JAMES R. WILLOUGHBY.
Among the honored and respected residents of Kings county none stands higher in the esteem of those who know them
than does James R. Willoughby, postmaster of Corcoran. He is a native of California, born in Ventura county, on
the 11th day of September, 1890, the son of William F. and Susan (Menchaca) Willoughby, natives respectively of
San Francisco and Santa Barbara. James R. Willoughby's paternal grandfather came from the East to California in
1850, making the long trip around Cape Horn. He established and operated the first meat packing plant in California.
William F. Willoughby is now living retired in Corcoran. Susan (Menchaca) Willoughby was a descendant of the Sanches
family, one of California's oldest and most illustrious Spanish families.
James R. Willoughby attended the public and high schools and after graduating from the latter he attended Heald's
Business College. He worked on a farm in Kings county with his father until 1915, when he went to Alaska, where
he remained a year. In May, 1917, he volunteered for service in the United States army for the World war, and was
assigned to Special Regiment, Twenty sixth Engineers, with which command he went to France in March, 1918. He was
in the terrific fighting of the Argonne and other battles and was in the Luxembourg forest at the time the armistice
was signed. He was sent to Coblentz with the first advance troops of the Army of Occupation, and remained there
for some time. He was finally discharged at The Presidio, San Francisco, on April 18, 1919. He then came to Corcoran
and was employed as a garage worker and tool dresser for the National Gas & Petroleum Company until March 3,
1923, when he was appointed postmaster at Corcoran. He has discharged the duties of this office in a manner that
has gained for him the approval of the department and the commendation of all the patrons of the office.
Mr. Willoughby is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the American Legion, of which he is past
post commander. He also belongs to the Forty and Eight, an overseas veterans' organization. He is well equipped
in all the essential qualifications of the gentleman and because of this, as well as of his business ability, energy
and fine war record, he enjoys the unstinted confidence and regard of all who know him.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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