Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


William P. Sweeney of Pacific Grove, a general contractor whose wide and valuable experience, coupled with his progressive views and his spirit of enterprise, have come to prove inestimable to the communities he serves. Like a number of other men who have decidedly "made good" in California, he was born on a farm in Michigan, first seeing the light on April 19, 1882, and his parents were George D. and Mary J. (Gates) Sweeney. His father early cleared his land by felling the hard Michigan timber and bringing the soil under cultivation.

When a lad William P. Sweeney attended the rural Michigan schools and at the age of twelve commenced to work on the home farm, continuing his labors there until he reached the age of nineteen. He had spent two winters in the woods and two winters in the coal mines when in 1905 he came to California and located at Pacific Grove where he worked for a while at whatever he could get to support himself. About 1907, he learned the carpenter trade under great difficulties, at the Hotel Del Monte carpenter shop; and he advanced so well after that, that in 1919 he engaged in business for himself. He built the City Hall Garage at Pacific Grove, the Pacific Grove high school gymnasium, and also Mr. Hayes' store, at Monterey, and recently he completed a fine home for himself. He is also erecting the buildings for the Citizens Military Training Camp, is renovating the Elks' Club rooms and is building many of the finest residences in various near-by towns. He has broadened his views, and added to his experience by thrice making a tour to the eastern states; and as a successful man of affairs, his influence in republican political councils and circles is enviable.

On the 17th of December, 1904, Mr. Sweeney was married to Miss Lena M. Kernohan, of Michigan, and they are happy as the parents of four children, Verna M., Blanche E., Stanley Sweeney and Ruby Pauline. Mr. Sweeney belongs to the Elks, is fond of autoing, and is never happier than when fishing.

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.