Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A farseeing, progressive executive, to whom must be ascribed credit for much of the success of the important interests committed to his charge, is Frederick Davis, the popular superintendent of the Santa Cruz Portland Cement Works at Davenport, Santa Cruz county. He was born in the good old Empire state, at Watkins Glen, near Seneca Lake, and is a son of Josiah and Sarah (Hewitt) Davis, the former an enterprising merchant who breathed his last when our subject was about one year old. Mr. and Mrs. Davis were a worthy couple, and those who have know them attest to their character as friends, neighbors or citizens.

Frederick Davis attended both the grammar and high schools of his home district, and in time studied engineering at Lehigh University, in Pennsylvania. Having completed the required engineering courses, he joined the engineering department of the New York Central Railroad, and after that he spent nine years in Central America, following engineering and engaging in railroad construction. He was next in the employ of the United States government for four years on the Nicaraguan Canal, and when he returned to the United States, he spent six years in tunnel work on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Then, for a year and a half, he was a valued member of the staff of the Portland Cement Works in Washington. In the fall of 1908, Mr. Davis had the good fortune to be transferred to the plant at Santa Cruz, and since then the capacity of the works has been increased several fold, and the establishment has become one of the really appreciated industrial factors of the district in which it operates.

Mr. Davis belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers and in national political affairs is a republican. He is keenly interested in the future of Santa Cruz county, and for this reason both looks back to the historic past and lends a helping hand in shaping the fast-moulding present, and it will not be his fault if Santa Cruz county does not reach the front rank of California shires.

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.