Contra Costa County











HENRY C. HURST. For twenty-one years Henry C. Hurst has served as postmaster of San Ramon, Contra Costa county, holding the esteem and confidence of his fellow townsmen and that of the postal authorities regardless of party affiliations. He first accepted the office in 1883, and after one year bought out the general merchandise establishment of F. L. Glass, and in connection with his official duties has carried on his mercantile enterprise up to the present time. Endowed with unusual ability and energy he at once enlarged the building and increased his stock and today caters to a large and remunerative custom, won by his conservative yet progressive business methods and by the sterling qualities which distinguish his personal character.

Born in Louisa county, Va., November 25, 1832, Henry C. Hurst is a son of John Hurst, a worthy citizen of that state. He was reared and educated in his native locality and became a clerk in a general merchandise establishment. Becoming interested in the possibilities of the remote west, he decided to come to California, and accordingly took passage via the Isthmus of Panama and arrived in the state July 4, 1859. His first employment was in the agricultural line at Danville, Contra Costa county, after which he engaged with a threshing outfit. He also engaged later in the mercantile business in Danville for the period of a year, when he received the appointment of postmaster of San Ramon. As before mentioned he purchased the mercantile enterprise of F. L. Glass and has since remained so engaged. Although Democratic in his party affiliations, he has been endorsed by all parties for the office which he has held continuously for twenty-one years. No citizen holds a higher place in the regard of the people with whom he has been associated for so many years.

In California, Mr. Hurst married Nellie Lyle, a native of Iowa. Born of this union were three children, namely: Rena, deceased; Ola, who married Robert Gass, and has one child, Roland, and Harry C., a clerk. In his fraternal relations Mr. Hurst is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Pacheco.





Transcribed by Marie Hassard 14 November 2015.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 885-886. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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