Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the police judges in Monterey county, Judge David Wallace of Salinas enjoys an enviable status, giving satisfaction to the community as a whole, and even passing among the unfortunates brought before him as a jurist who knows how to temper justice with common sense mercy. He was born in historic Monterey, August 19, 1858, a son of John and Susie (Chapman) Wallace, the former a native of Scotland, the latter of Ireland. Eight children were born to them and seven of these are still living. John Wallace fought in the Mexican war and in the glorious Argonaut year of '49 he came to Monterey. He was a shoemaker by trade. He acted as road overseer of the Monterey district.

David Wallace attended both the Monterey public school and the grammar school in the Corral De Tierra district. As a young man, he sheared sheep and engaged in milking the cows of Owen Smith's Dairy. Later he ran a dairy of his own and engaged in stock raising. From 1886 to 1890 he was recorder of Monterey county and proved a capable, trustworthy official. His son, John S. Wallace, holds the same office as his father. In national politics a democrat, he has been chairman of the democratic county central committee and honored as a member of the democratic state central committee. He was deputy assessor of Monterey county under Assessor W. A. Anderson and deputy sheriff under Sheriff R. M. Keef; and since 1907 he has been police judge and justice of the peace, serving with credit to himself and his constituents.

At Monterey in the first wooden house sent from Australia around the Horn, Judge Wallace was married to Miss Rebecca Kraupner, a native daughter of Monterey, and a representative of one of the oldest of pioneer families. Several children have been born to them. John E. is the eldest, then comes Harold E., while the youngest are two daughters, now Mrs. L. W. Sanborn and Mrs. P. R. Joy. In recent years, Judge Wallace has engaged extensively in cattle raising, in Monterey county, introducing progressive methods which lead to success, while at the same time he promptly and faithfully discharges his public duties so that as a business man and citizen his worth is widely acknowledged.

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.