Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


W. P. L. WINHAM, an old and successful real-estate agent of Salinas, is a native of Sumner County, Tennessee. He was born January 10, 1826. His education was obtained at public schools, after which he served an apprenticeship with T. Wells, the leading druggist of Nashville. He remained in the drug business several years, and came to California in 1850. He went to Nevada and Tuolumne Counties; mined but did not find it profitable; went to San Joaquin County and bought a ranch, and in 1854 went back to Nevada County and mined in North San Juan, Birchville, and Sweetland Creek. In 1861 he went to Santa Cruz County, and engaged in the drug business. The year 1862 found him in Washoe, Nevada, compounding prescriptions. While here he was appointed County Clerk by the Board of Supervisors, and was subsequently elected County Treasurer. In 1867 he went to Healdsburg, California. After a short residence here he quit the drug business for good, and in October of the following year came to Monterey County, where he has since resided, being engaged most of the time in the real-estate and insurance business. His long residence here has made him familiar with the location, value, and character of soil of nearly every section of land in the county. He is a genial, jolly old gentleman, of unquestioned integrity, commanding the confidence of the public, and doing an extensive and profitable business. He was married in May, 1857, to Helen M. Clark, and has four living children, three boys and a girl, all grown.

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