Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Arthur Marion Webb, the proprietor of Webb's Cakkle Farm, at 227 Park Way, Santa Cruz, was born on a farm near Corinth, Mississippi, August 28, 1879. His father died when he was a babe. Having been taken to Nebraska when he was a child, he was sent to the public schools in that state and from his thirteenth year he began to take care of himself.

For four years he worked in a soap factory and then came to California, locating in San Francisco, where for ten years he was employed as a trunk and box maker. Mr. Webb found conditions in the city unsatisfactory and was persuaded to locate in Santa Cruz in 1910. With a borrowed capital of one hundred dollars and with one hen and a few eggs, he embarked in the chicken business. He put heart and brain into the new undertaking and in time purchased fifty chicks, so that at the end of the first year he had one hundred and fifty, from which he realized two dollars a piece profit on each hen. He is now feeding eight thousand hens, more than anyone else in Santa Cruz county, which county now ranks third in the poultry business in the state. Mr. Webb has a large hatchery, where he brings out one hundred and fifty thousand chicks a year and these he ships to various parts of the state. In a recent henlaying contest one of his hens came out second. He is not only regarded as the pioneer in his line in this section, but he is one of the most successful poultry men in this section. He is also a booster for Santa Cruz county for the poultry business. In politics, he is a democrat, believing in the grand old principles of the historic party of Jefferson and Cleveland.

In 1923 Mr. Webb was married to Mrs. Anna E. Abbot Taintor, of Orville. He belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose and is fond of hunting and fishing.

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.