Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Miss Clare Fagen, forceful and resourceful in business and displaying artistic skill and sound judgment, is at the head of the Santa Cruz Floral Company of Locust street, Santa Cruz. Although born at Dennison, Texas, she is a descendant of a pioneer Santa Cruz family, her grandfather having been the late Dr. P. B. Fagen, a native of Ohio who, after graduating from medical college, practiced his profession at Des Moines, Iowa. Coming to California in pioneer days, he located at Yankee Jim, in Placer county, and later came to Santa Cruz. He was one of the pioneer physicians here, and is well and pleasantly remembered by the old settlers. He owned a sawmill in Soquel district and was one of the founders of the Santa Cruz National Bank, of which he became vice-president. He was also a school trustee of Santa Cruz, and was one of the most progressive, as he was among the leading citizens of the town. His two sons, both deceased, were Clarence Eugene and Herbert Dalton Fagen. Clarence Eugene was assistant-cashier of the Santa Cruz County National Bank for many years. Miss Fagen's father, now deceased, was Herbert Dalton Fagen, and her mother, who is still living and a resident of Santa Cruz, was Laura Cartwright, a native of Kansas. They were married in Iowa, and were highly esteemed in their day and generation. Herbert Dalton Fagen was born at Yankee Jim, in Placer county, and he and his brother Clarence were sent to Des Moines, Iowa, to be educated. The former joined his father in Santa Cruz, when he was fourteen years of age, and attended the public schools here, but later returned East and was active in both newspaper and railroad work in Iowa and Texas. Coming back to Santa Cruz, some thirty years ago, he retired and has since passed away.

There were two daughters still living, of Herbert and Laura Fagen, and they are Clare, of Santa Cruz, and Marion, a teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. The only son in the family was Guy S., who died in his eighteenth year. Clare Fagen received her early educational training in the common schools of Santa Cruz and also at the Sacred Heart Convent, at St. Charles, Missouri. While in Houston, Texas, she became associated with a wholesale and retail flower firm and on her return to Santa Cruz in 1920 she started the first retail flower store here. Commencing in a small way, she has promoted her business steadily each year until it has reached large proportions. She is also prominent in civic affairs and is financial secretary of the Woman's Saturday Afternoon Club; is past president of the Young Ladies Institute; and grand director of the Young Ladies Institute of America.

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.