Enos Ranch topic of Valley Speaks

The Enos Ranch property will be discussed in The Valley Speaks program Saturday morning at the Santa Maria Public Library. Shown is a building that once stood on the former farm near Betteravia Road and Highway 101.

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There has been a lot of talk recently about the future of a parcel of land known as the Enos Ranch. On Saturday, the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society will host a discussion about the property’s past.

Joey Wilson -- great-granddaughter of the original property owners Billy and Sarah Jane Smith -- will be Saturday’s Valley Speaks guest speaker.

The monthly event will start at 11 a.m. in the Santa Maria Public Library’s Shepard Hall, 421 S. McClelland St.

“She will tell of the history of said property and will most likely have some insight about the old abandoned house, a house built by her great-grandparents,” said Santa Maria Historical Society’s Shirley Contreras.

William and Sarah Jane Smith started their life together in Canada after separately emigrating from England, according to the Historical Society.

The couple, with an infant son, traveled to the American West via steamship through the Isthmus of Panama, heading to Nevada.

The trip became harrowing when troubles with their ship forced the young family to jump overboard.

The family survived the passage and made it to their destination before packing up and heading to California’s Central Coast.

In 1871, the Smiths found their way to the Santa Maria Valley, where they established a home on a farm site near what would become the city of Santa Maria.

The Smiths made a life for a few decades there and gave to the community.

After William's death, Sarah Jane sold the property to Joe and Mary Enos.

The Enoses were dairy farmers and moved their large family to the farm in 1901.

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Joe Enos died in 1927 at the age of 65. Mary died in 1953 after a long illness. She was 77.

Mary Enos Buss, the last surviving child of Mary and Joe, lived in a trailer on the Enos property on Nance (now Bradley Road) for many years. She died in 1996 at the age of 98.

“The old abandoned house, located on a hill overlooking Bradley and Highway 101 between Battles and Betteravia roads, has been a source of curiosity for many years," Contreras said.

The Valley Speaks is a joint project of the historical society and library. The doors to the library will open at 10 a.m.

For more information about the Valley Speaks program, contact the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society at 922-3130.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.


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