Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


In Julius E. Burnette is intermingled the blood of France and Spain. His father, Augustus Burnette, a Frenchman, came from Havana, Cuba, to California as a single man and ran the Washington Hotel at Monterey. He married Marie Sanches, a cousin of Senorita Bonefacio, of Sherman rose fame, and in 1887 came to King City. There he built what is known as the French Hotel, which he conducted until he retired a few years ago from active business cares. Of the eleven children born to Augustus and Marie Burnette, Fannie, Lulu, Susie, Henrietta and Angeline are deceased. Susie is now Mrs. Ignacio Nuney; Helen is the wife of Peter Sogno; Eloise is Mrs. George Pendergast; Julius and F. C. are merchants in King City; and Gussie, the fourth of the family, is single.

Julius E. Burnette was born in Monterey in 1878. He was educated in the Monterey public schools and Colton Hall, of that city, and upon leaving school embarked upon his business career. His father erected a store building for him at King City and he put in a stock of goods. In 1916 he sold out and became a stockholder in the King City Mercantile Company. His brother, F. C. Burnette, now occupies the building in which he began business. The business with which he is now connected has changed names and personnel several times, but he has remained with it and is now one of the directors.

Mr. Burnette is a member of the Elks, the Eagles, the Foresters of America and the Knights of Columbus. In 1900 he married Miss Tuna Figueroa, a member of one of California's old Spanish families, one that was especially prominent in Los Angeles, where Figueroa street was named for them. It is now a business street. Two sons and one daughter have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Burnette. Delwin is a senior in the Santa Clara College; Lurline is a bookkeeper for the King City Mercantile Company; and Julius is a bell boy in the Hotel El Camino Real, at King City. All are graduates of the King City high school.

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.