Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A unique name of a unique establishment is the "Cabbages and Kings, Ltd.' on Ocean avenue, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, of which Hobart P. Glassell is proprietor. A progressive merchant of broad vision, he has a veritable emporium of imported stuffs, hand-woven blankets, hooked rugs, bandanas, homespuns, golf hose and jerseys brought from far-off England, Scotland, France and Canada. Mr. Glassell was born at Los Angeles, October 13, 1889, the son of William T. and Lillie Glassell, both natives of California, his paternal granfather, Andrew Glassell, having been a pioneer of Los Angeles, while his maternal grandfather was Dr. H. H. Toland, a pioneer physician and surgeon of both Los Angeles and San Francisco and the founder of the Toland Institute, now a part of the Affiliated Colleges of the latter city.

Hobart Glassell attended the grammar school in Hollywood, and from 1904 to 1907, was a student in the Harvard Military School. In 1911 he was graduated from the University of Southern California, and after that he attended the University of Santiago, in Chili, South America. He also served for three years in the Chilean navy, so that he had had military training when he joined the British Troops for service in the World war in 1915. He was with the Medical Corps in London, and then when the United States entered the war he joined the American Army and from 1917 to 1919, was with our forces in France, as a lieutenant in the Second Division with the Second Ammunition Train. He saw active service at the front and was afterward with the Army of Occupation in Germany.

Returning to California, he located at Carmel in 1921 and here established his present business, notable for the best collection of imported tweeds in America. He imports the wool and weaves the cloth for scarfs, sweaters, blankets, etc. His wife, Mrs. Frances Glassell-who as Miss Frances Allen, was the popular granddaughter of the late Senator William Sharon, of California, and was widely known as a dancer before her marriage, can be seen every day in the "Cabbages and Kings' seated at a large loom, where one can purchase the most exclusive articles of imported sports wear and real Scotch tweeds. At another loom facing Mrs. Glassell is Iris Alberto, the wife of David Alberto, the celebrated pianist. These two ladies are busy all day weaving the most effective scarfs and other things that can be created on a loom; and their choice handiwork seldom lies unsold for any length of time, visitors to the "Cabbages and Kings" soon taking a fancy to the artistic products. The business of the house is rapidly increasing under the able management and wise control of Mr. Glassell whose initiative and original methods are supplemented with farsighted acumen and enterprise. He is not only a successful business man but also a progressive citizen-as loyal to his country in days of peace as when he followed the nation's flag on the western front.

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.