Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Peter Nakken is a member of the well known firm of Nakken Brothers, painters, whose valuable practical experience, together with their noted enterprise and exceptional executive ability, have made them successful contractors, often operating on a large scale. Their place of business is at 145 Windsor street, Santa Cruz. Peter Nakken is a Hollander by birth and a worthy representative of the plucky Netherlands folk who long made their republic, and later their kingdom, one of the most unique garden spots on the earth. He was born March 19, 1873, and is a son of Ralph and Bertha (Dejager) Nakken. The family crossed the ocean to the United States in 1893 and settled in New Jersey where, having already started his educational training in the excellent Dutch schools, he carried on his studies in evening schools. He had learned the painter's trade in Holland.

Coming to Santa Cruz, California, he joined his brother, who had reached the coast in 1904 and they formed a partnership in exterior and interior decorating, doing work on some of the finer residences in and near the city. Whatever they did, seemed to give satisfaction, and never required to be done over, or otherwise improved upon, and gradually they have built up a reputation for dependable work worth more than any advertisement.

Peter Nakken was married in 1895 to Miss Laura Schuster, of Brooklyn, New York; they are parents of three children: Gertrude, Elsie and John R., and they now have two grandchildren. Mr. Nakken belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and in politics is a socialist. He is fond of outdoor life and recreation.

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.