Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


This gentleman, who is the owner and proprietor of the Del Monte Dairy, in Carmel Valley, is one of the representative men of the State in this line of business.

Mr. Hatton is a native of County Wicklow, Ireland. Coming to California in 1870 he began work as a dairyman's apprentice upon the same ranch where his own dairy is now located. He thus learned the business thoroughly by practical experience. He worked continuously for the gentleman who owned the dairy at that time, Mr. E. St. John, now of Salinas, until he bought his interest. Being a man possessed of great energy and perseverance combined with fine executive ability, Mr. Hatton applied the early lessons of his business so well that he is considered to-day without superior as a practical dairyman. A description of his dairy, given elsewhere, will exemplify this fact better than anything else.

Although Mr. Hatton has long ago given the execution of his plans into the hands of competent, well-selected assistants, yet he is able at any moment to bring the keen, practiced eye of long experience to bear upon even the smallest detail of his immense business, and instantly gauge its acceptability. He is an enthusiast, and loves his business, which probably is one great element of his success.

Mr. Hatton, besides his own interest, including the largest dairy interests in the county, and six hundred and fifty-eight acres of choice grain land in Salinas Valley, has been for six years manager of the Pacific Improvement Company's ranches, dairy and cattle interests in Monterey County.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.