Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


L. FINE, who owns a one-third interest in the famous Paraiso Springs, of Monterey County, was born in East Tennessee, March 22, 1808. When eight years of age he moved with his parents to St. Louis, Mo., where they spent one winter. From there they went to Arrow Rock, which at that time was a Territory, but only remained there one year, finally settling in what was then known as Tabo, but is now the town of Dover, Lafayette County. In 1833 Mr. Fine was married to Miss Martha Cox, daughter of Judge Cox, of that place. He is one of the pioneers of the Pacific slope, having crossed the plains in 1849. A year later he returned to Missouri. In 1854, driving a band of stock, he again made a long journey across the continent, bringing his wife and two children with him, and leaving three children at the old home. That same year he returned to Missouri by water, and after selling his property, brought his three children to California, where he arrived in 1855 and settled with his family in Gilroy, Santa Clara County. He made that place his home for nineteen years, when he bought an interest in the Paraiso Springs, in 1874. Although near his eightieth birthday, Mr. Fine enjoys good health, and is as spry as many men not half so old, with an intellect undimmed by the touch of time.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.