Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An enterprising, progressive merchant who has done much for Capitola that, in turn, the fast-growing town is willing to reciprocate through liberal, steady patronage of the kind that would make any accommodating and ambitious dealer happy and contented, is Harry S. Rose, proprietor of the popular Rose's Store, in that place, whose patronage is drawn not only from the townspeople but from many residents elsewhere in Santa Cruz county. He was born in Nebraska, August 4, 1888, the son of A. W. and Caroline (Hill) Rose. The former was judge of the superior court in Nebraska before the family moved westward to California in 1891 and settled on a fruit farm at Laurel Glen, where they remained for two years. They then returned to Nebraska but after the manner of so many who have once come under the spell of the Golden state, they came back to the Pacific coast in 1898 and settled on what became known as Rose ranch, in Grover gulch. Judge Rose died in 1900, having made an excellent record as both jurist and agriculturist. His wife still survives and resides at Santa Cruz.

Harry S. Rose first attended the mountain school of his district and later the public schools of Santa Cruz, finishing his training with the best that the Robertson private school afforded. His first employment of consequence was in the Jones Clothing Store, where he spent three and one-half years very profitably, and then he was with the Abrams establishment after Mr. Jones sold stock and goodwill to Abrams. Two years later he went to Oakland and later came to Capitola, where for three years, he conducted a place of amusement.

While thus engaged, Mr. Rose saw the exceptional opportunity to embark in the grocery trade and in due time opened his present store At first it was very modest in its pretensions, but he was fortunate in getting the interest and the goodwill of the townspeople, and since then his business has so grown that he has been able to buy the original store building that he once rented, with the three adjoining lots, and thereon he has erected a large building, giving adequate floor space. He employs ten experienced people to assist him in meeting the increasing volume of his trade and the many demands of his particular but appreciative patrons, and this staff speaks for itself.

The marriage of Mr. Rose and Miss Violet A. Sloane, a native daughter, took place at Santa Cruz, July 4, 1914. He is a member of the Odd Fellows lodge and the encampment, as well as the Rebekahs. In politics Mr. Rose is a republican.

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.