Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced, progressive and popular municipal official who has done his share in promoting the best interests of Monterey along broad and permanent lines, is Arthur James Mason, the wide-awake city clerk, a native really of neighboring Nevada, but as much of a Californian as one may anywhere find, and thoroughly in agreement with the institutions of the west. He was born at Reno, June 11, 1881, the son of I. T. and Nancy L. (Reed) Mason-the former a native of Illinois, while the latter came from Iowa. I. T. Mason served in the Civil war, and afterward became expert in irrigation work. As a young man he was sent to Del Monte to install the irrigation system there and later was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. He took up government land near Carmel and in time retired to live in Salinas. Mrs. Mason who, like her husband, was the center of a circle of devoted friends, breathed her last in 1908, beloved by all who knew her.

Arthur James Mason is a product of the public schools, having graduated from the Salinas high school with the class of '02, and on coming to Monterey he began a ten-year service as manager for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company. In 1912, however, he left that employ, and during the next year conducted a tea store in Monterey. Then for eighteen months he conducted a cigar-store and for two years he was the local agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. For the next five years he was half-owner of the Majestic cigar store and in 1922, when he was known by nearly everybody and was properly regarded as everybody's friend, he was appointed city clerk, to the satisfaction of the entire community. He is public-spirited, intensely devoted to Monterey-town and county-and is, in a word, the right man in the right place.

When Mr. Mason was married at Monterey, in the year 1905, he took for his bride Miss Cleona Jeanette Hopps, of Salinas, favorite in the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Two children have blessed this union and they bear the names of Elwyn and Lorraine. Mr. Mason is fond of outdoor life and sports, and this leads him to keep in helpful touch with his natural environment.

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.