JOHN TRIGG. - The life story of the man who began at the bottom of the ladder and worked his way up round by
round, planting his feet always firmly on the rungs of honesty, reliability and industry and in the end reaching
the top, with many years of strength and usefulness yet to enjoy, is certain to contain, not only much of interest,
but, as well, much that may be of great profit to the young man who is himself starting out on his journey of life
with his own fortune to carve from the untried future. In such biographies may be mentioned John Trigg, of Ferndale,
who came to Humboldt county from his native province in Canada, when he was yet a young man and commenced to work
by the month on the various farms in the county. The service that he rendered was always to the best of his ability
and that was no small thing. He was ever willing, industrious and eager to learn, and so always found ready employment.
As the years went by he accumulated a comfortable bank account, and later engaged in farming and dairying for himself.
Today he conducts one of the most profitable and attractive dairy farms in the county, modern and up to date in
all its appointments and highly sanitary. His milk check for the month averages throughout the summer months the
goodly sum of $500, and in addition he has the various byproducts of the dairy and the increase from fifty head
of graded milch cows. Mr. Trigg is a progressive man in the broadest and best sense of that word. He is giving
his children the best educational advantages that the country affords, and they are exhibiting a marked aptitude
in both music and scholarship. In all the interests of the community he is wide awake to the welfare of the public
and stands for progress and general improvement along sane and substantial lines.
Mr. Trigg was born near Whitby, about thirty two miles east of Toronto, Canada, January 7, 1859, the son of William
Trigg, Sr., and Mary Ann (Edwards) Trigg. His grandparents, both paternally and maternally, were natives of England,
born in Kent, close to the Aldershot Barracks. In his own family there were ten children, all of whom grew to manhood
and womanhood, and eight of whom are living at present. They are: Mariah, died at the age of twenty five years;
John, the subject of this article; dairyman at Ferndale; Sarah H., the wife of C. A. Pettigill, residing at Coquille,
Ore.; Robert, farmer at Whitby, Canada, where he owns the old Trigg farm; George, residing at Ferndale, Whatcomb
county, Wash., where he is engaged in the dairy business; Lucy E., the wife of George S. Davis, dairyman at Coquille,
Ore.; Charlotte E., wife of W. L. Kessner, dairyman at Coquille, Ore.; Mary J., the wife of George W. Kistner,
bicycle repair shop, Ferndale; and Elizabeth, who died at the age of twenty one.
The boyhood days of Mr. Trigg were passed on the home, farm near Whitby, where he remained until he was twenty
four years of age. The educational advantages were meager and he being the eldest boy many responsibilities fell
upon his shoulders when he was yet a lad. He early assumed a full share of the farm work and worked with his father
until at the age of twenty four years he determined to make an independent start in life. For the following three
years he worked for various farmers in his community and, at the end of that time, when he was twenty seven, together
with his brother William, came to Humboldt county, Cal., where he has since made his home. The brothers arrived
in Ferndale on the night of January 20, 1885, and at noon of the 23d they went to work, by the month, on a dairy
ranch in the vicinity. For eight years Mr. Trigg continued this work, giving the best of service, making many friends
and accumulating a substantial bank account. About this time he met and married Mrs. Esther LaMar, the widow of
John LaMar, and the only daughter of James Smith, who will be remembered as one of the few pioneers of the Ferndale
district. He was born in Yorkshire, England, and came to America when he was twenty nine years of age. He settled
in Delaware and lived in the East for three years. During that time he was married in Delaware, and with his bride
started for San Francisco, coming by way of the Horn on a sailing vessel taking nine months for the trip. He remained
in San Francisco for six years and then came to Humboldt county, locating on the ranch that was his home until
the time of his death, at the age of ninety two years. He was president of the grange and an important factor in
the development of the Ferndale district.
The year before his marriage Mr. Trigg rented the Smith ranch and has continued to conduct this property ever since.
He owns, in addition, twenty five acres, and also rents an additional seventy five acres adjoining, besides owning
a one hundred acre dairy ranch at Coquille, Ore., and forty acres at Ferndale, Wash. On his local property Mr.
Trigg has recently installed the Sharpless system of milking machine, which he finds a success and great convenience
in milking his fifty cows. He has been interested in the creamery business of this district and was a director
of the old Pioneer Creamery Company, which sold out to the Libbey McNeill Company. He is an important factor in
the dairy interests of the county and is recognized as a man of knowledge and authority on such subjects. He is
also well informed on all subjects of general farming and agriculture and takes a prominent part in all that pertains
to these industries in Humboldt county, and especially in the vicinity of Ferndale.
In addition to his prominence in commercial circles, Mr. Trigg also occupies an equally prominent place in church,
educational and fraternal circles. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church seven years ago and is
now a trustee and a prominent worker in that denomination. He has been a member of the Knights of Pythias in Ferndale
for more than twenty six years and a member of the Odd Fellows in Ferndale for more than twenty five years and
during all that time has given of his best for the good of both orders. He has been a member of the Rebekahs for
twenty five years and of the Myrtle Encampment for three years, and was a charter member of the Woodmen of the
World. He is also a member of the Fraternal Brotherhood and of the Women of Woodcraft Circle. In his political
affiliation Mr. Trigg is a Republican. His support has always been given for the advancement of the best interests
of the community and for the upbuilding of the community and of the state.
At the time of her marriage with Mr. Trigg Mrs. LaMar was the mother of four children by her previous marriage,
and these children have been reared and educated by Mr. Trigg as his own. They are: Grace and Edith, both residing
at home; George K., residing in Trinity county; Ernest J., residing at Battle Ground, Wash., and married to Miss
Sarah Wooldridge, of Fortuna. Mr. and Mrs. Trigg also became the parents of four children, as follows: Leslie P.,
a graduate of the Ferndale High School, class of 1914; John W., Jennie E., and Robert S., all students in the Ferndale
schools and residing at home with their father. Mrs. Trigg, who for so many years was a prominent figure in the
social, church and fraternal circles of Ferndale, having been closely associated with her husband in all such activities,
died July 10, 1906, at the age of forty seven years. Since her death Mr. Trigg has devoted his time exclusively
to his children and to his commercial interests.
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915
Humboldt County, CA
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