Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Albert J. Major is of the well known firm of Major & Mutter, whieh has established an enviable patronage as machinists and for all garage service. He was born at Salinas, May 20, 1885, the son of Joseph and Ida C. (Uncapher) Major. The father was a sturdy Canadian who came to California in the '70s. He located in the northern part of the state and later removed to Salinas, where he took up ranching. Both parents are now dead, the books of their lives having been closed with a very creditable balance in their favor.

Albert Major attended the public schools and after finishing his studies worked at various occupations- He learned the blacksmith's and the machinist's trades and from 1914 until 1917 was in the automobile business at Santa Barbara. On May 12, 1917, he joined the United States Army, as a member of the One Hundred and Seventeenth Veteran Corps, and went to France, there remaining for eleven months. He served on the front with the 1st corps of the First Army.

On his return to California, Mr. Major worked in Monterey for Mr. Bussey, and so well did he succeed that on January 1, 1924, he took over the business he is now so ably conducting. He had been in the laundry business for a year, and this added experience had been to him a great advantage. Now he has a fully equipped machine shop capable of turning out a considerable amount of strictly first-class work, and in little more than a year the firm which he represents has secured a liberal patronage.

Mr. Major is deeply interested in Monterey county, past, present and future, and being public-spirited, he may always be counted upon to lend a hand in advancing the best interests of this part of the state.

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.