Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


August England is the alert and efficient city marshal of Carmel who by the prompt and faithful discharge of his duties has gained the esteem and confidence of all law-abiding citizens. He was born in Sweden, November 16, 1868, and for years he served in the Swedish army, as a sergeant in the King's Dragoons.

In 1892 Mr. England came to America, and following his military training and experience enlisted in the Eighth United States Cavalry, stationed at Fort Mead, North Dakota-forty-eighth standing Rock agency-and there he remained from 1892 to 1895, when he was transferred to the Fourth United States Cavalry. He participated in the Spanish-American war, and campaigned in the Philippine Islands from 1896 to 1899, being in all important advances against the enemy, and after serving with honor under General Lawton throughout his campaign, was honorably discharged in 1899. Following his return to the United States he was on police duty in the Yosemite National Park and afterward he was in the quartermaster's department in Vancouver.

In 1900 Mr. England served in China in the Quartermaster's corps pack train for a year and later, having again reached the new world, he was with the Fifteenth Cavalry in the Sequoia National Park. In 1902 he prospected for gold at Dawson and St. Michael, in Alaska. In 1903 he came to Monterey where he helped to establish the post at the Presidio, driving a four-mule team, and next was a member of the police force of Monterey in 1905-6. After the great earthquake and fire in San Francisco in 1906, Mr. England joined the Pinkerton detective force and helped maintain law and order in the badly-stricken city. From 1911 to 1913 he was chief of police of Monterey, and at San Francisco for a year and a half he did special police duty during the Panama-Pacific Exposition. In 1916 he was appointed city marshal and tax collector of Carmel. Truly a soldier of fortune, with an enviable record for actual, heroic service, such as few police officers anywhere throughout the United States could boast of, Marshal England, a handsome, commanding figure, straight as an arrow upon his black steed, is sure to command the attention of stranger or fellow townsman-a public official of whom Carmel ought to be and is justly proud. He belongs to the Spanish War Veterans of Monterey and it is certain that no other member enjoys a greater welcome when present at their interesting campfires.

Mr. England was married, June 20, 1905, to Mrs. Ella Albright, the ceremony taking place at Watsonville. The family circle included a stepson, Walter H. Albright, who served his country in the World war as a member of the United States navy, operating in French waters. Fraternally Mr. England belongs to Lodge No. 334, I. O. O. F., of San Francisco. His life activities have taken him to many parts of the world and his experiences have been varied and interesting. He has never been lacking in the heroic qualities of the soldier nor the loyalty that makes for good citizenship in times of peace as well as days of war.

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.