Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An enterprising dealer in hay whose experience has enabled him successfully to handle both a retail and a wholesale trade, is Ira M. Bardmess. A native of Missouri, he was born on a farm, May 8, 1871, and is a son of Abraham and Nancy Rose (Gardner) Bardmess, who removed to Nevada when our subject was nine years old. There he remained until he had grown to manhood and then, in 1899, he came to California and settled in Watsonville. As a boy he pursued his studies in the Nevada schools and learning to handle stock, with the result that his first occupation in California was stock raising. Subsequently he conducted a feed stable for a number of years and gradually he worked into the wholesale hay trade. In roofing his hay, he has found it possible to house for others a number of automobiles. He owns a number of residences that he rents, fronting for one hundred and eighty-five feet on the Main street, Watsonville. He has been in his present location for twenty years, having bought this property when the rate per foot was very low.

In 1911 Mr. Bardmess married Miss Nellie Gardner, the ceremony taking place at San Jose, and to them have been born four children: Milton and Mildred, twins; Carl and Helen. By a former marriage Mr. Bardmess has two children, Hazel and Marion.

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.