Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies



FRANK O'NEILL

Frank O'Neill, now deceased, was born at Lee, Massachusetts, March 21, 1853, and came to California after the death of his parents. He had already attended schools in the east, and it was in company with his brother Ed. P. O'Neill that he came to the Golden state. They both engaged in the making of paper, Frank working in Stockton, and Ed P. at Point Arenas. In 1878 they removed to Soquel, where they remodeled the Soquel Mill, originally constructed as a flour mill, being the first in the state. They then went to Lebanon, Linn county, Oregon, and built a mill there. They operated both mills until Ed P. O'Neill died in 1894, after which the property was sold to the paper trust. The firm at that time was O'Neill Bros. & Calaghan, Charles W. Calaghan having become a member of the firm in 1889. The Calaghans were pioneers of Shasta county and his father founded the First National Bank of San Francisco. Charles W. Calaghan is now a resident of Oakland. Frank O'Neill died March 6, 1924, well deserving all the honors showered upon him as a real pioneer of California industry. He left a handsome estate, a monument in itself to his sagacity, foresight and thrift, as well as his broad-mindedness and his progressive enterprise. He was a Catholic and a Knight of Columbus.

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.