in a retail meat business, which was conducted for two years, when the business was closed on account of the illness of L.A. Toda. William then returned to the mines, where he spent six months. Then, returned to Farmington and in 1914 he opened the meat market on his own, and in 1920 improved his business with modern equipment run by electricity. William owned the property where his slaughter house was located on Sonora Road and many improvements were implemented to better his branch of business. He formerly ran a meat route covering a territory of fifty miles, but later was discontinued.

Mr. Toda's marriage occurred in Farmington, which united him with Miss Zana Gwin, a native of Kansas, the daughter of John and Jennie Gwin. Mr. and Mrs. Toda had one son, Gwin Toda.

Mr. Toda was a member of the local Farm Bureau.


Happy Birthday wishes to Helen Burke on Thursday, July 26th. Happy Birthday to Bob Ladiges on Sunday, July 29th and Happy Birthday to John Henry Kalebaugh on Tuesday, July 31st.


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