Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An industrial enterprise of practical service to Santa Cruz is the well stocked and well managed wood and coal yard of George Feakes, at 23 Cayuga street. Mr. Feakes was born at Springfield, Illinois, June 14, 1877, the son of Frank and Harriet (Wetherbee) Feakes. The father, who was engaged in the transfer and drayage business, is now deceased, after a very active life in which he made an enviable reputation for both intelligent and honest dealings. He left to our subject the priceless heritage of an untarnished name.

The family having removed to Oregon when George Feakes was young, he was sent to the public schools there and while still a youth began work in the lumber woods for the firm of Campbell & Campbell. There he continued until 1914, when he crossed the line into Canada and joined the Canadian army. He became a member of the Duke of Connaught Rifles, destined to make its record in home service, and when this regiment was demobilized on May 4, 1917, he came to California and entered the employ of the Union Lumber Company, at Fort Bragg. He was next in charge of camp 18 for the Redwood Company, for two months; and in October, 1922, he came to Santa Cruz. His first engagement here was with the Santa Cruz Canning Company with which concern he remained until July, 1923, when he ventured into the wood business for himself. He has two yards, employs four men, and uses three trucks to meet the demands of his rapidly growing patronage. He is interested in every movement in town and county looking to the advancement of Santa Cruz. In politics he is independent. During the Spanish-American war he enlisted at McMinnville. Oregon, in Company A, First Regiment of Oregon Volunteers, and served in the Philippines until the end of the war. He took part in thirty-two engagements and also did scout duty, being honorably discharged at Portland, Oregon, when his services were no longer needed.

The marriage of Mr. Feakes and Miss May Margaret Atkinson of Iowa took place on May 8, 1923, and was solemnized at San Francisco, and their union has been blessed with one child, George Ed., Jr.

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.