Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


For more than twenty years Louis H. Lopes, cashier of the Pajaro Valley National Bank of Watsonville, has been connected with that sound financial institution and during that time has seen its resources grow until now it is regarded as one of the strongest banks in this section of California. Starting in as a bookkeeper in the bank when seventeen years of age, Mr. Lopes has been gradually advanced in the service of that institution through the posts of teller and assistant cashier to his present highly responsible position as cashier, and thus is familiar with all details of the bank's business, literally having "grown up" with its affairs, so that he long has been recognized as one of the most efficient bankers hereabout.. He is a native son of Watsonville and has been a resident of that city all his life, during this time having been a witness to and an active participant in the amazing development that has taken place in the material substance of the city during the past three or four decades. He was born on June 23, 1885, and is a son of M. S. and Elizabeth (Rogge) Lopes, the latter of whom-a native of the state of Illinois-died in 1920. M. S. Lopes, who is now living retired in Pacific Grove, Monterey county, is an Azorean by birth but has been a resident of this country since the days of his young manhood. Upon coming to America from his native Azores, Mr. Lopes was for some time occupied in the east and then came to California and entered business in Watsonville as a merchant and retail liquor dealer. He also for several years carried on a mercantile establishment in Santa Cruz, continuing active in business until his retirement some years ago. He has three sons, Louis H. Lopes, having two brothers: J. W. Lopes, assistant cashier of the Monterey County Bank in Salinas, and M. S. Lopes, Jr., who is connected with the operations of the George X. Wendling Lumber Company in Los Angeles.

Reared in Watsonville, Louis H. Lopes completed the course in the public schools there and then became employed as a bookkeeper in the office of the Loma Prieta Lumber Company, where he remained four months, at the end of which time he transferred his services to the Pajaro Valley National Bank of Watsonville, entering there as a bookkeeper. It was in 1902 that Mr. Lopes became connected with the affairs of this bank and he has ever since been connected with that institution, a period of more than twenty-two years, during which time he has become one of the bank's important stockholders and has advanced in service to his present position as cashier, The Pajaro Valley National Bank has a paid-up capital of one hundred thousand dollars, has developed resources of right around three million dollars, and has deposits in excess of two million, five hundred thousand dollars.

In 1908, in Watsonville, Mr. Lopes was united in marriage to Miss Edna Nistetter, who also was born in Watsonville and who is a daughter of J. W. Nistetter, one of the pioneer blacksmiths of this valley. Mr. and Mrs. Lopes have two children: A son, Allen M. Lopes; and a daughter, Eleanor Liberty. The family is very pleasantly situated in a modern dwelling at No. 415 Blackburn street, one of the first fine homes erected on that now fashionable thoroughfare, Mr. Lopes having been among the first to discern the potentialities of Blackburn street as an exclusive and high class residential street. Mr. Lopes is an active member of the local parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West and is a member of the local lodge of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

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.