Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the women of ability and invaluable experience who have come to take high place in public life, may be mentioned Mrs. Belle Lindsay, the efficient county recorder of Santa Cruz county. A native of the good old Yankee state of New Hampshire, she was born into the family of John Scott and Clara (White) George, both natives of New Hampshire and of fine old New England stock. Mr. George was a genuine '49er among California pioneers, and he differed from many others in his unique experiences in that he made several trips to California from the remote east. On the first journey he voyaged around the Horn and arrived at the Golden Gate in 1849, while later he went back and forth across the more or less untracked, Indian-infested plains. He mined in the mother lode district in early days, later was a grain farmer near Chico, in Butte county, and then became a merchant in Santa Cruz. Four children of this worthy couple are still living:C. B. George, F. E. George, Mrs. Lola Seeley and Mrs. Lindsay.

Belle George attended the public schools of Santa Cruz, graduating also from the high school, and subsequently she pursued a course at the Chesterwoods Business College in Santa Cruz. She was the first girl to enroll in the school, and the first girl to be graduated. Then she followed clerical work in the different county offices in the courthouse, and later she was associated with the late A. A. Taylor, publisher of the Santa Cruz Daily Surf, acting as business manager of that popular journal for several years. She became a candidate for county recorder of Santa Cruz county in 1914, and was elected in November of the same year. Since then she has been elected twice without opposition, and is now serving her third term. She is particularly interesting as the first woman to be elected county recorder in the state of California, and even more so, as a woman who has certainly "made good" and proved to be of the highest efficiency. How her work has grown may be judged from the fact that when she took office, there were three clerks under her and now the staff consists of herself and eight others.

Belle George became the wife of Clyde A. Lindsay, a native of Ohio, and she has two daughters: Miss June Lindsay, chief deputy with her mother, and Mrs. Leighton Cox, of Los Angeles, herself the mother of one daughter, Marilyn. Mrs. Lindsay is secretary of the Saturday Afternoon Club and a member of the Methodist church. She is a past matron of the Eastern Star, and she belongs to the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. In each and every circle where she is active, Mrs. Lindsay has proven of value to every movement for the public weal worthy of hearty support and her career only illustrates the possible and helpful cooperation of women in the important and momentous affairs of life.

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.