Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Howard D. Peters, of Salinas, who has an attractive suite of offices at the Salinas City Bank building, is a thoroughly trained civil engineer and licensed land surveyor of whom Monterey county may well be proud, his public-spiritedness leading him to feel a keen interest in the solution of problems pertaining to other communities than the one in which he is most active. He was born at Spokane Washington, November 24, 1892. Removing eastward, he attended the public schools of Chicago, and when he was old enough to take up such work, he became a surveyor with the Oliver Land & Mining Company, of Duluth, Minnesota. Later, also as surveyor, Mr. Peters entered the service of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, and from 1911 to 1914, was with the Engineers Corps in the United States army. He was stationed at Honolulu, in the Hawaiian islands, and attended the engineering school there for eighteen months, and during the remainder of the time was engaged in surveying for the governor in the islands, in fortification, road, hospital and other construction work.

Since then, having returned home and to the quieter paths of peace, Mr. Peters has been engaged in general civil engineering and surveying and on coming to Salinas joined the engineering department of the Spreckels Sugar Company, spending four years in their service, doing land and irrigation work and installing pumping plants. Under the late Hon. Lou Hare, Mr. Peters acted as assistant county surveyor, but is now engaged in the private practice of his profession. He represents a large pump and motor company of San Francisco, and is kept busy installing pumping plants and putting in irrigation work on the Monterey county ranches, his reputation for first-class actual accomplishment in the past giving him now more than enough to do. For the Spreckels Sugar Co., he installed systems on the Rancho San Lorenzo, near King City, the Pos de los Ositos, the San Vicente Rancho, the Zan Jones Rancho, the Chular Rancho, the Llano Devnena Vista Rancho, the Bolsa del Potrero Mbrro Cozo Rancho,and he has also installed systems for many private parties on smaller ranchos in the valley. He was engineer in charge of the development of the fruit land of the California Orchard Company, at King City, and he installed the pumping plants for the California Coast Fruit Company, of Salinas, which has a pear orchard of one hundred and seventy acres, the first large pear orchard planted in the valley.

Mr. Peters is married, and has two children, Harrold and Shirley. He belongs to the Woodmen of the World.

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.