Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Gordon E. Spotswood, the efficient agent of the American Railway Express, at Pacific Grove, residing at 311 Carmel avenue, was born at Kemptville, in Ontario, Canada, April 25, 1885, a son of George W. and Alethia (Dangerfield) Spotswood, also natives of Ontario. The family crossed the border into the United States and spent a year in New York. In 1889 Mr. Spotswood came west to California, settling in San Jose. Later he returned east, and in 1891 brought his family out to the coast. At San Jose, he established himself in business as a building contractor and for many years was noted for his fine work and his extensive building operations. He is now living retired, an honored resident of San Jose.

Gordon Spotswood attended the excellent San Jose schools and later became a student in the San Jose Business College. His first engagement for wages was with a surveying party and for a short time he was bookkeeper for the Owl Drug Company, in San Francisco. In 1905, however, wishing a more promising field, he entered the employ of the Wells Fargo Express Company, in San Jose, and has continued in that field ever since. He was first a driver of one of the delivery wagons and then became an office clerk. Afterward he was made cashier and later went on the road as express messenger, traveling over various routes throughout the state. He has been a resident of Pacific Grove for about ten years, this being a convenient starting point for his diversified runs. For a short time, too, he was agent at Watsonville Junction. On May 1, 1923, he assumed the responsibilities of agent at Pacific Grove and here he also manages a draying and transfer business.

In the year 1905 at San Jose, California, Mr. Spotswood was married to Miss Anna Jacobs, a native of Plymouth, Amador county, this state, and a daughter of one of the well known mining men there. Two children have blessed their union: Russel Elmer, aged sixteen, and Evelyn JE., three years younger. Mr. Spotswood is secretary of Pacific Grove Lodge, No. 331, F. & A. M., and patron of the local chapter of the Eastern Star. He also belongs to the Independent Order of Foresters. He is esteemed by his brethren of these fraternities and genial, obliging and reliable, he has gained the good will of those with whom business relations have brought him in contact as well as the confidence of the corporation which he represents.

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.