Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


JOHN EDMUND BACON is a native of California, having been born in Prairie City (a small mining town twenty miles east of Sacramento City), in 1854. At the age of two years he moved with his parents to Sacramento, and three years later they went to Sutter County, where the subject of this sketch was educated, and employed his time in various occupations. He went with his parents to San Jose, where he learned photography. Two years ago he came to Salinas City, and engaged in the photographic business, where he is now permanently located. He is also a natural artist, and his crayon sketches of animal heads bear the stamp of genius. He enlarges photographs in free-hand drawing so perfectly that they may justly be termed speaking likenesses. He does work of this kind for other photographers all over this State, and in some of the Eastern States, and, considering the fact that he never has taken any lessons in this branch of his art, one has but to view his efforts to become convinced that inspiration is his master, and that he will some day achieve the success only accorded to the truly gifted. Most of the portraits in this book are from photographs by Mr. Bacon. He was married, in October, 1880, to Miss Sarah E. Little, of Oakland, also a native of this State, and their union has been blessed with three lovely children.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.