Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the men of enterprise and ability whose well directed efforts have contributed to the success of the great fruit-growing industry of which Watsonville is the center are A. B. and Kenneth C. Clark, who constitute the firm of Clark Brothers, engaged in motor drayage. They operate a fleet of from ten to fifteen Fageol motor trucks, according to the season, between Watsonville and the bay cities of San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco, hauling perishable fruits, berries and vegetables.

The railroad formerly handled this business, but the service rendered the fruit growers was very unsatisfactory. They would not receive shipments after 5 P. M. and little care was exercised in handling consignments. Realizing the great need of better transportation facilities, the Clark Brothers established their present business in March, 1921, and as a result of their systematic methods and progressive spirit it has enjoyed a remarkably rapid growth, their daily shipments now running as high as fifteen hundred crates of berries and vegetables. Every precaution is taken to protect the produce, which arrives at its destination in fine condition. Canvas covers are placed on the trucks and the shipments are preserved by a constant circulation of cold air through a shield. They are hauled direct to the commission houses and unloaded. Employment is furnished to from seventeen to fifty men and there are five receiving stations. One is located at Watsonville; another at Aromas, in San Benito county; the third is situated on the San Juan road; one on the Riverside road and the fifth at Bedebell. Shipments are received from 1 to 7:15 P. M., and insurance is carried on the goods, all losses being paid immediately by the firm. The Berry growers sign an agreement, stating that their shipments will be made through the Clark Brothers, who are under contract to deliver the consignment not later than 4 A. M. The firm receives and transports the produce of from two hundred and fifty to three hundred fruit and vegetable growers and has based its success on superior service and honorable, straightforward dealing. Before locating in Watsonville they were engaged in road building and other lines of business for four years in various parts of the state.

A. B. Clark, the senior member of the firm, was born in Mississippi and served in the United States navy during the World war. He was first sent to the naval base at San Pedro, California, going from there to Pelham bay, New York, and was later instructor in seamanship, ordnance, gunnery and grand tackle at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He belongs to San Francisco Post, No. 1, of the American Legion, of which he is a charter member, and is also connected with Watsonville Lodge, No. 1300, of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and Pajaro Lodge, No. 90, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Kenneth C. Clark is a native of Santa Cruz county, California, and along fraternal lines is also identified with the local lodges of the Elks and the Odd Fellows. The brothers are typical young business men of the present day, alert, decisive, aggressive and have many friends throughout the valley, who speak of them in terms of high regard.

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.