Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Not many men, perhaps, have so thoroughly mastered every detail of their business field as has Wesley A. Muller, the efficient and popular superintendent and manager of the Pacific Fish Company, at Monterey. A native of California, he was born at Stockton, on June 24, 1885, the son of Daniel and Katherine (Schimelpfenig) Muller, his maternal grandfather having settled in Stockton in early days, when he was a pioneer, and assuredly a very progressive one, in that section. Daniel Muller, on the other hand, came from the old country when he was a boy, and located in Stockton; and later was engaged in the hotel business there. Some years ago, he disposed of his interests in Stockton, and took up his residence in San Francisco where he now lives, with his good wife in comfortable retirement.

Wesley Muller attended the grammar and high schools of San Francisco, and then finished his studies with a business course. At one time he acted as cashboy in a department store and, in strong contrast to that, he became a seaman, spending some time on the ocean. He made several trips to Australia, and perfected himself in the science of navigation, while later he was granted his papers as a pilot and for several years followed this line of work.

In 1908 Mr. Muller came to Monterey and joined the F. E. Booth Company, remaining with them for three and one-half years. He next accepted a position with the Pacific Fish Company as machinist and after a few years, he was made superintendent and local manager, also becoming a stockholder of the Company. In the busy season, he has had as many as two hundred and fifty employes under him, in whose individual welfare also he endeavors to keep interested.

Politically Mr. Muller is a republican, and fraternally he is an Elk and a Mason. When he feels compelled to beat a retreat from a care-worn world, he tries hunting and other out of door sports. He is an active and progressive supporter of the Monterey Chamber of Commerce, which means that Wesley Muller is alert to advance the best opportunities of the town.

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.