Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


The value in the commercial world of an absolutely dependable name is well shown in the increasing popularity of the Frank Hellam cigars, offered to the public by the far-seeing, accommodating and enterprising manager, Monty Hellam, of Monterey, in which city he was born October 15, 1899. He is the son of Frank and Amelia (Plapp) Hellam, residents for a good many years of Monterey, where they may boast an enviable circle of devoted friends.

Monty Hellam attended the grammar and the high schools of Monterey, leaving off his secondary school courses that he might assist his father in the business of which he is now the practical manager. They have an extensive trade in both wholesale and retail departments, handling cigars, tobacco and candy, and turn over an amount of both stock and specie in the course of each year highly creditable to this part of the Pacific commonwealth.

Mr. Hellam was married February 11, 1923, to Miss Millie Bertha Roessler, of Wisconsin. Mr. Hellam has been associated with the fire department of Monterey for the last seven years and is now the first assistant chief. He is also a member of the California State Fireman's Association and of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs. In matters of national politics, he gives his support to the democratic party but he prefers to vote at local elections for the best man and the best measures, rather than in accordance with party dictates. He is at all times helpfully interested in the public welfare and as a business man and citizen is of worth to the community.

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.