California Genealogy and History Archives
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.
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.
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011