Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Prominent among the most progressive of California educators whose broad-mindedness and humanitarian sympathies have won the public esteem and favor may well be mentioned Mrs. Cecil M. Davis Peck, superintendent of schools of Santa Cruz county. A native of the splendid old state of Nebraska, she was born at Table Rock and is daughter of Dr. A. F. and Alice M. (Felt) Davis. Her father, who was a well known physician and surgeon came to California when our subject was a child. The family located at Soquel, where Dr. Davis is still a highly esteemed medical practitioner.

Cecil M. Davis attended the schools of Soquel, beginning her struggle for an education in the great public school system of the state, and in 1903 she was graduated from the excellent Santa Cruz high school. Later she completed with honor a course in the University of California, when in 1907 she received the degree of B. L. Subsequently she went back to her Alma Mater for postgraduate work. She next took a course at the State Normal School at San Jose, duly graduating, and in 1908 received her teacher's diploma. She taught at Aptos, Santa Cruz county, for two years and in Alameda county for four years. She was then engaged in educational work at the Panama Pacific Exposition, but was recalled to Aptos and offered the principalship of the school.

In 1918 Miss Davis was elected county superintendent of schools, and she is now serving, with satisfaction to the great body of citizens, her sixth year in that responsible office. Nor could she have escaped this peculiar charge, once it was known that she was available for the work. She had always held that there is no institution nearer the voters than our public school system, and that there is no institution so important as these same public schools to our democracy, and it is her own conviction that there is no public office of greater concern to the local voters than that of superintendent of schools. Her fellow citizens believed that they would find Miss Davis capable and energetic, with a strong personality and possessing both vigor and enthusiasm-most necessary factors if one would inspire youth and coworkers. She is known as a woman likely to make good her own motto of "Efficiency and Economy."

On the 25th of December, 1924, Miss Davis was united in marriage to Hollis B. Peck, a native of Michigan, who has been a resident of Santa Cruz for the past ten years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is now engaged in the general insurance business. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Crder of Odd Fellows. Mrs. Peck is still continuing her official work. As a member of the Saturday Afternoon Club, she has been a leader, and she has served as district deputy of the Rebekah lodge and as past matron of the Eastern Star. Deeply interested in physical fitness, she is an expert surf-bather, believing in the ancient standard of a sound mind in a sound body.

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.