ARTHUR C. HUSTON, SR.
Arthur C. Huston, Sr., head of the well known law firm of Huston, Huston & Huston, with offices in Woodland and Sacramento, is one of Yolo county’s most distinguished citizens and has honored his native community by his life and labors. He was born at Knights Landing, Yolo County, on the 16th of November, 1871, and is a son of Walter S. and Sarah (Laugenour) Huston. The father was born in Boone County, Missouri, October 2, 1830, and in 1849, at the age of nineteen years, joined the gold rush to California, crossing the plains with ox team and covered wagon. Locating in Hangtown (now Placerville), he engaged in gold mining for awhile and in 1850 returned to Missouri. The following spring he again came to California and engaged in freighting to the mines in Placer County. In the ‘50s he located in Yolo County, and engaged in farming near Woodland, but later went to Knights Landing, where, in partnership with his brothers Robert M. and Edward T., he established a mercantile business. Mr. Huston remained there until 1879, when he came to Woodland and opened a retail grocery store. He took an active interest in local public affairs, serving as a member of the board of city trustees. He was a member of the Christian Church and gave generously to all benevolent and charitable causes. He helped to establish Hesperian College, in Woodland, was one of the organizers of the Woodland fire department and was a charter member and one of the founders of the California Pioneer Society of San Francisco. On January 20, 1869, Mr. Huston was married to Miss Sarah Laugenour, who was a native of Salem, North Carolina, and they became the parents of five children: Bertha, the wife of J. L. Hare, Walter S., Edward P., Arthur C. and Harry L.
Arthur C. Huston attended the public schools of Woodland finished his studies in Hesperian College. He engaged in the newspaper business as city editor, first of the Woodland Mail and then of the Woodland Democrat and later served as deputy county recorder. He then took up the study of law in the office of Charles W. Thomas, of Woodland, and was admitted to the bar January 16, 1895, entering at once upon the practice of his profession, in which he has been distinctively successful, being regarded as one of the ablest and most dependable members of the Yolo county bar. In 1897 he served as city attorney of Woodland and later was assistant district attorney under district attorneys R. E. Hopkins and E. R. Bush. He commands a large and lucrative practice in the courts of this and neighboring counties and has been very successful in protecting the interests of his clients. Mr. Huston has also been interested in various local business concerns, having formerly been president of the First National Bank of Woodland and is now vice chairman of the advisory board of the Woodland Branch of the Bank of Italy. He was president and counsel of the Yolo Power & Water Company, and in recent years he has been actively identified with reclamation and irrigation work in the Sacramento valley. He is one of the best reclamation attorneys in northern California, being recognized as an expert authority in such matters.
The litigation concerning the water rights of Cache Creek and Clear Lake which were pending for more than half a century was settled during the period that Mr. Huston was acting as counsel and president of the Yolo Water & Power Company. He was attorney for reclamation district No. 1500, and reclamation district No. 1660, in Sutter County and for reclamation district No. 1600, in Yolo County. He is now president of reclamation district No. 730, Yolo County, and Union Island reclamation district No. 1, of San Joaquin County. His firm is also attorney for reclamation districts Nos. 2068, and 2076, Solano County, reclamation district No. 108, of Colusa County, and Sacramento River west side levee district and is attorney for Knights Landing Ridge drainage district, and also a commissioner. He is chairman of the executive committee of Iron Canyon Project Association and is also president of Sonol Securities Corporation of San Francisco and the Woodland Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Huston is personally in charge of the operation of eight thousand acres of land in Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo counties.
Mr. Huston was united n marriage to Miss Elizabeth Browning, a daughter of R. W. Browning, one of the pioneer settlers and ranchers of Yolo County, and they are the parents of two sons, Arthur C., Jr., and Robert W., both of whom are lawyers and practice in partnership with their father. Mr. Huston is a member of Woodland Lodge, No. 156, F. & A. M., of which he is past master; Woodland Chapter, No. 46, R. A. M., of which he is a past high priest; Woodland Commandery, No. 21, K. T., of which he is a past eminent commander; Ben Ali Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., at Sacramento, and Woodland Parlor, No. 30, N. S. G. W. He is affiliated with the Yolo County Bar Association and the California State Bar Association. A man of sterling qualities, high ideals and distinctive ability, he has long commanded a leading place in the affairs of this section of the valley and is recognized as one of the representative men of Yolo County.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J. W. Major, History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 318-320. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.