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Workman, Fred 1948 INTERVIEW

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Pacific Grove Tribune, CA July 2, 1948
Fred Workman, an Orphan at Age Thirteen Continues Family’s Pioneering Tradition
The family tree of Fred Workman reverberates the pioneering spirit fromits every branch. The pioneers are thought of as a romantic crew of foundation builders. Theirs was supposedly a life of robust living, filled with joyous promise and seemingly endless unexplored horizons. Yet Fred Workman, like his father and his father and grandfather, found pioneering a hand-blistering and tear provoking distinction. Born in Indiana, in 1886, young Workman found himself an orphan 13 years later when his father and mother died theaccuulative result of financial failure in the panic of 1893. Rides “Brake Beam”. Five younger brothers and sisters were placed in an orphan’s home but Fred “went off on the brake beam” through the east and south. A year later found himin Montana, broke, heartsore, and bitterly cynical. To be a hobo at 14 with one’s past a tragic memory and one’s future an indiscernible nothingness is highly conducive to cynicism. Fortunately an experienced boxcar wayfarer of the Horace Greely school sold him on California. Oranges and Climate. “They have thousands of orange trees out there and the climate is such that you can sleep ‘neath the stars every night,” reported Fred’s councilor and he again was on his way, little realizing what lay ahead. Arriving in Salinas with a fifth grade education, no friends and an equal amount of money, his California career began ingloriously in the wheat fields but it was work- a beginning – and a beginning was all that Fred Workman needed. More Pioneering. From the wheat fields near Salinas, he found his way north to San Francisco and again was pioneering, this time as an apprentice in the automobile business. This was in 1901 and automobiles were almost as scarce then as they have been in the last few years. Fred learned the business, filed it for future use, and then took a job as a chauffeur for the next seven years. Sells Automobiles. The year 1908 found him selling automobiles, but the demand for the horseless carriages still was small and Fred took permanent leave from this work in 1912 to accept a position as manager of an uptown office building. In the eight years he worked in this capacity, Workman savd enough to purchase a raspberry ranch from the old Crocker estate near Palo Alto. In 18 months the industrious and resourceful pioneer had made and saved enough money to pay for his land, but two years later business slumped and he wisely sold out again to explore a new field – an insurance agency in Palo Alto. Finds Hom. Through these twenty-seven years of riding the rails, working in grain fields, driving and selling automobiles, managing office buildings, raising raspberries, and selling insurance, Fred gradually envisioned what he really wanted, and once decided, he went into action. Fred sold the insurance business and moved to Pacific Grove to build, what has been for the past twenty three years, the 17 Mile Drive cottage court. Perhaps it was because he was for so many years a traveler along America’s highways and rail routes, perhaps it was because he realized how much a bed and four walls can mean to people at times, or perhaps it made him happy to be of service to the modern nomads. We like to think it’s a combination of the three. At any rate Fred Workman accommodates a yearly average of 15,000 tourists at his auto court. Proud of Auto Court. “I am proud of my business, my clientele, and the friends I have made here,” announces a man who has every right to be proud. His early poverty and his close association with “travelers on the low road” gave birth to an idea which has since become an a vocational religion with Fred. This idea has resulted in his intensive study of America’s system of government, with the accent on taxation. His theories are well known to Pacific Grove residents. Many feel like they are too well known, but Fred, like all far-sighted individuals, realizes that anything good must first go through the process of being condemned. Theories Go Abroad. At any rate his theories have been studied throughout the United States. Favorable comment on his essays has come from England, Australia and Canada. Whether they are right or wrong, Fred is to be admired for sticking to his guns – fighting for what he believes to be just. In Pacific Grove, Fred has served on the city council for seven years. He is a member of Rotary club and is affiliated with the Commonwealth club in San Francisco. He has two sons Bill and Ralph. Bill is employed with the Southern California Gas company and is the father of two sprouts. Ralph is currently working with Fred at the auto courts. Varied Background. Although possessing only a fifth grade education, Fred has served apprenticeships in six trades, studied law, pharmacy, bookkeeping, and has owned and operated three businesses – quite an accomplishment for a man who was an orphan at thirteen years of age. Fred Workman is Pacific Grove’s man of the week. His blood flows from pioneering stock. His grandfather was among the first to populate Missouri in 1832. His father was a pioneer farmer in Western Kansas in 1894. His parents’ untimely death forced him to continue the pioneering strain. Refused to Strike Out. Here is a man who, early in life, had two strikes thrown him, but who refused to go out. His spirit, plagued many times by ill-fortune, has always smouldered. Pacific Grove can see in Fred Workman something which has made America a land of democratic reality. That something is ingenuity, and goal-seeking stubbornness, but most of all, good hard work in the face of continuous threats to happiness.
WORKMAN FRED W 1885 01 19 BOODEE MALE IN MONTEREY 1969 05 22 548468329 84
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