Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A plumber who thoroughly understands the conditions that have made twentieth century plumbing, and twentieth century users of plumbers' products and work quite another story as compared to that of only a few years ago, is H. F. Faneuf, of 21 Walnut avenue, Santa Cruz. He carries a full stock of stoves, gas appliances and plumber supplies and novelties, and those who have longest dealt with him know best how to appreciate his dependable service.

A native son now well acquainted with Californians and their ways, he was born at Blanco, Monterey county, May 29, 1874, his parents being E. R. and Nancy (Beaver) Faneuf, the former a native of Canada, the latter of Missouri. Mr. Faneuf crossed the border and came to California in early days, going first to New Castle and afterward to Blanco, where he engaged in blacksmithing and wagon making. Later he removed to Castroville, where he died in 1882. Mrs. Faneuf, mother of H. F. Faneuf, crossed the plains with her parents in 1852 and her father, who was a mason, built the first brick house in Santa Rosa-a structure that is still standing. Seven children were born to this worthy couple and four are still living- E. H., Sam C, J. R. and H. F.

The last named attended the Blanco and the Salinas schools and found his first employment in a pump and engine shop in San Francisco. On September 1, 1890, he came to Santa Cruz and here learned the trade of plumbing in an apprenticeship under Ed C. Abraham. He then followed his trade in San Jose and Oakland, and on his return to Santa Cruz took up farming for three years at the Twin Lakes. He next worked at his trade in Santa Cruz with Byrne Brothers and on February 2, 1902, set up business for. himself there. He has recently added gas appliances to his stock in trade and now carries a good line of gas water-heaters, space heaters and gas stoves, etc., in addition to his plumbing stock.

Mr. Faneuf was married on October 23, 1895, at Santa Cruz, to Miss Theresa Johans. They have three children: Forest E. and Charles H., employed by their father, and Christine, now the wife of E. L. Bardwell. From 1906 to 1908 Mr. Faneuf was a member of the city council of Santa Cruz, and is now on the board of park commissioners. He is a past grand in Santa Cruz Lodge, No. 96, I. 0. O. F., and belongs to Santa Cruz Lodge, No. 824, B. P. O. E. He also is affiliated with Santa Cruz Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West.

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.