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The subject of this sketch was born February 1, 1882, in New York City, and came to this coast in 1884 with his parents. His father was a newspaper man and for years was identified with the Oakland Inquirer. Herbert attended school in San Francisco and at an early age became connected with the great hardware and machinery firm of Baker & Hamilton, a connection that was to last fifteen years, eight in San Francisco and seven in Sacramento.

The house was first established in Sacramento during 1853, and the branches in San Francisco and Los Angeles followed, with a distributing warehouse at Fresno and a factory in Benicia. Naturally the plant and office at San Francisco became the main point in the firm's territory.

Mr. Read's association with this pioneer firm of the Pacific Coast - this agricultural establishment whose name is a household word west of the Rocky Mountains - fitted him for business among the farming people of this state. Consequently his present connection and work with the Mercantile Terminal Company with offices at Nos. 109 and 115 J street, Sacramento, is somewhat in the line of his duties with the former firm. The Mercantile Terminal Co. have extensive tracts of land between Sacramento and Marysville, some of which has been subdivided and sold in twenty to forty acre lots. This company was incorporated in 1905, with president, Herbert J. Read; vice-president, II. A. Lewis; and secretary and treasurer, J. L. Mayden.

H. J. Read was married July 17, 1907, to Miss Emma E. Wilkins of Oakland. Her father was a well-known citizen and prominent politician in that city, and served for years on its municipal council as an architect. Mr. Read's social and fraternal circle covers considerable territory. He is a Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner, an Elk and belongs to the Sutter Club and the Country Club. The family are members of the Episcopal Church. 

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