Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Old citizens of Parkfield and vicinity can no doubt recall the activities of Jacob Wool, who for some thirty years was an influential resident of the community and died there on June 1, 1902, in the seventy-sixth year of his age. Mr. Wool was born in Germany, August 8, 1826, and came to America as a young man. After a residence of a few years in the east he removed to California in the early '70s and for a time was engaged in mining. He then came to the Parkfield valley, where he homesteaded a farm and later preempted another tract. His progressive ideas soon found lodgment with his neighbors and he became a leader in the community. This was especially true in matters pertaining to the establishment of schools and the advancement of education. As a democrat he took an active part in political affairs, though he was never an aspirant for public office.

In 1873 Mr. Wool and Miss Sarah Louisa Lyall were united in marriage. She was born at Carson City, Nevada, September 9, 1853, while her parents were on the way to California. Her father was a native of North Carolina and her mother of Missouri. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wool, namely: Carrie, Essie, Jacob, Albert, Alvin, Ernest, Millie and Roy. Carrie is now Mrs. Charles Stockdale; Essie is Mrs. Arthur Rambo, and Millie is Mrs. Ross Gavette. Mrs. Wool is still living and though she has passed her allotted three score years and ten, is still active, both physically and mentally. She has eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. After the death of Mr. Wool the family purchased more land and now have one thousand six hundred acres, of which about two hundred acres are under cultivation.

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.