Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


California has long been noted for its superior system of municipal police, such men as Frederick W. A. Cording, of 205 Lighthouse avenue, the popular chief of police of Monterey, contributing not a little to this enviable reputation. He was born aboard the British steamer Albatross, while it was in port, on June 26, 1879, the son of Henry and Sophie (Boshen) Cording. The father was a sea captain, who lost his life with his ship in 1911. The mother survived several years and passed away in 1919.

Frederick W. A. Cording attended the public schools of Germany, carrying his studies to the high school grade. He first worked on a steamship of the Hamburg-American line engaged in the United States fruit trade, and plying from New York" to Jamaica and South America. He continued in that employ from 1897 to 1901, when on the 4th of March he enlisted in the United States army and remained in the service until April 4, 1922. During this extended period, Mr. Cording visited many parts of the world, and he retired as captain of the Reserve Military Police, of the Ninety-first Division. He was with the Fifteenth Infantry Regiment from 1902 to 1904; was then with the Twelfth Infantry until 1911; was with the First Cavalry Regiment during the following three years; was with the Fourth Cavalry from 1914 to 1918 and was then connected with the Eleventh Cavalry until he left the service in 1922. When he left the army he started a bus line to the Presidio, in April, 1922, which he continued until June, 1923. Then he joined the Monterey police force as a night officer, and on July 17, 1923, he was appointed chief of police. Naturally, he belongs to the American Legion, and is first, last and all the time for the United States of America.

Captain Cording married Miss Mary Ann Rice, of Louisville. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, and is a Shriner, belonging to Oakland Temple. He is also a member of Lodge No. 1285, B. P. O. E., and of the Woodmen of the World. He is fond of his home, and has made a study of finger prints, in which he has become an expert.

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.