Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


E. C. Mothershead, a ranchman in Blanco, is a native of the Lone Star state, born near Fort Worth, Texas, October 1, 1889. His parents, Thomas and Mary (Francis) Mothershead, both died while he was in his childhood and he went to live with his grandfather, Eli Angel, a Confederate veteran of the Civil war and owner of a large ranch near Fort Worth. There E. C. Mothershead grew to manhood, attending the common schools until he was qualified to enter college, when he studied first in Simmons College at Abilene, Texas, and later at the Polytechnic College of Fort Worth. In 1908 he made a trip from Texas to Oregon and returned, stopping at various places en route. Remembering the beauty of the Salinas valley, he returned there in 1912 to make it his home. For some time he was in the employ of the Farmers' Mercantile Company and later with the Ford & Sanborn Company before going on the ranch where he now lives in Blanco. This ranch contains one hundred and fifty acres, upon which he raises sugar beets and carries on a general farming business. Ten years after he came to California Mr. Mothershead was called upon to mourn the death of the grandmother who had reared him, and whose death occurred in 1922 at the age of eigthy-six years. Mr. Mothershead has one brother, Fynes, who is a druggist in Texas.

On August 3, 1915, Mr. Mothershead was married to Miss Bertha Bardin, daughter of Charles Bardin. Mr. and Mrs. Mothershead have a daughter, Dorothy. The one hundred and fifty-acre ranch where they live was formerly the homestead of Mrs. Mothershead's father, who presented it to her.

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.