Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A well known broker in real estate who has become a successful Pajaro orchardist, viewed both from the practical and from the scientific standpoint, his horticultural experience fitting him the better to advise others what kind of an investment they ought to make, is James Howard Canney, of 16 San Juan road, Watsonville. A native son, familiar from his boyhood with California conditions, he was born at Santa Cruz, October 27, 1873, his parents being Dr. F. E. J. and Isabel Virginia (Fuller) Canney. The father came from Minnesota as early as 1868 and settled at Santa Cruz, remaining there by the sea until 1879. He was superintendent of the County Hospital and public administrator, and when he removed to San Francisco, he organized the Hahnemann Homeopathic College, being at its head until some time in the '80s. Then he removed to San Jose, where he passed away at the advanced age of ninety-four years. Mrs. Canney, beloved by all who knew her, lived to be even two years older, lacking only four years of seeing her centenary.

James Howard Canney progressed as far as the high school courses of instruction in San Francisco, but because of ill health he had to remain out doors and to avoid the confinement of close study. This led him to become an orchardist, and he spent twenty years in cultivating oranges in southern California. In 1916 he came. to Pajaro and here began handling choice land. He has thirty-two acres of apples, which are the best kind of testimony for California's great asset-climate, and the products of his trees are in great demand. He is also keenly interested in the development of Santa Cruz's resources, and his sales of realty never fail to promote this end.

In 1902 Mr. Canney was united in marriage to Miss Florence Kemp, and they are affiliated with the Episcopal church. Mr. Canney belongs to the Royal Arch Masons, the Sciots, and is also identified with the Odd Fellows, the Encampment and Rebekahs. He is secretary of the Northern Monterey Chamber of Commerce. In politics he is a republican, save when party lines interfere with local accomplishment and then he is non-partisan.

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.