Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Arthur G. Metz is a well known realtor of Monterey who has been closely associated with the city's development. He was formerly president of the Chamber, of Commerce, was one of the founders of the First National Bank of Monterey; for years a member of the Monterey city council and also for years a member of the board of school trustees. A native son of California, he has lived in this state all his life, and has been a resident of Monterey county since the days of his boyhood.

Mr. Metz was born in the city of San Francisco, October 17, 1878, and is a son of John and Josephine (Zimmerman) Metz, who were married in this state and who later became residents of Monterey county. The late John Metz was a native of the old "Buckeye" state and was but a child when his parents and their several children left Ohio and migrated to the then territory of Iowa. Two years later they moved into southern Missouri and in 1855 left that state and with a wagon train crossed the plains and the mountains to California, settling in the Santa Clara valley in the vicinity of San Jose. Some time after his marriage John Metz removed to Monterey county and became one of the pioneers of this section of the state. One of his brothers, the late William H. H. Metz, also settled here and was the founder of the village of Metz.

A. G. Metz completed his early education in the Salinas high school and then began to read law in furtherance of a youthful ambition to become a member of the bar. Circumstances intervened, however, and before he could complete his law studies he was compelled to go to work. It was thus that he started on a commercial and general business career instead of becoming a lawyer as his early ambition had directed. His first work was as a clerk in a grocery store at Monterey, a service which he carried out with such effectiveness and faithfulness that he presently was advanced to the position of manager of the store. For nine years Mr. Metz continued in the grocery business, in the meantime becoming an interested participant in general development work in his home town, and when the First National Bank of Monterey was organized he became one of the stockholders in that concern, was elected a member of the board of directors and was made cashier of the institution. For eight years Mr. Metz continued to serve the bank as cashier and gradually found himself becoming deeply interested in the local realty market, developing interests in that direction that finally required his undivided attention. He then resigned his position in the bank and has since been devoting his time chiefly to the extension of his real estate business, in which he has long been regarded as one of the leaders on this section of the coast.

Mr. Metz's business activities have not interfered with that measure of attention a good citizen owes to the public service and he has rendered valuable service in various capacities in the public weal, this service including fifteen years spent as a member of the common council of the city of Monterey and a considerable period as a member of the local school board. In both these capacities Mr. Metz did much in the promotion of the common good hereabout, his service in the council having come at a time when vigorous and progressive action was needed in that body and his service in behalf of the schools was likewise vigorous and progressive, so that it properly may be said he has proved a valuable factor in advancing the material and social interests of his home town. In his relations to the general commercial interests of the city he also has been a vigorous force in the Monterey Chamber of Commerce and during his term of service as president he succeeded in putting on foot several advanced movements in the way of municipal and commercial progress. He thus has long been looked upon as one of the real promoters of the community and has ever contributed liberally of his means and his time in advancing the common interest. Mr. Metz is enthusiastic in the cause of the Sons of the Golden West, of which organization he has for years been a member. He is also affiliated with the local lodges of the Knights of Pythias, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and the Loyal Order of Moose. He admits that his chief diversion is fishing and is an ardent disciple of the gentle Izaak Walton.

On June 17, 1902, A. G. Metz was united in marriage to Miss Laura Tagnazzi, a native of California, daughter of B. G. Tagnazzi of San Luis Obispo, and to this union one child has been born, a son, Doan E. Metz, who is still in school. Mrs. Metz was reared in California and the traditions of the Golden West are dear to her, even as they are to her husband. They have a pleasant home at Monterey, residing on El Caminito street, and have ever taken an interested and helpful part in the general social and cultural activities of the city and of the community at large.

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.