Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the numerous Azorians of Portuguese stock who have done so much toward the development of the great fruit industry of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, there are few who have a wider acquaintance than Joseph F. Enos, who has a fine fruit ranch in the Corralitos neighborhood in Santa Cruz county, for he has been a resident of the place on which he is now living for more than forty years and thus has been a witness to and a participant in the amazing development that has taken place thereabout during the past four decades and more. With a natural instinct for getting results in fruit growing, Mr. Enos has done well in his operations and has one of the best orchards in that vicinity. He is proprietor of a place of seventy-five acres, forty-five of which are in fruit-bearing trees of the highest standard. His place is admirably equipped and improved, the modern improvements thereon, including dwelling-house, packing plant, electric light plant, wells and other essentials, representing a large cash outlay.

Joseph F. Enos was born on a small farm in the Azores Islands, June 22, 1851, and grew up with practically no advantages in the way of schooling. His father died when he was but eight years of age and he thus was compelled early to "shift for himself". He remained on his native island until he was twenty years of age, when he came to America. That was in 1871. For some time he prospected about in the east and then in 1876 came to California and was for two years thereafter employed in the mines and in the charcoal kilns in Inyo county. He then went to Kern county, where he was married in 1881. He afterward for awhile made his home in Los Angeles county, farming, and from there went to Hollister in San Benito county. In 1883 he came to Santa Cruz county and bought the place on which he is now living, in the immediate vicinity of Corralitos, just north of Watsonville, where he ever since has made his home and has long been one of the well established citizens of that community. When Mr. Enos took over that place forty years and more ago it was a wilderness of brush and forest growth and. the task of clearing and developing that confronted him was no small one, but he buckled-down to it and in time made a fine ranch out of the place, ever giving his chief attention to fruit growing, and in time developed there one of the most thrifty orchards in the neighborhood.

It was in December, 1881, in Bakersfield, Kern county, this state, that Joseph F. Enos was united in marriage to Miss Maria Jacinto, who also was born in the Azores and who was but a child when she came to America with her parents, the family settling at Half Moon Bay in San Mateo county where she grew to womanhood. In 1920, when nearing the fortieth anniversary of their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Enos enjoyed a "second honeymoon" trip east, including stops in Boston, New Bedford, Waterbury, Bristol, New York city and Washington, D. C, and they had a fine time on this prolonged outing. Both are enjoying excellent health and spirits and are looking forward confidently to the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary, an occasion that surely will be made one of much felicitation on the part of their many friends hereabout. Mr. Enos is a member of the Portuguese societies or lodges Ides and Upec and he and his wife are among the most popular members of that, circle. To them have been born the following children: Frank, who died at the age of thirty-three years; Mary, wife of Will Ryerson of Watsonville; George, who is now making his home in Everett, Washington; Julia, wife of Jack Lawrence of Newman, California; Joseph, who is also living in Newman; Anthony, who is making his home in Angels Camp, Calaveras county; Louise, who died at the age of twenty-three years; Willie, who died at the age of two years, ten months and seventeen days; Willie E., who is now living in Newman; Louis, who died when five years of age; Alfred, who is now a chiropractic physician in Newman; Mabel, wife of Joe Lopes of Watsonville; John, who died in infancy; Agnes, who is at home with her parents; and Louis, who also is at home. The latter and his brothers, Anthony and Willie, rendered service in the armed forces of this country during the time of America's participation in the World war. Anthony Enos was attached to the Three Hundred and Sixty-fourth Infantry Regiment, Ninety-first Division, and was with that command on the battle front in France when the armistice was signed in November, 1918. Louis Enos rendered technical service during the war in the X-ray department of a military Base Hospital in Georgia, and Willie Enos served in the navy, on guard duty at the navy yard at San Francisco.

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.