Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

C.A. (Charles Alexander) Mentry.

C.A. MENTRY, Superintendent of the California Star Oil Works and the Pacific Coast Oil Company, came to this State in August, 1875. He put down a well thirty-five feet, with a spring pole, and afterward sunk it to 135 feet by the same means.

The first steam drilling was begun in 1876. Since that time twenty-three wells have been drilled, the deepest of which is 2,330 feet, and the daily output is about 350 barrels of oil.

Mr. Mentry has charge of one of the largest industries in Southern California, and so thorough is his knowledge of the oil district, and of mining in all its branches, that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to fill his place.

His first experience in the oil business was in Venango County, Pennsylvania, in 1864. From there he went to Greene County and drilled two wells. Then, in 1865, he went to Pithole, and subsequently drilled a well on the Hiner farm. He then took charge of some pumping and drilling wells for R.C. Lockwood. In April, 1868, he engaged in contracting, and this he followed until 1873, having an interest in several wells in Pennsylvania.

In November, 1873, he came to California; first located in San Francisco, and later went to San Bernardino County, where he worked for the Holcom Valley Gold Mining Company. They soon suspended work, and he went to San Francisco and dealt in stocks from 1874 to 1875.

In April of the latter year he came to Los Angeles County, and drilled a well 417 feet deep in Grapevine Canyon, for the Los Angeles Oil Company. Then, in company with J.G. Baker and D.C. Scott, they obtained a lease of Beal [sic] & Baker, at an eighth royalty, for two years, in Pico Canyon, known as the Pico Oil claim.

The Pacific Coast Oil Company is an auxiliary to the California Star Oil Company, and managed by the same officers.

Mr. Mentry was born in France, and came to this country in 1854 with his father, Peter Mentry. In 1878 he married Miss May Lake, of Pennsylvania. They have two children: Irene and Arthur.

Mr. Mentry is yet a comparatively young man, but he has had large business experience. The foregoing sketch is but a brief outline of his life, but quite sufficient to give an intelligent idea of social and business relations.

Webmaster's note. Text has been divided into paragraphs for ease of reading; it's all one paragraph in the original. Otherwise unaltered.





Birth Name 1884

Dad's Disappearance & Death 1886

C.A. Mentry Bio 1889

Death Cert 1900

Eulogy by Scofield
Death of Son Arthur 1954

RETURN TO TOP ]   RETURN TO MAIN INDEX ]   PHOTO CREDITS ]   BIBLIOGRAPHY ]   BOOKS FOR SALE ] is another service of SCVTV, a 501c3 Nonprofit • Site contents ©SCVTV
The site owner makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to digitized images. However, these images are intended for Personal or Research use only. Any other kind of use, including but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online or in a web site, may be subject to additional restrictions including but not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the site owner. USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use.