Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Fred Cope, of Pacific Grove, is engaged in the hardware and plumbing business at 561 Lighthouse Avenue. He was born at Gilroy, Santa Clara county, California, September 17, 1892, the son of Thomas and Annie May Cope, the former a native of England and the latter of Denmark. Mr. Cope came to America when a boy, and worked in the carpet factory of Bigelow & Company, at Hartford, Connecticut. Coming west to California he settled in San Francisco, where he learned the tinner's trade, with the old firm of Osgood & Stetson, now Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson, of the Bay City. On June 15, 1893, he opened a plumbing shop in Pacific Grove, and continued in business there until February 15, 1923, when he sold out to his son Fred. He had two other sons, E. A. and C. L. Cope. He is a past noble grand of Monterey Lodge, No. 182, I. O. O. F., and nowhere does he feel more at home, away from his own fireside, than among his fellow-members.

After leaving school in 1910 Fred Cope started to learn the plumber's trade under his father and thirteen years later succeeded him in business. When the World war demanded such a sacrifice from many, he was among the first to step up to the line for service in behalf of his country and from September 25, 1917, until January 25, 1919, a period of sixteen months, he was a sergeant in the regimental band, One Hundreth and Forty-fourth Field Artillery, Fortieth Division. After training at Camp Kearney, he went overseas with his command in August, 1918, and following his safe return he joined Pacific Grove Post, No. 283, of the American Legion.

Mr. Cope was married, September 2, 1923, to Miss Genevive Grove, a native of California. He is active in local musical societies, and is a skilled cornet-player, taking part in many of the leading musical affairs of Pacific Grove and his ability renders him a favorite in musical circles. He belongs to the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. He is a past noble grand in Monterey Lodge, No. 182, I. O. O. F. of Pacific Grove, and a past master in Pacific Grove Lodge, No. 331, A. F. & A. M. Mr. Cope served for four months as a city trustee, to fill an unexpired term, and his conscientious cunduct of the business of the office commended him to many.

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.