Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A representative of the bench in Monterey county who enjoys the esteem, confidence and good-will of his fellow-citizens is Judge A. M. Fitzsimmons, Justice of the Peace and City Recorder of Pacific Grove. He was born near Meadville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1845, was taken to Iowa when he was six years of age and to Jackson county, Wisconsin, at the age of fifteen. There he learned the trade of blacksmithing. Still later he removed to northwestern Iowa, where he plied his trade.

In 1874 Judge Fitzsimmons arrived in California, and at first settled at lone, Amador county. After a while, he removed to the vicinity of Ripon, in San Joaquin county, where he passed seven years. In 1896 he came to Pacific Grove and here engaged in the real estate business. In 1914 he was first elected justice of the peace and city recorder and again in 1922 was reelected, and is still holding both offices. His common-sense, level-headed decisions, based on a wide knowledge of life and a deep-rooted sense of justice have always appealed to the law abiding citizens and Pacific Grove may well be congratulated upon having on its bench so talented and so conscientious a man to preside in matters of equity.

Judge Fitzsimmons has been twice married. His first wife, now deceased, was Eva Vose, a native of New York state; the second Mrs. Fitzsimmons was, in maidenhood, Miss Ella Urwen, and she was born in California. By his first marriage, the Judge had a son, Elmer U. Fitzsimmons and by the second, a son and a daughter,- George L. and Mrs. Ina May Sutliff. Judge Fitzsimmons is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church. He has been an Odd Fellow since 1875 and a Mason since 1895, being a charter member of Pacific Grove Lodge, No. 331, A. F. & A. M. and of Lodge No. 182, I. O. O. F. He is always loyal to the purposes of these fraternities and the teachings of the church and his life has ever been actuated by the high principles of upright manhood and citizenship.

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.