Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A highly esteemed representative of the California Bench, whose decisions have displayed a desire to give all parties concerned a square deal, is Judge D. W. Rohrback, the well known fruit-grower of Watsonville, who is also justice of the peace in the Pajaro district. A native of the great state of Illinois, Mr. Rohrback was born in Oregon City in 1854, the son of Daniel and Mary (Hill) Rohrback, his father being a descendant of good old Pennsylvania Dutch stock. The family came to California in 1866 and settled in Contra Costa county; removing after a few years to Gilroy, where they lived until the father's death. The widow and the others of the family then came into the Pajaro Valley.

D. W. Rohrback had the usual training given to a boy in the public schools and while still in his youth began to assist his father, who was a cattleman. Arriving in the Pajaro region, he turned to the growing of fruit, and with one fruit ranch of thirty acres, and another of twenty, he has been very successful as an apple grower, and no "booster" could excel his enthusiasm in regarding his home environment as the best spot in the world.

The Judge was married to Miss Mary Hazen of Connecticut, who passed away April 16, 1925, leaving many friends, because of her estimable life and many good deeds. Five daughters have been born to this marriage, namely; Herma, Nellie, Gertrude, Frances and Verline. In public welfare Judge Rohrbach is deeply interested. He has served as horticultural commissioner for this part of the county for five years. Being very fond of flowers, he has also done what he could to encourage floriculture. He was one of the organizers of the Pajaro Chamber of Commerce and has been its president.

A republican in matters of national political import, Judge Rohrback is too broad-gauged to allow his own political convictions to interfere with his heartiest support of purely local measures, where partisanship should have no place. He is now serving his eighteenth year as justice of the peace in this northern part of Monterey county; and believing that speeders should be removed to some other sphere, perhaps another planet, delights in imposing his best-known antidote for the mania-a jail sentence that means jailing. Notwithstanding this firm stand upon a much-discussed question, Judge Rohrbach enjoys an enviable popularity, and as a trustee of the Monterey Union high school he is influential in the cause of education for the people.

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.