Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Vincent V. Huebel, the genial proprietor of the Huebel Bakery at 214 Pacific avenue and also of the Mission Bakery, at 16 Pacific avenue, was born in Austria, February 10, 1873, and first saw America when he landed at Castle Garden, New York city, in 1889. He was a poor boy, with just enough money to carry him to Denver, Colorado, but on his arrival in the western capital, he secured employment in shoveling snow from the streets and then went to work in the Glendening candy factory, where he learned the trades of making candy and ice cream. He also learned how to make fancy cakes and fine pastry and in time he became the assistant pastry-cook at the Brown Palace Hotel at Denver. Still later he took up the trade of bread baking and he worked in the leading bakeries of Denver. Unfortunately, he lost all his savings in the panic of 1895, when many of the Denver banks failed, but he worked his way to Fort Worth, Texas, and there found a position as baker in the Worth Hotel, while subsequently he went to the Windsor Hotel, at Dallas, Texas, both hotels having-been owned by the same people.

Returning to Denver, Mr. Huebel again worked at his trade there for a time and later went to Silverton, Colorado, for the same purpose, but was taken ill and decided to come to California for his health. This was in 1900 and he soon secured employment as baker in the Byron Hot Springs Hotel. When that hotel burned, he went to San Francisco, to the service of the Knickerbocker Hotel on Van Ness avenue but he returned to the Byron Hot Springs when the new hotel had been completed. In January, 1902, he arrived at Santa Cruz and became baker at the St. George and the Sea Beach hotels, where he liked it so well that he remained for nine years.

In 1911 Mr. Huebel established business on his own account by opening a small shop in East Santa Cruz and two years later he threw open the doors of his present attractive store at 214 Pacific Avenue. On February, 1924, he purchased the Chatterton bakery and took in as partner Charles Sandmanand, under the firm name of Huebel & Company, proprietors of the Mission Bakery. They maintain a bakery in Cherry street and have their salesroom at 16 Pacific Avenue. Mr. Huebel, despite his setbacks, has signally prospered. He has succeeded because, being self-made, he never lost sight of the duty and privilege of doing for others as well as for one's self. Good will has proved to be one of his best assets-the good will of the public working to increase his patronage from day to day.

Mr. Huebel has two children, Victor and Gertrude. Mr. Huebel is a lover of music and is the composer of a popular song, "Beautiful Santa Cruz by the Sea," which has been sung in the local theatres. He belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose and also to the Foresters of America. His business training has been thorough and his experience broad and during the twenty-three years of his residence in Santa Cruz he has made for himself an enviable position in commercial circles.

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.