Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies



GEORGE HENRY ROSTRON

For more than ten years George Henry Rostron, one of the best known citizens of Santa Cruz county, now making his home in the city of Santa Cruz, has been serving the public as a member of the board of county supervisors and is now the chairman of that body. It is not too much to say that during this long period of public service Mr. Rostron has done much to promote the general material interests of his home county and that he thus has come to be regarded as one of its most effective public servants. Particularly valuable have been the services he thus has rendered in a public capacity in the way of bettering roads and bridges, and the improved character of the highways throughout this county during recent years is largely due to his untiring and unceasing efforts in that behalf. He is a member of the board of directors of the Sky Line Boulevard and has long been recognized as one of the most ardent advocates of the good roads movement in this section of the state. Recognition of his services in this important connection was accorded by Governor Richardson in 1924, when Mr. Rostron was named by the governor as a representative from this state to the national convention in behalf of the good roads movement held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in that year, and his participation in the deliberations of that body proved of value in helping to further this vitally important movement. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1, 1856, and is a son of Richard and Ellen (Stretch) Rostron, natives of England, who had become residents of Salt Lake City in 1852 and who in 1859 left that place and with their family came to California, settling in Newark, Alameda county. In 1866 the pioneer, Richard Rostron, homesteaded a tract of land in Santa Cruz county and here established his home, thus becoming one of the substantial pioneers.

George Henry Rostron was three years of age when his parents came to California and was ten years of age when they established their home in Santa Cruz county. Here he grew to manhood, finishing-his education in the local schools, and here he remained until after he had attained his majority. In 1879 he went to Oakland and in that city began working as a plumber. For five years Mr. Rostron remained in Oakland and then returned to Santa Cruz county, where he bought a ranch in the Happy Valley school district, five miles northeast of the city, and began the culture of apples and grapes, developing there a very fine vineyard and an excellent apple orchard. That was in 1884, and he there made his home until his retirement in 1919 and removal to Santa Cruz, where he now resides, he and his family having a very pleasant home at No. 71 Berkeley way. Mr. Rostron is a republican and has long been looked upon as one of the leaders of that party in this county. In 1914 he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board of county supervisors and by successive reelections has been retained on that board, his seniority now giving a special value to the service he thus is able to render in the public behalf.

On October 16, 1899, in Santa Cruz, Mr. Rostron was united in marriage to Miss Rose Eichberg of that place and they have two daughters: Marcella Rose and Vivian Estella Rostron, the latter of whom has not yet finished her schooling. Miss Marcella Rose Rostron is now employed in the office of the county recorder. Mr. Rostron was born in the republic of Switzerland and was five years of age when he came to this country with her foster parents, Christian and Anna (Kirchhof) Eichberg, the family locating in Salt Lake City, where they remained for a year, at the end of which time they came to California and became residents of Santa Cruz. When she was fifteen years of age Mrs. Rostron returned to her native Switzerland and there put in two years in a finishing school for young women, after which she returned to her home in Santa Cruz and was living here when she and Mr. Rostron were married. She is an active member of the Congregational church. For several years during the time of his residence on the ranch Mr. Rostron served as the superintendent of the Happy Valley Sunday school. He is a Knights Templar (York Rite) Mason, a past worshipful master and a past commander, and is also a past Noble Grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having been affiliated with this latter organization since he was twenty-three years of age and thus one of the veteran Odd Fellows of Santa Cruz county. The Rostrons take an interested and helpful part in the general social and cultural activities of the city and of the community at large.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.