Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Not every community may felicitate itself because of so efficient a federal officer as Mrs. Mary L. Schellenger, the experienced, energetic and accommodating postmistress at Soquel, in Santa Cruz county, in which town she has lived for the past thirty years. A native daughter, immensely proud of her association with the great Golden state, she was born at Marysville, Yuba county, a member of the family of John A. Paine, a California pioneer who came out to the coast by way of the Isthmus. He was a native of Ohio and became familiar with rough miners in Yuba county, but later removed to the locality near Forbestown, in Butte county.

Mary Paine attended school in New York Flat, and also at Forbestown and Marysville, and for six years she taught school in Yuba and Sutter counties. She was married April 7, 1877, at Meridian, Sutter county, to Clarence H. Schellenger, a blacksmith by trade, who worked in mills in Sutter and Shasta counties, but some thirty years ago, came to Santa Cruz county, locating at Soquel, and associating himself with Charles S. Mason in the latter's well appointed shop. He is now serving as assistant postmaster. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Schellenger, namely: Edith and Ernest.

Mrs. Schellenger was made postmistress at Soquel when the office was of the fourth class and pretty small at that. Since then, thanks in part to the energetic progressiveness of the postmistress, the office is now in the third class; and so general has been the satisfaction given by the incumbent, that Mrs. Schellenger has served through a number of changing administrations. She recognizes her paramount duty to do all that she can to render the postal service of the highest efficiency to the largest number; hence, she is untiring in her efforts to help and to please, and the visitors to the Soquel post office goes away with a pleasant impression of both townsfolk and town. Mrs. Schellenger is a Rebekah; but she does not limit her fraternal spirit to those who are fellow members, but seeks to be of use to all with whom she comes into contact.

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.