Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


James H. Ingram, of Monterey, a busy contracting plumber whose many contracts indicate that he thoroughly understands his field of work, is a native of San Francisco, and all his life has been in close touch with Californians and their Golden state. He was born on February 13, 1865.

James H. Ingram attended the public schools of San Francisco and while a boy he was apprenticed to the plumber's trade, entering the service of a large firm of that city. Then for several years he worked as a journeyman plumber and after that he engaged in business for himself, being established for nine years in San Francisco. In 1902 he came to Monterey and opened the business that for some time became more and more popular. During the next four years he did most of the important work in his line, including the Monterey Hotel, the Ordway building, the Old First National Bank building, the Prebel building and the Monterey Opera House. Then came the slump, when there was very little work in Monterey, and he again went to work as a journeyman, for three years being in the employ of a Mr. Booth. In 1912 he once more established business for himself and now he has again arrived at the point where his services are in constant demand.

As a good citizen,-preferring republican platforms and standards,-Mr. Ingram is never tired of working for the increase and protection of trade generally, being reasonably interested in the prosperity of other folks as well as himself. Not long ago a local newspaper interviewed him as to industrial conditions and said: "Jim Ingram, pioneer plumber, has no complaints to make about the volume of business, except the fact that he cannot be at a score of different places at once. Among the larger business buildings for which Ingram contracted the plumbing and which have just recently been completed or are under course of completion are the new First National Bank, the Furlong Building, now occupied by the Palace Grill, the Enterprise Soda Works, Sketchley's Market, and the Dana Building m New Monterey. Ingram's men are now working in the new Prince house and the home for Joe Alves on Franklin Street, on four houses being constructed by Fred McCrary, on seven houses contracted by Percy Parkes of Carmel, on the Hollister House at Carmel Highlands, for which Lang is contractor, and on another Highlands home being built by Trenner. He is also working on two houses being built by Miller of Carmel, also on the new home for C. A. Metz in Monterey, and on the new post office. Ingram said there were several more, but he couldn't remember the names off-hand. All of the work under way, just referred to, represents plumbing installed in new homes or in new business buildings."

Mr. Ingram was married to Miss N. A. Broocks, a native of Petaluma, California, and a daughter of L. E. and E. F. Broocks, both of Virginia. Two children have come to bless their home, although they, in turn, have since then established homes of their own. Sadie Agnes has become Mrs. A. H. Clickard and Inez L. is now Mrs. C. F. Hartkles. Mr. Ingram is a member of the Eagles, and we need not add, one of the most popular in that excellent order.

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.