Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


John E. Wallace, filling the office of recorder of Monterey county, at Salinas, in which town he was born, December 30, 1887, is the son of David and Rebecca (Kraufner) Wallace, both natives of Monterey. He attended the public schools of Salinas and then entered the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad, with which concern he remained for thirteen years, serving most of the time as chief clerk at Pajaro. Later he became the county sealer of weights and measures and the characteristics of fidelity and integity that marked him as a railway employe shone out strongly when he came to fill public office.

It is not surprising, therefore, that he was elected County Recorder for Monterey in 1921, and that the choice was made by a majority of eight hundred in the primaries. It is needless to remark that it was a great satisfaction to his many friends when, on the first of January, 1922, he was ushered into office,-the same office, by the way, that his father occupied as far back as 1886, although a new system is now in force for keeping the county records, differing greatly from that employed in his father's time. In those days it was common for clerks to be from two to three months behind in their records and now the records are kept up to date daily. In those days, the clerks were paid a monthly salary but now they are paid a commission on each piece of work recorded.

Mr. Wallace married Miss Edna Davis, of San Lucas, Monterey County, and they have one daughter, Maxine, aged twelve. Mr. Wallace is part owner of a large stock ranch in Monterey county, known as the Los Ramos rancho, and in his spare time he seeks to develop his new possession. He belongs to Lodge No. 614 of the B. P. O. E., and to Salinas lodge, No. 183, of the Knights of Pythias; and he is also a member of San Francisco Lodge, No. 52, of the D. O. K. K. Wherever he goes, he enjoys a cordial welcome, and nowhere more so than in fraternal circles.

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.