Biography of William A. Trubody
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WILLIAM A. TRUBODY.
One of the most widely known and highly honored of Napa county's pioneers is William A. Trubody of Napa, who has lived in this favored region continuously since 1856, a period of almost seventy years. Few men of the county played a better role in the general development and progress of the county, for, while laboring for his individual advancement, he never shrank from the larger duties of citizenship, and now, in the golden Indian summer of his years, he can look back over a career well spent and know that he has the good will and hearty esteem of all who know him. Mr. Trubody was born in Lafayette county; Missouri, on the 5th day of December, 1839, and is the son of John and Jane (Palmer) Trubody, the latter of whom, born in 1811, died in 1887. John Trubody was born in Cornwall, England, in 1808, and died in San Francisco, California, in 1897, at the age of eighty nine years. He made the long trip across the plains with ox teams in 1847, arriving at Sutter's Fort, later going to Sacramento. During the years which followed he nobly did his part in the development of this state and bore an honorable record as a citizen, enjoying the universal respect of the various communities where he lived.

William A. Trubody and his brother, Josiah P. Trubody, finished their preparatory schooling in the east, entering Mount Pleasant Academy, in New York state. Mr. Trubody later was a student in the University of the Pacific at Santa Clara, California. He came to Napa county in 1856 and gave his attention to farming in the Napa valley, in which he was highly successful, becoming a prominent and influential citizen of that locality, Trubody Station being named in his honor. He was a good farmer, keeping his land well improved and under a high state of cultivation, and devoted himself unremittingly to his vocation until his retirement some years ago, since which time he has resided in Napa, enjoying that rest which his years of earnest labor so richly entitle him to. He still owns two valuable ranches, largely devoted to fruit and dairy interests.

During his active years Mr. Trubody took a keen interest in public affairs and rendered effective service in offices of trust and responsibility, having served twelve years as a member of the county board of supervisors and twelve years as county treasurer, performing the duties of those offices with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his fellow citizens. He is a member of Yount Lodge No. 12, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Napa Lodge No. 832, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In 1868 Mr. Trubody married Miss Lura J. Grigsby, who also was a native of Missouri and whose death occurred on August 7, 1925, She too was a pioneer of California, having crossed the plains in 1852. They became the parents of five children, Elma, who died when four years of age; Lulu, who married Herbert Lawson and died at the age of twenty years, and George A., Frank E. and Mrs. Clara C. Hoffman. Mr. Trubody is one of the grand old men of Napa county and, despite his eighty six years, is as alert mentally as ever and tells in a very interesting way of the experiences of his early years in this state and of the wonderful transformation which he has witnessed through the passing years.

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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