Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A well organized, well managed industrial establishment of much importance to the county is the Santa Cruz Marble and Granite Works, at 14 Bulkhead street, Santa Cruz, under the proprietorship of Orie W. Dunlap. A native of San Jose, he was born July 21, 1892 and at the age of fourteen he found employment as a cowboy with Miller & Lux, for whom he rode the range, breaking for that well known firm many a horse in the San Joaquin Valley. In 1910 he learned the trade of cabinetmaking with the Pacific Manufacturing Company, in Santa Clara, after which he removed to Alturas, Modoc county, where he was with the Dorris Brothers Cattle Company, breaking horses and riding the range. Next he joined the forces of the Diamond Match Company in Sterling City, Butte county. Going to Santa Rosa he worked at hop-picking and on reaching Monterey county, he went back to cattle ranching, working there for Sam. Matthews. He ran a ranch at Soledad, and for twenty-three months was carpenter for the Spreckels Sugar Company, at Spreckels, Monterey county. He was also employed as a carpenter in Salinas, and helped build the Greenfield grammar school, at Greenfield, Monterey county.

Coming to Santa Cruz in 1920, Mr. Dunlap worked for the Santa Cruz Marble & Granite Works, a concern founded in 1888 by the late J. H. Bilodran on Bulkhead street, and in January, 1923, he bought the business. Having secured a large stock of domestic and imported marble and granite, he has built up a fine trade, his patrons, scattered rather widely, fully appreciating his intelligent enterprise. Recently, for example, he imported Grecian green marble, one of the many valuable raw products Germany still has to give to the world; and such an importation is in line with his maintained high standard of workmanship. Mr. Dunlap personally does the carving on the monuments, thus guaranteeing a high measure of skill.

On June 3, 1913, Mr. Dunlap was married to Miss Edna Bilodeau, a native of Santa Cruz, and they have had three children; Wilbert, Irene and Ruby. He belongs to Santa Cruz Lodge, No. 96, I. 0. O. F., the Moose, the Woodmen of the World and the Red Men; and he maintains his popularity at rodeo gatherings, having been long one of the best horseback riders in the state. He owns a ranch of eighty acres, and another of forty acres, both in Monterey county and his realty holdings include fifteen lots in Del Monte Heights, Monterey county. His investments and business affairs have always been wisely conducted and his success is constantly growing.

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.