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Jean Marie Samson

MRS. JEAN MARIE SAMSON.—Among the pioneers of Hughson who did much to improve that section and also left an influence for good that has done much to build up the schools and church and aided materially in raising the standard of morals, is Mrs. Jean Marie Samson, who is a native of Nebraska, born at Omaha, where she was reared. She is a daughter of the late Erick L. Oberg, who is mentioned on another page in this work. Mrs. Samson attended the public schools in Omaha and Fremont. Nebr. On completing the Fremont high, she entered the Omaha Business College, where she was duly graduated and then assumed a position with the Hon. E. G. McGilton, a prominent attorney, at one time lieutenant governor of Nebraska, when she held the responsible position of private secretary, taking a part in the social activities of that metropolis on the Missouri River. While there she married Oscar Samson. 

In 1905 she came to California, and while living at Oakland, she concluded to locate on a ranch, having been advised by her physician that the outdoor life on the farm was necessary for her son's health. So in 1907 she and her brother, G. A.. came to Turlock to look for a location. Mr. Samuelson of that place showed them the country- and lands for sale at that place, but it did not appeal to them. He then took them to the new colony of Hughson, just subdivided. They liked the soil and purchased sixty acres. She set about improving the place, had an orchard of peaches planted and a vineyard set out and in 1910 she moved on to the place.  She built a comfortable residence, planted ornamental trees and shrubbery, and her place soon became a show place and others followed her example, so that Hughson soon had many well-kept and beautiful homes. 

The balance of the ranch was planted to alfalfa and she also engaged in dairying for a while. In 1915 she again made her residence in Oakland to take advantage of the better schools for her son's education.   After three years she returned to Hughson, where she became bookkeeper for the Condensed Milk Company at Hughson, a position she filled acceptably until 1920, when she resigned to locate in Los Angeles, where her only child, a son, Wendell, is attending Manual Arts high school.

An accomplished woman, reared in an atmosphere of culture and refinement, Mrs. Samson has a very pleasing personality and she commands respect wherever she goes.  Her influence for good and public progress was very perceptible in Hughson, where she took a leading and prominent part in civic and social circles.  By her energy and enthusiastic support of progressive measures for the community and particularly for a high standard of morals and society, she accomplished much good and laid a foundation that is being followed to the great advantage of the people of that section.  

A friend to the cause of education, she was one of the principals in the organization of the Parent-Teacher Association and was a prominent worker for good schools.   She was a leading and active member of the Baptist Church in Hughson and was treasurer of the congregation as well as superintendent of the junior department of the Sunday school, and as a teacher built up a large class among the young people.

The Woman's Improvement Club of Hughson also received Mrs. Samson's hearty support and was very active in its councils during her residence there.  Fraternally she is a member of the Order of Eastern Star; a believer in cooperation, she is a member of the California Cooperative Canneries in Modesto, and the California Peach Growers, Inc.  It is to women of Mrs. Samson's type that Stanislaus County owes much of its present progress and prosperity, for by her energy, enthusiasm and leadership she paved the way and used her influence for the uplift of the community, so she is much loved and highly esteemed by all who know her.

Source:  History of Stanislaus County California with Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified with Its Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present  by George H. Tinkham, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles California   1921.

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