Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A man of valuable experience in the somewhat changing conditions of the California ice trade is Orval E. Putoff, manager of the Union Ice Company, at 190 Chestnut street, Santa Cruz, in which city this wide-awake concern is doing a thriving business. Mr. Putoff was born in Indiana on the 14th of February, 1889, and is a son of Mazwell and Ruth Putoff, pioneers in that fine old state. With such parents and such a home, our subject enjoyed a boy's real boyhood, at the same time getting what he could from the public school advantages that were his.

In early manhood Mr. Putoff enlisted in the United States army and for eight years marched under the Stars and Stripes. He saw service in all parts of the world, finally doing his duty faithfully in France during the World war. There he was wounded while in action and so badly that he now draws a pension for disability.

The first position that Mr. Putoff held with the Union Ice Company was in Monterey, where he made many friends, but in 1922 he was transferred to Santa Cruz and since then he has been steadily advanced by his employers, until now he occupies the responsible post of manager. He feels that he is vitally connected with the growth of the city and is second to none in doing his part toward a greater Santa Cruz. He belongs to the Rotary Club and that alone speaks for itself.

On the 26th of March, 1924, at Tacoma, Washington, Mr. Putoff married Grace May Rohrer, a native of Virginia, and they now make their home in Santa Cruz, where they have gained many friends who esteem them highly. In politics Mr. Putoff votes for the man and not the party dictates. For recreation he turns to fishing.

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.