Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


SAMUEL JUDSON WESTLAKE is a native of Springfield, Illinois, where he was born in 1849. He was educated in the Springfield public schools and the Champagne College of Illinois. He completed his collegiate course in 1870 and came immediately after to California, and located in Monterey County, where he engaged in the profession of school-teaching, and continued in it for ten years. He taught the first school in Long Valley, this county. He discontinued school-teaching to accept the office of Deputy Assessor, which position he held nine years. In the fall of 1881 he was elected County Assessor and re-elected in the fall of 1886. As Deputy and Principal he has been actively employed in the Assessor's office fifteen years, and the unexpired term of two years longer before him. This fact alone is conclusive evidence that the people of Monterey County repose the utmost confidence in his ability to faithfully serve their interests. Mr. Westlake was married, in San Jose, October 11, 1876, to Miss Ella Dabney, of that city, and two children, a son and daughter, have been born to them.

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