Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Few public officials in recent years have enjoyed more of the esteem of their fellow citizens than has fallen to the lot of Ronald W. Hunt, horticultural commissioner of Santa Cruz county, and none have merited it more. Born at Niles, in Alameda county, on January 24, 1897, he has grown up in familiar touch with California and its institutions, and with a growing and valuable knowledge of the resources of the Golden state. His father, H. R. Hunt, was a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, and married Miss Sarah Mosher of Livermore, Alameda county. He came to California in the '70s, and it was here that he met his future helpmate, while he was a fruit-grower in Alameda county.

Ronald W. Hunt attended the Niles grammar school and the Centreville union high school in Alameda county, and later he matriculated at the University of California, from which he was duly graduated in 1919, receiving the Bachelor's degree for his successful work in pursuing the agricultural course. Having a fine tenor voice while in college he was president of the Glee Club, during his senior year, and he took the leading part in the Senior Extravaganza, in 1919, and also the lead in Treble Cleff Opera in 1917. He belonged to the fraternities, Alpha-Zeta and Alpha-Sigmi-Phi; and this fraternity experience doubtless led him to join the Centreville Lodge, No. 167, of the Free & Accepted Masons. He is also a member of the Sciots.

Mr. Hunt has an enviable war record, connecting him with the great world struggle of recent years. He left college to enlist in the United States navy, entering the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, from which he was graduated with a commission as ensign of the regular navy. He joined the steamship Huntington, an armored cruiser doing convoy service, and he was in the war zone for four months. After graduating from the University of California, Mr. Hunt was horticurcural inspector of Alameda county for a year and a half, and then was deputy county horticultural commissioner of Santa Clara county, making such an enviable record that in November, 1923, he was appointed horticultural commissioner of Santa Cruz county.

The marriage of Mr. Hunt took place at San, Jose, on July 5, 1924, when he chose for his wife Miss Lucile Nichols, of Seattle, a graduate of the Teachers College at San Jose, which conferred upon her the coveted degree of Bachlor of Arts-a gifted and an accomplished lady bidding fair to enter enthusiastically into her husband's professional work, and to assist him to advance the day when Santa Cruz county will come to its own.

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.