Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A county supervisor who well merits his undeniable popularity is Charles Walter Pinkham, in charge of the Seaside road district No. 3, and living at Davenport, Santa Cruz county. He was born at Pescadero, July 24, 1872, the son of William R. and Carrie (Callahan) Pinkham, old-time pioneers, and grew up with all the advantages of a native son, familiar with the ever-changing conditions of the Golden state. He attended the rural schools of Santa Cruz county, and then, for thirteen years, carried on teaming with his own complete outfit.

For five years thereafter, Mr. Pinkham followed various ventures, putting in three years in the redwood forests of Humboldt county; and for seven years he was foreman of a cement plant. After that, for twelve years he was road overseer; and then, in 1923, he was elected supervisor. It fell to his lot to maintain many important bridges, and he also had the responsibility of building a good deal of the best roads hereabouts. He is a democrat, but no one would ever guess that he was partisan from the broad-minded manner in which he has always administered his office and discharged his public trust. He is a loyal wide-awake member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, and is naturally deeply interested in the development of Santa Cruz town and county.

On December 26, 1904, Mr. Pinkham married Miss Gertrude Windier, a native daughter of Humboldt county; and they have one child, a son named Arthur. Mr. Pinkham is a member of the Moose, and that is equivalent to saying that no one enjoys greater esteem in that fraternal order.

William R. Pinkham, the father of our subject, was born in Somerset county, Maine, in 1841, and there went to school. When he was about twenty years of age, he came to California and located at Pescadero. In 1883 he removed to Davenport, and for a while engaged in the hotel business but during the past thirty years he has busied himself with various occupations, for a long time working at blacksmithing. He was a hotel keeper in Davenport when the lime kilns were there, and as many as fifty sat down to his dinners. There was also a sawmill and two wharves in the town and with a population of five hundred this was a busy place. Now, however, the wharves and the other picturesque features are gone. Mr. Pinkham was married in 1871 to Caroline Callahan, who came originally from Ireland, and stayed for a while in Jersey City, but reached the coast when a girl of seventeen. In 1921 they celebrated their golden wedding. Only two of their seven children are living.

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.