Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A county official who may well boast of having served his fellowmen is Henry Lord Washburn, county farm advisor, with offices in the county building at Santa Cruz. He was born at San Jose, December 19, 1889, the son of Arthur H. and Jessica T. (Thompson) Washburn. The father was a sturdy pioneer who first came from New York to California around the Horn, but returned to the east after a few years. In 1860, however, he came back to the Pacific coast, and for some time he was the owner and the principal of Washburn school, San Jose, famous in its day as a private preparatory school. As a pioneer educator, he left his impress upon his day and generation, reflecting creditably upon his Alma Mater, Stanford University, and it is a pity to have to record that he has closed the book of his useful life forever. Mrs. Washburn was the first woman graduate of Stanford.

Educated first in the Washburn School, Henry L. Washburn spent two years at Stanford and then went for two years to the University of California, eventually graduating from the College of Agriculture, and he received the coveted degree of Bachelor of Science. Then, for eight months, Mr. Washburn was superintendent of George Hewlett's dairy and stock ranch at Hollister, and after that he was foreman in charge of the one thousand eight hundred acres being planted at Atascadero, in San Luis Obispo county, serving the new colony for a year. His next engagement was his present position as county farm advisor, in which responsible office he has been more than successful. His particular hobbies are bee and poultry raising, and in these fields he has been able to point the way to others. In national politics he is a republican, but he never allows partisanship to obscure the issues when local reforms or improvements are at stake.

On January 20, 1917,. Mr. Washburn married Miss Almada Card, a native of San Francisco, and their wedding was celebrated in San Francisco. A daughter, Emlen Dorothy, has blessed the union. Mr. Washburn is a home man, and this preference may add to his enthusiasm to assist others in providing homes for themselves.

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.