Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Albert B. McElheran a successful contractor who has amply demonstrated his mastery of the many difficult problems in modern building, of 147 California street, Salinas, was born at San Francisco, July 27, 1885, a son of W. D. and Julia A. (Patterson) McElheran, the former a native of South Carolina,and the latter of San Francisco, her father having come to this state in 1842. When a lad of twelve years, W. D. McElheran was brought to California, and he grew up to be a blacksmith. Both parents, in reality, early became familiar with the spirit of the Golden state, and our subject thus inherited a birthright such as many a man might envy.

He attended the schools of Alma, Santa Clara county, and topped off his practical preparation for the duties of life by taking a stiff course in the well known business college at Anacaster, Washington. In San Francisco, later, he was apprenticed to William Plant, contractor and builder, under whose expert direction he learned the carpenter's trade, and at the end of three years, or in 1907, he came to Salinas where he was employed by Fred C. Carlsen, for eight years. Since establishing business on his own account he has specialized on fine residences, some of the choice structures he has erected being the homes of Dr. Rollin Reeves, Alexander Cooper, Mrs. A. Pesante, Mrs. Pezzoni, H. H. Thurlby, Mr. Herbert, all in Salinas, also the homes of Judge David Wallace, Fred Kruckel, John Adams, Frank Kattner, Bill Rainie and Frank Parsons, and many others, both within and outside of the town. He built the fine home of M. S. Gularte, at Santa Rita, and none better of its kind can be found for miles around. An architect, he has drawn the plans for many of the fine buildings he has erected.

Mr. McElheran was married at Salinas to Miss Marie Williams, of Monterey county, a pioneer's daughter. Their union has brought them three daughters- Dorothy, Ethel and Alberta. The group form a happy, hospitable family, and the family very naturally boasts a host of friends.

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.