Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An important establishment for the progressive motorists of Monterey County desiring the best of apparatus and appliances, and the most dependable service, is that of J. M. Bussey, who is the proprietor of Bussey's Auto Parts Co., at 506-8-10 Lighthouse avenue, Monterey. He hails from the Buckeye State, and that is sufficient to say that good, oldtime methods characterize his business operations and satisfy his many patrons. Indeed, he well represents that important contribution made by the sons of Ohio to the building up of the Golden State, and the more rapid development of her resources and commercial wealth. Mr. Bussey was born in Clarksburg, Ross county, Ohio, February 23, 1874, and is a son of Cornelius and Martha (Roberts) Bussey, the former a member of an old Virginia family, while the latter came from Kentucky.

J. M. Bussey attended the public schools in his home town although, as a mere boy, he was ambitious to work and to earn. Somewhat early, therefore, he was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade, which he followed in various places until he came to Monterey in February, 1906. For the next ten years he presided over the forge here and only gradually, because of the many special demands made upon him for expert service, did he drift into the garage business. Ill health forced him to give up blacksmithing altogether and having acquired several second-hand cars, he set about wrecking these and organized an agency for the sale of the parts. The opportunity to enlarge this enterprise also soon presented itself and in time he erected his fine new business block on Lighthouse avenue, where, besides carrying parts for nearly all makes of cars, he also sells new parts that are generally wanted.

In San Jose, California, Mr. Bussey was married to Miss Lulu Reynolds, a native daughter of Monterey county; they are parents of two promising children, Reynold and Donald Bussey. He belongs to the Elks and the Odd Fellows, and he is also a Knight of Pythias; and it need hardly be said that the talented lady now his life-companion shares with him an enviable popularity in these fraternal circles.

Deeply interested in town, county, state and country and in favor of safeguarding business and industry by wise legislation, Mr. Bussey is a republican but in local political matters, he aims to stand and serve as a man above party. He is an active member of the Monterey Chamber of Commerce and his support of every measure for the public good is assured.

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.