History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California Volume 2 Title Page

Biography of Frank P. McFadden of Blanco California

Frank P. McFadden, a prominent ranchman near Blanco and supervisor of District No. 2, Monterey county, was born March 17, 1871, a son of Charles and Sophia (Fabry) McFadden. The father was a native of Ireland and the mother a native of Germany. Both came to the United States as young people and were married in this country. Charles McFadden came to California and for some years was engaged in the sawmill business in Santa Cruz. Some time in the ’60s he bought a ranch near Blanco and became one of the substantial citizens, active in local affairs, until his death at the age of sixty-seven years. His widow is still living.

Frank P. McFadden received a high school education and upon the death of his father assumed the management of the ranch until his marriage to Miss Mary B. Wallace on October 14, 1896. He then leased a ranch and went into business on his own account. His present leased ranch contains one hundred and seventy-five acres, well improved, one hundred and fifty acres of which are devoted to cultivation of sugar beets and the remainder to lettuce.

In 1918 Mr. McFadden was elected supervisor for a term of four years and in 1922 was reelected. He is and has been for years a member of the board of school trustees, is progressive and encourages the introduction of modern ideas into educational matters, as well as into his business. He is a democrat in politics and his fraternal relations are with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. McFadden has been twice married. In 1896 he was married to Miss Mary B. Wallace, who bore him six children: Lucile, Alice, Anna, Wallace, Katherine and Edward. Alice is a trained nurse in Watsonville. Mrs. McFadden passed away on May 26, 1915. In August, 1924, Mr. McFadden was married to Miss Frances Douglas, a daughter of G. M. Douglas of San Miguel. During the World war Mrs. McFadden served as trained nurse in the naval service and crossed the Atlantic ocean several times between the United States and France.

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.

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