Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Clarence Fregulia is the manager of the Salinas Valley Concrete Pipe Company, whose office and plant are on Market street, Salinas. A native son, familiar with California conditions, he was born at Jackson, Amador county, September 20, 1885 and was reared on a farm, while he attended the district school. He worked in the mines of Amador county, and later, as a blacksmith, he found employment at the Mammoth Copper Mines of Shasta county. When in 1917 the United States became involved in the great World war, he enlisted on behalf of his country, and saw twenty-three months of hard service in France and Belgium. He trained at Camp Lewis, and was a member of the One Hundredth and Sixty-fourth Infantry of the Forty-first Division.

After the war Mr. Fregulia located at Hollister, in San Benito county, where he was in the transfer business for a year and then, with a capital of only one hundred and fifty dollars, he commenced to make cement pipe in that town. Now he has ten thousand dollars worth of machinery, and five years of hard work in his latest field has given him the returns of a decidedly prosperous business. His Salinas plant was established in the spring of 1924, and here all the pipe he turns out is made by modern machinery. He installs irrigating systems on ranches, and has put in fifteen thousand feet on the Waldo-Rohnert ranch alone, that being one of the best-known fruit ranches near Hollister. He has also laid down a system on Judge Hudner's ranch for the growing of alfalfa, at Hollister, and also some pipe on Judge J. A. Bardin's ranch, and on the A. R. Patrick, and the Blanco Dairy ranches, and on a Castroville artichoke ranch. He makes and installs septic tanks and also drainage tile for swamp lands.

When Mr. Fregulia married, he chose Mary Jesta for his wife. He is a member of Salinas Post, No. 31, of the American Legion, and he also belongs to the Woodmen of the World. Everybody who knows Clarence Fregulia likes him, and that means that they also like to do business with him.

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.