Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


The recent interesting development of historic Monterey into a live city with many modern features and attractions is undoubtedly due, in part, at least, to the experience, sagacity and progressive enterprise of Monterey bankers, prominent among whom is Thomas J. Field, the popular manager of the prosperous Bank of Italy here. A native of the great Hoosier state, he was born June 3, 1848, near Frankfort, Scott county, Indiana, which county was named after his mother's family. His father was Moses W. Field, long honored by all who were fortunate enough to know him, a man whose parents came from an ancient and distinguished English family and settled in Ohio, where they became identified with the bar and with agriculture.

At the age of eighteen, Thomas J. Field left the familiar environment of home and took up railroading in Kentucky, continuing in the same occupation after removing to California, which he reached on January 2, 1875. For eight years he was associated with the Southern Pacific Railroad, having his headquarters in San Francisco, and afterward was made right-of-way agent, continuing in that field for six years. He next identified himself with the Pacific Improvement Company and in 1892 he became one of the incorporators of the Bank of Monterey and Monterey Savings Bank of both of which he became president and general manager, thus continuing until 1923. Since the Bank of Monterey and Monterey Savings Bank became a part of the Bank of Italy in March, 1923, Mr. Field has been manager and vice president at Monterey, nor could one easily be found who might prove more devoted to the bank's service and the welfare of every patron. His business affairs led Mr. Field to take a live interest in Del Monte and to his acquiring substantial interests in various parts of the state, and for twenty-four years he served as a county supervisor, being made chairman of the board, and as a leading republican he has wielded a wide influence for good. It is his pride today that he has always directed his efforts toward bringing aljout, for both town and county, the greatest and most permanent benefits for the community.

In 1882 Mr. Field was married to Miss Catalina Danglada, a gifted daughter of the old aristocratic Spanish family of Danglada and Munras, that owns large holdings in Monterey county and is prominently connected with California's Spanish history. Two children have blessed this marriage; and they bear the names Maria Antonia and Stephen J. Monterey may well congratulate itself on having in its financial and social circles such a man of ability as Mr. Field as his contributions to the public welfare are considered a most tangible asset.

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.