Biography of George M. Moore
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GEORGE MANSON MOORE. - The representative of the fifth ward of Eureka in the city council is a native of Oak Bay, Charlotte county, New Brunswick (born September 16, 1863), but has lived in Humboldt county from the age of fourteen years and is thoroughly familiar with the resources of this section of the state. During the year 1874 his father, Benjamin Moore, a ship carpenter by trade, came to the Pacific coast and found employment at Eureka, from which point he sent back such favorable reports to his family in the Canadian province that in 1877 they joined him here. To the lad of fourteen years the journey from the shores of the Atlantic to the land beside the sunset sea was filled with unending interest, and even now his mind often recurs with enthusiasm to the events of that long trip westward. Later years gave him further experience in travel and enabled him to see much of the vast region embraced by British Columbia, as well as the mining country of California and Alaska. In 1897 he made his way to Dawson over the Chilcoot Pass, and returned by way of St. Michaels. However, he has seen no place which has appealed to him with sufficient force to cause him to leave Humboldt county. The home of his boyhood is his preferred home in mature years.

Many varying occupative activities have engrossed the attention of Mr. Moore, who gained some experience in farming in Humboldt county, for six years engaged in buying and selling cattle, and for two years carried on farming and dairying with fair results. For nine years he worked in the lumber woods and is himself the owner of timber lands in this county. For a considerable period his chief work has been that of contractor. With his father he was engaged in taking contracts for bridge building and since his father's death has continued the business, enlarging it and also adding contracting for street grading and sewer work, as well as private residences and store buildings. In this he is assisted by his son. The Alderpoint bridge, the largest single span bridge in the United States, forms a permanent memorial to the efficiency of George M. Moore, who also built bridges over tributaries to Eel river, Mad river and the Van Dusen. Mrs. Moore was in maidenhood Miss Jennie Hartford, a native of Canada and a daughter of Robert Hartford, a pioneer ship joiner of Humboldt county. Mr. and Mrs. Moore have a son, Joseph H., who assists his father in his large business undertakings.

The political views of Mr. Moore have brought him into the Progressive party and he has been an active local worker. Interest in the progress of his home city has led him to fill local offices and aid civic projects in every way practicable. For a time he served on the Eureka Board of Education. Under Assessor Connick he served as deputy county assessor, and in June, 1913, he was elected councilman from the fifth ward of Eureka, since which election he has devoted much of his time to movements connected with the progress of the city and the permanent welfare of the people. His fraternities are the Improved Order of Red Men and Foresters. A man of principle and public spirit, he has taken part in the actual material development of the county and on frequent occasions has figured in important movements for the commercial advancement of his home city.

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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