Biography of George H. Cox
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





GEORGE HENRY COX. - Among the bright and active young business men of Bridgeville whose splendid energy and modern methods have contributed not a little to the rapid growth of the community, is George Henry Cox, junior member of the firm of Henry Cox & Son, general merchants. Since embarking in this business they have built up a good trade among the people of the locality who soon came to appreciate their fair business dealings and reliability as merchants. Like many others who have helped to develop this part of the state, Henry Cox was born in New Brunswick, coming to California thirty nine years ago and locating in Humboldt county. For a number of years he worked as a woodsman, but by frugality and well directed energies, soon acquired property and a place among the well to do men of the community, among whom he has an enviable reputation, tested during the passing of many years. He was married to Miss Maria Jane Coffron, a native of Maine, who came with her uncle, Ellis Coffron, to Humboldt county in 1877. They occupy a comfortable home at Bridgeville and richly deserve their success and the good will of their associates. Their sons and daughters are: Clara B., the wife of Robert L. Thomas, a civil engineer, residing in San Francisco; Minnie, Mrs. Charles Griesbach, of Bridgeville; G. Henry, the third in order of birth; Gertie, now Mrs. Martin Crogan, farming at Larabee; Clarence W., who makes his home in Bridgeville; Anita and Harold, attending school in this place.

G. H. Cox was born January 4, 1889, at Bayside, this county, and continued to reside at home until thirteen years of age, when, thrown upon his own resources, he went to Eureka and obtained employment with the Gillette Tea, Coffee & Spice Co. His next position was with the Daly Bros. Arcade dry goods house, where his innate courtesy and desire to please made him invaluable to his employers, with whom he remained for two years. The following two years he spent with the Pacific Oak Extract Co. at Briceland. Having but scant educational opportunities in his youth, later application remedied the earlier deficiencies in schooling, and, being ambitious to fit himself for a business career, he entered the Eureka Business College, graduating from its commercial department in 1908. Whatever of success he has attained is therefore attributable to his natural and mental qualifications and a determination to prosper. He was married to Miss Jessie, daughter of John H. Felt, a pioneer of Cuddeback, this county, in 1910, and they made their home at Hydesville, where Mr. Cox was employed as bookkeeper in the general merchandise store of Frank W. Beckwith, until taking up their residence in Bridgeville, where, in June, 1912, the present partnership of Henry Cox & Son was formed.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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