Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A man successful in his field, who thoroughly understands problems pertaining to transportation in California is G. T. Cottingham, one of the wideawake partners in the concern operating under the name of the City Transfer, with offices at 20 Wall street, Watsonville. A native of the Buckeye state, he was born at Troy, Ohio, November 22, 1866, and is a son of James and Helen (Hartley) Cottingham, who were of English birth. Coming to America they contributed their part toward the development and improvement of this newer land.

During his boyhood, G. T. Cottingham had the advantages of both the grammar and the high school courses. His first position of responsibility was that of a telegraph operator, and soon he was made station agent, in which capacity he was connected with different railroads for twenty-five years in nearly every state west of Illinois. He also raised apples in Idaho and Oregon; and on coming to Watsonville in 1919 and breathing the apple atmosphere here, he felt quite at home.

Instead of going in for horticultural pursuits here, however, Mr. Cottingham took up trucking, and continued in that line alone until he formed his present partnership with W. C. Meginnes in 1923, under the name of the City Transfer. They have done remarkably well from the beginning, evidently filling somewhat of a long-felt want, and early securing the confidence and the goodwill of the public. They keep four trucks in use all of the time, waiting upon their patrons. Mr. Cottingham saw service in the Spanish-American war, as a member of the Twelfth Minnesota Regiment.

Mr. Cottingham was married in Boone, Iowa, in 1899, to Miss Mable Ashmore, and by this marriage there is one child, William, and they also have a grandchild, Doris., now in Chicago. Mr. Cottingham is a Mason, and belongs to the chapter, the commandery and the Shrine and he is deeply interested in both Watsonville and the Pajaro valley, and most willing at all times to cooperate in advancing genuine local affairs.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.