Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the most appreciated establishments of historic old Monterey catering to the daily wants of a particular people is the New England Bakery, under the wideawake, progressive proprietorship of John Flaws, a native of Bonnie Scotland. He was born December 27, 1889, a son of Magnus and Margaret (Burgess) Flaws, both still living, worthy farmer folk, in the old country.

John Flaws attended the public schools of Scotland and after working upon a farm, clerked for a while in a store. At the age of twenty, he crossed the broad Atlantic to the United States, and making his way to California worked for a time in Pacific Grove and then in Monterey. He learned the baker's trade in Monterey and in 1924 engaged in business for himself, establishing the New England Bakery at 211 Huffmann avenue. He has a thoroughly modern, up-to-date plant, and serves a large circle of patrons in Monterey and Pacific Grove, employing twelve persons to do the work. He has been quite successful. He has three automobiles for delivery service and the constant growth of his business leads one to see how natural it is that the prosperous proprietor should be deeply interested in the peninsula, and should be active as one of the best "boosters" in the locality.

At San Jose, California, November 11, 1914, Mr. Flaws was married to Miss Catherine MacFadyen, of Scotland, and they have had two children, Magnus William and Mary Maclure. Mr. Flaws is a democrat where national issues are involved but he endeavors at all times to vote intelligently and independently, and finds pleasure in giving his hearty support to worthy movements.

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.