Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Franklin Varien is an enterprising, dependable and successful dealer in real estate at 571 Lighthouse avenue, Pacific Grove. He was born here, May 5, 1893, a son of W. H. Varien, also of Pacific Grove, whose birth occurred in Dahlia county, Ohio, August 1, 1864, his parents being Alonzo and Margaret (Varien) both natives of Ohio. W. H. Varien came to California with his parents in 1876, when he was twelve years of age, and learned the trade of a barber. At lone, Amador County, he worked for three years at his trade, and afterward went to Plymouth, in the same county, where he ran a shop for seven years. In 1890 he removed to Pacific Grove and here owns and conducts the Museum Barber Shop and Billiard Hall, on Front Avenue, a popular rendezvous. A crack shot, his hobby has always been the shooting of game, and he is particularly expert at trap shooting. His shop is adorned with prizes of the hunt, including head of deer and other game he has brought to the ground. He has also shown his prowess in picking birds upon the wing. He has made many records in trap shooting, scoring one hundred and fifty-two hits straight without a miss, and he has taken medals at meets in Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and California. He also made a coast record at Fresno, of only seven misses out of three hundred and seventy-five in the trap shooting, with clay pigeons. He is a member of the Monterey Gun Club, the San Juan Gun Club and the California Indians, an organization of trap shooters. He also belongs to Monterey Lodge, No. 1285, B. P. O. E.

Franklin Varien attended the grammar and high schools of Pacific Grove and then studied law in Monterey, with R. H. Willy, with whom he was associated for three years. Going to Oregon, he took up a government claim in Harney county, and on removing to Fresno, joined the Bank of Italy. After the United States entered the World war, he was at Camp Lewis for eight months, becoming drill sergeant and an officer of the training camp and was at Camp Grant, in Illinois, at the signing of the Armistice. Returning to Fresno he resumed his position with the Bank of Italy, and in April, 1919, he accepted a position with the Crane State Bank, at Crane, Oregon. He was made cashier, and was there from June, 1921, until June, 1924, when he returned to Pacific Grove and purchased the real estate business of Messrs. Harper & Leek. Mr. Varien has a host of friends, and it is not surprising that he prospers in all that he undertakes.

His card to the peqple of Pacific Grove and the Monterey peninsula was characteristic and interesting. "I wish to announce," he said, "that I have purchased the business and equipment of the real estate firm of Harper & Leek, and will continue to operate the same at 592 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, which for the past twenty years has been headquarters for everything in the line of real estate, insurance and rentals. 1 will endeavor to maintain the high business standing of the concern since its establishment by Mr. C. S. Harris, and continued for tho past nine years by Harper & Lee.

"Mr. Harper having been appointed Postmaster of Pacific Grove, I purchased the business of the firm, and I am now at your service; and Colonel T. R. Weaver, who is so well and favorably known in this section of California, and who has for the past eighteen years been identified with this concern, as manager of the sales department, will remain with me in the same capacity, and will give me the benefit of his mature judgment, and large business experience.

"During my stay in Oregon, I was appointed a licensed real estate broker, and also a notary public for the state, and I handled a large insurance business in all its branches, so that I feel that I have had the necessary business experience to justify me in asking the people of Pacific Grove and the Monterey peninsula for their patronage, promising them in return my best efforts to serve them to their entire satisfaction. I shall be glad to have you call on me." His progressive methods, his industry and his business integrity constitute the secret of his success.

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.