Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Alvin Eade, who owns one of the largest ranches in the vicinity of King City, California, was born in Davis county, Illinois, in 1876 and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Eade. His father first came to California in 1850, being attracted to the Pacific coast by the discovery of gold the year before. He followed mining for a time and then returned to Illinois. In 1862 he made another trip to California, where he remained but a short time, and in 1864 he came to the western coast for a third time. There was an attraction about the hills and vales of the Sunset state that he could not resist, and in 1883 he brought his family to California. He located in the Peachtree valley, where he turned his attention to grain farming and cattle raising. While some "struck it rich" and made a fortune in the gold mines, he moved by the slower but more certain route. He knew that people must eat and that wheat and beef were always certain of a market. In the course of a few years he became one of the largest operators in the valley. His wife died in 1919, and his own death occurred in 1921, when he joined the silent majority at the ripe old age of ninety years after a life of useful endeavor with successful results.

Alvin Eade received a good practical education in his youth. At an early age he became interested in live stock and all his life has been spent on ranches. For several years after launching out for himself he leased land. Then he bought what was known as the Willoughby ranch of three thousand five hundred acres and rents two thousand five hundred acres more. He is one of the largest stock raisers in the valley, having several hundred head of cattle and hogs practically all the time. His three brothers -Joseph, William and Wesley-are all farmers and cattle men in the Salinas valley. They all learned the business thoroughly from their father and may consistently be called "chips off the old block."

Mr. Eade was married in 1907 to Miss Ethel Russell, of San Jose, California. They have no children. He is a member in good standing in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is generally recognized as one of the progressive citizens of the community.

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.