Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Monterey boasts one of the earliest of brick houses on the Pacific Coast. Since it was built many beautiful brick residences have been erected, some of these being the work of John Taufner, an enterprising and successful brick and cement-contractor of that city. John Taufner was born in the state of Wisconsin, on May 20, 1879, and there grew up in the comfortable home of his parents, John and Mary Taufner. He attended the Wisconsin public schools and after that learned the bricklayer's trade, at which he worked for several years.

The middle west however ceased to attract him and he migrated to Oregon, where he pitched his tent for a while at Portland. There he had charge of the construction of many large buildings, including the fine and imposing Customs House in that progressive northern city. He also superintended the building of the post office in Sin Francisco, and after the earthquake he did much work for the firm of Gladding McBean & Company, in the reconstruction of the stricken city.

In 1907 Mr. Taufner removed Southward and this time chose Monterey and vicinity as his field of operations, establishing himself in business here as a general building contractor. Among the many structures worthy of special note for which he has done the cement and brick work may be mentioned the Monterey high school, the Holman building, the Underwood apartments, the First National Bank, and the Pacific Grove Library building, all of which stand as monuments to his experience and skill and it is safe to say that no finer brick-work of its kind may be inspected anywhere.

Mr. Taufner was married to Miss Mamie Clark. They have an attractive home, with one daughter, Mabel, adding interest thereto. Naturally, Mr. Taufner belongs to the Monterey Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World, the Moose and the Yeoman and as a republican he is active in civic affairs.

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.