Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


William E. Spoon is the proprietor of the well appointed and well conducted Monterey Garage, in the beautiful old historic town of Monterey. He was born near Springfield, Missouri, January 6, 1868, and in 1882 he accompanied his parents to California. His father engaged in dairying and stock-raising in Lassen county and established a comfortable home, the memories of which are ever pleasant to recall. Mr. Spoon died in 1921 but his good wife is still living at Pacific Grove.

William Spoon attended the rural schools of Missouri and California, but even as a boy he was the mainstay of his father in doing the chores around the farm. As he grew older the desire for study absorbed him, and he carried out his ambition for advanced education by attending the Chico Normal School, from which he was duly graduated in 1893. After receiving the coveted diploma he taught school ior four years and at the same time served for four years on the county board of education. He also kept books for a creamery while he was teaching and thus he came to learn something about the business, so that when the opportunity presented itself he and his brother bought the creamery. Later still he embarked in the general merchandise business, and continued in that field from 1897 to 1908, when he opened a grocery store at Pacific Grove, which he continued to manage until 1914.

Selling the store, however, he took over the Dodge Motor agency and after a few months was offered the Ford Agency. In this he seems to have found the path to success. He started in a modest way but he has built up a modern plant, the first to greet the motorist on his entering Monterey and he has made the venture a family affair by surrounding himself with near relatives, all interested with him in the prosperous operation of the plant, although even then there are not enough to meet the demands of his expanding business, requiring him to employ twenty-two people. He employs the best mechanics, and carries the most complete line of accessories on the peninsula. With A. J. Mason he also owns the bus line operating between Monterey and Pacific Grove, and employing nine people. Mr. Spoon is likewise one of the promoters and organizers of The Peoples Finance & Thrift Company of Monterey, which is capitalized for seventy-five thousand dollars and of which he is the president.

In 1895 Mr. Spoon married Miss Carrie E. Hoffman, a native of Lassen county, California, and now the center of a circle of devoted friends. Their children are Lucile, wife of E. C. Peterson, the manager of the business; Buela, now Mrs. E. McGowan; and Athelene, wife of Paul Dawson, the high school coach of Sonora. Three grandchildren add to the happiness of Mr. and Mrs. Spoon. A supporter of democratic principles, he is too broad-minded to permit partisan politics to affect his support of all that is best for Monterey and the county, and avails himself of every opportunity to promote the general good.

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.