Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


H. R. STEPHENS, of the firm of Averrett & Stephens, of Soledad, is a native of Brooklyn, New York, where he was born October 19, 1852. At the age of fourteen years he moved with his parents to a farm in Spring Valley, Rockland County, near the city of New York, where he remained until in his nineteenth year, when he went to New York City and entered a clothing store as clerk. At the expiration of two years he caught the California fever, and in November, 1873, left New York with his brother for the Golden State, and went direct to Monterey County.

In the spring of the following year they bought a band of sheep, which they took to Cholame, San Luis Obispo County, but owing to the dry season which followed, many of their sheep died, and they returned with the remnant to Monterey County and sold them. The subject of this sketch then worked on a ranch for some time, and after various other business exploits, generally with a successful result, he finally bought a half interest in his present business. In 1883 he was married, and, according to his own statement, has been virtuous and happy ever since.

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