Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A very interesting enterprise of growing importance is that of the Seabright Bulb Company, whose proprietor is Milton C. Main, with offices at 445 Soquel avenue, Santa Cruz, in which old-time California city he was born March 27, 1884. His father was Charles Main, a native of Wisconsin, who came here in 1870, while his mother was Miss Helen Green, before her marriage, and she reached the Golden Gate by way of the tempestuous Horn. Charles Main early engaged in the lumber trade, and a brother, Harrison H. Main, our subject's uncle, was the founder of the San Jose Herald.

Milton C. Main attended the public schools of Santa Cruz and grew up in the atmosphere of his native town. Later he continued his studies at San Jose and also pursued the excellent courses in architecture offered by the International Correspondence School. He then spent eighteen years in the planing mills; and, rather curious to relate, while thus engaged became interested in the growing of bulbs, commencing in 1914 in a very modest way. Gradually he increased his acreage, and now he has ten acres set out to bulbs, all of which he sells at wholesale. So extensive is his business that he furnishes employment to twelve people, and being one of the largest growers of bulbs in this section, his products are shipped to every quarter of the land. It is very natural that Mr. Main should have become an ardent "booster" of Santa Cruz county, although that is no more remarkable than that he should ascribe much of the prosperity of the country to the "grand old party" of Lincoln and Roosevelt.

On the 30th of May, 1909, Mr. Main married Miss Stella Atkins, a native of Stockton, and they have two children: Marjorie and Milton Arnold have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Main and bid fair to honor the family name. Mr. Main is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and it is safe to say that he is as popular as any in that excellent order.

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.