Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Wonderful progress has been made in the cement industry in America, and the remarkable achievements along this line in California in recent years are well illustrated in the daily work of William H. Ten Eyck, the cement contractor of Pacific Grove. He is a native of New Jersey who has more than "made good" in the Golden state. He was born January 18, 1867, the son of John V. and Mary J. (Honeyman) Ten Eyck. The former, a dealer in ship-timber, became one of the best known residents of New Jersey. He always took an interest in promising young men, assisting many to get a good start in life, and when he died, in 1922, he had a positive record for great usefulness to his credit. A year later, to the sorrow of a goodly circle of devoted friends, Mrs. Ten Eyck also breathed her last. Her father was in the British army during the Revolutionary war, and while acting as a butcher in the army, was in reality a British spy. Later his home was burned but he escaped.

William H. Ten Eyck attended both grammar and high schools of New Jersey, and as a young man learned the glass blowing trade, after which he was in business for himself. Selling out his eastern interests, however, he came to California and located, about 1904, at Long Beach. Soon afterward he embarked in the cement trade with which he has since been identified. In 1910 he went north to Monterey, and since has engaged in cement contract work. He has been busy installing many first-class pieces of cement in over thirty public and business structures, besides doing thousands of feet of street work, and also much government work. He has also recently completed two beautiful houses for himself in Pacific Grove. The general result of these successful ventures on the part of Mr. Ten Eyck has been that he has become one of the substantial citizens of both Pacific Grove and Monterey, being almost as well known in the latter city as in the former.

Mr. Ten Eyck was united in marriage to Miss Alia Bergin, also a native of New Jersey, and a representative of an early New York family, among the first settlers on Long Island. She died June 3, 1924, leaving many friends. Mr. Ten Eyck, a resident of California since 1904, is enthusiastic in support of his adopted state and as a progressive business man is contributing to the improvement of the section in which he lives.

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.