Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


M. F. WALSH is a native of Ireland, where he was born forty-two years ago. In his early youth the love of liberty was instilled into his mind. When the patriots of 1867 revolted against English oppression, he was one of the first to take up arms in defense of his country's rights, though comparatively a boy at the time.

Being one of the "wild geese," he sailed for America the same year, and landed in Boston, Mass., where he remained twelve months. Finding the climate of the East too severe, he came to San Francisco and engaged in the shoe business in all of its branches. While there he took an active part in organizing some of the leading Irish societies of that city. In 1877 he came to Castroville, and, becoming charmed with the fine climate and beautiful scenery, concluded to locate there permanently. He sent for his family and bought him a little home, and has ever had the best interests of the town and county at heart. He owns a large amount of real estate in the old and new towns, which he has carefully improved. His residence and beautiful grounds are an ornament to Castroville, and a credit to himself. He believes implicitly in the town as the coming city of Monterey County, and works ever with that object in view.

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