HERNANDEZ, Jose Santos “Sam”

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Jose Santos "Sam" Hernandez
Hernandez brothers: Marcelino, Santos, Andrew and Manuel, Santa Catalina Island
Courtesy Catalina Island Museum

HERNANDEZ, Jose Santos “Sam” (1914-1982), fifth of nine children born to Manuel and Silveria Hernandez. Unlike his siblings, he was born at the Isthmus on Santa Catalina Island. Sam, along with his brothers Andrew and Marcelino, became a Catalina diver. He eventually bought a house on Whittley Ave. and owned Mexican restaurant at Crescent + Whittley streets.

Sam Hernandez died in 1982. He is buried in Avalon Cemetery.