Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


JUAN B. CASTRO is one of Monterey County's prominent native sons. He was born in the city of Monterey, in 1836, on the 24th of June (St. John's day). At the age of six he lost his father by death, and after passing through the schools of Monterey and attaining his majority, he took charge of his father's ranch, which consisted of eight leagues of land.

Mr. Castro has always been a progressive and wideawake citizen, and was one of the first to realize that the development of the country depended on sub-dividing and settling the large ranchos. In December, 1863, he laid out what is now the town of Castroville, and was the first man in the county to cut up his ranch and offer inducements to settlers. The town improved rapidly until the railroad passed through it, after which it remained in statu quo for several years, but is now starting up again, with brighter prospects than ever. In 1866 he established the Castroville Argus which has ranked among the leading interior papers of the State. To the railroad company he donated the right of way and forty acres of land for a depot.

He has been twice County Treasurer, and twice a member of the Board of Supervisors of Monterey County. He is an ardent Democrat, and was on the Seymore and Tilden electoral tickets. He has held numerous small offices, and has followed the pursuits of stock-raising and farming.

He is now engaged in the real-estate business, having considerable property of his own for sale in lots to suit. He was married, in 1868, to Miss Pombert, and is the father of six children, three boys and three girls.

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