Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Monterey, developing from an easy-going, historic and ever-interesting old town to a modern municipality, has been fortunate in its contractors and builders, among whom is Samuel H. Hooke, an Englishman by birth. He was born in London, February 3, 1863, a son of Samuel Hooke. The family came to America in 1869 and lived for a while at Topeka, Kansas, but after five years in the middle west migrated to San Francisco, where Mr. Hooke established himself in the boot and shoe business. He was a successful merchant, making it his purpose always to please, while honestly serving his many patrons. Now in comfortable retirement at the age of eighty-four, he can look back upon a life well spent. Two years before the death of Mrs. Hooke, this worthy couple celebrated their golden wedding, four generations being represented on that occasion.

Samuel Hooke of Monterey attended the public schools in Sonoma county, to which the family had removed in 1876 and when school-days were over he commenced to work, for a while doing various things. At the age of nineteen he learned the painter's trade, which he-followed for a few years but because the occupation did not agree with his health, he nad 'to., abandon that business. He then learned the carpenter's trade, and took up construction work. As superintendent of construction for the government, he first came to Monterey to repair the lighthouse that was damaged by the earthquake of 1906. Here he remained until 1913 when he returned to San Francisco to superintend the construction of buildings at the Panama Pacific Exposition, being thus engaged for some nineteen months. Then he was for five months in Stockton and next went to Fort Bragg, Mendocino county, as a foreman for the Union Lumber Company. After that he was sent to Eureka to build the factory for the drying of redwood sawdust, subsequent to which time the Earl Fruit Company put him in charge of work in the building of two factories, for the making of containers for the packing of grapes and drying of redwood sawdust for grape packing.

In 1919 Mr. Hooke returned to Monterey and he was put in charge of the construction of the handsome Spanish residences of Gouv. Morris, M. Wood and Louis Hill. He also built the McKay residence, the George Harper residence, one of the nice homes, and many others on the peninsula.

When Mr. Hooke married, he chose for his wife, Miss Maud B. Day, who passed away in March, 1922, leaving a large circle of admiring and appreciative friends. She was the mother of four children, George W., Walter E., Edward N. and Jackson F. Hooke. In political views Mr. Hooke is a republican where national questions are uppermost but at local elections frequently casts an independent ballot. He is fond of out-door life and it is natural that he is very much interested in all that pertains to Monterey County.

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.