Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Salinas has long been known for its law and orderliness, and much of this enviable reputation is undoubtedly due to Orley M. Hiserman, the decidedly efficient and popular chief of police of the city. Born near Salinas, on August 25, 1873, he is a son of John L. and Frances Marion (Childers) Hiserman, the former a native of Virginia, the latter of Iowa. Both are now deceased but in their passing they left an enviable record for right living and worth-while accomplishment. When only nineteen years of age, Mr. Hiserman came around the Horn, and for many years was successfully identified with stock-raising and farming in Monterey county, being with C. S. Abbott, on the Abbott rancho. Seven children were born to John L. and Frances M. Hiserman: Orley M., Alvah W., Elbert L., John F., Mrs. Josephine Stoltz, Mrs. Winifred Ollason and William H., the last named now deceased.

Orley Hiserman attended the local public schools and later was associated with his father in managing the home ranch. In 1908 he was elected constable of Alisal township; and two years later, owing to the excellent record he had already made, he was elected chief of police of Salinas. His administration of this important office has been characterized by fearlessness and common sense-two factors essential to everyone who would essay success in police work.

When Mr. Hiserman married he chose for his bride Miss Susan Brune, a native of Monterey county and a daughter of one of the best-known Spanish families m Monterey. Four sons have been born of this marriage: Orley A., Alvah Richard, Lawrence Merrill and John Leslie. A son of Mr. Hiserman's first marriage is Daniel Edward Hiserman. Mr. Hiserman belongs to Salinas Lodge, No. 183, of the Knights of Pythias. His entire life has been passed in this locality where he bears an enviable reputation as a substantial citizen and trustworthy official.

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.