Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced, progressive dairyman who believes in the application of the most advanced methods and the introduction of the most up-to-date apparatus, in order to guarantee the most sanitary conditions, is J. R. Majors, the well known dairy farmer of Laguna Creek, living north of Santa Cruz on the way to the cement lands. He was born at the old Majors homestead, September 3, 1873, and is a son of Joaquin and Kate (Buckley) Majors, the former a native of Scott valley, where he first saw the light in 1840, and the latter a daughter of Erin, who came from Ireland with her parents when she was a little girl. The paternal grandfather, Joseph Majors, was born in Kentucky and came to California when this state was under the Mexican government. He was alcalde of Santa Cruz and at one time was a military prisoner in the old barracks at Monterey. Joaquin Majors, who died when he had just passed the eightieth year mark, was the owner of an old Spanish grant, the valuable property extending for eight miles from Santa Cruz to Laguna Creek. His wife died forty-nine years ago. In their family were seven children.

During his boyhood J. R. Majors attended the rural schools and began to help his father on the home ranch. The place now consists of one thousand acres, on which are seventy milch cows, one hundred acres are devoted to hay and one hundred and sixty acres are given over to the growing of artichokes. This is the center from which Joaquin Majors trapped bears, sometimes getting them within his own estate, and luckily escaping any situation in which bruin might have gotten him. The Majors family is one of the oldest in this part of the country and many good stories have been handed down illustrative of the changing events. Our subject is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, and there are few sons more patriotic and public-spirited. In connection with his dairy business he manufactures cream cheese during the winter months.

On the 23d of January, 1913, Mr. Majors and Miss Madaline Cook were united in matrimony, the bride also being a representative of an old family. Her grandfather was an early pioneer, and her father, Albert Baker Cook, was born and reared in this section. She grew up on the banks of Laguna creek, near which she had been born and she is thus thoroughly familiar with the traditions of the country and equally desirous of seeing Santa Cruz come to the fore. Mr. Majors belongs to the Eagles; and in politics he subscribes to the platforms of the historic "grand old party." Both he and his wife are members of the Catholic church.

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.