Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


In the list of ranchers and fruit and vegetable growers who have made of the Watsonville neighborhood a veritable garden of rare productiveness, the name of Chris F. Storm, proprietor of a well kept ranch on the Santa Cruz highway, two miles out of Watsonville, occupies a properly prominent place, for he has done well in his operations and has become well established among the successful growers of this region. His father created there a good piece of property and he has carried on the development work until now he has one of the best appointed places in this section. Chris F. Storm was born on the place on which he is now living and has always made that place his home. He is the youngest son of Chris F. and Laura (Anderson) Storm, both of whom were natives of the Kingdom of Denmark. The senior Chris F. Storm came to this country in the early '60s of the past century and proceeded into California and established himself as a rancher in the Watsonville neighborhood. He was successful in his operations and became the owner of more than four hundred acres of land, long having been recognized as among the leading farmers of the practical and substantial type. He died in 1907, at the age of sixty-two years. His widow survived him for seven years, her death occurring in 1914, when she also was past sixty years of age.

Reared on the home ranch in the vicinity of Watsonville, the junior Chris F. Storm received his education in the local schools and from the days of his boyhood has been devoted to the development of the home place, three hundred and thirty-three acres of which he now owns, and he and his wife are very comfortably situated there. Mr. Storm's place is in an excellent state of cultivation and he has an admirable farm plant, all the improvements being in up-to-date style. All of his land is arable and he has successfully devoted his attention to dairying, grain and vegetables.

In 1907, in Watsonville, Mr. Storm was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Conlan, a native of California and a daughter of Samuel Conlan, a considerable property owner and a widely known stockman of Watsonville. Mr. Storm is an active member of the parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West at Watsonville and has long taken an earnest interest in the affairs of that popular and locally influential body.

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.