Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Judge Fred A. Treat is a member of the California bar who has enjoyed an enviable practice in Monterey and is now serving as judge of the superior court, having been elected to the bench in November, 1924. He was born at Salinas, November 29, 1873. His father, Willard F. Treat, was a native of the Empire state and married Miss Sophrina Howell, a belle of old Virginia. Mr. Treat came to California in 1865 and settled for a while in Eldorado county. With the money he had made at the mines, he purchased a ranch of one hundred and eighty-five acres in Monterey county, and in 1867 moved onto the property. For thirty-five years he tilled the soil and there also raised fine cattle. In 1900 he settled in Salinas, and built a number of houses, but in 1911, passed away, a year after his wife had breathed her last.

Fred Treat attended the public schools in Salinas, and then, from 1903 to 1907 attended the Stanford University, taking the law course. In 1907 he passed the California bar examination and was admitted to practice. He then continued to practice in Salinas until he came to Monterey. He has served as district attorney and after leaving that office acted as deputy district attorney. He has proved most efficient in the office of attorney of Monterey and since his elevation to the bench as superior court judge has made an excellent record by his impartial rulings.

Miss Ellena H. Watson, a member of an old pioneer circle of Monterey, and the daughter of Thomas Watson, ex-sheriff of Monterey county, became Mrs. Treat when they were married at Salinas, California, in 1902. Four children have been born of this marriage: Mrs. Freda McGregor; Eloy, Marjorie and Fred A., Jr., who are at school. As a side interest Judge Treat is engaged in farming and dairy-ranching. He belongs to the Salinas Lodge of Elks, of which he is a charter member and he likes the open, with its sports and recreations. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and in many tangible ways he has exerted a positive and beneficial influence on public affairs.

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.