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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Jone Quock Mui

Historic Cannery Row

 
 
Jone Quock Mui Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. Jone Quock Mui Marker
Inscription. Quock Mui was born at Point Lobos in 1859 (lower left). Her parents were Cantonese fishermen who sailed to California by seagoing junk in 1851. Point Lobos was a thriving multicultural community in the later 19th century. Quock Mui had an aptitude for language, and by the time she married fisherman Jone Yow Hoy in 1876, she was able to speak five languages.

The Jones moved to the Chinese fishing village at Pescadero Point at Pebble Beach in 1876 (lower right). The family later relocated to Point Almejas, the current Hopkins Marine Station. When fire destroyed that village in 1906, they resettled with other Chinese immigrants at McAbee Beach on Cannery Row. In 1924 the Jone family purchased this home at 774 Wave Street.

Quock Muiís language skills earned her the name “Spanish Mary” for her ability to facilitate communication among the various groups who worked along the Monterey coastline. This proud and independent woman made a significant contribution within the diverse communities she represented. According to her granddaughter Mary Chin Lee, “Her hands never stopped working” until she passed away in 1936.
 
Location. 36° 37.007′ N, 121° 54.086′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker
Jone Quock Mui Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. Jone Quock Mui Marker
can be reached from Monterey Recreational Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Steinbeck (within shouting distance of this marker); The Japanese Community (within shouting distance of this marker); The Filipino Community (within shouting distance of this marker); The Del Mar Canning Company, 1927-1947 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Spanish Community (within shouting distance of this marker); One Man, Two Worlds (within shouting distance of this marker); A Day in the Canneries (within shouting distance of this marker); The Real “Docs” (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Monterey Recreational Trail between Prescott and David Avenues. The trail also goes by the name Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and other variations. The trail was formerly the location of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.
 
Also see . . .  Chinese Start Monterey Fishing Industry. Chinese fishermen were the first to mine the rich marine treasures of Monterey Bay, and their industrious efforts as early as the 1850s helped make Monterey one of California's most successful fishing ports. The story of Chinese settlers of Cannery Row is a tale of both success and sorrow--hard work tempered by suspicion, fire, and cultural conflict. (Submitted on May 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Asian Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 892 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on May 7, 2012. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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