Biography of George W. Owsley
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





GEORGE W. OWSLEY. - Almost phenomenally successful in his various undertakings, and especially so in his real estate ventures, George W. Owsley, of the firm of Hunter & Owsley, of Eureka, is today one of the leading men of that vicinity and of Humboldt county. He was for a number of years associated with the lumber industry, when a young man, and now owns extensive timber lands in this county. He also owns valuable farm lands, and has mining interests in Alaska which are as yet undeveloped but are undoubtedly of great value. He has been closely associated with the financial and commercial life of Eureka for many years and is accredited as one of the most reliable and trustworthy members of the community. He is prominent in all matters which tend toward the development of the community and municipal progress and social betterment, and is a prominent factor in the governmental affairs of the city.

Mr. Owsley is a native of Illinois, having been born in Pike county, October 11, 1861. His father was William Owsley and his mother Deborah (Johnson) Owsley. The father was a farmer and when George W. was five years old he removed with his family to Holt county, Mo., where the son grew to manhood. The father died many years ago in Missouri, and the mother passed her last years in Eureka, at the home of her son. There were eight children in the family, of whom only three are living at the present time: the respected citizen of Eureka, and two sisters, who reside in San Francisco.

The boyhood days of Mr. Owsley were spent in Missouri on his father's farm, where he assisted with the farm work and attended the public schools in his district. When nineteen years of age he determined to come to California, and made the trip alone, reaching Sacramento in 1880. There he remained for three months, when he came to Eureka, and has since that time made his home in Humboldt county. For a time he worked in the woods, being first employed by Charles Hill. Later he was employed in the construction work of the railroad on Elk river.

The marriage of Mr. Owsley took place at Bridgeville, Cal., uniting him with Miss Lizzie Donaldson, a native of Oregon, and the daughter of William and Martha Donaldson. Her parents removed from Portland, Ore., to Eureka when she was but four years of age, and she grew to womanhood in Humboldt county, receiving her education in the public schools. She has borne her husband three children, Grace, Mamie and Le Roy.

Following his marriage Mr. Owsley lived for a time at Rohnerville, where he made his home for some twenty four years. During the great mining excitement of 1898 he went to Alaska on a prospecting trip but returned that same fall. He then engaged in the real estate business at Rohnerville, buying and selling real estate and making a specialty of redwood lands. He has become heavily interested in timber lands and at present owns one thousand and five acres of tan oak and pine, two hundred acres of which is good producing farm land. He also owns much other real estate and residence property, including a ranch of one hundred and eighty acres on Elk, river, a residence property in Ferndale, and a residence in Eureka, where he makes his home.

In addition to his timber and land interests Mr. Owsley is associated with various financial and commercial interests in Eureka and is one of the stockholders in the Humboldt National Bank in Eureka. He is also part owner in a gold and ruby mining property in Alaska which promises to prove of great value. There are ten members of the corporation and altogether their property covers an area of four thousand acres.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Owsley are well known throughout Humboldt county, and in Eureka they are especially well and favorably known and possess a wide circle of warm friends. Mrs. Owsley has been her husband's close companion and true helpmeet through all the years of their married life, and he gives her credit for a large measure of his splendid success. He has won his way up through the force of his own energy, his ability and willingness to work hard and his determination to carry out any undertaking that he enters upon. His judgment is clear and logical, and this has enabled him to make his investments in such a manner that his returns have been certain and have come soon. Altogether he is one of the most desirable citizens that Humboldt county boasts and is today a power for progress and well being in the community.

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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