F. C. ENSIGN.
A man who has stamped the impress of his strong individuality upon the minds of the people of Tulare county in
such a manner as to render him one of the conspicuous characters of the county, is F. C. Ensign, who probably has
done more practical work in the exploitation and development of this section of the state than any other one man.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Seba and Almira (Smith) Ensign. These parents were pioneer settlers
in the Buckeye state.
F. C. Ensign secured a good education in the public schools of his native city and then learned the trade of a
tinner, which vocation he followed until 1885, when he came to California. He first located in San Jose, where
he engaged in the real estate business, making a "specialty of opening up and selling new subdivisions. In
this particular field he has shown himself almost without a peer and his record is one of which he is justifiably
proud. In all he has subdivided into small ranches upwards of twenty thousand acres, operating in Tulare county
first in Lindsay, then Strathmore, Terre Bella and Richgrove. He took the first party of buyers into Lindsay from
Los Angeles and in a few years had sold six thousand acres of land there. In this work he has had associated with
him for many years, Marco Hellman, George H. Hart, D. H. Hart, the well known Hart Brothers of Hotel Rosslyn fame,
and P. J. S. Montgomery, all well known capitalists of southern California. He maintains permanent offices in the
H. W. Hellman building, Los Angeles, and has perfected an organization which is fully prepared to handle any real
estate proposition presented to it. Mr. Ensign has been uniformly careful at all times to handle nothing but absolutely
legitimate projects and his record as a reliable and trustworthy dealer has gained for him the unstinted praise
of all who have been familiar with his operating methods. Mr. Ensign is now secretary and manager of the Terra
Bella Development Company, and the Richgrove Development Association, and president of the Terra Bella Packing
House. He has taken an active interest in local affairs and has been a steady and consistent booster for the community
with which he is identified, his efforts in the direction of betterment of the public welfare being duly appreciated
by his fellow citizens.
Mr. Ensign was married to Miss Jessie Holcomb, daughter of Charles F. Holcomb, a pioneer photographer of Cleveland,
Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Ensign are the parents of two sons, namely: Ralph H., who is associated with his father in the
real estate business; and Sterling W., who is engaged in the automobile business in Inglewood, California. Both
sons served in the army during the World war. Mr. Ensign is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being
a past noble grand of his lodge.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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