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Rex L Nicholson, owner and manager of Pacific Tractor and Implement Company, and president of Columbia Tractor and Implement Company, was born in Calhoun County, Texas, on March 14, 1902. Son of Absolom H. and Rebecca J. (Daily) Nicholson. He studied Structural Engineering at Chicago Technical College, class of ’26.

            Mr. Nicholson grew up on a large cattle ranch near Amarillo, Texas. Affiliated with Fred Stabbert & Company (construction), Tacoma, Washington, 1924 to 1937; assistant administrator of Federal Works Agency for Western United States, Alaska and Hawaii, with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, 1937-1944; managing director of builders of the West, Inc., San Francisco, California, 1944-45. He reorganized public lands in twenty-four western states on request of Secretary of Interior and the President in 1946, and his entire program was placed in full force and effect. Mr. Nicholson has been owner and manager of Pacific Tractor and Implement Company, Richmond, California, since 1945, covering northern California and western Nevada as distributor for Ford tractors and Dearborn farm equipment. He has been president of Columbia Tractor and Implement Company, Portland, Oregon, Ford-Dearborn distributors serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, since 1950. He is also consultant to Secretary of Interior on western natural resources, and is a member of State committees.

            Member of United States, California State and Local Chambers of Commerce; Newcomen Society of New York and London, England; member of Presbyterian Church; and is an honorary life member of Kiwanis, member Toastmasters International, Commonwealth of San Francisco Clubs, Claremont Country Club.

            Mr. Nicholson is a speaker on Town Hall of the Air; and is the author of a series of articles, “Agricultural and Industrial Potential of the Eleven Western States,” King Publications, 1942-48. He also authored “Report on Public Lands,” for Secretary of Interior and for Congress, 1946 now known as “The Nicholson Report.” In March, 1951, he was appointed by President Truman as a $1 a year expert to organize this nation’s Civilian Defense program. He frequently is called by industrial and civic groups as a speaker on various aspects of business and government.

            On October 24, 1926, Mr. Nicholson married Mary Runyon; children: Janice Grace and Laura Lee (deceased). The family home is in Berkeley, California, at 59
Domingo Avenue.

            Offices:  2512 Florida Avenue, Richmond, California.




Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.

Source: “Eminent Californians 1953”, by Lee E. Johnson & C. W. Taylor. Page 257, C. W. Taylor Publ., Palo Alto, California, 1953.

© 2014  Cecelia M. Setty.











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