Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A Santa Cruz county official with a splendid record of both proficiency and efficiency, is J. R. Bashline, the county road superintendent, of 206 Maple street, Watsonville. A native of the Keystone state, he was born at Alleghany, Pennsylvania, about fifty miles from Pittsburgh, August 28, 1876, near to the time of closing the historic Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia. His parents were George and Elizabeth (Downs) Bashline. The father came to California in 1880, preceding his good wife a few months, and took up land in the Fairview district in Monterey county, where they resided for ten years. They have since made their home in Salinas.

J. R. Bashline attended the public schools of Salinas and took a special course in electrical engineering with the Correspondence School, from which he was in time graduated with credit. He established himself in the electrical trade in Salinas and was with the Granite Rock Company, installing all of the machinery at their plant and remaining with that firm for eleven years. Following that, he was for eleven months with the Portland Cement plant at San Juan as electrical engineer, but in July, 1917, he assumed charge of his present position. He is very much interested in the future of Santa Cruz county, and especially in the matter of good roads. He was one of the first to build an oil macadam road in California and superintended the laying of many roads for the Granite Rock Company. He built the road from Castroville to Monterey in 1916. In national politics, he is a republican.

Mr. Bashline married Miss Millie Moore, a native daughter, and they have one child, Evelyn. For twenty-eight years Mr. Bashline has been a member of the Woodmen of the World. He used to be fond of fishing, but now he contents himself with telling his friends all about the fish he once caught.

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.