Biography of Cyrus R. Gurdy
Tulare County, CA Biographies





CYRUS R. GURDY.
Among the personal factors that in recent years have done much toward promoting the substantial development of the city of Porterville and of this section of California the name of Cyrus It. Gurdy, a well established contractor, widely known as "the cement man" of Porterville, must be given high place, for he has done much in the way of real substantial building hereabout, streets, highways, sidewalks, bridges and buildings throughout Tulare county carrying the unmistakable evidences of the extent and high character of his operations. For nearly twenty years Mr. Gurdy has been a resident of Porterville. He came here an experienced cement man in 1907 and became the foreman of the operations of one of the leading cement contractors and manufacturers in this section of the state and was for ten years thus occupied, during that time superintending some of the biggest cement operations carried on hereabout. In 1917 he became engaged in business on his own account and has since then become widely recognized as a leader in his line, doing a general contracting business and being proprietor of a well equipped establishment at No. 320 Orange street.

Cyrus R. Gurdy was born on a farm in Fayette county, in northeastern Iowa, February 9, 1879, and was there reared. At the age of seventeen he took up the trade of plasterer and thus early became acquainted with that phase of the building trades. It was about that time that cement construction began to attract the favorable attention of builders all over the country and Mr. Gurdy wisely took up that line of constructive work. Iowa towns then also were beginning to replace their old sidewalks with cement and a profitable field thus was opened for the experienced cement man. Presently becoming qualified as a contractor, Mr. Gurdy did considerable business of that character, working in various towns and cities in Iowa, and was thus engaged until 1907, when he came to California and was employed as foreman of the works of N. M. Ball, general cement contractor and manufacturer of cement blocks and pipes in Porterville. As noted above, Mr. Gurdy was for ten years thus employed. In 1917 he opened business for himself and since then has done the major part of the new and reconstruction work in the cement line hereabout. Some of the contracts thus carried out by Mr. Gurdy have been of an unusually heavy character and he has equipment for all sorts of work in his line. He also has facilities for carrying out contracts in steel bridge work. He erected the steel foot bridge across the Tule river south of Porterville, and also has done much in contract painting of bridges; but cement work is his specialty. He has erected numerous new cement bridges for the county, including the hundred foot bridge across Salt creek and the long span across St. Johns river near Visalia, several of the city bridges in Porterville and miles of sidewalks, curbs and gutters in that city and in Tulare, besides cement flooring in many of the business houses and garages in Porterville, and in the county barn; and he has done much highway work including the cement shoulders on the Lindsay Tulare highway. Cement building construction hereabout also bears the imprint of his craftsmanship, among works of this latter type being the recent erection of the cement warehouse of the Williamson Loyd Brothers Company in Porterville.

On October 1, 1910, in Visalia, Mr. Cyrus R. Gurdy was united in marriage to Grace Weger, who also was born in Iowa, and they have a pleasant home in Porterville. Mrs. Gurdy was formerly married to Wm. Bisset, by whom she had one son, Ormond, now twenty two years of age. Mr. Gurdy is a member of the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is also affiliated with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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