Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Thomas H. French, a well known glass jobber and manufacturer of Pacific Grove, California, was born in Dawlish, Devonshire, England, March 14, 1878, and at the age of five years crossed the Atlantic with his parents and settled in Toronto, Canada, where he attended grade and high schools. When of age he engaged in the selling of plate and window glass, later entering the workshop for a practical study of decorative glass processes. He is the possessor of valuable United States patents covering the use of plate glass in tin containers and the decoration of glass-top cans for display purposes. Mr. French was attracted to California and the Monterey Peninsula by its wonderful climate and in the fall of 1917 started his present business in Pacific Grove. His large plant is well equipped with modern machinery for the grinding and beveling of plate glass, the manufacture of mirrors, leaded art glass and automobile glass of every kind. His stock of plate glass for storefront work and of window glass for all kinds of glazing, is complete.

Mr. French married Miss Florence Mackay, a native of Ontario, Canada, and they are the parents of two boys, John Henry and Charles Edward. They are Presbyterians, attending the Mayflower Congregational church in Pacific Grove.

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.