Biography of Elmer J. Frost
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





ELMER J. FROST. - Tracing his lineage back through Colonial ancestry to Merrie England, and himself a native of Maine, Elmer J. Frost is, nevertheless, today one of the most loyal and devoted of California's sons. He came first to Humboldt county when he was twenty three years of age, and although he returned to his native state, and later spent several years as a resident of Minnesota, he never at any time gave up the idea of returning to California eventually to make his home. He has been variously engaged in business, but for the greater part of his time he has been associated with the lumber industry, having been connected with some of the largest companies in the county in various important capacities. He is now serving as supervisor of the fourth district in Humboldt county, his first term of four years expiring January 1, 1915. He was before the people for re-election in the fall of 1914, and his record was such that at the primaries he received ten hundred and thirty votes majority over two opponents, and he will continue his public service as supervisor.

Mr. Frost was born at Bethel, Oxford county, Me., January 23, 1851, the son of James C. Frost, a native of the same county, in which he lived and died. The grandfather, Nathaniel Frost, was a farmer, and also a native of Maine, where he spent his lifetime, working in the woods during the winter time and farming in the summer months. The great grandfather of Elmer Frost on the paternal side came to America from England in Colonial days and settled in Maine, where the family has since resided. It is descended from a well known old English family, which is still located in the mother country. The mother of the present esteemed citizen of Eureka was Mary E. Rowe, and her Grandfather Rowe was a soldier in the Revolution. She also was descended from sturdy old English stock, but with a generous strain of Irish blood intermixed. She became the mother of eleven children, eight sons and three daughters. Of the sons four came to Humboldt county, where they are now well known and highly respected citizens.

The boyhood days of Mr. Frost were passed in his native state, where he attended the public schools, working in the woods and on his father's farm in the vacation times, after he was twelve years old. He attended the high school at Maysville, Me., for one year, and then went to work in the woods, contracting and working as a carpenter in bridge building. Later he worked for two years with Albert Burley (the first president of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad) as a surveyor in the timber country.

It was in 1875 that Mr. Frost first came to Humboldt county, he being the first of the brothers to come to California. After working in the lumber woods for two years he returned to Maine and remained for a year, then going to Minnesota, where he remained for five years, being engaged principally in lumbering. It was in 1885 that he returned to Humboldt county, arriving in Eureka November 29 of that year, his three brothers having preceded him, and all located in this county. For three years he was employed by the Falk Lumber Company, on Elk river, as their head chopper, and then had charge of the Russ claim (timber) for the Excelsior Redwood Company of Eureka for three years. At a still later date he became head chopper for the Carson Lumber Company on Lindsay creek, serving in this capacity for six years. For ten years he served as special police in Eureka, and when off duty worked as a carpenter. In the capacity of special police he gave the greatest satisfaction, and made many warm friends.

When he was twenty three years of age (1874) Mr. Frost was united in marriage in Caribou, Aroostook county, Me., with Miss Ella M. Starhird, daughter of W. R. and Angeline (Washburn) Starbird, who came to Humboldt county in 1899, and died here some time later. Of this union was born one child, Lulu E., now the wife of Charles H. Falor, chief electrician for the Western States Gas & Electric Company of Eureka, and the mother of one child, a son, Laurence Falor, aged eighteen years.

Aside from his business and official relations Mr. Frost has many warm personal friends throughout the county. He has always been especially well liked by his business associates and by the men who have worked under his direction. Prominent in fraternal circles, lie was made a Mason in Caribou (Me.) Lodge, and after going to Minnesota he was one of the organizers and the first master of Perham Lodge No. 157, and at the present time is a member of Humboldt Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M., and is also a member of Eureka Lodge No. 652, B. P. O. E. He has always been keenly interested in political and governmental affairs and has stood for progress along sane and sensible lines, and for all that tends toward the betterment and upbuilding of the municipality and of the community generally. In his duties as supervisor of the fourth district he is especially interested in the management of the Humboldt county hospital, the care of the indigent poor and the supervision of the county roads, in all of which he has been faithful to the trust reposed in him.

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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