Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


James H. King is a retired contractor of 206 Nineteenth street, Pacific Grove. He comes from the Empire state, born in Chautauqua county, New York near where the famous "Chautauqua" educational movement was launched, on June 4. 1847. On August 4, 1863, when his country needed his services, he enlisted in defense of the Union although but sixteen years of age, joining the navy, and received an honorable discharge in 1865. He was with Admiral Farragut, of "Damn the torpedoes-go ahead!" fame, at the Battle of Mobile Bay, and that was glory enough for any man in one life time. He also took part in battles and skirmishes near Nashville, Tennessee, and South Bend, Mississippi, and as a marine on shore, he contributed to the success of several engagements.

After the war Mr. King returned to the home farm where he had been reared, and courageously took up the work of seeking to restore the old, prosperous and happy state of things. In 1870 he moved west to Cleveland, Ohio, where he remained for thirty-one years. He first worked for John Matteson, building contractor, and for a time was agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. In 1880 entered business for himself as a building contractor and erected the Methodist church, at a cost of thirty-six thousand dollars; the Episcopal church, at a cost of seventeen thousand dollars; the Shaber & Beach picture-frame factory, at a cost of one hundred and twelve thousand dollars, and many fine homes in Cleveland.

Coming to Pacific Grove in October, 1904, Mr. King followed building contracting up to the time of his retirement. The quality of his workmanship and of the materials he always supplied was such that on many of the houses he erected fifteen or twenty years ago, the original shingles may still be seen in practically as good condition as when put on. He erected the Smith bungalows, the Ball residence and the Snyder home, all at Pacific Grove, as well as many others in the county. Mr. King was married to Miss Lucy Frink, a native of Hinkley township, Madina county, New York, and they have two children: Frank I., who is married and has two children; and a daughter, Dora E. Mr. King is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, belonging to Francis Fairchild Post, of Pacific Grove. In days of peace he has ever been as loyal to his country as when he followed the nation's starry banner to the south.

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.