Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Edwin F. Steen has never feared that laborious effort which must precede ascendancy in every line of endeavor and that he is a young man of superior ability is indicated in the fact that he has been placed in charge of the West Coast Construction Company, a corporation of state-wide scope and importance, whose office is locate in San Francisco. He was born April 4, 1895, in Boise, Idaho, and was six years old when his parents established their home in Berkeley, California. There he attended the grammar and high schools, afterward enrolling as a student in the University of California, from which he was graduated with the class of 1918. At the time of the World war he enlisted in the aviation corps, winning a commission as second lieutenant, and was assigned to duty as instructor in military aeronautics at the College of Cadets of the University of California.

In 1919 Mr. Steen became associated with the West Coast Construction Company, a firm of general contractors, with headquarters in San Francisco. In recent years they have been very active in construction work in the bay cities in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, as well as in other parts of the state, and their business is one of the largest of the kind on the Pacific coast. They have executed many important contracts, and the firm is noted for the high quality of its work and close conformity to the principles of truth and honesty. Mr. Steen is secretary and treasurer of the company, and his work is essential to its prosperity. He has been very successful in directing the operations of the firm, which includes the construction of the California Theatre, a bank building, a fire house, the Farmers Mercantile Company's building at Salinas and the new post office building, an apartment house, a garage, and the Salinas Valley Hospital in Watsonville. They were the builders of Stephen Hall for the University of California, the Elmhurst plant of the Nelson Packing Company, the McKinley grammar school at Vallejo, the Union high school at Monterey, and the Shandon and Huero bridges, of concrete construction.

On June 12, 1923, Mr. Steen married Miss Mary Frances Porter, a granddaughter of the late John T. Porter, a pioneer banker of the Pajaro valley, and they now have a son, Edwin Frank, Jr. Mr. Steen is deeply interested in everything that touches the welfare and progress of his community and is classed with its most valuable citizen.

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.