Biography of Arthur S. Tockey
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ARTHUR S. TOCKEY.
Arthur S. Tockey, a representative and honored citizen of Napa, has been distinctively the architect of his own fortunes and stands as a type of that sterling manhood which ever commands respect and honor. He is a man who would have won his way in any circumstance where fate might have placed him, for he possesses sound judgment, great energy and business tact, guided by upright principles, all of which invariably make for success. Mr. Tockey was born at Mount Morris, Ogle county, Illinois, on the 28th of July, 1851, and secured his education in his home community, where he remained until January 3, 1873, when he came to Sacramento, California. His total cash capital when he arrived here was three dollars, but he at once sought work, and his first job was digging post holes for fencing on a farm near Banta, in the San Joaquin valley. He then walked sixty miles to Fresno county, where he secured employment on the Baxter sheep ranch. Eventually he became manager of this ranch, and during the owner's absence for one year in the east he had entire charge of ten thousand sheep. At that time Fresno was a village of but twelve houses.

Going from there to Eldorado county, Mr. Tockey discovered and developed a chrome iron mine, on a government claim which he had taken up, and he then sold the claim for seven thousand dollars. With this money he developed a copper mine in Mendocino county, but he lost all his money in the venture. Then for a time he worked in Sutter county, but presently again went to Eldorado county, where he remained for sixteen years, opening a gold mine, which he developed and from which he took out a thousand dollars in ore daily. He subsequently sold the mine but was employed to manage it, and this he did with success, making of it a paying proposition. With the money he had thus made in mining, Mr. Tockey came to Napa in 1896 and bought a lot on North Main street, where he erected a building and engaged in the furniture business. The enterprise was successful from the start, and he continued in that line for twenty four years, selling out in 1920 and retiring from active mercantile life. He could not be altogether idle, however, and he engaged in the raising of pheasants, establishing what is known as the Napa Pheasantry, located on Lincoln street. He has portions, selling the birds by the hundred to the leading hotels of San Francisco, and he also sells eggs for hatching, for which he received from one dollar and seventy five cents to five dollars a dozen. He keeps six varieties of pheasants, the Lady Reeves, the Lady Amherst, the Silver, the Golden, the English Ringneck and the China Ringneck.

Mr. Tockey has twice been married, and to the first union were born three children, Amos, Mrs. Julia Tyhurt and Mrs. Ivy Furpo. Mr. Tockey has always held a high place in the confidence and esteem of all who know him, and while a resident of Eldorado county he was urged by his friends to be a candidate for the office of sheriff, but he declined to run. He is a man of great natural energy, keen judgment, strong determination and marked earnestness of purpose and has justly earned the popularity which he has always enjoyed among those with whom he has associated.

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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