Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A general contractor whose varied practical experience has always enabled him to do the best he could for his patrons, is Charles L. Covey, Sr., of 15 Hunt street, Santa Cruz. A native Hawkeye, he was born at Van Horn, Iowa, November 14, 1883, but as a child lived in Oklahoma and Kansas. He attended school, however, at Grand Junction, Colorado. His father was Charles H. Covey, a native of Minnesota, and he is still living. He had married Miss Lizzie Bollway, who was born at Peoria, Illinois, and is now deceased.

In 1900 Charles L. Covey commenced to learn the trade of a carpenter, and also cabinetmaker, working at Grand Junction, Colorado, for four years, but in 1904 he went to Los Angeles, where he continued to work at his trade for somewhat over a year. On his return to Grand Junction, he resumed carpentering, but in 1910 he went to Helper, Utah, where he worked for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, and did contracting and building.

In 1919 Mr. Covey arrived at Santa Cruz and started work on the building of the new Santa Cruz Theater, continuing on that job until it was completed. In 1920 he started in business for himself as a contractor and among other edifices he built the L. A. Reppitta residence on Break Hill, a residence for Mrs. Ida M. Handley on Rooney street and an ice plant, costing ten thousand dollars in Santa Cruz. He also put up an addition to the Bay View school, the Sattler residence at the corner of Bay street and Lighthouse avenue and the H. Smith residence at the junction of Park Way and Soquel avenue, and he remodeled both the New Santa Cruz and the Unique Theaters. He built two cottages at Mount Herman, and also the R. C. Johnson residence, and one for his son, Charles L. Covey, Jr., both on Bay street.

Mr. Covey was married at Grand Junction, Colorado, October 15, 1901, to Miss Minnie B. Carpenter, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, by whom he has had two children, Charles L. Covey, who is married and has a son, Charles Noble Covey, and a daughter, May, now Mrs. P. B. Rollins of Watsonville. There are four generations of Charles Coveys in the Covey family, all living. Our subject was a grandfather at the age of thirty-eight, the Coveys having a habit of marrying young. Mr. Covey is an Odd Fellow and belongs to the Mesa Lodge, No. 58, of Grand Junction, Colorado.

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.