Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An enterprising man of affairs who has developed a very interesting industry, is Gerald Sheehy, the well known bean cleaner of 227 Maple avenue, Watsonville, in which town he was born November 2, 1894. His father was Jerry Sheehy, also a native of Watsonville. His paternal grandfather came here at an early day, crossing the great plains to thrust his plowshare into the unturned soil. Both grandfather and father were farmers. The latter died in 1913, surviving his good wife, who was Miss Fanny McGovern before her marriage, just two years. Both deserved and received the honors due them as pioneers who had helped to make straighter and easier the pathways for others.

Gerald Sheehy attended the parochial schools and later Santa Clara University for one year, and after starting out in life for himself owned and managed a ranch for three years. In 1917 he engaged in packing, making a specialty of beans and potatoes, and he has evolved what is perhaps the best process for cleaning beans, handling them for the farmer and making them ever so much more acceptable for the market.

Mr. Sheehy was married in 1919, in Hollister, Miss Elsie Regan becoming his wife. She too is a representative of an old time family. Two children, Mary and Marjorie M., have blessed this union. Mr. Sheehy is a democrat, and as such was glad to support the democratic president of the hour by enlisting for Uncle Sam's service in the World war, on December 15, 1917. He joined the Balloon Division, and saw one year's service. His public-spiritedness leads him to support any candidate or any measure well endorsed for the benefit of the community, and this means that he has implicit confidence in the future of Santa Cruz county.

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.