Frank Livingston Hoyt
Hoyt was born July 13, 1898 in Norton, Norton County,
Kansas, which may
have contained the nearest hospital to Crystal. They lived in
a home dug out of a clay river bank on the Sapple River. He was
the oldest of the five children of Edward
Riley Hoyt and Cora Della (nee
Sometime around 1900,
when Frank was was very young, the family moved to Fairfield,
Clay County, Nebraska, where his father worked
as a blacksmith and wheelwright.
an interview with the Stockton Record in 1972, Frank said,
"As a boy...my ambition was to have a great big cattle
ranch, like all good red-blooded western American boys."
Crystal, Norton Co., Kansas - Edward
R. and Cora D. with son Frank L.
1910 (age 12) Fairfield, Clay Co., Nebraska--Frank son 11 s
Kan. Iowa Nebr.]
to End All Wars
War I began, Frank was 19 years old. Too young to enlist
at the time (21 was the minimum age), he lied about
his age to sign up for the Army. He later became
a machine gunner in the trenches of France.
the statistics many times." he said. "In the
first World War, they figured that average life of a
machine gunner was 22 minutes. I went through five major
battles and came out with just a few scratches."
The scratches included shrapnel in his left leg
and scars from several bullets.
his time in the Army, Frank attained the rank of Master
Sergeant, first chasing Poncho Via in southern Texas and
northern Mexico with General Black Jack Pershing
and then serving in France.
end he was appointed General Pershing's chauffeur and
assigned to Paris, France. There
was a meeting planned there in Paris to form a new veterans
organization and the General said that they were short
of enlisted men and would Frank please attend the meeting
the original caucus and
whereby became a founder and charter member of the American
Legion to which he belonged for the rest of his life,
as James McDermott Post commander, district commander,
Legion youth chairman and as first life member of James
- ?) After World War I he returned to Nebraska. He was a dirt
farmer and rancher in Morrill County, Nebraska raising such crops
as beans, sugar beets, corn, alfalfa hay, etc. He operated a 160 acre
cattle ranch always having cattle and hogs. He was an ardent horseman
and liked to rope cattle. His brand was the Rocking Chair "H."
did he move to Wyoming and what did he do there (cowboy, rodeo rider,
Edna Mae Sillivan June 12, 1925 in Bayard, Morrill
County, Nebraska when she was 21 and he was 26.
Edna Hoyt had three children: Carol Jean Hoyt (1926),
Bobby Frank Hoyt (1928) and Betty Mae Hoyt (Bob's twin
sister, who lived only 11 months)
the Depression - [WHEN], he
became secretary-manager of the Nebraska Sugar Beet Growers
Hoyt moved from Torrington, Wyoming to Tracy, California where he
took on the post as Holly Sugar Field Manager in charge of the Holly
Sugar company's Tracy area experimental farm operations. He held this
job until 1943.
In 1943 Frank became vice-president and general manager of Berverdor, Inc., a
large diversified farming and land holding company (including agricultural
and business equipment rental) with operation in Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Tracy and Tule Lake, California.
Frank retired the first
time (1960) as Vice President & General Manager of the
While deeply involved
in agriculture and business, Frank served for nine years (1951
- 1960) on the San Joaquin County Planning Commission until
his retirement from Berverdor in 1960.
Politician - San Joaquin County Supervisor (1960 -
a San Joaquin County Supervisor for 12 years, serving
as Chairman of the Board. He was a people's man and
spent many hours on the phone patiently talking with
citizens about their problems. He was well-known and
well-respected and was responsible for many improvements
in San Joaquin County.
he didn't decide to run for elected office until he
was urged to by his friends. He decided to give the
elected position a try and survive the primary. "Then
I really went to work and won the post in the fall."
often referred to as the "Plain-speaking dean of the
Board of Supervisors".
retirement as a supervisor, he said he enjoyed the
post and the accomplishments that he had made representing
Southern San Joaquin County, particular getting an
adequate water supply for the area, but he was happy
to be retiring.
was the second time I've retired." He said.
"So this time I'm going to make it stick."
never what you'd call an articulate politician." --
Sam Matthews, publisher of the Tracy Press and a longtime
for the people and spent countless hours
on the phone patiently listening to citizens complain
and argue. All the while, he looked for solutions.
the year he retired from agriculture, he entered politics and was
elected to represent the Fifth Supervisorial District on the San
Joaquin county board of supervisors. He was reelected in 1964
and 1968 before announcing his retirement in 1972.
Edna died December 7,
On August 4, 1971,
Frank married a widowed woman, Drucilla Patrick in Carson
City, Nevada when he was 73.
he was honored with the title of Mr.
Frank died on October
11, 1986, of
respiratory failure after more than four months in the Tracy Hospital
following cancer surgery in May. He was 88. Frank's
Sam Matthews, publisher
of the Tracy Press and a longtime friend, said Hoyt had been ill
for almost four months. "He went into the hospital and just never
came back, " Matthews said. "It's too bad. He was quite a guy."
He is buried in the Tracy
Community Cemetery in Tracy, San Joaquin County, California
along side his wife of many years, Edna Mae Sillivan.
almost too numerous to document, Frank was a past-president of the
California Asparagus Growers Association and served as a director
of the Tracy Chamber and as a charter member of its industrial committee.
He served six years on the board of directors of Tracy Community
Memorial Hospital during its formative years, and he was a member
of the Citizens Committee that recommended formation of the council-manager
from of government in Tracy.
of 1974" also served as a director of the Tracy Fair, is the incoming
president of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club and served on local and
council boards of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the
First Christian Church.