Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


VICTOR D. BLACK, the genial Manager of the Central Milling Company's property in Salinas, is a native of Indiana. He was born in Mount Vernon, Posey County, August, 1855, and came to this State with his parents in 1863, his first experience in California being in the mines, where his father remained for three years. His school-boy days were spent in Los Gatos, Santa Clara County.

His father was a miller and taught the son his trade. He worked for a con-iderable while in the mills of Merced County. Came to Monterey County in 1880, and with his father bought and run a mill at Castroville, dealing also in grain. He stayed here until 1885, when he came to Salinas City and assumed the management of the Salinas mill, and has been here ever since. He does all the buying for the mill, the quantity of grain purchased annually amounting to fifteen thousand tons, and exercises a general supervision over the company's business here.

His long residence in the valley makes him familiar with every grade of wheat that is here raised, and his extensive experience as a miller is one of the things which has helped Salinas flour to attain such an enviable reputation in the markets of the State.

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