Since 1915 Frank Pebley has been active as a member of the board of supervisors in the upbuilding and development
of Merced County and more especially of the town of Atwater. He is now serving his third term on the board, his
first election being in 1915. He was born in Salem, Ore., on November 25, 1871, a son of Robert and Marcella (Gum)
Pebley. The father, Robert Pebley, crossed the plains to the Pacific Coast from Missouri in 1854 and located in
California, where he remained until 1866, when he went overland to Salem, Ore. Remaining there until 1879, he went
by team to Walla Walla, Wash., one year after the Indian War; in 1880 the family moved to Olympia, Wash., where
they remained for eight years. They then came to California and located in the Buhach Colony of Merced County.
The Pebley family were among the first to settle in this locality and they became successful farmers, and here
the father passed away in 1911. Mrs. Pebley died in 1873.
Frank Pebley received his education in the public schools of Washington and Oregon. He came to California in 1888
and stayed on the home farm with his parents near Buhach until 1914 when he removed to Atwater, which has since
been his residence.
The marriage of Mr. Pebley on December 10, 1899 united him with Miss Ora Carter, one of California's native daughters;
her father, J. E. Carter, is a pioneer of Merced County, locating there in the late fifties. Mr. and Mrs. Pebley
are the parents of one son, Clinton W., who is married and has one boy, Harlan Eugene, and resides in Los Angeles.
In political matters, Mr. Pebley prefers to vote independently of party lines. Fraternally, he is identified with
the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the World, and the U. P. E. C. of Merced. Mr. Pebley is a man who
takes a keen interest in the prosperity and advancement of his community, being ever on the alert to advance its
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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