Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Nothing is more agreeable, in reviewing the stirring chapters of our pioneer history, than to do honor to those who have gone before, leaving behind an enviable record for real usefulness to the world, to place upon the scrolls forever such a story as that of the late David W. Lloyd, whom to know in his lifetime was to love and esteem, and to hear about, after his demise, was to revere. A native of the great Empire state, that has given to California so many worthy sons and daughters, David Lloyd was born near Rome, Oneida county, May 1, 1831, and came of Welsh descent. He attended the public schools and also went to Whitesboro College, and in New York city he found an attractive clerkship with a wholesale mercantile company. In 1847 he went to New Orleans and on March 1, 1849, started from Fort Leavenworth across the great plains to California. He and his fellow travelers passed the winter at Salt Lake City, and on June 1, 1850, reached Georgetown, El Dorado county, California.

Mr. Lloyd engaged in placer mining in Oregon canon and later was at Nevada City, Nevada county. In the fall of 1853 he went to Santa Cruz and established a mercantile business; remaining in that pleasant seaside place until 1860, when he returned east and for two years engaged in the management of a hotel in New York. Still under the lure of California, however, he returned to Santa Cruz and there he embarked in the livery business. Later he spent two years in San Francisco and for eight years was in the fruit business at Santa Clara. In 1874 he went to Salinas, Monterey county, where he conducted a grocery and provision store, and in 1887 he came to Pacific Grove. Here he had the distinction of being the first permanent, resi-_ dent and merchant, and for many years conducted a general store. In addition to his other business activities he was one of the organizers and a director of the Bank of Pacific Grove.

Mr. Lloyd was married in New York city, in 1860, to Miss Elizabeth F. Roberts, a native of Troy, New York, born November 8, 1841, the daughter of Dr. Wellington Roberts, of England. A gifted and charming lady, she died at Pacific Grove, October 14, 1902. Three of their children are still living: Etta Belle; Mrs. Mabel E. Dinkelspiel and Leonia L. Lloyd. Another daughter was the wife of J. O. Johnson, now deceased, who superintended the laying out of Pacific Grove and helped to plat the land, being associated for many years with the Pacific Improvement Company and taking active and helpful part in the development and upbuilding of this section. Mr. Lloyd remained a resident of Pacific Grove for many years and passed away September 8, 1891, highly esteemed by all who knew him. He did all that he could to help build up the town. He was public-spirited, his past experience had been valuable and his judgment good-qualities which made for helpful leadership. Thus it came about that he was often called upon for advice and cooperation; nor was the appeal ever made in vain.

Miss Etta Belle Lloyd, who has been a resident of Pacific Grove for forty-two years, is one of the most prominent and influential figures in the civic life of the city. She is a public speaker of note, has been called upon to introduce many men of note who have appeared as speakers at public gatherings in Pacific Grove, and has written many articles for the press, furthering laudable movements. She attended the State Normal School at San Jose and taught school at Salinas. She was also an able assistant to her father in carrying on his business at Pacific Grove and since the death of her parents she has managed the Lloyd estate in a business-like and satisfactory manner. She has been untiring in her efforts to favor civic progress and public welfare. She favored the movement to keep the motion picture theaters closed on Sunday and she also worked for the new street paving for Lighthouse and Central avenues, an innovation of the greatest value to the community. From such acts as these, it will easily be seen that Miss Etta Belle Lloyd is a decidedly progressive woman. She favored the movement resulting in the organization of the Pacific Grove Musical Society and is one of the pioneer members of the Pacific Grove Woman's Civic Club. For twenty-five years she has been a member of the official board of the Methodist Episcopal church, and her work has been a beneficent force in the community.

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.