Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A broad-minded, progressive leader in local business circles whose standards and methods have helped to make Monterey favorably known beyond the confines of the county, is M. W. McMenamin, the affable and popular secretary of the Palace Drug Company. Born at Oakland, California, February 7, 1880, he is a son of Robert and Mary (Radcliff) McMenamin, a worthy couple who came to this state in 1870.

M. W. McMenamin was sent to both the Christian Brothers' school and St. Mary's College, and in 1894, when still very young, he entered the drug trade. At the end of two years of clerking, however, he took an important step forward and matriculated at the California College of Pharmacy, becoming a member of the first class that was graduated from the affiliated colleges in 1899. He then worked in East Oakland for six months and after that went to Petaluma for a year. Later he was for two years in West Oakland and in 1902 came to Monterey, where he accepted a position in the B. F. Wright drug store. In 1905 he formed a partnership with Mr. Wright and they incorporated the business under the name of the Palace Drug Store Company. Mr. McMenamin becoming secretary of the new organization. The firm now conducts three stores-their present store in Monterey, another at the Hotel Del Monte, and a third at Carmel, and all have become important business institutions in their respective localities


Mr. McMenamin was married to Miss Laura B. Metz, a daughter of a well known and esteemed pioneer of Monterey county, and they have one son, named Harvey. Mr. McMenamin belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and he is also a member of the Rotary Club. He is a Knight of Columbus of the third degree, and also an Elk. In recreation, he likes nothing better than to see a good game of baseball. His deep interest in community affairs is indicated in the fact that he has been city treasurer since 1912 and his long term of service stands as unmistakable proof of his capability and fidelity in office.

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.