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Eardley, Bedson A., 1860-1926

 
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Pacific Grove Hometown Bulletin, CA Feb. 1, 2006 p12
Board and Batten A newsletter of the Pacific Grove Heritage Society. Dec 91/Jan 92
B. A. Eardley - An historical and biographical record published by Guinn around 1900
The genial and popular superintendent of the Pacific Improvement Company’s interests at Pacific Grove, is not indebted for his success in life to an indulgent early fortune or the backing of influential friends. Rather, his youth contained more of discouragement than inspiration, and from the age of fourteen necessity forestalled inclination in fashioning the trend of his abilities. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1860, while his family was journeying from the east to the west. He is a son of John R. Eardley, a native of England, and a bookkeeper by occupation. The elder Eardley lived for five years in Carson City, Nevada, and was there employed as bookkeeper in the office of the secretary of state. At times he filled similar positions in Gilroy, Hollister and Salinas, and in 1881 went to Anaconda, Montana, where he is still engaged in expert bookkeeping. The attendance of B.A. Eardley at the public schools was interrupted at his fourteenth year, in order that he might prepare for self-support by learning the printer’s trade, with the Hollister Enterprise. For four years he was associated with J. W. Leigh on the Salinas Democrat, and in 1881 went to Butt, Montana with the InterMountain. The following year, owing to failing health, he gave up his trade in favor of less confining work and became identified with Caplice & McCune, railroad contractors and dealers in general merchandise, stationed at Walkerville. In 1887 he came to Pacific Grove on account of the health of his family, and soon after established the Pacific Grove Review, and in connection therewith engaged in real estate. In the spring of 1889 he became associated with the firm whose interests he so well manages at the present time, a responsibility appreciated only by those to those to whom the extent of the company’s undertakings is fully known. The company owns over seven thousand acres of land, and is irrigating and improving this whole section of the country, bringing their million barrels of water twenty-six miles from the Carmel river. May 20, 1888, Mr. Eardley married Janet Robson, a native of Salinas, California, and they have one daughter, Alma. Mr. Eardley is an influential factor in general affairs in Pacific Grove, and has been one of the chief supporters and promoters of the town’s various enterprises. At the time of its incorporation in 1889, he served a term as the first city clerk, and has since been a member of the city board of trustees, and active in the government of the town. He has been a notary public since 1891. In fraternal circles he is widely and favorably known, and he is the owner of Robson Hall (584 ˝ Lighthouse), which is used as a meeting place for the various lodges. He is a member of Pacific Grove Lodge No. 331, F.&A. M., and as an Odd Fellow is a Past Noble Grand and member of the state grand lodge. Although a Presbyterian in religious belief, he is liberal minded in the extreme, and in the absence of a church of that denomination, has cast his lines with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is a member of the board of trustees, and president of the board; also been superintendent of the Sundayschool, and Bible class leader. He is one of the substantial business men of the town of which he is an honored citizen, and his many fine personal attributes have made and retained hosts of friends. Editor’s Notes: In July of 1909, Eardley sold his property at the corner of Lighthouse and Forest to T. A. Work in what was reported as the most important real estate deal ever consummated in Pacific Grove. He died at the age of 65 at Bremerton, Washington, in April 1926. He is buried in the Pacific Grove cemetery. His widow, Janet, died at the age of 80 in 1938 in Seattle. If you wish to learn more about this interesting man, please see the local history files at the Pacific Grove Library.
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