HARRY LYLE HUSTON
Harry Lyle Huston, a representative in both the paternal and maternal lines of honored pioneer families of California, has made the practice of law his life work and has successfully followed his profession for nearly three decades in Woodland, his native town. Born August 18, 1879, he is a son of Walter Scott and Sarah A. (Laugenour) Huston. The father, a native of Missouri, came to California by the overland route in 1849, joining the gold seekers in Sacramento, where he followed placer mining for a time, and in the early ‘60s removed to Knights Landing, in Yolo County. He then turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and also engaged in merchandising. Establishing his home in Woodland in 1878, he soon became a force for progress here as one of the founders and a trustee of Hesperian College, while he also served on the board of city trustees, and was recognized as a man of high ideals and marked public spirit. He remained a resident of the community until his death on the 8th of September, 1894, and in his passing Woodland sustained the loss of a highly respected citizen whose worth was uniformly acknowledged. His wife was a daughter of Samuel H. Laugenour, who journeyed from North Carolina to California in 1866 by way of the Isthmus of Panama, becoming one of the early settlers and large landowners of Yolo County. Here Sarah A. Laugenour took up educational work, continuing as a teacher until January 20, 1869, when she was married to Walter Scott Huston. Endowed with marked literary talent, Mrs. Huston became a writer of note, editing a column in the Woodland Daily Democrat and the Woodland Mail. She established the Home Alliance, a local publication, and in the work of the Christian Church of Woodland she also took an active and helpful part. Mr. and Mrs. Huston were the parents of the following children: Walter S.; Arthur C.; Edward P.; May, deceased; Harry Lyle; and Bertha Leona, the wife of James L. Hare.
At the usual age Harry L. Huston enrolled as a pupil in the Woodland public schools, afterward attending Hesperian College, and in the office of C. W. Thomas, a local attorney, he pursued the study of law. On the 12th of September, 1900, he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Woodland. Well equipped for the work of his profession, he was chosen district attorney for Yolo County, serving for one term, and he is now attorney for the state motor vehicle department at Sacramento. As a specialist in reclamation law he has become widely and favorably known, successfully handling much important litigation of that character, and is exceptionally well informed on matters pertaining to this branch of jurisprudence. A portion of his time is reserved for commercial affairs and to the discharge of his duties as president of the Yolo County Title & Abstract Company he brings to bear the forcefulness, wisdom and initiative of the business executive of modern times.
By his first marriage Mr. Huston became the father of three daughters: Helen, Jane, and Harriett, aged respectively, twenty-one, eighteen and fifteen years. For his second wife he chose Vera O. Frances, a native of Washington, D. C. Fraternally Mr. Huston is identified with Woodland Lodge, No. 1299, B. P. O. E., and the blue lodge of Masons. Along strictly social lines he has connection with the Sutter Club of Sacramento and the Del Paso Country Club. For relaxation he turns to golf, spending many of his leisure hours on the links. His keen mentality and even-paced energy have carried him ever onward and upward and his position in business and professional circles of Woodland is an enviable one, while his personal characteristics are such as inspire esteem and friendship.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.