Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A leader in the local electrical field who is well posted on the trade conditions in California is E. Roy Nash, president and general manager of the Monterey Electrical Shop, Inc., at Monterey, now widely known in commercial circles. He was born at San Francisco, April 28, 1889, the son of Frank and Annie (Jackson) Nash. His father was a sailor and as long ago as 1873 had come into the harbor of Monterey. He liked the country so well that he remained in the west; went to San Francisco and entered the employ of the Pacific Steamship Company, remaining with that concern until he celebrated his fiftieth year in that service in 1923. Mrs. Nash, who was fondly remembered by those privileged to know her, passed away years ago.

Roy Nash attended both the grammar and the high schools of San Francisco, and in that city, in 1901, entered the hardware trade. About a decade later he turned his attention to the electrical field. For some years he contented himself with retailing; and then for a couple of years was in the wholesale trade. In October, 1921, he came to Monterey, entering into connection with the Noggle Electrical Works and when that company became insolvent he remained with the creditors, helping to adjust affairs, until 1922, when he took over the business. On July 19 of the following year, the business was incorporated. The company carries a complete line of electrical goods and also maintain a staff of expert electrical engineers to care for its extensive contract work in wiring, installing and other branches.

Mr. Nash was married to Miss Alice Short, of London, by whom he has had two children, Gordon and Bruce. Mr. Nash is a Mason and when neither the duties of his lodge nor the attraction of his cozy home fail to allure him, he hires himself off to the happy fishing grounds. Mr. Nash has served as president of the Monterey Chamber of Commerce, he is president of the Rotary Club and also president of the electrical division. In politics he is a protective republican.

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.