Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A general contractor whose skill and experience have enabled him to carry out important commissions is M. J. Murphy of Carmel. He was born in Logan, Utah, January 26, 1886, the son of Michael and Emma (Hagel) Murphy, the former an extensive cattle raiser and breeder of blooded stock. He died when his son was a lad of seven years, but Mrs. Murphy is living in California.

M. J. Murphy attended the local public schools, and then helped as best he could upon the ranch. When seventeen years of age he came to California. He learned the carpenter trade and also had some experience in painting, and it thus happened that he had a good idea of the problems of construction when he commenced business for himself in Los Angeles.

Coming north, he was in Pacific Grove for a few months and came to Carmel, in 1904, when the Pine Inn and the old Murphy place were the only landmarks here. Establishing himself in business, he was for a number of years the only contractor in Carmel. The pioneer builder, he has erected many fine residences, the artists' houses and business blocks. He put up the first house erected at Pebble Beach, and also in the Highlands. He erected the Famous Inn and other notable buildings, all of which stand as monuments to his skill and ability. He now employs eighty-five men, carefully directing their labors, and he draws all the plans for the execution of the contracts awarded him.

Mr. Murphy was married to Miss Edna Owens of Idaho, by whom he has four children: Franklin, Fay and the twins, Kathleen and Rosalie. Mr. Murphy and his family occupy a house built twenty years ago among the pines, before the streets were laid out. He supports the democratic party and finds pleasure in subscribing to the principles of Jefferson. He has never been an office seeker however, as his time is fully occupied with the cares of a growing business, that with the passing years has brought him substantial prosperity.

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.