Biography of Willard O. McCann
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





WILLARD O. McCANN. - The vice president and general manager of the Eureka Paving Company has been identified with Humboldt county ever since 1869 when, a youth of seventeen years, he came across the country with a party of friends, traveling on one of the very first trains that brought passengers to California after the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Prior to that memorable trip he had lived on a farm in New Brunswick, where he was born, directly across the St. Croix river from Calais, Me. A small population and few business enterprises made the earning of a livelihood difficult and the opportunities few, hence he was led to seek the larger advantages of the undeveloped west. With the arrival of the train in San Francisco he proceeded to make arrangements for the voyage to Eureka, to which point only two trips a month were then made via water. The famous old steamer, Pelican, brought him to the landing place at Eureka and thus was started his long identification with Humboldt county, where he is now one of the most honored and capable business men.

An initial experience with the logging camps and the lumber woods was followed by changes which gradually gave Mr. McCann an excellent delivery wagon service and a substantial teaming business in Eureka, where for two years he also conducted a livery barn. As early as 1893 he first established the business of the Eureka Paving Company, which paved three blocks in this city, but did no further work in that line until 1900. On resuming operations in street paving Mr. McCann filled a number of important contracts in his home town, where all of the paving done up to the present date represents his own efficient and conscientious work. During 1908 his company filled a contract for a large amount of street paving in Oregon at Marshfield, while during 1913 he had charge of the paving of a number of streets in Ferndale, Humboldt county. Since 1872 he has been connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Eureka and has contributed to the work and promoted the welfare of the local lodge. By his marriage to Miss Nellie McFarland he is the father of one daughter, Virdie, and two sons, George and Joseph, all natives of Humboldt county and educated in its schools. The elder son married Miss Seeley, while the daughter is the wife of Fred Watson and the mother of two children.

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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