Frank Bogard was born on a farm outside Sheldon, Iowa on July 15, 1915.
He farmed for one year after graduating highschool and knew this was
not his future. Therefore, a journey on a train aided by six of his
father's chickens led to an enlistment in the Navy and several trips
across the Atlantic during WWII. Upon his return from the war, he opened
a drycleaning business in Sheldon with his bride, Nelina Hoevens.
While running Bogard Cleaners was fulfilling in it's own right, Vic
could not shake the urge to move westward. He finally gave in to his
urge in 1947, packed his bags, and watched as his hometown slowly faded
in the rearview mirror of his '47 Oldsmobile. With his wife, sons Vic
Jr. and Brad, he set his sights on California, finally stopping in
the small town of Santa Cruz.
After the purchase of a lot on Opal Cliff Dr. in Capitola, they began
construction of their home. Upon completion, a neighbor was so impressed
with the work that he wanted Vic to build a house for him. Thus began
The Opal Cliffs area saw much construction by Vic until he was finally
invited to build a home in Santa Cruz. He enjoyed this area very much
and made arrangements with his new friend Louis Rittenhouse to build
on all the remaining lots on the upper westside.
the birth of his youngest son, Jim, in 1950, Vic's life was near perfect.
The only thing to add would be for all three of his sons to join him
in Bogard Construction. Which they did, Vic, Brad, & Jim joined
in 1957, 1970, & 1972, respectively.
Vic's three sons soon took over the business from their father, all
of whom are now working towards the same goal with the third generation