Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


George W. Lyman, manager of the Watsonville Ice & Cold Storage Company, owes his rise in the business world to his natural sagacity, his executive ability, untiring application and devotion to duty. He is a native of Rutland, Vermont, and represents a family whose members have been continuously and prominently identified with the marble industry of that state for a period of seventy years. Mr. Lyman received his education in the public schools of the Green Mountain state and in the fall of 1906 came to San Francisco, California, where he joined his brother, who had preceded him to the Pacific coast. The subject of this sketch entered the employ of the Vermont Marble Company in San Francisco and later became connected with the National Ice & Cold Storage Company of that city. He soon proved his worth to the corporation and in 1919 was appointed manager of their Watsonville branch. The plant was erected in 1911 at a cost of a half million dollars and is one of the largest in the west. It has a storage capacity of three hundred and fifty thousand boxes or will accommodate three hundred and fifty carloads of apples. It took some years to prove to the growers and packers the advantage gained by placing their apples in cold storage instead of dumping them on the market and under the expert management of Mr. Lyman the plant is now doing a capacity business. He has demonstrated that he is the right man for the position, and his services are of great value to the corporation which he represents.

Mr. Lyman was married on the 6th of September, 1911, to Miss Blanche Merrell, a native of California, and they have become the parents of three children: Barbara, Patricia and George W. Jr. Mr. Lyman is a Master Mason and also belongs to Watsonville Lodge, No. 1300, B. P. O. E., and to the local Exchange Club. He is foremost in every project for civic growth and development, and all who know him speak of him in terms of high regard.

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.