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John Kenneth Giberson

Numbered among the prominent and substantial men of Petaluma is John K. Giberson, a prosperous agriculturist, who has long been identified with the farming interests of this part of the country. As a citizen he is held in high repute, and by his excellent character and straightforward business course in life has full established h8imself in the esteem and confidence of his neighbors and associates. He was born in Hightstown, Mercer county, N. J., December 24, 1862.

Charles McChesney Giberson, the father of John K. Giberson, was also a native of New Jersey, born in Hightstown, August 25, 1834. At the time of the breaking out of the war between the north and the south he served as a government telegraph operator at Hightstown, and after the close of the war engaged for a number of years in building telegraph lines for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He had a congenial life companion in Meribah Jane Gravette, who was born in Clarksburg, N. J., July 16, 1838, and to whom he was married in Philadelphia, Pa., August 8, 1860. The parents came to California in 1870 and were farmers at Two Rock, Sonoma county.

John K. Giberson attended the elementary schools of Hightstown in his early boyhood, and completed his education in Sonoma county, Cal., whither the family removed in November, 1870. This has been his home ever since, and so satisfactory are his surroundings from ever viewpoint that he has no desire to change his home place to any other part of the state our county. Ever since leaving school he has been interested in agriculture, and since 1872 has been engaged in farming two hundred and twenty acres with his uncle, Charles McChesney, in Two Rock. In April 1911, he located in Petaluma, where he purchased a residence and four acres on Bodega avenue, and here he is now engaged in the poultry business.

During the summer of 1909 Mr. Giberson returned to New Jersey to claim his bride in Miss Kate L. Gravette, their marriage occurring in Trenton, N. J., June 2 of that year. She was born in Hightstown, N. J., October 5, 1862, the daughter of William LaRue and Hannah C. (Osborn) Gravette. Mr. Gravette rendered valiant service in the United States Navy during the Rebellion, serving until the close of the war, when he received honorable discharge. Politically Mr. Giberson upholds Democratic principles, and with his wife is a member of the Presbyterian church at Petaluma. Fraternally his is identified with Petaluma Lodge No. 139, I. O. R. M.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011