Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


George A. Silva, the genial and accommodating proprietor of the El Pajaro Gardens, at Pajaro, Watsonville, is a widely known florist of this locality. He was born at Pajaro on April 24, 1892, the son of Antone and Amelia (Rose) Silva. The father first settled near San Jose, California, but later farmed for some time at Pajaro, where he died when his son George A. was a boy of eight years. Mrs. Silva also comes from an old family, and some very interesting traditions have been handed down through her forefathers.

Having disposed of both the tasks and the pleasures of grammar school life at Pajaro, George A. Silva pursued a commercial course in a business college for two years, and then worked, in a clerical capacity, for the P. J. Freiermuth Company at Watsonville for seven years. Later he was for a year and eleven months in the United States service, being stationed at Camp Lewis and at Vancouver Barracks. Returning home, he was for one year with his former employers, and in 1921 he took charge of the El Pajaro Gardens, where he grows much of the flowers he ships so widely. His patrons include many local concerns and families, and both near and far he sells, in addition, a variety of bulbs. He belongs to the Native Sons of the Golden West and is fond of hunting and fishing as a recreation. In politics he is a republican.

Mr. Silva is a member of the Foresters, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Knights of Columbus, in which order he has attained to the third degree. He takes a live interest in Santa Cruz affairs, and stands ready to help "boost" either his town or county.

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.