Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A wideawake superintendent of an important industry, and equally alert to please his patrons, remembering that a satisfied customer is one of the best of advertisements, is Jack Evered Norton, the popular manager of the enterprising Norton-Phelps Lumber Company at Twin Lakes, the romantic settlement in Santa Cruz county. A Canadian by birth, he was born at Prince Edward Island, November 14, 1889, a son of Evered and Elizabeth (Deason) Norton, the best of worthy Americans, who were esteemed as fellow citizens and good neighbors and who tried to make the home surroundings of our subject such as would be helpful to him in later years. He enjoyed the benefits of both the grammar and the high schools of Colorado, to which state his parents had removed when Jack was a boy. Having successfully finished his secondary studies, he took up civil engineering and followed that for eleven years; and then he was a field engineer for the Interstate Commerce Commission and so came to have charge of the valuation department in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and California.

Jack Norton came to the Golden state in 1912, and for a while made his home at San Diego. Then, with his father, he took over the Los Gatos Lumber Company, at Los Gatos, and in 1921 he established at Twin Lakes the branch of which he is now the efficient manager. They also have a branch at Aptos; and in the management of both of these enterprises they have been very successful. Twin Lakes is a settlement just outside of Santa Cruz, and the Nortons have also become identified with the city's best interests, enabling them to give expression to their desire to advance Santa Cruz county in every way that they can. Mr. Norton is a republican, and finds satisfaction in the platform of that party favoring the protection of American trade. He has extensive interests in real estate in this vicinity and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Fraternally he is a Master Mason.

On the 7th of March, 1920, Mr. Norton was united in marriage to Miss Marian Smith, of Colorado, and they are now living at Seabright with their one child, a daughter, named Betty.

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.