Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the Scandinavian immigrants who came to America during the '50s and '60s of the last century was James Storm, a native of Denmark. He was a young man when he landed in California and for a few years worked in San Francisco. But he had been brought up on a farm and preferred the independent life of the husbandman. Consequently, in 1867 he came into the Salinas valley, where he acquired land and continued as a ranchman until his death in 1910. His widow died in 1918. J. W. Storm is the fourth in order of birth, of eight children born to them, the others being as follows: Henry, Conrad, James, Peter, Annie, Jessie and Abbie. Annie is now Mrs. Arthur Gowan; Jessie is the widow of John Hughes, and Abbie is Mrs. Jesse Soker.

J. W. Storm received a common school education and grew to manhood on his father's farm. Upon reaching his majority he bought one hundred and forty acres of wild land near Salinas and began the work of developing a farm of his own. He has erected good buildings, brought the land under cultivation and by his industry and perseverance has become one of the substantial ranchmen of the valley. He belongs to the Elks lodge of Salinas, which is the only fraternal society to claim him as a member.

In 1889 Mr. Storm and Miss Nellie Hughes were married and to them have been born five children: Ralph, now a dentist in San Francisco; Elinor, at home; Margaret, now Mrs. M. M. Austin; Jeannette, a student in the Salinas high school, and Thomas, who is attending the grade school there.

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.