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residence in the west beginning at the age of five years and continuing
up to the present time qualifies Mr. Derby for accurate judgment
concerning the possibilities of the region and the opportunities it
affords to young men of energy. Having spent so much of his life in
California he cherishes for the state an appreciation impossible to be
understood by a newcomer, but directly resultant from his faith in the
country and his knowledge of its resources. Of his native commonwealth
of Pennsylvania he entertains only vague and indistinct recollections.
Born at Greenville, that state, February 1, 1877, he is a son of Daniel
B. Derby, for many years a prominent nurseryman at Oakland, but more
recently a horticulturist at Vacaville, and he is also a brother of
Charles M. Derby, manager of the Natoma Mining and Dredging Company.
Educated in the grammar and high schools of Oakland and in a business college of that city, Frank M. Derby enjoyed the advantages which materially assist in the preparation for life's activities. After leaving school he assisted his father in horticultural pursuits at Vacaville for a number of years, but later he came to Natoma, Sacramento county, joining his brother at this place. Since then he has officiated as superintendent and manager of the orchard and packing house of the Natoma Mining and Dredging Company, also as manager of the water system, and recently he became a stockholder in the company, whose officials repose the fullest confidence in his ability to fill his important position. Under his supervision there is a large force of men on the ranches, in the orchards and vineyards, in the packing house and with the water system, and the immense amount of work accomplished proves the energy and industry of the workmen. The marriage of Frank M. Derby took place in Sacramento and united him, May 23, 1911, with Miss Corinne Bell, who was born and reared in San Francisco and received a classical education in the best schools of that city. The family residence is a pleasant and comfortable home on Alder creek near the packing house and there Mr. and Mrs. Derby welcome their friends with gracious and unfailing hospitality.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011