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An engineering experience extending into different portions of the United States and Mexico has established the reputation of Mr. Humbert as an expert in his specialty and gives to him a standing abundantly justified by his talents. While his association with the business interests of Sacramento covers a comparatively brief period only (he having come to this city during the year 1908), already he has won the prestige connected with occupative ability and the influence established by a previous gratifying record. It was his good fortune in youth to receive excellent advantages and thus his natural talent found rational development under the supervision of efficient instructors. After he had completed the studies of the St. Louis schools he matriculated in the Polytechnic of that city and there took a thorough course in engineering, so that he received the training necessary to the success of later labors. His parents, Frederick and Augusta (Ochs) Humbert, gave him every advantage within their means and in the city of St. Louis, where he was born January 11, 1871, he received the training so indispensable to the most complete mental development.

 As an erecting engineer connected with the St. Louis branch house of the New York City firm widely known as the De La Vergne Machine Company, Hubert J. Humbert acquired a valuable experience in his chosen occupation. During 1895 he resigned from that position and engaged with the Consumers' brewery in St. Louis, where he held the position of assistant engineer for eighteen months. Next he transferred his services to the Anheuser-Busch brewery of St. Louis in whose large plant he served as assistant chief engineer for seven years. When finally he resigned from that company he went to Mexico and became chief engineer in a brewery at Monterey. Two years were spent in Mexico and he then returned to the States, where in New York City he engaged as erecting engineer with the De La Vergne Machine Company, continuing in that very important place until 1908, the year of his location in Sacramento. Here he engaged with the Buffalo brewery as assistant chief engineer, a position that he has filled with the intelligence, fidelity and efficiency characteristic of him in every business connection. In addition he is manager and a director of the Sacramento Pump Manufacturing and Supply Company, engineers, machinists and founders, operating a large plant at No. 1800 E street, and carrying in stock a complete assortment of centrifugal pumps for all purposes as well as refrigerating plant supplies. The company has as its president H. I. Seymour, while E. McElwaine is secretary and treasurer.

 The discharge of personal business duties has left Mr. Humbert little leisure for participation in public affairs, but in every place of his residence, whether east or west, he has kept in touch with civic progress, has contributed to municipal prosperity and has been a factor in the general welfare. Politically he votes with the Republican party in general elections, while fraternally he is identified with the Masonic fraternity and Legion of Honor. When he came to California and settled in Sacramento he brought with him his cultured young wife, whom he had married in St. Louis November 26, 1896, and who bore the maiden name of Lena Dieterle. Their position since has been one of prominence among the most refined circles of Sacramento society, where their worth, education and attainments make them honored guests. 

History of Sacramento 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: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011