Sam Combs Park in West Sacramento is owned by the Port of Sacramento and maintained by the City of West Sacramento. Sam Combs was a popular Yolo County Supervisor that served from 1960 - 1966.
I recently had a conversation with Sam's son John Combs, and he shared some information about his father, Sumner "Sam" Combs.
Sumner W. "Sam" Combs was born in Hastings, Nebraska in 1895 and was one of seven children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. Sam worked on the family farm in Butler County and graduated from Ulysses High School in Ulysses, Nebraska, then was drafted into the army during WW1.
Sam attended business school in Omaha and married his high school sweetheart Valdeva Maria Hastings, one of the first females to graduate from University of Nebraska. Valdeva's father was State Senator Lovell Sheldon Hastings. After the depression hit, the family lost their farm and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska.
In 1936, Sam moved his wife and 3 children to San Francisco then came to West Sacramento where Sam got a job with the Hotel Senator Garage. After a stint working for the Hull Hotel Company in Fresno, Sam moved his family back to West Sacramento and ran a service station on the old El Rancho Hotel property until the property was sold and he retired.
Sam was a charter member of the Port District Kiwanis and was friends with William G. Stone, also known as the "Father of the Port, who encouraged him to run for Yolo County Supervisor. Sam went door to door meeting folks in the three communities of West Sacramento, Broderick and Bryte and was elected in 1960.
John sends this information about the contributions that his father made to our community:
SUMNER WILLIAM COMBS, SR., KNOWN TO EVERYONE AS `SAM', MOVED TO WEST SACRAMENTO FROM