Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


JAMES T. STOCKDALE, the Principal of the public schools of Monterey, was born in Muscatine, Iowa, Nov. 19, 1863. He received his education in his native place and remained there until 1881. The first year from home he spent in civil engineering on Iowa railroads.

In 1882 he went to Wyoming Territory and engaged in the cattle business, which he followed only a few months, preferring the roving life of a surveyor, which occupation he pursued until the fall of 1885, with the exception of one winter spent at his old home. While engaged in this pursuit he traveled through the Territories of Wyoming and Utah and the State of Colorado, surveying public lands, and a portion of the time was spent in Northern California on the engineer corps of the California and Oregon Railroad.

In 1886 he engaged in school-teaching in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County, and one year later came to Salinas as substitute Principal of the High School. The following term he was engaged as Vice-Principal of schools, and during a six months' vacation, soon after, he was surveying as Deputy County Surveyor. He is at present the Principal of the Monterey schools, where he has taught one term. He is a member of the County Board of Education.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.