Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


W. F. Hart, the chief engineer of the Watsonville Cold Storage & Ice Company, of 306 East Lake avenue, Watsonville, is a native of the state of Utah, born at Ogden, March 8, 1877. His parents, W. P. and Catherine (Gibbons) Hart, moved to California and fortunately came to live at Watsonville, where the father died, the center of a circle of devoted friends. The mother is still living.

Our subject is the combined product, so far as his studies are concerned, of the Mormon, the parochial and the Methodist schools, but he was well prepared for wrestling with the world, when it came time to enter business. In his native Utah he took up railroading and was apprenticed to learn the machinist's trade. In 1920 he came to California and for ten years he was engaged in the ice business in Sacramento. For two years during that same period he also engaged in mining in Yuba county. In 1912 he came to Watsonville and since then has been identified with the cold storage and ice industry as chief engineer. He has become enthusiastically devoted to the city and this, perhaps, has stimulated his hobby of photography.

Mr. Hart married Rosa Carlson, who was beloved by many who mourn her untimely death. She was the mother of three children, Patricia, William and Elizabeth. Mr. Hart is a home man and enjoys good music. He is wide-awake to civic and political questions of the hour, but prefers to think and to vote as he wishes, rather than to follow clannishly any political party.

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.