Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced, successful automobile dealer widely and favorably known throughout, and even beyond the confines of Monterey county, is George W. Langford, the enterprising representative of the popular Oakland car, at Monterey. He was born on a farm in San Joaquin county on December 20, 1871, the son of B. F. and Catherine Langford, and grew up to hear his father tell of the pioneer days of 1850, when he came out to California by way of the Isthmus. For a while he tried his luck at mining and then he took up farming, which he followed until his death. Mrs. Langford is still living.

George Langford dropped into the country schools of his boyhood pretty regularly to hear what the teacher had to say, and incidentally to let the teacher know-just what he knew, and meanwhile, like a devoted son having a live interest in the welfare of the home, he helped with the work on the farm and was on hand when anything needed to be done. After leaving home, however, he crossed the country to San Francisco, and for seven years he was engaged in the automobile business there with several firms. This gave him the best of opportunities to learn the business from many angles and when he came to Monterey, in June, 1922, he was able to start a first-class, if modestly equipped repair shop, which he gradually enlarged, so that now he has a fine showroom and carries a good stock of accessories, while in his shop he employs five mechanics.

In politics a republican, Mr. Langford heartily endorses all legislation tending to promote and to protect industry.

Fraternally he is equally active and popular. He is a Knight Templar Mason and a Shriner and he also belongs to the Elks. Wherever and whenever he can, he lends a hand to make each day, for the largest number of persons with whom he comes into contact, better than any previous day recorded in this strange old world of ours, believing decidedly in the doctrine of the brotherhood of men.

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.