Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


M. R. MERRITT was born in the town of Monterey the eighth day of June, 1855. He is the son of the late Josiah Merritt, ex-County Judge of Monterey County, and was educated in the public schools of his native town. In 1869, his father having died, he left school and entered the office of the Monterey Republican, where he learned the printing business. He afterward became the editor of the Castroville Argus, and later published the Monterey Herald, in connection with E. E. Curtis, now telegraph editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1878 he engaged in the mercantile business, which he followed for several years. In 1882 he was elected Supervisor of Monterey County from the First District. He has been a delegate to the Democratic State Convention four times, and served as Secretary to the Democratic County Committee four years. He is at present, and has been for several years, Clerk of the Board of Trustees of Castroville District, also a notary public and postmaster in that town, and one of the publishers of the Castroville Gazette. He is a member of the reliable real-estate firm of Lang, Merritt & Dexter, and, with his mother, owns an interest in the Castro grant, upon which the town of Castroville is located. He is also a member of Monterey Parlor No. 75, of the native Sons of the Golden West. Several years ago he was married to Miss Lizzie W. Townsend,of Alameda. They have a charming little home in Castroville, and three children.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.