Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


John T. Black, an experienced and enterprising building contractor, of Dolores avenue, Carmel, was born at Travers City, Michigan, February 23, 1888. Like so many associated with the pioneer history of that state, both his grandfather and father were in the lumber business, and the former also served as sheriff, while the latter was a supervisor. The family enjoyed an enviable connection with big and stirring events in that part of the country.

John T. Black was reared in the lumber woods of Michigan, and from boyhood worked in lumber camps and sawmills. When only fifteen years of age, he came to California, and for five years was with his uncle in a planing mill in Los Angeles, later joining an engineering firm there. Subsequently he was in the oil fields at Santa Barbara, and then worked as a carpenter in San Jose and San Francisco. In 1920 Mr. Black came to Carmel, and he associated himself with a building contractor, in whose service he remained until there was an unmistakable demand for another and an independent concern, when he embarked in business for himself. Since that time he has erected a number of very fine houses, notably the residences of Miss Ella Shaw and M. A. Flaner, at Highlands, together with a group of high grade bungalows, one of the real attractions of Carmel. While in Los Angeles he took a course in architectural drawing, offered at a night school by Professor Westbrook, of Occidental College and this has enabled him to make all necessary plans and to draw the designs, so that his patrons may know what he proposes to do.

Mr. Black married Miss Lillian Walter, a native of New York and their home is the center of a generous hospitality. Two children have been born of this union, and they are both promising sons, namely: John P. and Alfred Edwin Black.

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.