Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A representative citizen of Monterey county is Charles N. Bennett, of 432 Central avenue, Pacific Grove, who has been most active in the development and improvement of the Monterey peninsular. With broad vision he has seen the possibilities here and has utilized the most practical measures in accomplishing ideal results. A native of Wisconsin, he was born in Dane county, March 3, 1860, and when eleven years of age accompanied his family to Missouri. In 1877, when he was seventeen years of age, the family came to the Pacific coast, settling in San Francisco.

There Charles N. Bennett entered the employ of the Pacific Improvement Company, which was engaged in building the Central and the Southern Pacific Railroads. He worked at railroad construction along the Shasta route and also on the Southern Pacific line from Los Angeles to San Antonio, Texas. In 1888 he came to Monterey in the employ of the Pacific Improvement Company, now the Del Monte Properties Company and as superintendent of construction he built the famous Seventeen Mile Drive. In fact he did all the construction work for the company and laid out five additions to Pacific Grove. He has thus had more to do with the upbuilding and improvement of the Monterey peninsula than any other one man.

At present Mr. Bennett is engaged in constructing ornamental stone and tile work in the beautiful homes at Pebble Beach, much of this being in the old Mission style in residences costing from eight to ten thousand dollars. He also makes a specialty of building patios. Some of these being in the old Roman Cathedral style while all are thoroughly artistic and beautiful. Mr. Bennett also has other business interests, being a director of the Bank of Pacific Grove.

Mr. Bennett is a member of Monterey Lodge, No. 331, F. & A. M.; of Salinas Chapter, R. A. M.; Watsonville Commandery, K. T. and Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine at San Francisco. He is active in civic affairs and served for six years as trustee of Pacific Grove, during which period he was chairman of the streets, fire, water and light committees. He was the father of the movement to pave the streets, thus adding greatly to the real attraction of the city and he also was very active in the work of installing the new street lights. The value of his service as a public official and of his business activity can scarcely be overestimated and his name is placed high on the roll of those who have made the Monterey peninsula one of the beauty spots of California.

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.