John Perry Ensley has done the work of a pioneer in the development of Ontario’s horticulture, and first and last has performed a great deal of conscientious, hard working service for the community from a civic standpoint.
Mr. Ensley, whose home is at 126 West D. Street, has been a resident of Ontario for thirty-five years. He was born near Auburn, Indiana on October 9, 1853, son of George and Lydia (Noel) Ensley. This parents were born in Pennsylvania, and the Ensleys are of original German Stock, though the family has been in America for a number of generations. George Ensley was born in 1815 and died in California in 1888. The mother died in Indiana in 1884. They were the parents of nine children, John Perry being the seventh in age. George Ensley moved out to California in the fall of 1886, acquiring property in Ontario, where he spent the rest of his life. He had been in earlier years a farmer, but had the all around mechanical genius that enabled him to succeed in almost every occupation. At one time he operated a saw mill of his own construction, and after coming to California he was an orange grower.
The daughter of John Perry Ensley and Elizabth Borthwick Ensley, Laura Isabel was born in Ontario, California more than ninety years ago. A sixty-year resident of Riverside, she passed away here in Riverside a few days before Christmas. She was residing in Plymouth Tower at the time.
Mrs Lydia Ensley was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Jan 6th 1815. She was removed from Pennsylvania to Stark County, Ohio, in 1822, and from there to Seneca County, 1828. She there became acquainted with Mr. George Ensley, to whom she married Dec 13th, 1838. From there she removed with her husband to Butlet Township, DeKalb County, Indiana Nov 14, 1841. Butler Township the a dense forest, only a few families residing in the township at that time, being one of the first settlers, was compelled to endure all the hardships and privations of early pioneer life. Moved to Auburn in 1868, where she died Feb 6th 1883., at the age of 68 years and 1 month. She lived with her family, and rejoiced in seeing them grow up respected, intelligent and worthy. She had no time or taste for gossip, but was kind and charitable toward all. She was a faithful, loving wife, and in every way a help-mate. She became a believer in Jesus and a member of the Lutheran Church in 1845, under the ministry of Rev. William Albaugh.
Raised on a farm, Wm. Engle endured all the hardships common to pioneer life. He received a business education in the common schools. Wm. Engle cast his first vote for General Harrison, a Republican. Member of the United Brethren Church for more than 40 years, Mr. Engle was a public spirited man and served as trustee many times. He was interested in every movement calculated to advance the interest of the community at large, or in his immediate community.