Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Experience has ripened the ability of Julius A. Schanbacher, whose progressive spirit and powers of organization and administration have found expression in the development of one of the most important and successful business enterprises of Watsonville, his native city. He was born July 3, 1881, a son of Albert H. and Fredericka (Buob) Schanbacher, both of whom were natives of Germany. In 1868 the father sought the opportunities of the United States and in 1874 established his home in Watsonville. He purchased the Watsonville Tannery, which he operated successfully until his death in 1881, and the mother has also passed away. The four living children are Mrs. James Oksen, Fred S., Albert and Julius A. All are residents of Watsonville except Albert, whose home is in Sacramento, California.

In the acquirement of an education Julius A. Schanbacher attended the public schools of Watsonville and completed a commercial course in high school. He first worked in the grocery store of W. A. Speckens at Watsonville and next obtained a position in the plant of the White & De Hart Company, manufacturers of boxes. He was later employed in the planing mill operated by the M. Louis Prieta Lumber Company and in 1901 entered the service of the Watsonville Water & Light Company. He saved as much as possible from his earnings and in 1917 decided to invest his capital in a business of his own, opening the Electric Shop of J. A. Schanbacher on the 21st of May of that year. This was a small store on a side street but he has met with pronounced success in the venture, building up a large trade in the intervening period. He handles electric fixtures of all kinds, radio equipment, and also does electric wiring. He is thoroughly informed on matters pertaining to the business in which he is engaged, and his commercial transactions have at all times balanced up with principles of honor and integrity.

On October 26, 1904, Mr. Schanbacher married Miss Celesta Trogdon, a native of Humboldt county, California, and they have become the parents of two children, George and Olive, aged respectively nineteen and sixteen years. Mr. Schanbacher is a Knight Templar Mason and a Noble of Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine at San Francisco. He is connected with the Eastern Star; with the local lodge of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks; Camp No. 82, of the Woodmen of the World; and he is also a member of Watsonville Parlor, No. 65, of the Native Sons of the Golden West. Mr. Schanbacher enjoys the esteem of many friends and his prosperity is well deserved, for it has been won by hard work and proven ability. He is loyal to his city and in rapport with every movement for municipal progress and improvement.

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.