Pascal Paoli Enos, Jr

Pascal Paoli Enos, Jr

Saint Charles, St. Charles County, Missouri, USA
Death 17 Feb 1867 (aged 50)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Enos Ground; Block 34
Memorial ID 21889954 · View Source
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PASCAL PAOLI ENOS, JR. - For many years one of the most prominent and influential citizens of Springfield as well as one of its honored pioneers. He was born at St. Charles, Missouri, on the 28th of November, 1816, and was quite young when brought to Springfield by his parents, Pascal P. and Salome (Paddock) Enos.

Pascal P. Enos, Jr., received his elementary education in the common schools of Springfield and later attended the Jesuit College at St. Louis, Missouri, and the Illinois College at Jacksonville, this state. He began his business career as a clerk in a mercantile establishment in Springfield and after his father's death assisted his mother in the management of the estate. He was a stockholder and director of the First National Bank and also of the first street railway of Springfield, and he took a very active part in getting the Alton & Sangamon Railroad (now a part of the Chicago & Alton) built.

Mr. Enos was married at Springfield to Mrs. Eliza J. Johnson, a daughter of Colonel Barrett, who was one of the early residents of this county and was engaged in farming in Island Grove. Mrs. Enos died on the 15th of April, 1859, and her husband, who survived her for a few years, passed away February 17, 1867. They had no children.

On attaining his majority, Mr. Enos affiliated with the Whig party and cast his first presidential vote for William Henry Harrison. He afterward became a stanch Republican and took a very prominent and influential part in local politics. His first office was as alderman of the city, in 1848, and later he served as a member fo the school board for some time. He was also elected to the legislature and was subsequently appointed clerk of the United States circuit court by Judge McLean and again by Judge Davis, holding that position at the time of his death. Everything calculated to advance the general welfare received his hearty support and he was a liberal contributor to the Second Presbyterian church, of which he was a member.

Mr. Enos originated the idea of forming a society of old settlers of Sangamon county, and through his activity brought it about. On the 25th of May, 1859, he drew up a paper calling for a meeting of the early settlers and secured sixty-one signatures.

This call appeared in the Journal and Register on the 27th of May and the meeting convened June 1 at the place where the first log house was erected in Sangamon county, on what is now section 21, Ball township. Judge Moffit was elected president, and P.P. Enos, secretary. At this meeting, which adjourned June 15, 1859, it was declared that the 20th of October each year should be celebrated as "old settlers' day." This was the first old settlers meeting ever held in the United States and it has been continued ever since. Mr. Enos took a deep interest in the welfare and upbuilding of the county, and throughout the long years of his residence here was ever known as a loyal and valued citizen. He was a great social favorite on account of his jovial disposition and was very popular with all classes, having a most extensive circle of friends and acquaintances who esteemed him highly for his genuine worth. ~Photo and biography from: PAST AND PRESENT OF THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD AND SANGAMON COUNTY ILLINOIS, Joseph Wallace, M. A., S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1904

Died, suddenly, on yesterday (Sunday) Pascal P. Enos, aged 50 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at the family residence on North Sixth street. The remains will be deposited in the tomb at Oak Ridge. The street cars will convey the friends to and from the cemetery. Another pioneer gone to rest. Hon. O. O. Enos departed this life at this residence in this city, on yesterday morning. Mr. Enos was born at St. Charles, Missouri, November 28, 1816, and removed with his parents to the present site of our city in 1823, where he continued to reside until the time of his death.

Mr. Enos filled many offices of honor and trust, having been a member of the Illinois legislature, and having filled many of the offices under our city government, taking a leading part, especially in educational matters. At the time of his decease he was clerk of the United States circuit court. Mr. Enos was once married, his consort preceding him to the grave.

Mr. Enos, as a friend, was warm and sincere, courteous and urbane. His delight was in the quiet of home life, and in deeds of secret, unostentatious charity. In all the varied and trying scenes of life, Mr. Enos was cheered by the Christian's hope. He leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his loss. IL State Register, Springfield, IL, 2-18-1867

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