Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Llewellyn A. Rutan, proprietor of the Riverside Hotel and tourists' camp in Salinas, was born in 1871 in the city of Santa Cruz. He is the youngest of eight children born to Peter and Mary (Share) Rutan, both natives of New York state, who came to California some time in the '60s and located in Santa Cruz. The father was a talented musician, though blind, and traveled by stage or railroad to give lessons on the piano. He made these trips without serious difficulty and apparently as well as one could who had two good eyes.

After acquiring a good common school education, Llewellyn A. Rutan worked as a house painter in Los Angeles for about two years, later following that occupation in Salinas. He then became a bartender and in course of time owned saloons in San Jose and Monterey. These were always conducted in an orderly manner and he says he never took a drink himself, until after the passage of Volstead act and the adoption of the eighteenth amendment to the federal constitution, which established nationwide prohibition. After this amendment went into effect he traveled over a considerable part of the country in 1922-23, part of that time conducting a battery service station in Oakland, California. He then returned to Monterey and was appointed to a place on the police force, where he served until September 1, 1924, when he leased the Riverside Hotel from A. L. Hinkel and established himself in his present business. This hotel contains twelve guestrooms, a large dining-room, a ballroom, and connected with it is a gasoline service station and camp ground for motorists. Mr. Rutan has thoroughly overhauled and renovated the place, and Riverside is becoming one of the most popular resorts in Monterey county.

Mr. Rutan was married to Miss Mary Campbell of Santa Clara, in 1899, and they have three children: Kellog was in the navy during the World war and rose to the rank of lieutenant; Wheeler is in the railway mail service, running between Sacramento and San Francisco; and Viona is a student in the Monterey high school. Mr. Rutan is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which is the only order to claim his membership.

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.