Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A worthy pioneer was the late Henry Bardin, one of the best known stockmen and farmers of his day in Monterey county. He was born in Tippah county, Mississippi, December 20, 1853, and when he died, on February 8, 1923, the world mourned the loss of a noble man. His father and mother were James and Lucinda Bardin, natives of Mississippi, who came with their family to California by way of Panama in 1856, landing first in San Francisco. From the Bay City they went north to Monterey by steamer, at a period when there were no railroads, and Mr. Bardin acquired a large tract of land in Monterey county, after which he established the home ranch at Blanco.

Henry Bardin was about three years old when his parents brought him to Monterey county, and here he enjoyed the benefits of schooling. Afterward he was associated with his father in stock-raising and farming and later started out for himself in that business, becoming one of the most successful stock raisers in the Salinas valley. So well did he prosper that at the time of his death he owned a number of fine ranches in the neighborhood of Salinas. He also was a director in the Salinas City Bank and the Farmers Mercantile Company, these posts of honor speaking for themselves as to the confidence in which he was held by the community.

The truth is that Henry Bardin was one of those very exceptional men destined by nature to be leaders of industry or of finance, who would have done well in any line of undertaking, and would have been of service to their fellowmen at all times. He liked work, for by work the wheels of life were kept going and well-oiled and he eagerly embraced every opportunity not only to advance his own fortunes but also to stimulate activity and prosperity in the community. He made a success of helping others, because he wisely first took care of himself and having gotten well upon his feet, he found some of his highest delight in sharing the fruits of his labor with others. He was very devoted to the county of his adoption; and the good folks of Salinas and other parts of Monterey county know that he helped effectively to hasten the day when this favored section of the state shall come to its own.

Mr. Bardin was married at Watsonville, January 10, 1883, to Miss Martha E. Thompson, a native of Santa Cruz county, who has a circle of devoted friends in Monterey county. She brought many qualifications to her task of standing as his dependable helpmate; and of a religious nature and inspired by high ideals, she has always been an active worker in the First Baptist Church of Salinas. Three children were born to them: Roy who died at the age of thirteen years; Mrs. Hazel Hurt and Mrs. Ethel Tholcke, both of Salinas.

Mr. Bardin spent practically his entire life in California and the spirit of western enterprise found expression in all that he did. His name deserves a prominent place on the roll of honored pioneers and successful business men.

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.