Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A representative of the California bar whose popularity as judge has not affected his level-headedness or his determination to do his duty at all times according to his conscience, is the Hon. C. R. Taylor, justice of the peace at Watsonville, in which city he was born, August 16, 1880. His parents were Charles E. and Eliza (Waugaman) Taylor, the former a native of the Canadian New Brunswick, the latter being a native of the Pajaro valley. Both of these worthy folks, alas, are today among the vast silent majority but they are properly represented in their two sons, Judge C. R. Taylor and William E. Taylor. Charles E. Taylor who came to Watsonville in 1875, was a blacksmith, and from 1888 to 1896 he was employed along that line by the Western Beet Sugar Company. He passed away July 3, 1911, an honored member of Pajaro Lodge No. 90, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Judge Charles R. Taylor attended the Watsonville schools and then for three years worked for his father in the blacksmith shop. In 1901 he joined the rush to Alaska, where he spent one season at Placer mining. The next year, however, he enlisted in the United States navy and performed four years service in the Orient, much of the time sailing on the historic battleship, Oregon. Returning to Watsonville, he began reading law in the office of Judge Saus, and later, for three years, was a student and clerk in the law office of Messrs. Wyckoff & Gardner. On January 4, 1909, Judge Taylor was admitted to the bar. In January, 1918, he was appointed deputy district attorney, of Santa Cruz county, under District Attorney Ralph H. Smith, and served with credit from 1918 through 1919. In November, 1922, he was elected justice of the peace and has since been on the bench in Watsonville. A republican where national issues are involved, he is too broadminded to allow political lines to affect his freer bias in favor of all that is best, regardless of party or creed, for the locality in which he lives.

Judge Taylor was married February 22, 1909, to Miss Charlotte M. Demartini, a native of San Francisco, who shares his social life and the esteem of their many friends. Judge Taylor is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Pajaro Lodge, No. 90, and has been through all branches and attained to all chairs. He is likewise identified with the ladies auxiliary—the Rebekahs. He also belongs to Watsonville Lodge, No. 1300, of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and Watsonville Parlor, No. 65, N. S. G. W., of which he is a past president.

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.