Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A Yankee agriculturist who has succeeded exceptionally well in the field of California husbandry is John J. O'Neill, of Soquel, Santa Cruz county, in which district he enjoys the esteem of a wide circle of friends. He was born at Stock-bridge, Massachusetts, February 7, 1871, the son of Ed. P. and Mary T. (Kilduff) O'Neill, and attended first the public schools of his native district and later the college for which Santa Clara is famous. On leaving school he entered the paper mills operated by his father and uncles, and for some time was on the mill's staff at Lebanon, Oregon, until, in 1906, the mill was sold, when he returned to the ranch at Soquel. He thus obtained some of his most valuable experience on the home farm.

At Santa Cruz, January 2, 1895, Mr. O'Neill was married to Miss Louisa J. Getzschmann, by whom he has two children: Edward A., a second lieutenant in the World war; and Dr. John R. O'Neill, also a member of the United States Army. Both of these sons entered the service during the great contest for the spread of democracy, but neither was sent across the ocean. Three grandchildren do honor to the ancient and honorable name of O'Neill.

Mr. O'Neill is a democrat in his political preferences. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Catholic church and he is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He is fond of fishing and hunting, and this means that he appreciates the great outdoor life of California.

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.