Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Ralph Nakken, the junior member of the firm of Nakken Brothers, was also born in Holland, and first saw the light on May 6, 1885; with the family be came to America, settling in New Jersey in 1893. At the age of eleven, while attending the grade schools he began to learn his trade-rather an exceptional early development, as compared with the career of most American boys. In 1904 he reached Santa Cruz, doubtless feeling at home again so near the water, even if the California town boasted neither windmills nor dykes. He is still a student and enjoys outdoor life.

He married Miss Matilda Paulsen, a native daughter, who grew up in close touch with California's broad institutions, and they have one child, Bertha H. In politics, Ralph Nakken, like his brother, is a socialist. He is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

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.