Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


JAMES B. SNIVELY, one of the representative men of Monterey, was born near Buffalo, Erie County, N. Y., October 21, 1835, and became an orphan at the early age of ten years. With meager education, when fifteen years old he started for himself and learned the trade of tool making, in Cleveland, Ohio, and followed it until the commencement of the Rebellion. He enlisted, in August, 1861, in the Thirty-eighth Indiana Infantry, and saw three years of active service at the front. He was mustered out at Atlanta, Ga., in 1864.

Returning to Indiana he resumed his occupation of tool making, but the rigors and hardships of a soldier's life had left him an invalid, and, being unfitted for active and prolonged work, he resolved to come to California in search of health. He arrived here in 1868, and the following year engaged in the lumber business at Monterey with Captain Lambert.

In 1873 he was appointed Wells, Fargo & Co.'s agent at Monterey, and has held that and the Western Union telegraph office continuously ever since. He is a member of the G. A. R., I. O. O. F., F. & A. M., and Knights Templar. Mr. Snively is an unassuming, quiet gentleman, but appreciated by those who know him best. He is a progressive citizen, interested in the development of Monterey County, although it would seem that he is not so anxious about increasing the population, as he has never married.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.