Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Those who know the genial representative of the world-famous Ford motor car at Salinas never doubt that if he were not setting forth the merits of this popular automobile he would be winning equal success in some other commercial field. As it is, he is one of the most favorably known leaders in motorist circles in this part of the state. He is the manager for H. G. Corbaley, Inc., and as the authorized agent for all the products of the great Ford factory at Detroit, he is kept busy from morning until night, and sometimes through evenings and nights into the seventh day. He also sells the Fordson tractor and the luxurious Lincoln car.

H. G. Corbaley was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa, March 11, 1876, and was reared on a farm. He began to earn his living at the tender age of twelve and in 1896, when twenty years old, he came to California, soon after reaching the coast he found employment on a ranch at San Miguel and later conducted a bicycle shop in San Luis Obispo for a while, also having a branch at Paso de Robles. As a young man, he was a professional bicycle racer and won track and road races in Iowa and California. In 1900, he went to Palo Alto, Santa Clara county, where he had both a bicycle and automobile shop but it was not until 1919 that he made his advent into Salinas, where he has since engaged in the automobile business, selling the Ford car, the modest little machine that has afforded no end of happiness and relief to millions, and millions who might otherwise not have been able to enjoy motoring at all, while it has also really pointed the way to other manufacturers in the evolution of other moderate priced machines. Notwithstanding the recent competition, however, the faithful, unassuming Ford holds its own. Mr. Corbaley, besides, not only sells Fords, but is kept busy through the demand for the Fordson tractors, and for the more and more popular Lincoln car, an auto as handsome and winning, in every respect, as its name. Mr. Corbaley is a leading and honored member of the Chamber of Commerce, already serving as a president, and takes a very active part in civic affairs. As a charter member he helped to establish the Rotary Club. He belongs to Lodge No. 614, of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and has done his part to make that organization representative of the "best people on earth."

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.