Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


FRANCIS M. HILBY was born in Cloverdale, California, February 28, 1860, being the first white boy born in that place.

His father dying in 1862, and his mother again marrying, he moved with his parents, in 1867, to Owyhee County, Idaho Territory, where his step-father had large mining interests. Here he remained until 1871, when he again returned to Cloverdale and attended public school, where he prepared himself for the State University under M. E. C. Munday, since Assembly man from Sonoma County, but being too young at the time to enter, he learned telegraphy, his tutor being Nestor A. Young, now a member of the State Legislature. In 1879 he graduated at Heald's Business College, and later at the California College of Pharmacy. Entering the employ of the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad, he acted as operator, and afterward as agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad at San Mateo, Mayfield, and Monterey. On January 7, 1882, while taking his mother and sister to the Carmel Mission, the horses ran away, throwing him out and breaking his leg. After several months' confinement he recovered, and engaged in the drug business at Monterey. He was married, April 14, 1887, to Miss Julia Mayer, of Mayfield, California, and has a son, born April 28, 1888. He is a member of the California and American Pharmaceutical Societies, and of several orders, being quite prominent in the Native Sons of the Golden West, having been a delegate to several Grand Parlors, and acted as Deputy Grand President for two years, and is generally well known by the prominent young men of the State. In politics he has taken some interest, attending county and State conventions, being a member of the Dirigo Club, and of the County Central Committee, for a number of years.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.