Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Clifford M. Blabon, of 240 King street, Santa Cruz, is a well known general contractor, whose valuable experience, together with his disposition to both serve and accommodate, is an asset of incalculable worth. In Contra Costa county on December 2, 1884, he first saw the light, and he is a son of Moses L. and Marie Ray Blabon, but he hardly knew his father, who died when our subject was a little child. He was a native of Maine. The mother had crossed the great plains when she was a little girl, and, young as she then was, she can still remember what to her were thrilling experiences-the lot of so many pioneers risking all in order to reach the Promised Land. Her family having settled in Placerville, she attended school there while being reared to young womanhood. They came originally from Missouri.

Clifford M. Blabon did what he could to let the country school teachers know that he was present in body as well as in spirit, and as a boy, after school hours, had his share of chores to do about the farm. He then served for four years as an apprentice to the machinist's trade in the Union Iron Works in San Francisco, and for several years he followed his trade.

With additional experience, Mr. Blabon finally entered the building field, commencing in the metropolitan city of San Francisco, and from there he went to Oakland, a town affording plenty of opportunity for a man to test and be tested. Going to San Jose, he bought the stage line running between San Jose and Santa Cruz, and for seven years tried his fortunes there. In 1918 he sold out and permanently located in Santa Cruz, having already taken up his domicile here before he said goodbye to staging. He had rather intended to retire, but seeing the opportunities for the right kind of a contractor in building, he hung out his shingle anew. Since then, he has constructed some of the most modern homes in the city.

Mr. Blabon married Miss Zada L. Totman, and they have two children, namely: Carol and Avis. Mr. Blabon is decidedly a home man, save when the "fishin' is good," and then he does not wish to tarry in town, not even for politics, although he is a stand-patter republican. All in all, Mr. Blabon is an ideal citizen, making a good neighbor and a tip-top friend.

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.