Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Mark A. Pixley, of Monterey, an expert painting contractor, familiar with and proficient in executing all the demands for twentieth century decorating, is a native of Placer county, California, born at the mining camp of Bath, May 11, 1872, the son of Marshall and Ellen (Moss) Pixley. He has always been proud of the fact that his father crossed the great plains in the winter of '49, with a team of oxen, and thus, after untold hardships, reached the mines in Placer county, California where he remained for two years. He then removed to the town of Pixley, so named in honor of his father, Mark A. Pixley. In 1874 Marshall Pixley removed to Milpitas, and from that year until 1891 conducted the Milpitas Hotel. From 1891 until 1910 he was in San Jose and served as deputy sheriff. Then he returned to San Francisco, to live with his daughter, his wife having passed away.

Mark A. Pixley attended the public schools of Milpitas and San Jose, and after ward worked for J. Lasky in San Jose until 1898 when he went to Nevada, to join the Nevada Rough Riders and participated in the Spanish-American war. After being discharged he went to Elko in 1902 and engaged in painting, in which he had previously had some experience. He remained there until 1907, when he returned to San Jose, and on the 27th of May he came to Monterey, where he is now conducting a successful and growing business as a painter, his patronage having assumed substantial proportions. His building, the Pixley Block, stands at the corner of Lighthouse and Prescott streets, and Pixley Hall, a room on the second floor, sixty by seventy feet, is the finest hall on the peninsula.

Mr. Pixley was married to Mrs. Alice Kelling, proprietor of the Pacific Ocean, House, a comfortable and popular inn which he assisted his wife in managing until December, 1919, dividing his time with his painting. Four children have blessed this union: Raymond W., Edwin W., Alice M., and Margie A. Pixley. The family attend the Christian Science church. Mr. Pixley is a Knight of Pythias, and he finds his recreation in hunting and fishing, at which he is an adept.

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.