Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A widely-experienced and very successful real estate and insurance broker is Albert W. Files, of Monterey, whose business extends throughout the county as well as in the historic old town. He was born at Bangor, Maine, August 11, 1867, a son of Joseph P. and Nellie (Roberts) Files. His father was a contractor and builder, a worthy representative of a long line of American ancestors dating back to remote 1658, when they settled at Cape Cod; and our subject's forefathers took a very active and honorable part in the American Revolution.

Albert W. Files pursued his education in the schools of his home town and when he had put aside his textbooks devoted several years to assisting his father. He then sought to supplement his practical knowledge by a thorough business course at Portland, Maine, and when this was finished he engaged in the carpet and upholstering business, being manager and buyer for a well known concern for a number of years. For five years, also, he conducted a five and ten cent store in Spokane, Washington.

In 1912 Mr. Files transferred his activities to Monterey where he established and conducted a novelty store for six years, meeting with success and popularity from the beginning. On selling out, he took up his present line-real estate and insurance- in which he has been very prosperous, for the simple reason that he has mastered its every detail, and has never failed to study the wants of his patrons and to serve them most conscientiously. He is now president of the Monterey Chamber of Commerce, and also of the Monterey Improvement Club, and he gives much of his time to civic advancement. In national poxitics he is a republican and fraternally is an Elk.

Mr. Files married Miss Sadie E. Lufkin, an accomplished lady of Boston, and they have had two sons. Albert Clifton served as a soldier on the Mexican border and later in the World war; while Earl Lufkin received military training at Leland Stanford. He is now a civil engineer in Los Angeles.

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.