Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


William H. Faringhy, an expert accountant and one of the representative citizens of Monterey is now serving as city trustee. He is a native of Kansas having been born at Fort Riley, on December 5, 1867, the son of Louis 0. and Ellen (Carew) Faringhy -the former a native of La Belle France, the latter a daughter of Erin's "green Isle." Coming early to the United States, Louis Faringhy served in the United States Army from 1852 until 1883 and was stationed at Fort Riley at the time of his son's birth. There, he and his wife eventually died, honored by all who knew them.

William H. Faringhy was a pupil of both the grammar and the high schools at Junction City, Kansas, and when he had finished with his school books followed in his father's footsteps and made the exceptional record of another thirty years in the United States army service, campaigning in Cuba and the Philippines, seeing it through with General Shafter in Cuba, and with General Pershing in Mexico. He was a major in the Quartermaster Corps and served for three years in the ranks during the World war. He had been retired from the service February 2, 1917, but when the United States entered the conflict, he returned to the Stars and Stripes, and served until October 30, 1920. He is now a member of the Reserve, with a commission of lieutenant colonel of the Quartermaster Corps.

At San Francisco, California, in the year 1902, Mr. Faringhy was married to Miss Agnes R. French, of Texas, a representative of a family also long identified with the American military service. Mr. Faringhy is serving his first term in the city council and at all times manifests a commendable interest in public welfare. Fraternally he is a thirty-second degree Mason and a Shriner; a member of the Knights of Pythias, who has been through all the chairs, and belongs also to the Modern Woodmen and to the Forty and Eight, and to the American Legion. He was a director of the Chamber of Commerce of Monterey, a member of the Monterey Improvement Club and is fond of outdoor sports and life, with a special liking for baseball.

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.