Biography of Robert E. Jeffrey
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ROBERT ELLIOTT JEFFREY.
In every life of honor and usefulness there is no dearth of interesting situations and incidents; yet in summing up a career like that of Robert Elliott Jeffrey one need only touch upon the more salient facts, giving the keynote of his character. Mr. Jeffrey was born in Los Angeles, California, on the 9th of December, 1889, and is a son off John William and Jennie (Garrison) Jeffrey, the latter a native of the state of New York. John W. Jeffrey came to California from Illinois in 1885 and for many years was closely identified with newspaper work, for a long time conducting the agricultural section of the Los Angeles Times. He served as state commissioner of horticulture from 1907 to 1911 and later was connected with the state viticultural work. He was considered an authority on these subjects and wrote extensively on them. He is now retired from active labor and is living in Sacramento.

Robert E. Jeffrey attended the public and high schools of Los Angeles, and after graduating from the latter he entered the service of the state. He served successively in the state horticultural commissioner's office and in the quarantine inspection of fruits and plants and was in the motor vehicle department when it was organized in 1913, and he then went in turn to the state highway commission, the state comptroller's office and the state board of control, while in 1921 he came to the Napa State Hospital as secretary to the medical superintendent. This office looks after the finances of the hospital and is a most important department of the administration. Mr. Jeffrey's extensive experience in the various public offices have given him a. rare opportunity to gain a clear idea of departmental work and management of details, and he is proving an invaluable man for the position which he occupies.

Mr. Jeffrey was married to Miss Mimi Holmes, who was born and reared in the state of Illinois, and they are the parents of three children, Robert Elliott, Jr., Kermit and Betty Jane. Politically Mr. Jeffrey gives his allegiance to the republican party and takes a keen interest in public affairs, supporting all measures calculated to promote the public welfare in any way. He is an active and energetic man, and he has three hobbies, oil paintings, amateur photography and radio, in all of which he is deeply interested. Mr. Jeffrey is courteous, accommodating and friendly in his social relations, and he has a large circle of warm and loyal friends, among whom he is held in the highest esteem.

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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