Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Gordon Errett, a live factor in automobile circles of Watsonville, is one ol the desirable citizens whom Canada has furnished to the United States, and the salient features of his success are enterprise, perseverance and a determination of purpose that has invariably enabled him to attain his objective. He was born October 6, 1884, at Chatham, in the province of Ontario, and when sixteen years of age came to the States. He completed a course in bookkeeping and was employed in that capacity in Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; and other cities. He arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1907 and next went to the Hawaiian islands, where he spent six years, filling the position of bookkeeper on a sugar plantation.

In 1920 Mr. Errett came to Watsonville and started in business for himself, purchasing the Buick agency from the E. B. Terry Company. At that time the sales were very small, but entering with zeal and enthusiasm upon his work, Mr. Errett put new life into the business, which has developed rapidly under his able management. In the past two years he has sold more Buicks in Watsonville than the combined sales of all other dealers here handling machines priced at more than one thousand dollars. He recently increased the scope of his activities by the acquisition of the Cadillac agency, and he now has the largest sales rooms and repair shop in Watsonville. He has outdistanced all competitors and enjoys the enviable distinction of being the "leading automobile dealer in the city. Mr. Errett is also numbered among the progressive horticulturists of Santa Cruz county and is developing a fine pear orchard in the valley, utilizing modern, scientific methods in the cultivation of his fruit ranch.

On July 14, 1920, Mr. Errett married Miss Elsie Chalmers, and they have become the parents of two children, John Peter and Agnes Jane. Mr. Errett is a Mason, belonging to Watsonville Lodge, No. 110, F. & A. M., and is also connected with the local lodge of Elks and with the Exchange Club. He lends the weight of his support to every movement destined to prove of benefit to his city and is recognized as a man of substantial worth, honor and integrity being the keynote of his character.

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.