Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A wide-awake, farseeing man, whose well formed purpose to serve and to please has given him an enviable reputation throughout the state with motorists touring this part of the country, is Frederick Francis Majors, director of the finely equipped and thoroughly sanitary auto camp at 101 Front street, Watsonville, of which city he is a native. He was born November 10, 1877, the son of Joseph Ladd and Ramona (Soto) Majors, substantial farmers. The father, now deceased, was born at Santa Cruz, and always had a fond recollection of the old town by the sea. The mother also came from an old, historic family, originally from Tennessee, that owned immense tracts, on one of which Watsonville now stands.

Frederick F. Majors attended the public schools, then assisted his father on the home farm, and finally farmed for himself. Later he was foreman for the Del Monte ranch for two years, and after that, for a year and a half, he had one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz. After spending one year in the oil fields, he came to Watsonville, where he was connected with packing houses for five years and the next two years he spent on another ranch. The city of Watsonville had failed to make the auto camp pay, and he took charge of it with the intention of demonstrating that the motoring public never fails to appreciate a utility organized for their benefit. The grounds contain four acres, and the problem has not been to allure the motorist hither but the trouble is to get him to leave when his time is up for all who pass a night at the Watsonville auto camp want to stay there the rest of their lives.

By a former marriage, Mr. Majors had one son, Fred Joseph. In the year 1919 he was married to Mrs. B. Manning, of Fresno. Fraternally he is a member of the Order of the Eagles and in politics is an independent 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.