Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Back in the ante-bellum days, Charles Bardin's grandfather owned a large plantation and a number of slaves in South Carolina. His son James married Miss Lucinda Walker of Mississippi. In those days the Bardins and the Walkers were prominent families among the aristocracy of the old south. Then came the Civil war, which abolished slavery and changed conditions for slave-owners. However, James Bardin did not wait until these changed conditions came. In 1855 he visited the Salinas valley, bought a tract of land in Blanco, and the next year brought his family to the Pacific coast. His training in his native state of South Carolina gave him many of the necessary qualifications for leadership and he became a large landowner and influential citizen.

Charles Bardin, a son of James and Lucinda (Walker) Bardin, was born in Blanco, on February 1, 1859. He received a liberal education and ever since he reached the age of maturity he has been a ranchman and stock raiser. In 1896 he and his brother, Henry Bardin, built the Bardin Hotel in Salinas. This building, upon which they expended fifty thousand dollars, was at the time of its completion one of the finest hotels in the valley. After leasing it for three years, they traded it for a five-thousand-acre tract east of Salinas. As the land was well adapted for grazing, the brothers went into the cattle business. Subsequently they divided the land, each taking one-half.

At one time Charles Bardin owned several hundred acres of fine tillable land near Blanco. After giving each of his children a good farm, he still owns some acreage there and also owns five thousand acres of range land. Since 1912 he has devoted his time and attention exclusively to the cattle business and lives in the city of Salinas, where he is universally recognized as one of the most progressive and public-spirited citizens. His fraternal affiliations are with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

On December 1, 1880, Mr. Bardin was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Ryder, a daughter of William and Rachel (Carr) Ryder, members of New England families and California pioneers. Mr. and Mrs. Bardin have four children: Elizabeth, the wife of W. J. Schween; Bertha G., the wife of C. Mothershead; Margaret R., wife of E. McHarry; and Charles W. All of these children live in the vicinity of Blanco.

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, 890 pgs.