Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


WILLIAM M. VANDERHURST, eldest son of William Vanderhurst, the popular pioneer merchant of Salinas, was born in Watsonville, California, January 18, 1862. In 1868 he came to Salinas with his parents, attended the public schools of that place, and subsequently took a course at the University of the Pacific, in San Jose. He then served his mercantile apprenticeship in his father's large establishment, passing through all the departments, and familiarizing himself with the various lines of this extensive business. He served three years as salesman, and four years in which his duties were divided between office work and the sales department. After this thorough preparation it is but natural that he has elected to permanently pursue this line of business. Mr. Vanderhurst is a steady, sober, industrious young man, and already gives indication of that rare business ability which has characterized his father and made him rich. His social position is on a par with his business standing, as he is a member of Salinas Lodge, No. 204, F. and A. M.; Salinas Chapter, No. 59, Royal Arch Masons; Watsonville Commandery, No. 22, Knight Templars; Alisal Lodge, No. 163, I. O. O. F.; Compromise Encampment, No. 37, I. O. O, F., and a charter member of Santa Lucia Parlor, No. 97, N. S. G. W.

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