Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Hugh W. Judd, a lifelong resident of Watsonville, is filling the office of postmaster and ably discharges the duties intrusted to his care. He was born November 28, 1878, and is a son of Albert W. and Caroline (Williamson) Judd, the former a native of North Lee, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, and the latter of Boone county, Illinois. The father left Chicago in 1865 and sought the opportunities of the Golden state, settling in the Pajaro valley. He had learned the painter's trade, which he followed in Watsonville for many years, but in 1894 turned his attention to fruit raising, realizing the fact that this industry was destined to become of paramount importance to the state. He was one of the first men in the valley to set out an apple orchard and became one of the most progressive fruit growers in Santa Cruz county, proving the value of scientific methods and systematic work in promoting productiveness. His well directed industry has been rewarded by a substantial measure of success, and he still owns his fruit ranch but is now living retired, having reached the ripe age of eighty-two years. He belongs to Pajaro Lodge, No. 90, I. O. O. F., and also to the Encampment. He is the father of three children: Hugh W., Mrs. Carrie B. Wood and Oswald B., all of whom are residents of Watsonville.

Mr. Judd attended the local schools, taking a commercial course in high school, and afterward read law in the office of Attorney Frank Murphy, but decided that his talents lay in another direction. He served three years' apprenticeship to the plumber's trade and in 1900 entered the employ of the government, becoming a clerk in the Watsonville post office. He was made acting postmaster June 20, 1921, and on January 21, 1922, received the appointment of postmaster from President Harding. For a quarter of a century Mr. Judd has been identified with the operation of this office, of which he has acquired a highly specialized knowledge, and his promotion was the reward of years of faithful and efficient service. He has simplified the work, which is performed with speed and accuracy, and is regarded as one of the best postmasters who have ever served the residents of Watsonville.

On September 30, 1908, Mr. Judd married Miss Jessica T. Tynan, a daughter of James Tynan, one of the pioneer agriculturists of the Pajaro valley. Mr. Judd is a York Rite Mason and a Noble of the Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine at San Francisco. He is serving on the advisory board of the Watsonville Exchange Club and is a past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge, No. 1300, of which he is also a charter member. He was instrumental in promoting the Watsonville Golf and Country Club, which has a course two and a half miles south of town, comprising one hundred and thirty acres. He is widely and favorably known in the Pajaro valley and possesses many admirable traits of character, as his fellow citizens attest.

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.