History of Santa Clara - 1524



Passing his early years in the land of his birth across the Atlantic, and later spending eight years in Honolulu, John R. Freitas has never regretted that his travels brought him to the beautiful valley of Santa Clara thirty years ago. He was born in Madero, Portugal, January 15 1877, his parents being Joseph and Paulina Freitas.  When John was a lad of seven years, his parents made the long journey to the Hawaiian Island and the succeeding eight years were spent at Honolulu.  In 1892 they came to the United States, locating in Santa Clara County, and here Joseph Freitas was engaged in dairying until his death, which occurred in 1918.  Mrs. Freitas is still living.

John R. Freitas received his schooling in Honolulu, helping his father for a time on the dairy farm after coming to California. When he was twenty-one he started out on his own account, however, and bought his present place of twenty acres on Doyle Road on May 9, 1903.  He set to work at once to develop it, by finishing setting out his trees and erecting the buildings, and in this he has met with qualified success, and his well-kept orchard now ranks among the profitable orchard properties of the Cupertino neighborhood.

Mrs. Freitas is a native daughter, born in Watsonville, and before her marriage April 27, 1901, to Mr. Freitas, she was Miss Kate Focha.  Six children have been born to them:  Clara, Harry, Frank, Adaline, Edward and Beatrice,- and attending the public schools of the county. Mr. Freitas has always been identified with the Republican party and served as deputy constable under Thomas Maloney.  He is prominent in fraternity circles and is a member of the U. P. E. C., the I. D. E. S., the S.E.S., and served on the finance committee for three years; and A. P. U. M., and served as a grand president, 1919-1921, of the later lodge for two terms and attended the Grand Lodge at Honolulu and in Boston, Mass.  He is  public spirited and enterprising and and ready to support all progressive methods.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1524