|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1845|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 1909|
Jacob V. Huffaker was born in the state of Illinois, but while still in his early childhood his parents removed to Texas. In the early 1850's, when he was about thirteen years old, the family came to California and settled in Tulare county. Before he reached his majority he "rode the range" as a cowboy. At that time Tulare county was almost uninhabited except by Indians, wild animals were plentiful in the mountains and on the plains, and the site of Visalia was only a part of a vast wilderness.
Jacob was one of the pioneers of Visalia and established the first livery stable in the town. At first his equipment consisted mainly of buckboards, drawn by Indian ponies. As the population increased and business improved, he introduced better horses and more comfortable vehicles. Later he was superintendent of streets and all his life was an active citizen. He married Palestine Downing, a native of Missouri. Their children were: William, who for some time conducted his father's livery stable and then moved to Coalinga; Mrs. Elsie Dollner of Visalia; Fred E.; Joseph Edward; Arthur, of Richmond, CA.; and Harold. These children were all born in Visalia and all married except Harold. Palestine crossed the plains with her parents when she was only three years of age. They settled in the Squaw valley, in Fresno county, where her father was engaged in farming and served several years as postmaster. Jacob was a prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Palestine Matilda Downing Huffaker (1854 - 1949)*
Visalia Public Cemetery
Created by: JC
Record added: Sep 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58809893