Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Prominent among the public officials of Santa Cruz county whose excellent records for fidelity and efficiency have made them exceptionally popular, is Addi Wesley Wyman, the county supervisor, living at Soquel. He is a Canadian by birth, though born near the Vermont, line, of Yankee parents, who migrated north from the good old state of New Hampshire. Our subject was born September 21, 1856, and is a son of Alba and Sarah (McGaffey) Wyman, of English and Irish descent. The father was a farmer, who came to Grass valley, California, as long ago as 1849, but later returned to Canada, where he became well-to-do. In 1874 he again came to California, and this time took up his residence at Santa Cruz, where he died and his remains were interred in the cemetery of the Odd Fellows.

Addi Wyman is the product largely of the excellent schools of Canada but he was fortunate in coming to California when only twenty years of age, so that he has been able, for years, to study conditions here and to keep himself in close touch with the spirit of the Californians. He first followed agricultural pursuits and then learned the trade of millwright. Having reached the Golden state on the 1st of April, in the Centennial Year of '76, he began to work for Grover & Company, and continued in their sawmill in Soquel Canyon for ten years. Then he took up contracting and building for himself and continued a leader in that field for thirty-six years. He also built many roads and bridges in various parts of the county, and especially in this section, so that he became very familiar with the district.

From 1902 to 1906, Mr. Wyman served his first term as supervisor, and on January 1, 1921, he was reelected. He has been very active in road work and since he gives all of his time to his public duties and is most conscientious in the discharge of what is expected of him, he has succeeded in equipping his district with as fine highways as may be found, in their class, anywhere in the state. He made all of the grades between here and Watsonville and he is the pioneer in the matter of good roads in this part of California. He is noted for his successful "fills" on a very extensive area, and he may point with pride to fine highways built by him over thirty years ago and still in excellent shape. His bridges, also, have stood the test; and his grades were accepted and used by the state highway commission.

Not long ago, when Mr. Wyman was a candidate to succeed himself as supervisor of the second supervisorial district, a newspaper said of him: "By all means, he should be reelected for another term. The administration of Supervisor Wyman is beyond doubt or question the most progressive one attained by any supervisor of this mountainous district in the past quarter of a century. When Mr. Wyman assumed the duties of supervisor, he found the one hundred and forty miles or more of roads in a deplorable condition; a district with practically no equipment, dissatisfaction was rampant among the taxpayers who were residents of his district and were not on the paved highway. His management of the duties of his office, therefore, has been such as not only to win the admiration and approval of his constituents, but has given him an enviable reputation among the members of the state highway commission, and others also of authority in road building."

"With the thought of his district and the county ever in mind, Mr. Wyman has been the means of securing several thousand dollars' worth of government trucks that had been turned over to the state highway commission to be loaned or rented to the various counties at a rental of one dollar a year per truck."

On the 21st of September, 1882, Mr. Wyman married Miss Anna Jane Parrish, a daughter of Joshua Parrish, of Soquel. Her father was born in Ohio and came to California in 1849, but in 1853 returned to his native state, where he married Narcissa Dell. The same year he returned with his bride to Soquel, where he bought a large tract of land, making his home there until his death, which occurred July 24, 1898. His wife survived him until May 9, 1911, dying at the home of Mr. Wyman. To our subject and his wife have been born the following children: Lorretta is now Mrs. John Maddock;. R. V. Wyman is a farmer of Modesto; Fay M. Wyman was killed in service in France during the World war, at the early age of twenty-six, on October 26, 1918. He had enlisted in the regular army, and was a member of the Fourth Division of the Fifty-ninth Regiment. Ruth is now Mrs. Harry Mitchell. There are four grandchildren.

Mr. Wyman is a republican, and an Odd Fellow, having passed through all the chairs of that fraternal organization, and been a member of the Grand Lodge since 1884. He has been secretary for twenty-five years of the Modern Woodmen of America, and has passed through all of the chairs of the Knights of Pythias. He was captain of his-military company, for three years, and was retired with the rank of major. He is also musically gifted, and for eighteen years sang in the Congregational church choir of Soquel.

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.