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H. H. Moke

In the line of his profession, undertaker and embalmer, there is no name better known in Santa Rosa than that of H. H. Moke, who is an experienced and licensed practitioner, as is also Mrs. Moke, and as a member of the firm takes charge of the women’s and children’s cases. The history of the business now carried on by Mr. Moke dates back to the year 1875, when M. S. Davis opened the first undertaking establishment in Santa Rosa, conducting it alone until December 31, 1904, when H. H. Moke bought out Mr. Davis.

H. H. Moke was born in San Francisco May 7, 1871, and since the age of thirteen years has been a resident of Santa Rosa. His primary education was received in the grammar schools, and later he attended and graduated from the high school also. In 1884, while but a lad in years, he entered the employ of M. S. Davis, who was the leading undertaker in Santa Rosa, and after he had mastered the details of the business thoroughly and had received his certificate as a graduated embalmer, he still continued in the employ of Mr. Davis. In 1904, upon his employer’s wishing to retire from the business, Mr. Moke purchased the business on December 31, 1904, and since that time has conducted the business with entire satisfaction and has installed modern methods to facilitate the work he is called upon to do.

Mr. Moke has been twice married, his first marriage occurring in 1892 and uniting him with Miss Lottie J. Reid, the daughter of Joseph B. Reid, one of the early settlers of Sonoma county. A deep bereavement befell Mr. Moke in the spring of 1906, when both his wife and daughter, the latter ten years of age, were killed in the earthquake which made that year memorable in the history of California. On July 17, 1907, Mr. Moke married his present wife, Mrs. Naomi E. Davis. On fraternal circles Mr. Moke is well known, being a member of the Masons, in which he has attained the degree of Knights Templar; a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World. As a citizen, Mr. Moke is found ready to forward any movement that has for its object the advancement of his home county or city.

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