Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Horace Langdon, one of the esteemed residents of Pacific Grove, is proprietor of the well equipped Monterey Machine Works on Lighthouse avenue, Monterey. A native of Wisconsin, he was born on a farm March 11, 1851, the son of Oliver and Sarah (Knight) Langdon, the former a pioneer farmer of that state. He enlisted in the Union army in the Civil war and died in the service, from disease contracted in the performance of his duty, on the same day when President Lincoln expired. The Langdons hail from old or early American stock.

Horace Langdon attended the rural schools of Wisconsin and like most boys in that pioneer country went to work at such a tender age, leaving home when only sixteen. He then lived with a farmer and his family until he was twenty-one. He spent ten years in sawmill work for in those days in Wisconsin, the principal industry was lumbering or milling with the saw. For ten years he also constructed sawmills and operated them for a while but in 1878 he went to Nebraska, where he followed machine work in all of its branches until 1907 when he came to California.

Locating in Monterey at that time he soon bought his present shop and he has built up an excellent trade, dealing in shafting, pulleys, hangers, belting, etc., and carrying a thorough equipment for accurate machine work. He aims to have on hand constantly a complete stock of machine-shop supplies, steam-fitting, iron and brass pipe materials and appliances and although now in his seventy-third year he is such an expert machinist that he is never at a loss to know what to do and how to do it. The dependability of his labor and products has long been his commendable ambition.

When Mr. Langdon married he chose as his bride, Miss Helen F. Wood, a daughter of Iowa, who was reared in Nebraska. Three children have been born to them. A daughter, Ida, has become the wife of G. T. Rose; Oliver is a director of religious instruction in the Sunday school California State Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church; and Ethel M. is the librarian of the Wesleyan University of Nebraska. Although registering as a republican, Mr. Langdon has always been active in advancing prohibition; and he never fails to manifest a helpful interest in local civic affairs.

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.