Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


What progress has been made in the art of modern roofing, and what enterprise has been developed in the handling of contracts on an extensive scale, for the proper protection and ornamentation of houses is well illustrated in the operations of Charles Lawrence Frost, a roofing contractor of Pacific Grove. He was born in Sonoma county, California, December 29, 1894, the son of Martin Van Buren and Cora E. (Warner) Frost, highly-esteemed California pioneers. His father was born in the Golden state, and although his mother first saw the light in Illinois she came to California in 1862. This worthy couple, who have always found extreme satisfaction in doing their duty by the community in which they have lived, are still enjoying life and their circle of devoted friends.

Charles L. Frost attended the grammar and high schools of Healdsburg and in time matriculated at the University of California, being duly graduated with the class of 1917, when he received the coveted Bachelor of Arts degree. After leaving college, he was associated for a time with the Johns Manville Company, and then embarked in business for himself. Now, having forged ahead more and more, he does practically all the roofing in Monterey and San Benito counties, and he employs twenty men to help handle the work.

During the World war Mr. Frost enlisted in the United States army, and at the first training camp was appointed second lieutenant, and later promoted to first lieutenant and afterward to captain. He did not go to Europe but did yeoman service in making clear to many the rights and rewards of civic life. He is a Mason and an Elk, and he belongs to the Phi Sigma Kappa.

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.