Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the young men of Watsonville who hold a strong position in the esteem of its residents is Charles E. McSherry, who has spent the greater part of his life in this city, making the most of his opportunities, and is now engaged in the insurance business. He was born July 1, 1893, in Murray county, Minnesota, a son of Charles and Catherine McSherry, and was ten years old when the family came to Watsonville. Here he attended Moreland Notre Dame Academy and the public schools and later was a student at the Santa Clara University. After leaving that institution he became city editor of the Watsonville Daily Register, filling that position for four years, and when the United States became involved in the World war Mr. McSherry's patriotic spirit prompted him to offer his aid to his country. In the summer of 1917 he enlisted in the aviation service and in January, 1918, was commissioned a lieutenant. He was sent to various aviation centers in the United States and was stationed for some time at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, and at Newport News, Virginia. After receiving his honorable discharge Mr. McSherry returned to Watsonville and embarked in the insurance business. In 1922 he formed a partnership with E. P. Pfingst, who became the senior member of the firm, and this relationship has since been continued. The business is prospering as a result of their united efforts, the thorough reliability of the firm being one of the strongest points in its favor.

In 1918 Mr. McSherry married Miss Gladys Tuttle, a native of Watsonville and a daughter of M. B. Tuttle. To this union have been born two sons, Robert and James. Mr. McSherry is a member of E. H. Lorenson Post, No. 121, of the American Legion at Watsonville, and takes a keen interest in its activities. He has been its commander, was adjutant for four years and is now serving on the executive committee. He belongs to Watsonville Lodge, No. 1300, of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and is also a member of the local council of the Knights of Columbus. He is affiliated with the Catholic church and closely conforms his life to its teachings. Mr. McSherry is an enterprising young business man, well able to cope with conditions in the modern commercial world, and every step he has made toward a successful career has been in the right direction.

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.