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GREENBERRY CATRON is remembered throughout Tulare county as one of the substan-
tial and enterprising agriculturists and stockmen of this section of the San Joaquin valley,
the results accomplished by his energy and ambition visible in the home which he left to his
widow as well as wide lands improved and cultivated in various parts of the community. He
was born in Lafayette county, Mo., October 10, 1829, a son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Jennings)
Catron, natives respectively of Tennessee and Virginia. Solomon Catron emigrated from his
native state to Missouri, where he engaged in farming until his death. His wife also died in
that state at the age of ninety-five years.
Greenberry Catron became a soldier in the Mexican war in 1846, leaving the peaceful farm-
ing pursuits which had occupied his attention from early boyhood. After the war he crossed
the plains in 1849, the six months' trip being made with ox-teams. He was accompanied by two
brothers, Christopher and Glenville, the latter of whom died in the mines, while the former re-
turned east and is now residing in Holt county, Mo. Upon his safe arrival in California Mr.
Catron engaged in mining on Feather and Yuba rivers, and also farmed some in Lake county.
In 1864 he located in Tulare county, purchasing the farm of one hundred and sixty acres which
now forms the home of the family. At that time it was nothing but a barren plain, but he imme-
diately began improvements, putting up adequate buildings, erecting fences and setting out trees.
To-day this place is famous throughout Tulare county for its immense cactus, of the lobe va-
riety, which grows as large as trees. He also bought one hundred and sixty acres adjoining
his property, and at his death owned the half section in one body, besides owning a mountain
ranch of eight hundred and seventy-one acres at the foot of Blue Ridge, in the Yokohl valley,
which was utilized exclusively for stock-raising purposes. On his home property he carried on
general farming and stock-raising successfully, being numbered among the prominent agricult-
urists of Tulare county. He died in his home two and a half miles northwest of Exeter, May
11, 1901, in his seventy-second year. He was a member of the Baptist Church and politically
was a stanch Democrat.
Mr. Catron's widow was formerly Mrs. Amanda Melvina (Maxon) Wolbert, to whom he
was united in marriage June 2, 1881. She was born in Jefferson county, N. Y., a daughter of
Erasmus D. Maxon. a native of the same place. His father. Paul C. Maxon, was born in Con-
necticut and settled in Jefferson county, N. Y., where he followed farming until his death.
Erasmus D.. Maxon was a farmer in occupation, and in young manhood removed to Jackson
county, Wis. He there enlisted in the Fourteenth Wisconsin Cavalry, and served for three years
in the Civil war, after which he returned to his farming operations in that state. In 1873 lie
came to California and settled near what is now Exeter, homesteading one hundred and sixty
acres, which he improved and cultivated until his death in 1881, at the age of seventy-nine
years. His wife, formerly Hannah Crouch, of New York state, a daughter of Joseph and Mary
(Resigue) Crouch, died in Tulare county, at the age of sixty-one years. Of their ten children
seven are now living, a son, Harrison, having served in the Civil war as a soldier in a Wis-
consin regiment. Mrs. Catron was the third in order of birth and was reared to womanhood in
Wisconsin, whither she accompanied her parents in 1849. In 1876 she came to California,
and married Mr. Catron a few years later. She is the mother of the following children : Everett
Wolbert, of Exeter, and Birdine, the wife of Sherman Pennebaker, of Exeter. Mr. Catron
was a member of the Society of California Pioneers of San Francisco. Mrs. Catron is a
woman of business ability and judgment and has conducted her affairs in a capable manner
since the death of her husband.