Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Armand H. Hummel is proprietor of Hummel's garage at Soquel and is widely credited with being unusually well informed on all matters pertaining to motordom and more than successful in catering promptly to every want of the motorist. He was born at Los Gatos, October 20, 1900, the son of Jacob and Nina (Rash) Hummell, who came to California in 1887 and located at Los Gatos. There they engaged in ranching, and there they are still living today, in comfortable retirement, enjoying the esteem and the goodwill of their fellowmen.

Armand H. Hummell enjoyed both public school and business college training, and when his school days were over, he spent three and one-half years with his father, leaving the home ranch in the country to take a position in a town garage. He was also able to attend night school and this still further equipped him for his life work. For three and one-half years he worked in a garage in San Francisco and then spent a year in Santa Cruz.

In January, 1922, Mr. Hummel opened a small place for himself at Soquel; and as his ability as a mechanic and gasoline engine expert was soon recognized, he had to enlarge his place to meet the growing demands of his trade. In January, 1923, he had progressed so far that he was able to buy the property he needed; and in his modern, thoroughly up-to-date garage, he now employs three well trained and obliging men. He has the agency for the Chevrolet car, which for several years past has been considered one of the most dependable investments in the automobile line for the man of moderate means who does not desire to be running to garages for repairs every week, and a car, now that the 1925 new models have outdistanced machines of even a higher class, that bids fair to make a record in sales for the coming year. For those who cannot get away from the habit of rolling up to a repair station whenever anything goes wrong Mr. Hummel maintains the most complete service to be found in any garage for miles around.

When Mr. Hummel married, at Santa Cruz, October 23, 1921, he chose for his helpmate Miss Gladys Nutcher, who was reared in Santa Cruz county and they have one child, Armand A., Jr. Mr. Hummel is a member of the Odd Fellows and the Woodmen and he is fond of outdoor life. In politics he is a republican.

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.