William Herbert, present president of the park board of Vallejo and for the past twenty five years an operative
in the navy yard, is a native of the old Pelican state but has been a resident of Solano county since the days
of his boyhood, being one of the best known men in the county. He was born on a plantation in the parish of Natchitoches,
Louisiana, July 20, 1880, and is a son of Percy and Elise (Osborn) Herbert, the former of whom is still living.
William Herbert's mother died when he was but a lad, and he was then sent to California and was reared in the household
of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John Conway, at Vallejo, attending the parochial schools there and finishing
the high school course in St. Vincent's school. He subsequently took up the trade of an electrician, completing
his apprenticeship at San Francisco, and he was employed in that city until 1901, the year in which he attained
his majority, when he became connected with the electrical department of the Mare Island navy yard, and he has
since been thus employed, being one of the veterans of that service. Mr. Herbert is a democrat and has for years
been recognized as one of the leaders of that party in Solano county. He served a term (1910-11) as a member of
the Vallejo common council, during that period taking an active part in the movement for the conservation of Vallejo's
water supply, and he is now serving as president of the city park board, doing much in this capacity to develop
and extend the city's beautiful park system.
In 1914, at Vallejo, William Herbert was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Reynolds, who was born in Scotland,
a daughter of Frank Reynolds, but who has been a resident of California since the days of her girlhood, and they
have one child, Elizabeth. The Herberts reside at No. 433 Tennessee street, and they take an interested part in
the city's general social activities. They are members of the Roman Catholic church, and Mr. Herbert is an active
member of the local council of the Knights of Columbus and of the Young Men's Institute. He also is affiliated
with the fraternal order of the Woodmen of the World.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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