Biography of Albert G. Haskell
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ALBERT G. HASKELL.
A comparatively new profession which in recent years has gained wide recognition is that of tree surgeon. This calling has abundantly proven its worth and merit, and today the skilled and competent tree surgeon is recognized as a distinct addition to the desirable and serviceable callings. In this connection Albert G. Haskell has gained a splendid reputation because of the fine work he has done in the preservation and saving of trees, some of them of great historic value and importance. Mr. Haskell was born in Los Angeles, California, on the 4th of February, 1895, and is a son of George O. and Nellie N. (Mackey) Haskell, the former a native of Maine and the latter of St. Joseph, Missouri. The father came from his native state to California in 1870, locating in Los Angeles when it was but a small town. He was a mining engineer by profession and was identified with radium mines in old Mexico, also operating in the Cuccamunga district of Los Angeles county. He was one of the founders of the Southern California Music Company, selling out at the end of five years, and was also interested in the Western Soap Company His death occurred in 1906, and he is survived by his widow, who came to California in 1879. They became the parents of four children, namely: Ruth E., who is the wife of Paul Lane, of Los Angeles, and has two children; Marian L., the wife of Gilbert Redfield, of Mexico City; Maude, who is the wife of Herman Antholtz, of Imperial county, California, and has three children; and Albert G., the immediate subject of this sketch.

Albert G. Haskell was graduated from the Polytechnic high school at Los Angeles and then attended and was graduated from the Gardena Agricultural School, at Gardena, California. He next took a course at Leland Stanford University, after which he attended and was graduated from the Schinn National School of Tree Surgery. Since becoming qualified for his special calling, Mr. Haskell has been employed in various parts of California, and he has accomplished some very remarkable results in the preservation of trees, among the most notable being the Pepperwood tree at Cloverdale, which was filled in with seventeen tons of cement, requiring four months of work; the St. Joseph Hooker oak, at Chico, California, and the Lewis oak, at Gridley, California, all of which were in bad condition when he began work on them but which now will probably last for many years. Mr. Haskell now makes his home in St. Helena, and he is realizing marked success, both professionally and financially. He is the owner of six hundred acres of fruit ranch in the Howell mountains, thirty acres of which are in apples. He is an enthusiastic horticulturist and takes a justifiable pride in the fine quality of fruit which he raises, and it is a noteworthy fact that he has taken three fourths of the blue ribbon prizes at California fairs in recent years on his standard varieties.

Mr. Haskell is a veteran of the World war, having enlisted in the Sixty second Heavy Artillery, which trained at Fort Scott. They were sent overseas and saw much active service in the campaigns in France and Belgium, and he was discharged with the rank of sergeant. He was the first man to enlist in St. Helena and the second in Napa county. Mr. Haskell was married to Miss Christine Augusta Jespersen, who was born in Ferndale, Humboldt county, California, and they are the parents of a daughter, Marion C.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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