Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Joseph R. Perry, one of the energetic and successful dairymen of the Salinas neighborhood in Monterey county, is a native of the Azores Islands and has been a resident of the United States for something more than fifteen years. It was in the year 1909 that Mr. Perry came to this country, landing at the port of New York. He had been well trained in dairying and general farming and upon his arrival here found employment on a place in the immediate vicinity of Newport, Rhode Island. For two years Mr. Perry remained in Rhode Island and then, in 1911, came to California, a choice of location he never has had occasion to regret, and he is now well established in this state.

Following his arrival in California, Mr. Perry became employed at farm labor in the vicinity of San Jose, Santa Clara county, and several months later transferred his service to a farm in the vicinity of San Luis Obispo in the county of that name. Not long afterward, however, he came to Monterey county, which since has been his place of residence. Upon coming to this county Mr. Perry found employment on a ranch in the Salinas neighborhood and after awhile became employed on the Cooper ranch, the place where he now has centered his dairy interests. In 1917, after he had been working on the Cooper ranch for about a year, Mr. Perry leased the dairy interest attached to that place and has since been operating it as proprietor, carrying on this enterprise in strictly up-to-date fashion. He has no fewer than one hundred cows and the products of his place have found a wide market throughout this local trade area.

In February, 1920, James R. Perry was united in marriage to Miss Rose Nunus, who was born in Watsonville and who is a very competent helpmate to her husband in the operation of their dairy plant. Mr. and Mrs. Perry have a pleasant home on their dairy farm and have made improvements on that place bringing it up to a high standard of desirability. The dairy has proved quite successful and is constantly being expanded.

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.