Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Prominent among the aggressively-progressive men in Monterey who have done much to make the city more than ever a center of attraction to many, is Mark G. Keller, the far-seeing and very successful manager for the Monterey Theater Company, one of the best-organized and best maintained associations in the county. He is not a native son, although one might think so from his fidelity to Californians and their best interests. He was born at Spokane, Washington, February 12, 1894, the son of J. W. and Addie (Tribble) Keller, the former having been a brick manufacturer in the early days of that city.

Mark G. Keller attended both the grammar and the high schools of Spokane, and then he took a course in mechanical and electrical engineering at Pullman College. After that he went on the stage as a professional singer and for four years was in vaudeville. Then finding that the moving picture game made an appeal for men of his services, he entered that field and spent ten years with the Stillwell Theater Company, save for the period of two years spent in the United States Navy during the World war. After receiving an honorable discharge Mr. Keller returned to Spokane and reentered the employ of the old company, but in July, 1922, he came to California, going first to Merced for the T. & D. Jr. Co. In June, 1923, he came to Monterey, and having assumed his present position, he now has charge of three picture houses in the management of which he is very capable and therefore successful.

Mr. Keller is a live member of the Rotary Club, and makes it his object in life never to neglect an opportunity to do a good turn, if possible, for the town so generously supporting him and his work. He is fond of golf, and this brings him into touch with the great natural world hereabouts.

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.