HERBERT E. STEVENS
††††††††††† One of the great secrets of the successful operation of the immense plant of the Feather River Lumber Company at Delleker is the good judgment which has been exercised in the selection of the managers of the various departments.† This is particularly true of the box factory, the superintendent of which, Herbert E. Stevens, has had years of practical experience as an executive and is directing the operation of the factory in a very capable and satisfactory manner.† Mr. Stevens was born in Lincoln County, Kansas, on the 26th of May, 1883, and is the eighth in order of birth of the nine children who blessed the union of Thomas Jefferson and Amanda (Jenkins) Stevens.† In the fall of the same year the family moved to Red Bluff, Tehama County, California, where the father engaged in farming.† Thomas J. Stevens, a native of Ohio, served in the Civil War as a member of an Ohio regiment, together with four of his brothers.† Following the cessation of hostilities between the north and the south he removed to Kansas, where he was married and where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until coming to California in 1883.† He attained the age of seventy-three years, having long survived his wife, who died in 1886.
††††††††††† Herbert E. Stevens received a public school education and as a mere boy he spent his summer vacations in working for the Sierra Lumber Company.† When seventeen years old he started out to make his own living, going to Igerna, Siskiyou County, where he went to work for the Coggins Brothers Lumber Company, with which concern he remained for three years.† Thereafter he was employed for a similar period by the La Moine Lumber & Trading Company and then entered the service of the Montague Lumber & Box Company, which seven years later sold out to the Algoma Lumber Company of Algoma, Oregon, eleven miles above Klamath Falls, where Mr. Stevens spent seven years at the mill and factory.† He had been advanced to the position of box factory foreman when in 1918 he resigned and went to Susanville, California, where for seven years he served as foreman in the box factory of the Lassen Lumber & Box Company, followed by two and a half years with the Fruit Growers Supply Company.† In 1928 Mr. Stevens left Susanville and after a brief period of employment with Beach & Sons at Placerville, he came to his present position in August, 1929.† The box factory of the Feather River Lumber Company at Delleker is one of the largest, if not the largest, box shook factories in California.† It runs day and night, with two shifts of men, and during the month of July, 1930, shipped out one hundred and thirty cars loaded with box shooks, which were sent to fruit growers and shippers all over California.† This mill employs eighty men and is equipped with the most improved machinery and appliances.
††††††††††† On September 26, 1908, in Montague, Siskiyou County, California, Mr. Stevens was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Colly, of that place, and they are the parents of two children, Herbert Jefferson and Edna Ellen.† Mr. Stevens is a member of the Order of Hoo Hoos, a lumbermenís fraternity.† He is nominally a Republican, but gives his support to those candidates who, in his judgment, are best qualified for the offices they seek.† He is a man of high personal worth who has won a host of loyal friends and is generally respected by all who know him.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 394-395. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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