Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


John W. Vail is an experienced, enterprising contracting painter who is especially well known for his artistic and dependable wall and interior decorations. His place of business is at 540 Main street, Watsonville. A native of California, he was born at Antioch, on the 29th of October, 1876, and is a son of F. M. and Mary (Madden) Vail, highly intelligent, progressive people, who sought the best that life affords. The father was a New Yorker, who came to California when about twenty-four years of age, and bought a ranch. Later he removed to Kings county. Both parents have passed away and are kindly remembered by many.

John W. Vail attended the public schools of this state and then began to learn the painter's and decorator's trade with his father. When old enough to do so, he and a brother, E. M. Vail, formed a partnership, under the firm name of Vail Brothers, to do general painting at Hanford, where he remained for twenty years. About 1917, however, he removed to San Francisco, and in 1918 he came to Watsonville, where he bought a small business. He devoted himself assiduously to the needs of his patrons and from the beginning has succeeded. Now he employs about six men, and has to his credit such jobs as the high school, the convent, the Odd Fellows and other noted buildings. He carries a full line of paints, paper and glass, and also painters' supplies, and he contracts for painting of all kinds. He is an independent democrat and takes pride in his public-spirited stand upon many vexed questions.

Mr. Vail married Miss Mary Ballman who was reared in California, and they have two daughters: Agnes, the wife of Earl Payton, and Mary. Mr. Vail is a Woodman, a Red Man and a Knight of Pythias.

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.