Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


E. W. Palmtag of the realty firm of Palmtag & Berges of Salinas, formerly and for years vice president and cashier of the First National Bank of that city and one of the best known and most influential figures in the general commercial life of Monterey county, is a native son of this county and has resided here all his life, engaged in commercial pursuits since the days of his youth. He is a son of George and Mary Palmtag, natives of Germany and pioneers of Monterey county, the latter of whom is still living, one of the honored pioneer mothers of this county. The late George Palmtag was one of the '49ers who made his way into this state in the days of the gold excitement and found conditions here so much to his liking that he established his home here and spent the remainder of his life in this garden of delight. His initial activities here were related to mining and then he became engaged in farming in the Salinas valley. In 1870 he bought land in Natividad and there became a successful landowning farmer. For years also he had charge of the stage station at that place, in the days before the coming of the railroad. George Palmtag died in 1882 and at his passing left a good memory, for he had done well his part as one of the pioneers of the community in which he elected to make his home. Of the five children born to George and Mary Palmtag, the youngest was E. W., of this review. The others are: Katherine, wife of W. V. Newmeyer of Salinas; Ann. wife of L. G. Greenburg of Humboldt county; George, of Salinas; and C. H. Palmtag, president of the Bank of Eureka.

Reared on the home farm, E. W. Palmtag completed his education in the Salinas high school and early became familiar with commercial forms, his first labors along that line having been as a clerk and bookkeeper in the Ford & Sanborn Company's offices, presently being made manager of that company's store in Spreckles, Monterey county. In 1902 Mr. Palmtag transferred his services from this concern to the First National Bank of Salinas and was made assistant cashier of that institution. For nearly twenty years Mr. Palmtag continued his connection with this bank, in time becoming a stockholder and director and being promoted in service until he became vice president of the bank and the cashier, a position he occupied until his retirement from the bank in 1923, to give his whole attention to the realty field hereabout, a line in which he had for some time been more or less actively interested. In that year Mr. Palmtag formed a partnership association with E. A. Berges and the two have since been carrying on a general realty business in Salinas, operating under the firm name of Palmtag & Berges, and are doing well.

In 1907 Mr. Palmtag was united in marriage to Miss Manie (Graves) Kelly, who was born in Salinas, and they have one child, a daughter, Margery. The Palmtags have a pleasant home in Salinas and take a proper interest in the community's general social activities. Mr. Palmtag is an active member of the Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West in Salinas and is also affiliated with the lodge of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of that city. He is thoroughly conversant with realty conditions and values hereabout and is regarded as one of the experts along that line in this section of the state.

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.