Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced, enterprising and accommodating electrician is Roy Lisk, who is conducting a battery station at Salinas and also does automotive electric repairing. He was born near Soledad, Monterey county, at what is now Fort Romie, June 29, 1890, the son of David C. and Catherine (Bennett) Lisk, the former a native of Monterey county, and the latter of Yolo county, and both still living to witness their son's success. The former farmed for a while near King City in early days, when the country looked very different from the sight it presents today, and later, for nineteen years, he was an agriculturist in the Jolon valley in Monterey county. At present he is cultivating a farm about twenty-one miles northeast of Fairfield, in Solano county, highly esteemed by all who know him. Two sons made up the family: Roy and Clarence C, who is also farming in Solano county. David C. Lisk is a member of the Foresters of America, at King City and was formerly an active member of the Monterey County Farm Bureau.

Roy Lisk attended the Oasis school, near King City, and also went to school in the Bemabe district and in the Franklin district in the Jolon valley. In 1910 he was graduated with honors from the Wilmerding School of Industrial Arts at San Francisco, after completing a four-year electrical course and while there, he and other students made and installed a complete telephone service for the schools. After his graduation he worked for a year on the home ranch in Monterey county and in 1911 came to Salinas, working for eight years in the Salinas Garage. In 1919 he established himself in business and now has the agency for the Philadelphia Diamond Grid Battery, making a specialty of battery and other electrical work. Having established a reputation in various places as a progressive, absolutely dependable expert, Roy Lisk is never at a loss for work, and generally has reason to complain of being too much in demand.

When he married, Mr. Lisk took for his wife Miss Blanche Edna Condon, a native of Salinas and a member of a pioneer family, and they now have two sons: Rodney Bennett and Stanley Robert. Mr. Lisk belongs to Salinas Lodge, No. 614, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His life of industry and thrift makes for progress and success and he is now widely and favorably known in Salinas.

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.