Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


In 1882 R. J. Wasson came from Ireland to America and soon after his arrival in this country settled at Hollister, California. The north of Ireland has furnished the United States some of its most worthy citizens and R. J. Wasson belongs in this category. Upon locating at Hollister he acquired land and engaged in farming, which occupation he followed until he retired and is now living in King City. He married Elizabeth Parker and J. P. Wasson is the second of seven sons born to them, the others being Robert, Samuel, Edward (deceased), William, John and James.

J. P. Wasson was born at Hollister in 1882. He received a common school education and lived upon his father's farm until he was about seventeen years of age, when he began working at the trade of a blacksmith. In this occupation he developed considerable skill, which, coupled with his energy and perseverance, quickly placed him on a solid business foundation. Locating at King City, he added a woodworking department for the repair of wagons, carriages and farm implements and has built up a good business. His shop is the only one of its kind in King City. He employs from three to six men the year round, does all kinds of forging, spring work, general repair work and horseshoeing. While the automobile has displaced the horse to some extent, Mr. Wasson still finds plenty of work for his experienced shoers, and his shop is one of the busy places of King City.

Mr. Wasson is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is recognized as one of King City's substantial citizens.

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.