Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Large and varied business interests owe their inception and subsequent development to the initiative spirit and executive force of Edward P. Pfingst, who has been carried steadily forward by virtue of his commanding ability and has made his name one of power and influence in Watsonville, where his life has been spent. He was born in Munich, Bavaria, October 4, 1894, and was brought to Watsonville when but a year old. He was reared by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Porter, and after completing his high school course matriculated in the University of California, from which he was graduated with the class of 1917. On October 14 of that year he enlisted in the United States navy and was stationed on the Pacific coast until January 13, 1919, when he received his honorable discharge.

Mr. Pfingst now acts as general manager of the John T. Porter estate at Watsonville and ably administers the interests intrusted to his care. He is senior member of the firm of Pfingst & McSherry, dealing in insurance, bonds and commercial paper, and also manages the business of the Peoples Finance & Thrift Company of Watsonville, both of which are prospering under his expert guidance. He is also president of El Pajaro Theatre Company, which built and owns the California Theatre, a modern, well equipped and ornate playhouse. This is a great asset to Watsonville, as is also the Pfingst & McSherry building, an imposing structure of concrete, which was recently completed by the firm and constitutes an important feature in the improvement and ornamentation of Watsonville. Mr. Pfingst is also a director of the Pajaro Valley Savings Bank of Watsonville and a strong factor in its control. He is a young man of exceptional enterprise and ability, dominated at all times by an accurate sense of business exigency and acting in accordance with the highest standards of commercial ethics.

Mr. Pfingst belongs to Watsonville Lodge, No. 1300, B. P. 0. E., of which he is exalted ruler. He is foremost in every project for civic growth and improvement, and has won and retained the unqualified esteem of his fellowmen, who speak of him in terms of the highest praise.

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.