Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


George L. Fitzsimmons, a progressive man of affairs thoroughly conversant with the lumber trade is manager of the Homer T. Hayward Lumber Company, at Pacific Grove, where the concern has a yard and office on Ocean Avenue. He was born at French Camp, near Stockton, in San Joaquin county, California, in 1879. He attended the schools of Ripon, of Pacific Grove, and the San Francisco Business College, and first worked for wages on his father's farm in San Joaquin county.

At the age of twenty-three, Mr. Fitzsimmons entered the lumber business and in that line has been engaged ever since. He started in the lumber trade with the Loma Prieta Lumber Company in Pacific Grove, where he learned the ins and outs of the business. For four years he was assistant manager of the Pacific Grove Hotel and on going to Salinas, took charge of the yards of the F. A. Hihn Lumber Company, with which he remained for nine years. He afterward spent two years at Stockton with the San Joaquin Lumber Company and, coming to Monterey, organized the Tyrian Lumber Company, of which he was manager. On his removal to Pacific Grove he took charge of the Universal Lumber Company and when that was bought out by the Homer T. Hayward Lumber Company, in December, 1923, he became manager of the latter. He is president of the Monterey County Builders' Association, and is a well known and highly esteemed figure in lumber-trade circles.

Mr. Fitzsimmons married Miss Bertha Nicholls, a native of Oregon and they have five sons; George W., Harold M., Mervin P., Roy L. and Norman N. Fitzsimmons. Mr. Fitzsimmons belongs to Monterey Lodge, No. 1285, B. P. O. E. and to that much larger fraternal organization, the Brotherhood of Men, in which his many admirable personal qualities shine at their best.

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.