Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Earl McHarry, proprietor of the Blanco Dairy, was born in Contra Costa county in 1883, and is a descendant of one of the pioneer families. His grandfather, James McHarry, came from Ireland and was one of the early gold miners of California. Later he purchased land in Contra Costa county and became a prosperous ranchman. Earl McHarry's father, also named James, was born in Contra Costa county, there grew to manhood and was married. He died when the subject of this sketch, who was the only child, was about three years old. Soon afterward the mother went to Salinas, where she taught school for a number of years. She also taught in the San Luis Obispo district and later at Walnut Creek. Eventually she married again and is now living in Berkeley, California.

Earl McHarry received a common school education, and at the age of twelve years he went to live with James Bardin, where he remained until he was about nineteen. In 1902 he went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company as a locomotive fireman and in due time was promoted to engineer. In 1909 Mr. McHarry was married to Miss Margaret Bardin, daughter of Charles Bardin, whose father gave her eighty-five acres of land in Salinas valley. Mr. McHar'ry then gave up railroading and engaged in farming until 1922, when they established the Blanco Dairy, beginning with twelve cows. By the exercise of industry and good management he has increased his herd to one hundred and fifty cows, all of good grade and tested for tuberculosis. He has one of the best appointed dairies in the Blanco district and retails his milk in Salinas.

Mr. McHarry still holds his membership in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers, and belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Mr. and Mrs. McHarry have one son, Charles.

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.