Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced business man and faithful public official is Franklin M. Minick, city councilman of Monterey. A native of Missouri, he was born on a farm in Shelly county on May 22, 1877, the son of W. G. and Addie (Elgin) Minick, the former a farmer who later entered the postal service and until he was retired, as a rural mail carrier. Both he and his wife are still living, honored in the circles in which they are well known.

Franklin M. Minick came of old American families, his father having been able to trace his ancestry back to Pennsylvania Dutch blood, and the mother to a fusion of the Scotch and the Irish, but both early transplanted to the new world. He attended the rural schools of Missouri and supplemented his training there with that of the great school of experience, helping his father on the home farm while pursuing his studies. At the age of twenty he took up farm work for himself, and after a couple of years, when twenty-three, began working at various things in various places. Subsequently he enlisted in the United States Army, and saw service in the Spanish-American war -with the Sixty-fourth Coast Artillery for three years. For twenty-eight months he was the post baker.

In 1905 Mr. Minick married and came to Pacific Grove on his honeymoon. He was so attracted to the place that he resolved to here make his home. He was first associated in business with E. B. Gross, and later with the T. A. Work Company, until 1913, when he bought the Monterey branch of the T. A. Work Company, which he has ever since operated, starting with a capital of six thousand five hundred dollars, and now controlling an enterprise of large proportions.

Mr. Minick's marriage, in 1905, united him to Miss Edna Moore, of Kansas, who was reared in California and was thus in sympathy with the ideals of the Golden state. Mr. Minick is an Elk and a trustee of his lodge. He belongs also to the Odd Fellows and he has gone through all the chairs of the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Minick is now serving his first term as a city father and being deeply interested in both Monterey and Monterey county, finds it easy to put himself in the place of his constituency and to be of real service to 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.