Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


H. L. Strobel, partner in the firm of Strobel & Harper, vegetable growers and shippers, is a native of South Carolina and a representative of one of the old southern families. He was born in Blackville, where his father, John G. Strobel, is now the chief of police. He grew to manhood in South Carolina and received a good^ practical business education. In 1915 he came to California and located in the Imperial valley, where he engaged in raising vegetables of all kinds for the market.

When the United States entered the World war, Mr. Strobel enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-third Field Artillery and served with that organization in France, taking part in all the actions in which his regiment was engaged. Upon receiving his discharge he returned to California and resumed his business activities. In 1922 the firm acquired the right to use the plant of the California Vegetable Union in Cooper, near Salinas, which is the center of shipping operations. Here Mr. Strobel, assisted by J. T. Harper, attends to the marketing of their products. The firm handles several hundred carloads of vegetables annually.

In 1917 Mr. Strobel was married to Miss Maud Funk and they have three children: Harry G., Irene Mary and Henry Louis. The family residence is in Watsonville, though Mr. Strobel is generally to be found in Cooper. Mr. Strobel is a member of the American Legion, an organization which keeps alive the fraternal spirit that grew up among the American boys in the field and trenches of France.

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.