EUGENE L. WEBBER.
The name of Eugene L. Webber, who is now a member of the undertaking firm of Pinkham & Webber at Napa, does
not need to be introduced to the readers of this chronicle, for it has been intertwined with the history of Napa
county for a number of years. The splendid success which has come to him is directly traceable to the salient points
in his character and he has well earned the high position he occupies in the community where he lives. Mr. Webber
was born at Yountville, Napa county, on the 21st day of May, 1881, and is a son of John L. and Nancy J. (Gribsby)
Webber, the former a native of the state of Maine and the latter of Napa county.
John L. Webber, who was born in 1849 and died in 1912, came from his native state to Virginia City, Nevada, in
1870, and remained there about six years. In 1876 he came to Yountville and engaged in farming, in which he met
with a very gratifying measure of success. He took a deep interest in the development and improvement of his section
of the county and was elected road master of his district. He gave thoughtful and intelligent direction to the
performance of his duties and was the founder of the good roads movement in Napa county. He kept the roads in splendid
condition and because of his fine record as road master he was elected a member of the county board of supervisors
in 1904, holding that office three terms or a period of twelve years, and was considered one of the best supervisors
the county has ever had. He was a charter member of the St. Helena lodge of the Knights of Pythias. Of the children
born to him and his wife, four are living, namely: Eugene L., the immediate subject of this sketch; Samuel J.,
of Yountville, supervisor of Napa county; Warren W., of Inyo county, and Mrs. Laura Tarver, of Fresno.
Eugene L. Webber received his educational training in the public schools of his home neighborhood and remained
with his parents until 1903, when he became engaged in the grocery business at Yountville, continuing that business
until 1908, when he was appointed superintendent of the Napa County Hospital. He ably filled that position until
1915, when he was elected county coroner and public administrator, holding those positions for eight years or until
1923, when he entered into a partnership with Grafton G. Pinkham in the undertaking business, under the firm name
of Pinkham & Webber, at Napa. As funeral directors this firm enjoys an enviable reputation, their methods of
handling the business which comes to them being of such a nature as has gained them the respect and appreciation
of all who have required their services.
Mr. Webber is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has taken the degrees of the York rite; the
temple of the Noble of the Mystic Shrine at Oakland; Napa Lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks; the Fraternal
Order of Eagles, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Knights of Pythias and the Pythian Sisterhood, and is also
a member of the Napa Kiwanis Club. He has a daughter, Evelyn, now fifteen years of age. Personally, Mr. Webber
is a man of pleasing presence, genial and friendly in his social intercourse, and because of his fine official
record, his high character and his affable manner he enjoys a marked popularity throughout this section of the
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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