|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1859|
ALBERT LINCOLN HOBBS. The extent to which the people are interested in the raising of fruit has made the packing business one of the principal industries of Fresno county, and among the men who have given their time and attention to the occupation mention belongs to the subject of this narrative, who is the president, manager and ' principal proprietor of the A. L. Hobbs Company, of Fresno. Under his close personal oversight a large business has been established. A packing house and seeding plant has been erected of suitable dimensions (225x100 feet) for the business conducted, and with adequate facilities for shipment via the Southern Pacific Railroad.
A specialty is made of the packing of figs and the seeding and packing of raisins, of which latter the output is about fifty tons per day. In addition to this plant, Mr. Hobbs purchased and now conducts a packing house at Selma. From these two houses shipments are made to all points of the compass. The Hobbs family is of New England extraction. Daniel Hobbs, a native of Massachusetts and a soldier in the Revolutionary war, became a pioneer of Maine, where his son, Josiah, was born and reared, and followed farm pursuits.
Charles Cyprian Hobbs, a son of Josiah, and likewise a native of Maine, became a farmer and lumberman of that state, where he held many local offices and was a leader among the Jacksonian Democrats of his vicinity. In religion he was of the Universalist faith. At the time of his death, in 1888, he was eighty-four years of age. In early manhood he married Isabella Henderson, who was born in Nova Scotia, being a daughter of John Henderson, also a native of that peninsula, of Scotch descent, and by occupation a farmer. When she died in 1899 she had reached the seventy-fifth year of her age. Of her five children, four are living, Albert Lincoln being the second of these and the only one to settle on the Pacific coast.
He was born at Norway, Oxford county. Me., October 26, 1861. As a boy he learned many lessons of patient toil when striving to cultivate the homestead, which was one of the most sterile and rocky farms in all of Maine. There Nature gave reluctant response to the labors of man.
After having completed his studies in the public schools and Norway Academy, A. L. Hobbs began to teach school at twenty years of age and for two years he followed that occupation. Meanwhile he had resolved to seek a home in a
region where the struggle to gain a livelihood might not be waged under such dire stress of stern climate and sterile soil. Attracted to California by what he had heard concerning the state, in the spring of 1883 he crossed the continent to San Francisco, from there going to Stanislaus
county. Work was difficult to secure. For three weeks he chopped wood in return for his board, after which he worked as a farm hand for two years. At the expiration of that time he returned to Maine, where he engaged in the meat
and produce business and the packing of apples. During 1888 he again came to California, this time settling at Santa Cruz, where he engaged in the dairy business. Since 1890 he has been identified with the business interests of Fresno, beginning as a retail dealer in produce and fruit on Fresno street, but a year later moving to larger quarters on I street between Fresno and Mariposa.
As a member of the firm of Hobbs & Parsons, in 1892 he embarked in the wholesale trade on Tulare street, where even more than the anticipated success rewarded his efforts. In 1897 the Hobbs-Parsons Company was incorporated with himself as president and manager, but three years later the business was divided, his partner retaining the wholesale department, while he took charge of the packing interests and established the company of which he is now the chief member.
While in Santa Cruz Mr. Hobbs married Alice Steinmetz, who was born in this state, her parents having been pioneers of 1849. Of this union there is a son, Charles Steinmetz. Mr. Hobbs is connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Sequoia Club and contributes to the Presbyterian Church, of which his wife is a member. From the time of casting his first ballot he has been stanch in his allegiance to the Republican party, and his services in its behalf have
been recognized in his appointment as a delegate to conventions ; as a member of the county central committee for eight years, and also of the executive committee of the same. At one time he was a director of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and his interest in this important organization has been continuous. As a business man he has proved himself possessed of exceptional ability, while personally his qualities of mind and heart are such as to win the friendship and confidence of associates.
Alice B Hobbs (1860 - 1952)
Mountain View Cemetery
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Oct 28, 2007
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