ENOS J. NORRISH. - The efficient and popular justice of the peace and recorder of the thriving city of Holtville,
came to Imperial County in September, 1904. He is one of the representative men and loyal citizens of his locality.
Mr. Norrish was born in Ontario, Canada, March 22, 1861, a son of Joshua and Elizabeth Norrish. His father passed
away at the age of seventy six and his mother resides in Toronto, Canada, and is now in her ninety second year.
The family records on both sides of the house go back to old English ancestry. The subject of this review received
his education in the public schools of Canada. He entered the normal school of Canada and graduated at the age
of twenty three. He taught school for several years in various places and when he took up his residence in the
town of Imperial, he was made principal of the school, serving for four years, this being the first school in Imperial.
Mr. Norrish possessed unbounded faith in the agricultural possibilities of Imperial County, and removed to Holtville.
Here he purchased a fine ranch and brought it up to a high state of cultivation. He erected substantial buildings
and still resides on the ranch. He engaged in alfalfa growing for years when he changed the crop to cotton. Mr.
Norrish is at present clerk of the high school board of Holtville, and serves as a member of the county board of
education. Fraternally he is a member of the K. of P. of Holtville. He was united in marriage to Miss Grace Beckett
of St. Catharines, Ontario, April 19, 1889, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Beckett, both deceased. Mrs. Norrish's
father was buried near Effingham, Canada, and her mother was buried at Santa Ana, California. To Mr. and Mrs. Norrish
have been born two children: Ernest S., now in the engineering corps with the United States Army at Camp Lewis;
Agnes E. is at present attending high school. In choosing its representatives for various official positions the
city of Holtville is fortunate in having a man whose former record has been clearly established. Mr. Norrish has
shown himself to be a capable public official. He has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances among Imperial
County's best citizenship.
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918
Imperial County, CA
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