Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the progressive building contractors who in recent years have done so much toward the advancement of the material interests of Monterey county, Earl Percy Parkes, a substantial contractor of the thriving village of Carmel, is entitled to special recognition by reason of the fine character of the work he has done. During the time of his residence at Carmel, he has had charge of the greater part of the really substantial building operations there carried on and the evidences of his craftsmanship are visible on all sides, many of the notable residences erected there during that time having been built by him and not a few of the more substantial of the business buildings, included a fine business block which he himself owns. It is needless to say that good taste and enterprise, coupled with up-to-date methods of construction, characterize all of these operations, and the present attractive appearance of beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea thus owes much to this energetic builder.

Earl Percy Parkes, better known to his friends by his second name of Percy, is a native of the old Buckeye state but has been a resident of California for years. He was born in the city of Port Clinton in Ottawa county in northwestern Ohio, May 2, 1884, and is the son of William H. and Louise (Barnes) Parkes, the latter of whom is still living. The father, now deceased, was a well-to-do merchant of Port Clinton, a dealer in shoes, and was long regarded as one of the substantial citizens of that place.

Reared at Port Clinton, an attractive old town on Lake Erie, Percy Parkes had his schooling there and was graduated from the high school. He received also a good business education and as a young man became connected with the railway service, being connected with the passenger department of the Rock Island Railroad Company and was for several years engaged as a traveling excursion agent for that company, thus coming to California. The situation in this state proved so appealing to him that he decided to take up his residence here. Having for some time given his serious thought to the study of law he entered the law school of the university at Los Angeles but before finishing the course and taking the final examinations became connected with the extensive realty operations then being carried on in Los Angeles and in 1911 established himself in that city as a building contractor. For seven or eight years Mr. Parkes was thus engaged as a builder in Los Angeles and then, in 1919, he transferred his operations to Carmel and has since been quite successful here in the building line, the considerable increase in the population and material interests of the: delightful village during this time owing much to his enterprise and energetic methods.

Mr. Parkes has been twice married and by his first wife has a son, Earl Percy, Jr. For his second wife he married Miss Jeannette Hoagland, a native daughter of California, and by this union has a son, William Henry. Mr. and Mrs. Parkes have a very pleasant home at Carmel and take a proper interest in the city's general social and civic activities. Mr. Parker is a member of the Masonic order and is also a member of the Monterey Gun Club.

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.