Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Pacific Grove has long been fortunate in the high character and executive qualifications of her city councilmen, among whom is numbered Frank La Verne Buck, of 591 Pine Street. Far back, in the Argonaut year of '49, he was born, his natal day being December 1, and the place Bellevue, Huron County, Ohio. When four years of age he accompanied his family to Green Springs, Seneca county, that state, where he grew to manhood and pursued the usual educational courses. In the spring of 1870 the family took a trip to Dubuque, Iowa and after a time went to Lawrence, Kansas.

Frank L. Buck located at Austin, Minnesota and there for many years he made his home, engaging in the grocery business and also in farming. Removing to St. Paul, Minnesota, he conducted an ice business and also handled eggs, but in 1900, at the end of seven years, he came to California, accompanied by his wife, they arrived in Los Angeles, whence they went north to San Jose and San Francisco, and in the summer of the same year reached Pacific Grove, where he opened a restaurant, now the office of the New Del Mar Hotel. It was a short-lived venture, however, and he closed its doors in the following October.

At Pacific Grove, Mr. Buck became acquainted with Tom A. Work, and from him purchased a half-interest in his business which was reorganized under the name of the T. A. Work Company. In three years' time, a corporation was formed, with T. A. Work, president; F. La V. Buck, vice-president; a Mr. Hendricks as secretary; and a Mr. Welch and Silas Mack as directors. After eight years, however, Mr. Buck retired from the company. Taking a trip to the San Joaquin valley, he bought an orange grove of twenty-one acres near Lindsay, Tulare County and this fine property he still owns. Then he built an attractive home on Pine Avenue, which he later traded for a fig and grape ranch near Reedley, Fresno county, and this desirable property he also still holds title to. The house which he now owns and occupies has been greatly improved and beautified with retaining wall, lawn and flowers, and is one of the attractive home places in the city.

Mr. Buck was the first president of the first Board of Trade of Pacific Grove, serving in that office for three years and he is now one of the directors of the Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the city council of Pacific Grove, elected to that responsible office in the spring of 1924. He has done good work on the fire, water and parks committees, and he also serves on the committees having to do with ordinances, streets and sewers and finances. In politics he has always been a republican. He is president of the board of trustees of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Pacific Grove, and he belongs to the Pacific Grove Lodge, No. 331, F. & A. M. In the East, while a young man, he taught school in Kansas and in Minnesota, and he has always maintained his deep interest in educational matters.

Mr. Buck married Miss Ella Potter, a native of Sandwich, Illinois. They greatly enjoy travel and took a trip covering seven months, visiting many of the larger cities and points of interest, including Seattle, Duluth, Cleveland, Niagara Falls, New York city, Syracuse, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, New Orleans and Jacksonville, and Tampa, Florida. They also visited Key West and Havana and while in Cuba took a trip inland of 180 miles. Both Mr. and Mrs. Buck are widely known and enjoy the warm regard of a large circle of friends.

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.