Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Kristian Melin, superintendent of the Nestle's Food Products Company's milk plant in Coburn, was born in Sweden, December 29, 1873, a son of Peter and Augusta (Bergstrom) Melin. His father was a seafaring man and in the course of some of his voyages visited California, but did not become a citizen. His life, after he left the sea, was quietly spent in his native Sweden.

After acquiring a common school education, Kristian Melin became a sailor and followed that occupation for several years. In 1890, when he was about seventeen years old, he came from Australia to San Francisco. Favorably impressed with the general appearance of the city, he decided to remain there and until 1896 was employed on vessels in the bay. He then went to Salinas, where for a year or so he was in the employ of the Spreckles Sugar Company. During the next three years he was in charge of the boat and bath-houses at Pacific Grove and was then with the Associated Oil Company for ten years, after which he came to his present position. For several months Mr. Melin worked like a Trojan to place everything in working order. Since then he has kept it so and it is now one of the best milk plants in central California.

In 1900 Mr. Melin was married to Agnes Archer of Salinas, whose father was county physician for twenty years. Mr. and Mrs. Melin have two daughters: Katherine and Virginia. Mr. Melin owns a house and some lots in Pacific Grove. He is a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, and belongs to the Sciots.

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.