Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Exceptionally popular among the most experienced and most efficient of Santa Cruz county's supervisors, Nicholas Paul Sinnott, who has the honor to represent San Lorenzo district No. 5, has been able to exert an influence highly progressive and favorable to the best public interests. A farmer's son, he was born in Marin county, April 20, 1874, his parents being James B. and Mary (White) Sinnott, worthy pioneers who came to California in the stirring days of 1873. They removed to Santa Cruz in April, 1884, and there the father farmed. He cleared the land of timber, having taken a homestead tract and preempted other land, near Boulder Creek, in July, 1884. The mother, beloved by many who long revered her memory, is now deceased and her good works live after her. In the family were six children.

Nicholas Paul Sinnott attended the rural schools, and what he did not acquire there, he afterward learned in the more important school of actual experience. At the age of fourteen, he went into the Porter Brothers shingle mills, but four years later he took up railroading, which he followed for twenty years, while he made Felton his home. In 1909 he engaged in the livery business, but in time the automobile crowded out other forms of vehicles, and he took up draying. He is now in business with his brother John B. and they are the owners of two teams and trucks. Luckily for the public, in 1916 he was elected county supervisor, and now he is serving his eighth year. He is greatly interested in the development of Santa Cruz county, and it has fallen to his lot, as an advocate of the best obtainable public utilities, to lead the movement for the improvement of the great highways. Naturally he is a Native Son.

At Boulder Creek, on February 3, in the year 1904, Mr. Sinnot was married to Miss Rosie Glass, a native of Felton and a daughter of John Glass, the pioneer cooper of the town. Three children have been born of this union, namely: Nicholas John, Catherine and Francis. Mr. Sinnott is a democrat in politics and is a member of the Catholic church. Fraternally he is an Elk, and he is also a Knight of Columbus of the third degree. He is public-spirited, and gives largely of his time and resources for the common weal but he finds time for healthful recreation and is especially fond of hunting deer.

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.