Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


No better organized, and certainly no better conducted agency for the unrivalled Dodge Brothers' cars can be found anywhere in a city of the same size in California, than that of Paul Emmett Trotter, at 626 Abrego street, Monterey, opened recently after Mr. Trotter had demonstrated his ability elsewhere and acquired a wide and valuable experience in other fields. He was born in Carrollton, Missouri, February 7, 1891, the son of Martin Alexander and Phoebe (Meagher) Trotter, and in 1899 came with his parents to California, arriving at Fillmore on the 8th of December, Five years later, they removed to Monterey, and for a while the father conducted the lumberyard for the G. C. Notley Company. On September 20, 1916, however, he passed to the great beyond, having rounded out a very useful and honorable career. Mrs. Trotter survives her husband.

Paul Trotter attended the California public schools, and as a member of the class of '09, was duly graduated, with honors, from the Monterey high school. Having finished his studies he first worked for his brother, who was engaged in the tan-bark and road building business, and later he served an apprenticeship at the harness-maker's trade. In 1912 Mr. Trotter was attracted to the automobile field, first working as night man in a garage, at eight dollars per week. For seven and a half years he was at Winston's, after which he went to Seattle with the Cadillac Motor Company, acting as foreman for a year, and at the completion of that period he came back to Monterey, and was manager for the Winston garage for another year. On January 8, 1924, Mr. Trotter, now recognized as one of the wide-awake motor men in Monterey county, was appointed agent for the Dodge Brothers, and on April 15, he opened his modern and well-appointed building, one of the creditable structures in the city. He also has the agency for the Graham Brothers' trucks. With A. E. Gould, Mr. Trotter bought a service station from C. H. Culp but Mr. Gould having died eight months afterward, he acquired his interest by purchase and operated the station for a year, when he sold it to George Langford. Now, in the fine building especially erected for him, he employes seven men to assist him in caring for his many patrons.

In 1915, Mr. Trotter married Miss Frances Lee, the daughter of Tom Lee, the famous gardener at Del Monte since 1888, and they have one child, Paul E. Trotter, Jr. In politics, Mr. Trotter is a republican; and when fishing in political pools is dull, he likes to hie off to the mountains and streams of California for a sport in which he is always at home. The nature of his interests in matters of public concern is indicated in the fact that he is a member of the Monterey Chamber of Commerce, and he belongs to the Rotary Club.

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.