It all started with holes in the ground. The year was 1956 and the population of Marina was about a 1,000. There were no water or sewer lines. It was all septic tanks and water wells, with each property having its awn pump. That's when Harry Smith decided he could build a profitable business putting in water wells and septic tanks. Marina Plumbing and Hardware was born to accommodate those needs. Harry's Marina Plumbing was a company of one. He had a used 1950 Dodge pickup truck, used for service, and a 1939 international well and pump truck. He was 28 years old, married to Georgette Barbier, and they had two sons, Harry Smith, Jr. and Ben Smith.
Harry had $250 in cash and lot of nerve. Harry had ingenuity and he was industrious. He served his apprenticeship working, from the age of 18, for Henry Roberti at Castroville Hardware and Plumbing. From there, Harry moved to Nichols Plumbing in Monterey, where he eventually became supervisor of the Nichols' crew. He held that job for about ... Read more