Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Louis Rudolph an alert and enterprising furniture dealer at 801 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, was born at Watsonville, California, June 19, 1873, the son of Christian L. and Ellen Marie (Smith) Rudolph. The former came to America from picturesque Denmark in 1864 and about a year later arrived in California, settling in Watsonville, where he carried on farming for the remainder of his life. He laid aside the cares of this world in 1911. Mrs. Rudolph is yet living, esteemed and beloved by many, and enjoying the fruits of her hard work, faithfully performed with her lamented husband, as one of the worthiest pioneers of Santa Cruz county.

Six children made up the family of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph, and with the others Louis Rudolph attended the rural schools after which he helped his father on the farm. At the age of nineteen, however, he left home for the Salinas valley, and near King City spent some time on a farm. Then for a year and a half he worked at the carpenter's trade and this experience led him to become interested in the furniture business. He began clerking and accompanied his employer first to San Jose, and afterward to Monterey. In 1906 he bought his present establishment, save that it then was a far more modest concern, but he has so increased the volume of his trade, that his large, two-story building is scarcely commodious enough for his business. He is ably assisted by his son Raymond who served in the Students Army Training Corps during the World war and thus proved his right to the emoluments of peace.

Mr. Rudolph wedded Miss Mary B. Lyons of Castroville, daughter of the well-known pioneer, Stephen Lyons, the ceremony taking place at King City. Four children have blessed their union. Clarence L. S. J., who is at Spokane, Washington, studying for the priesthood; Raymond with his father in business, and Marie and Grace. Mr. Rudolph is a Knight of Columbus of the fourth degree, and a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of the World and the Elks. His political allegiance is given the democratic party where national issues are involved and he at all times holds to the high ideals and principles of the Rotary 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.