Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Edward C. Vierra, manager of the Monterey Bay Salt Company, at Moss Landing, has done so much to help put the peninsula on the map. A native son, he was born on the old home place near Moss Landing, in Monterery county, on the 3d of March, 1882, the son of Cato Joseph and Maria (Freitas) Vierra, his parents having settled in this section many years ago. By hard work and frugal habits they acquired several hundred acres of land, and no one was ever more entitled to what they had. The father came from the Azores and was a pioneer in the Moss Landing section. He is now deceased, but Mrs. Vierra is still living, the center of many devoted friends.

Edward C. Vierra attended the schools at Moss Landing, and then joined his brother, David C. Vierra, in putting a portion of the family property to a new and useful purpose. With very little capital, they established the Monterey Bay Salt Company, and in order to succeed were compelled to work hard. They were determined, however, not to become discouraged, and by sticking to their undertaking they at last reached the goal of their desires. But, alas! just when success seemed assured, David met with an untimely death by falling in a shaft, where his leather coat entangled him. No one witnessed the accident, and his death proved a great shock to both mother and brother. The salt is obtained from the waters of the bay; is pumped into five different ponds; and when through evaporation and precipitation, becomes crystal. It is then refined, ground and sacked, ready for the market. The works employ eighteen men.

Edward C. Vierra was for some time superintendent of the California Sea Products Company's plant at Moss Landing, and in this, as in his present capacity, he well filled the bill and made many friends. In politics a republican, he is especially broad-minded when it comes to supporting well endorsed local issues, and he is extremely interested in the future of Monterery county. In religious faith he is a Catholic.

David C. Vierra was instantly killed at the salt works at Moss Landing, August 6, 1924, when he was caught in the machinery. He was about forty-three years of age, a bachelor, and was known and respected as an industrious, progressive and very capable resident of that place. He had been fortunate in his rearing on an American farm, and also in his early schooling, and he was looked upon as a highly intelligent man. The brothers had built up a substantial business, and it is a pity that he could not have lived to enter into the fruits of his toil and sacrifice.

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.