Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Although an easterner by birth, Howard L. Chapman has thoroughly identified his interests with those of the Pajaro valley, and Watsonville numbers him among its leading business men and most enthusiastic and effective workers for the development of the great fruit-growing industry, which has made this region famous throughout the world. He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, July 24, 1882, and during his boyhood made frequent trips to California. His grandfather migrated to the Golden state in 1869 and became the owner of a ranch at Corralitos, in Santa Cruz county. He was one of the pioneer apple growers of this section and well deserved success rewarded his intelligently directed labors.

Mr. Chapman was graduated from the Chestnutwood Business College at Santa •Cruz in 1899 and then returned to Waterbury, Connecticut, entering the employ of the American Brass Company. He also filled the position of order clerk in the plant of the Waterbury Watch Company but again yielded to the lure of the west and in 1912 returned to California, where he decided to make his permanent home. He located on the ranch at Corralitos and brought the property to a high state of development, recently selling the farm at an advantageous price. In 1917 he became connected with the Corralitos Fruit Growers Association, which had been organized in 1913, and since 1919 it has been known as the Corralitos Fruit Growers, Inc. It is composed of about forty apple growers in the Pajaro valley and its officers are F. L. Selleck, president; W. P. Hitchings, vice president, and H. L. Chapman, secretary, treasurer and manager. Mr. Chapman assumed his present duties in 1924 and his work has been of great value to the association, to which he is rendering expert service.

On April 8, 1914, Mr. Chapman married Miss Myrtle Rowe, a native of Monterey, California, and a daughter of C. W. Rowe, who is numbered among the honored pioneers of the Pajaro valley. While a resident of Waterbury, Connecticut, Mr. Chapman joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is now serving on the board of directors of the Watsonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Watsonville Apple Distributors. The growth and progress of his city is a matter in which he takes much personal pride, and public opinion bears testimony to his high qualities of mind and heart.

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.