Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


William W. Bendell, automobile dealer at Watsonville and widely known in the trade throughout this section of the state, is a native of Ohio but has been a resident of the west since the days of his boyhood and of California for ten years and more. Mr. Bendell was born in the pleasant village of Lagrange in Lorain county not far from the lake in northern Ohio, August 28, 1884, and was eight years of age when in 1892 his parents, Charles C. and Fidelia Jane (Leaver) Bendell, moved with their family to Denver, Colorado. In 1914 William W. Bendell, who had been engaged in the commission business in Denver, came to California as the representative of the Hill-Smith Metal Goods Company of Boston, making his headquarters at Los Angeles, from which place he presently was transferred to San Francisco as branch manager of that concern's operations in California and was thus engaged at San Francisco until in April, 1920, when he moved to Watsonville and became engaged in the automobile business.

As will be noted above, William W. Bendell was but eight years of age when in 1892 his parents made their home in Denver and in that city he was reared and educated, going on through the high school. He became associated with his father's commission operations in Denver and after some later experience in a commercial way, connected with other concerns there, he became the California representative of the Hills-Smith Metal Goods Company of Boston, manufacturers of automobile parts, and was for three years thus connected, with offices at San Francisco. It was en April 1, 1920, that Mr. Bendell took over the Ford agency at Watsonville and has been carrying on that business, with a well equipped garage and a well stocked salesroom, amply equipped in the way of accessories and with facilities for general repair work to meet all demands of the local trade. Since taking over this business Mr. Bendell has done much to extend the operations of the establishment and now has in his employ fifteen or twenty persons. In addition to this he is the owner of a one-half interest in the works of the Standard Steel Stamping Company at Denver and is doing well.

On Thanksgiving Day in 1917, at Denver, William W. Bendell was united in marriage to Miss Aallie A. Massie of Kansas City, Missouri, and they have a pleasant home at Watsonville. For the past three or four years Mrs. Bendell has been engaged as a Christian Science practitioner and is widely known throughout this section of California in the circles thus represented. Mr. and Mrs. Bendell are republicans and have ever taken an interested part in the general civic and social affairs of the community. Mr. Bendell is an active member of the locally influential Exchange Club of Watsonville and is a Knight Templar Mason and a Noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

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.