Warren K. Hillyard is making a splendid record in the office of county surveyor of Orange County, which he is now filling for the third term. He was born at Mount Union, Henry County, Iowa, September 27, 1885, his parents being Lewis and Sarah Jane (Kenyon) Hillyard, both of whom are deceased. The mother passed away in 1899 and in 1900 the father came to Orange County, California, where he engaged in ranching at Tustin to the time of his death in 1928.
Warren K. Hillyard pursued his education in the public schools of Santa Ana, California, and following his graduation from high school entered the University of California at Berkeley, which institution conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1901. Subsequently he spent three years in Mexico where he was engaged in irrigation work for the Culiacan Land Company. On returning to Orange County, California, he was appointed chief deputy county surveyor and thus served for three years, while from 1915 until 1917 he was engaged in “pebble” mining in Nevada. When the United States became involved in the World War, Mr. Hillyard enlisted for service. He was in training at Camp Lee, Virginia, and Camp Meade, Maryland, was given a commission as first lieutenant and assigned to the Twenty-seventh Engineers, a mining regiment. For a period of seven months he served overseas with the First Army, being first employed in mining work in France and later building bridges after the retreating German forces. He was honorably discharged at Camp Kearney, California. Mr. Hillyard then served as chief deputy in the office of county surveyor of Orange County from 1919 until 1921, when he was appointed surveyor to fill out the unexpired term of J. L. McBride, who had resigned. In 1922 he was regularly elected to that office, in which he is now serving for the third term, having been re-elected thereto in 1926 and 1930. He is a highly capable incumbent in the position of country surveyor and enjoys an enviable reputation as an expert and reliable engineer.
On the 30th of June, 1923, Mr. Hillyard was united in marriage in Santa Barbara to Miss Arlie Marguerite Cravath, of Santa Ana, California, and they are the parents of two children, Maxine Marie, born November 20, 1924, and Marilyn, born December 9, 1927. The family residence is at 1809 Bush Street, Santa Ana. Mr. Hillyard is a member of the Lions Club and takes a keen interest in Boy Scout work. He has membership in the American Legion and in the Greek letter fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa, while fraternally he is affiliated with Santa Ana Lodge, No. 794, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 327-328, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.