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Sikes Ranch

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Sikes Home 1890. The lower two-story portion, to the right, was built sometime in the 1860's.
The higher two-story section, to the left, was built in 1875.
The Jonathan Sikes Family standing in front, from left to right
Clara Bell Sikes, Alice Irene Sikes, George Alvin Sikes, Caroline Woodley (Palmer) Sikes, Elsie Lenore Sikes, Jonathan Sikes, Maud Palmer and Frank Palmer.

Plowing time on the Sikes Ranch .. Alvin with the lead team.

House and Out Buildings

The ranch consisted of the house, two barns, a bunkhouse for hired hands, a smokehouse, a shop, a tank house with a garage below, another small garage, a chicken house and a cold cellar. The tank house had a large elevated water tank which was filled by a pump attached to a wind mill and used gravity feed for a continuous supply of water.

In 1869 Jonathan Sikes established a homestead on a quarter section (152 * acres ) in the Tremont District, of Solano Co. just south of Davis, Yolo Co. by obtaining a Homestead Certificate, signed by President Grant on June 1, 1869.
He would could receive a patent (deed) if he resided upon or cultivated the same for the term of five years. See more at the Homestead Certificate page. He later purchased another quarter section of land from a preacher for the price of two mules.

The ranch was operated for nearly a century by three generations of Sikes, Jonathan, Alvin, and Jack. When Jack died from Polio in 1953 the ranch was leased to a local farmer.

During Jonathan, Alvin and Jack's time the primary crops were wheat and barley. Jonathan also had a herd of 100 cattle at one time. In addition they raised chickens, pigs and sheep to provide food, had a cow for milk, a horse to pull the buggy and mules to pull the plows and harvester.

The 1896 assessor's report listed the following:
Mares $50 Horses$600 Hogs$50
Colts$300 Cows$80Improvements$2,000
Calves$60 Poultry$12 Land$8,000

The buildings are all gone now and the land has been leveled so it can be irrigated by two large wells. It has class 1 & 2 type soil which allows a variety of crops to be grown. Current crops include tomatoes and beans and wheat. It is still owned by the family.

* Normally a quarter section is 160 acres (one half mile by one half mile), but because of a government surveying error the sections in this area are slightly smaller.
See Surveying California

See also: A sketch of the John Alva Sikes' Ranch

The Sikes Ranch is about 4 miles south of Davis at the corner of Tremont Rd. and Sikes Rd.
  A - Current Ranch; B - Other property owned by Jonathan in 1896; C - Alva Sikes
A (S.)- NE 1/4 of section 4 in township seven north of range two east. (original Homestead Certificate [Land Grant])
A (N.)- SE 1/4 of section 33 T8N R2E
B - SE 1/4 of section 27 T8N R2E
C - NE 1/4 of section 12 T7N R2E

1877 map.       1930 Neighbors

Interactive Map at Yahoo

Davis Cemetery
Davis City Map

See Also:
"Past Reflections, Growing up on the Sikes Ranch",   Jean Sikes, 1992
History of Agriculture at Agriculture in the Classroom

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last updated 3 Jun 2001