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Earl David Higby

Sonoma county has the double advantage of offering the agriculturist both an unequalled field for stock-raising and a rich soil which is productive of a fine quality of fruit, vegetables and other farm products; thus it is that it is no uncommon sight to see an orchard and a stock and chicken-raising industry conducted on the same piece of land, both flourishing. Among the ranchers in the vicinity of Windsor, few have more comfortable homes or better-cared-for ranches than the subject of this sketch. Earl D. Higby is a native of the west, his birth having occurred in Nevada in the year 1871. He is a son of Lyman L. and Bianza (Barrett) Higby, the former a native of New York state, born in 1832, and the latter a native of Ohio, born in 1843. Earl was the eldest of the three children, two sons and one daughter, born of this marriage, the others being Fred and Birdie. The younger son, Fred, chose as his wife Miss Arletta Walker, and they make their home in Nevada.

Until he was eleven years old Earl Higby continued to make his home in the locality of his birth, in Diamond, near Eureka, Nev. It was then, in 1882, that the family removed to the far west, locating that year in Sonoma county, Cal. Here the son completed the education which had been begun in his native state, and when he had reached years of maturity and was ready to take up the responsibility of his own maintenance he took up farming, not only because it was the labor nearest at hand, but because the work was congenial to his taste and was the work to which he felt instinctively Nature had called him. He assisted his father for a while on the home ranch, also conducted farming in this vicinity until his father’s death in 1902, when he took charge of the ranch for his mother. The results of his efforts along this line have proven beyond question that his decision in the matter of a life occupation was correct, and he takes commendable pride in the fact that this ranch is one of the most productive in this section of Sonoma county. The property belongs to his mother, but the son takes as much pains with the management of it as though it were his own. Altogether they own sixty acres of land which is well located near Windsor and about eight miles from Santa Rosa. Twenty acres of the land is in orchard, thirty-five acres in vineyard and the balance is used for the purpose of raising hay. The foregoing is but a partial list of Mr. Higby’s interest, for he has, in addition, a large and successful hennery on the place, consisting of three hundred laying hens and three hundred and fifty pullets. Taken altogether Mr. Higby has one of the most thrifty and productive ranches in this section of the country, and as he is a young, enterprising man, his future is correspondingly bright. Politically he is a Republican. He is keenly alive to the best interests of his community, and no one may be counted upon to further these interests more heartily than does Mr. Higby.

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