Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


JOHN EDMUND TRAFTON was born in Canada, and when four years old moved with his parents to Missouri. Realizing that "westward the star of empire takes its way," the family started across the plains to California, in 1852. At that time the dreaded cholera was raging along the route, and his father fell a victim to the disease. Left a widow under such sad circumstances, his brave mother, with her little family, completed the long journey to this State, and in 1858 they came to Pajaro Valley and settled within a half a mile of his present home.

Mr. Trafton owns four hundred acres of land in that vicinity, two hundred and eighty acres of which are in the level valley, and the balance is rolling land.

Here he has a fine dairy and stock ranch, besides making a specialty of raising the best potatoes in Monterey County. He has never taken an active part in politics, though his party has often urged him to accept the nomination of Supervisor from his district, but he prefers the quiet of home to the political arena. He has been identified with the county's agricultural interests for thirty years, and has done much to develop its resources. His mother, who is nearing fourscore years, resides in Watsonville, and the consciousness of duty well done, combined with the appreciative love of her children, shines like a benediction upon her life's closing scene.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.