Biography of Harry E. Hurlbutt
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





HARRY ELLSWORTH HURLBUTT. - Prominent among the extensive dairy farmers of Humboldt county is Harry Ellsworth Hurlbutt, of Alton, who has been a resident of this county since 1873, when he was a lad of six years. The record for business efficiency that has been made by Mr. Hurlbutt is one of which he may be justly proud, and which makes him a citizen in whom any community may feel justified in reposing the greatest confidence. That many of his fellows through Humboldt county are well aware of this is amply shown by the fact that he is now being placed by his friends and political supporters before the people as a candidate for the office of county assessor.

Mr. Hurlbutt is a native of California, having been born in San Francisco, May 12, 1867. His father was Willard Hurlbutt, and his mother Angelina Lovejoy, both California pioneers of a splendid type, and well known throughout Margin and Humboldt counties, where they resided for many years, and where their family was reared. Harry Ellsworth was the eldest of the children, and was six years of age when, in 1873, the family removed from Margin county to Humboldt county and located on a ranch. The following year they moved to Mattole and engaged in the sheep business, remaining for six years, when, in 1880, they located at Ferndale. Four years later, in 1884. they again returned to Mattole and engaged in the sheep and cattle business there, meeting with much success.

The marriage of Harry E. Hurlbutt took place in Mattole, June 24, 1894, uniting him with Miss Bertha Miner, a native of that place, and the daughter of H. A. and Margaret (Hulse) Miner. Of this union have been born six children: Earl, who is an accountant and cashier for the Pacific Lumber Company's store at Scotia; Allen, Beatrice, Ray, Eilene and Helen.

In 1897 Mr. Hurlbutt came to Garberville and leased the Woods ranch, a property of twelve thousand acres on south fork of Eel river a mile and a quarter south of Garberville, and at present owned by Tooby Brothers. He operated this property for fifteen years, and for thirteen years of this time he resided there. His operations were very extensive and equally successful. He ran about seven thousand head of sheep and some four hundred head of cattle, also farmed extensively. At the expiration of this time he secured his present property at Alton, known formerly as the Jerry Dahle place, where he has since resided. This ranch consists of three hundred twenty acres, and is a very valuable property. Mr. Hurlbutt has it leased for a term of five years with an option to purchase at the expiration of that time. Here he is engaged in extensive dairying, and is meeting with the greatest of success.

Aside from his business interests Mr. Hurlbutt is very popular with his friends and acquaintances, who are legion. He was made a Mason in Ferndale Lodge No. 197, F. & A. M.; is also a member of Ferndale Chapter No. 78, R. A. M., Eureka Commander No. 35, K. T., and Oakland Consistory, Islam Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., San Francisco, and with his wife is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mr. Hurlbutt is a Republican in his political affiliations and is actively interested in the affairs of his party, both locally and throughout the state. He is keenly awake to all that is for the best interests of his community and is always to be found in the thick of the fight when there is a local issue involving the general welfare of city or county, and is always to be found on the side of social betterment and progress. That he has won for himself a place in the confidence of the people has already been shown by the political preferment given him, and it is not at all likely that this is the end in this line of advancement.

The father of Harry Ellsworth Hurlbutt was Willard Hurlbutt, now deceased, but for many years one of the foremost pioneers of the county. He was a native of Dalton, N. H., born March 29, 1837. He came first to California in 1859, making the journey via the Isthmus of Panama, and locating in San Mateo county, later removing to Margin county. During the year 1866 he returned to New Hampshire and at Littleton he was married to Miss Angelina Lovejoy, a descendant of an old and distinguished family. It is claimed that all the Lovejoys in America are related, all being lineal descendants of three Scotch brothers who came to America during the early Colonial days. The immediate ancestors of Mrs. Hurlbutt were all Whigs and Republicans and it is thought that this branch of the family were of the same blood as Owen P. Lovejoy, the anti slavery champion who died a martyr at Alton, Ill., on account of his anti slavery tendencies.

Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Hurlbutt returned to California, locating in San Mateo county, where they remained for a year, later removing to Marin county, where they resided until 1873, when they went to Humboldt county. The following year, 1874, they went to Mattole, where they engaged in the sheep business, remaining until 1880, when they removed to Ferndale. Here they remained until 1884, when they returned to Mattole, and again engaged in sheep raising and cattle raising. In this Mr. Hurlbutt was very successful, and continued to reside there until the time of his death, in 1891.

Since the death of her husband Mrs. Willard Hurlbutt has disposed of her farm and sheep interests and makes her home in Garberville, where she is well known and possesses many friends. She is prominent in fraternal circles, being especially interested in the Pythian Sisters, of which order she is an influential member.

To Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hurlbutt were born four children, all of whom are living at this time, and all well known in Humboldt county, where all were born except the eldest, Harry Ellsworth, now a resident of Alton. Walter Lovejoy, a resident of Garberville, married Miss Lillian M. Newhouse; they own a seventy acre ranch near Garberville. Fred A. is a rancher residing at Garberville. Elmer Willard, a rancher, married Miss Mary Meyer, and resides at Garberville.

The Hurlbutt family is one of the most highly respected in Humboldt county, and in the vicinity of Garberville and Alton, where the stalwart sons make their homes, the name stands for honor and honesty in business transactions, for industry, sobriety and ability. The father is well remembered as a man of superior ability and reliability, and the sons have proven worthy of their sire.

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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