Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Howard Willoughby, who has gained a wide reputation throughout this trade area as an expert in the raising of chickens, proprietor in association with his brother, W. A. Willoughby, of a fine chicken ranch in the immediate vicinity of Watsonville, Santa Cruz county, has built up a business in that line that has attracted much attention among chicken breeders throughout the state. The Willoughby brothers also are proprietors of a well stocked and well appointed feed store in Watsonville and are recognized as among the progressive and public-spirited citizens of that section of the county. Elsewhere in this work there is further mention of W. A. Willoughby, together with additional reference to the Willoughby family in Santa Cruz county, this family having been represented in Watsonville for more than half a century, or since the arrival there of Mr. Willoughby's parents with their family from San Francisco in 1868.

Howard Willoughby was born in San Francisco, November 25, 1866, and was but eighteen months of age when in 1868 his parents moved from that city to a ranch in the immediate vicinity of Watsonville, and there established their home. It was thus that Howard Willoughby grew up familiar with the details of ranch life and with the operations attendant upon the successful management of such a place as that which has been developed from the original Willoughby holdings in Watsonville. With the exception of six years spent in King City and seven years spent in the vicinity of Salinas in the neighboring county of Monterey, Mr. Willoughby has been a resident of Santa Cruz county and there are few men therein who have a wider acquaintance than he. Since the year 1919 Mr. Willoughby has been in partnership with his brother, W. A. Willoughby, in the operation of quite a successful feed store in Watsonville and since 1923 the brothers have been operating the chicken ranch on the outskirts of that city, by mutual and agreeable understanding and agreement W. A. Willoughby giving his attention directly to the affairs of the same -and Howard Willoughby taking care of the operations of the chicken ranch. He now has developed that enterprise until he is raising no fewer than ten thousand chickens a year and the products of the place find a ready market. He makes a specialty of white Leghorns and among chicken fanciers throughout the state is recognized as one of the leading factors in that business.

Mr. Willoughby has been twice married. On January 1, 1894, he was united in marriage to Miss Marjorie Tolman, a union which after some years was legally severed. To them were born two children: A son, Otis H. Willoughby, and a daughter, Frances. On December 21, 1922, Mr. Willoughby was married to Miss Marie Bordges of Gilroy, Santa Clara county, and to this union one child has been born: A daughter, Dorris. Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby have a pleasant home on their chicken ranch and are comfortably situated. Mr. Willoughby is a member of the lodge of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks in Watsonville and has for years taken an active interest in the affairs and deliberations of that popular body.

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.