Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A contractor whose experience has been his next best asset in addition to his character and dependability, and his energetic, never-failing spirit of twentieth century enterprise, is Charles Hoosier, of 362 Market street, Salinas, who is well known throughout a large part of Monterey county. He makes a specialty of cement and brick work, and if there be anyone who knows the field better, he would like to meet and shake hands with him.

Mr. Hoosier perhaps ought to have been born in Indiana, the great Hoosier state, but ha first saw the light at Topeka, Kansas, where he was born June 27, 1887. His father. William Hoosier, now deceased, was a native of Indiana, and he came to California in 1891, farming in Humboldt county and later in Monterey county. All who knew him appreciated his sterling worth.

Charles Hoosier was reared in Salinas, where he attended school, and here, where he has come to know everybody, he has lived ever since. He learned the trade of a brickmason with William Whitcomb, now deceased, a pioneer contractor of Salinas, and later became Mr. Whitcomb's foreman, in charge of the construction of many of the fine brick buildings in Salinas, including the Salinas Hotel, the Foresters Hall, the Leader Bakery building, the Nugus building, the First National Bank building and the Farley building. In Soledad he erected the Foresters Hall and the Gambetti building, and in Gonzales the Red Men's Hall, and the Monterey County Bank building in King City.

On the death of Mr. Whitcomb, in 1914, Mr. Hoosier established himself in business, and since then the greater part of his work has been concrete construction. He has put in the foundation and brick work in practically all of the fine houses built in Salinas during the past ten years, and he has laid over five hundred thousand feet of sidewalk in Salinas, so that the city now has more cement sidewalks, as compared with other cities of the same size, than any other town in the Golden state. He laid over seventy-five thousand feet during the last four months in 1924.

On the 13th of October, 1916, Mr. Hoosier was married at Santa Rosa to Miss Mabel Anderson, of Castroville, the worthy daughter of an old pioneer family, and their children are: Charles, Jr., and Shirley. Mr. Hoosier belongs to Salinas Lodge, No. 183, Knights of Pythias.

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.