Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the progressive Monterey merchants, whose success has been in keeping with the growth of prosperity in the old town, is Orville Parley Colburn, the proprietor of the general merchandising establishment at 606 Lighthouse avenue, and also proprietor of the Mineral Well at 622 Spencer Street. He was born on a farm in Illinois, November 16, 1858, the son of Parley and Olive (Odell) Colburn. His parents, partaking of the dauntless migration spirit when California was still very much in the making and needed just such settlers, came to the Golden state in 1872. They conducted a well equipped and thoroughly sanitary dairy in Sonoma County, and there died, respected by all who knew them, and beloved by many.

First trained in the schools of Iowa, where the family lived during his early boyhood, Orville Colburn later helped his father on the home farm, and then pursued agriculture himself for a number of years, at Stockton. For a year also he tried cultivating the soil near San Jose and after that removed to Monterey. In 1905 with a partner he opened the general merchandise store on Lighthouse avenue, and a year and a half ago purchased the interests of those associated with him. He also owns a mineral well, long famous throughout California for its medicinal virtues and its curative properties, and since he took a lease on the well, in July, 1923, he has greatly developed a demand for the waters. He is a Republican, and as such is a hearty supporter of the sound policies of that old party, and a steadfast advocate of sane business for the individual and assured prosperity for the country. This devotion to the country at large makes Mr. Colburn particularly enthusiastic in supporting all well-endorsed local measures likely to benefit the community of which he is such a valued part.

Mr. Colburn has been twice married. First he was joined in wedlock to Miss Emma Bowman, of Half Moon Bay, by whom he had one son, Charles E. Colburn, now with the Associated Oil Company. The mother passed away in 1919. Since then, Mr. Colburn has remarried, choosing Miss Delia Folger, of Nantucket, Massachusetts, for his wife. Both Mr. and Mrs. Colburn have a wide circle of friends. He is an Odd Fellow and has passed through all the chairs of that well known fraternal society. A republican in his political views he stanchly supports the principles of the party and works earnestly for the adoption of those measures which tend to promote the welfare of city, state and nation.

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.