Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among those who have contributed much toward the material development of Monterey county and have also done much to preserve both the historical records and the equally interesting and important traditions of the Californians is Augustus Carlos Jochmus, the efficient and popular secretary of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, and also secretary of the Central Coast Counties Associated Chambers of Commerce. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, February 21, 1872, the son of Carlos Augustus Jochmus, a native of Constantinople, Turkey, who served with honor in the United States army at Fort Laramie, during the '70s and was at one time a member of the staff of the governor of Colorado. His father, in turn,-the grandfather of A. C. Jockmus-was created an hereditary Baron under Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, and served with distinction as a general during the Austrian wars in the early '60s. Carlos Augustus Jochmus married Miss Elizabeth Mary Robb, who was born at Quincy, Illinois, and under the stimulating home influences directed by this worthy couple, young Augustus attended the public schools of Denver, Colorado, and prompted by ambition, pursued courses in the Colorado Business College where he enjoyed a thorough training that qualified him in large measure for the increasingly important activities that have constituted his life work.

His first business engagement was as cashier of the Tortoni restaurant at Denver and in 1922, having removed to California, he became recorder of the city of Pacific Grove. The following year he assumed the still greater responsibilities of the secretaryship of the Monterey Peninsula Committees, Inc., and now, besides d^c in-r the affairs of the local and county Chambers of Commerce, he is frequently found at the head of the most worthy public movements, being extremely loyal to both town and county. As a patriotic, public-spirited citizen, second to none in his fealty to the welfare of the country, he was active in the various Liberty Bond drives during the World war, and he is now chairman of the Monterey-Pacific Grove chapter of the American Red Cross, ever ready to advance the best interests of that meritorious organization. As a chamber of commerce secretary he has been more than a success, working hard to give Pacific Grove and Monterey county better places on the great California map, and as a particularly urbane gentleman, widely experienced in both official and social life and usage, welcoming visitors to what he is pleased often to refer to as "the smallest chamber of commerce headquarters in the world." He has unbounded faith in Pacific Grove and its future, drawing a deal of his inspiration from a study of its romantic and decidedly humane past, and in evidence of this never wavering confidence, he has invested part of his modest competence in two houses and three lots. All he needs now is to discover oil on the undeveloped property, and then he will doubtless establish and endow the largest chamber of commerce headquarters in the universe.

The fortunate marriage of Mr. Jochmus and Mary Camille Parker was consummated at Oakland, in 1896, the bride being the daughter of Mrs. J. H. King and a native of Dutch Flats, to which section her parents came in the early days of primitive California. One child, a daughter named Vyona Camille Jochmus, blessed this union, but all too soon departed this life. Mr. and Mrs. Jochmus are Congregationalists and Mr. Jochmus is a past chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias, and a past council commander of the Woodmen of the World. He is also a member of the "Best People on Earth," which is another way of saying, fraternally, that he is a jolly good fellow.

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.