Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


B. Ray Greenfield, with office at 108 Grant street, Santa Cruz, is an experienced, enterprising contractor who has made for himself an enviable reputation in his chosen line. A native Californian, proud of the Golden state in which he first saw the light, Mr. Greenfield was born at the old capital, San Jose, June 4, 1886, the son of Charles E. and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Greenfield. The father came to California in 1866, accompanying his parents, who settled in San Jose, and there he engaged in the wood and coal business. In 1888, however, the family came to Santa Cruz, where the father served as city commissioner and superintendent of streets for twenty-four years, retiring in 1920.

Having finished the usual grammar school work, Ray Greenfield was graduated from the Santa Cruz high school and business college, and then, for fourteen years, he followed carpentering, being for five years a contractor in Sacramento. In the spring of 1917 he joined the United States army, and in July of that year he was assigned to the United States air service. He soon developed a reputation as an expert mechanic, and for that reason he was retained in this country during the World war.

In July, 1919, having been honorably discharged, Mr. Greenfield returned to California and took up street paving in Santa Cruz. He worked for nine months at North Island, doing street work for the United States government, and since then he has paved all of the streets in and about the beach at Santa Cruz, and he has just built the concrete bridge over the Salinas river in Monterey county. All this he has been able to accomplish although he started with a capital of only three hundred dollars. No one could be more interested in Santa Cruz county, past, present and future. If there be any sport possible in the line of hunting or fishing hereabouts, Ray Greenfield is ready for the drive. He is a member of the American Legion and for one year served as commander of the local post, Legion of Honor. In politics he is a republican.

In 1909, in Sacramento, Mr. Greenfield married Miss Marguerite Gaa, who died in May, 1916, leaving one child, Marguerite. On the 14th of July, 1919, he was united in marriage to Miss Georgia Brown, of San Francisco, and this union has been blessed with two children, Allen and Winifred, the latter now deceased.

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.