Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced plumber who is thoroughly familiar with the hardware trade is Charles M. Ryan, of the hardware and plumbing firm of L. C. Ryan & Sons, of Pacific Grove. A native of Kansas, he was born at Smith Center, Smith county, December 28, 1874, the son of Lewis C. and Dora (Chase) Ryan, the former a native of Iowa, and the latter of Ohio. Mr. Ryan emigrated to Kansas in 1870 and took up a home stead and timber claim in Smith county, and this desirable property remained in the family until six years ago, when it was sold by C. M. Ryan. The family came to California in 1895, and at first located in Los Gatos, Santa Clara county, and where ever they have pitched their tent it may safely be said that they left a progressive influence when departing. Two sons of this worthy couple are members of the firm of L. C. Ryan & Sons, these two being Charles M. and S. C. Ryan; and Glenn H. Ryan is an employee.

Some twenty-nine years ago, Charles M. Ryan bought out the hardware business of Richardson Brothers, of Pacific Grove, and the new firm was first known as Ryan & Chase; Charles Ryan had learned his trade of plumbing and metal working in Pacific Grove and for five and one-half years was located at Bakersfield. The concern of which he is the head is the pioneer hardware establishment in Pacific Grove, and under his foresight and enterprising leadership the business has been built up to its present enviabe state. The firm makes a specialty of cottage and job work, and is carries a general stock of hardware. His enviable status in the industrial and financial world is evidenced by his being a director of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Elks at Bakersfield in 1903, and is a charter member of Monterey Lodge, No. 1285, being one of the original twenty-six men to form the lodge.

Mr. Charles M. Ryan married Miss Monetti, a native of Mountain View, Santa Clara county, California. They have a daughter, Gladys, who is a student at the College of the Pacific, and an accomplished pianist, having studied since her sixth year. She has broadcasted over the radio, and undoubtedly has a brilliant future.

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.