Mattos Drive in Milpitas, CA, near Yosemite and Falcato Streets, was named for Manuel Joseph Mattos. The street is marked with a blue sign, indicating that he died while in the United States Armed Services.
Manuel Mattos and his twin brother, Joseph, were born at home in 1919 to parents Manuel and Rose on a small ranch in an area known as Wayne Station in San Jose, CA. He had an older brother, Alfred, a younger brother, Henry, and a younger sister, Edith. (His younger brother
Manuel was drafted into the army in October of 1941 and was sent to Camp Roberts, CA for basic training, and upon completing that training, was sent to Yachats, OR to join the Army Signal Corps. While off duty, Manuel went swimming in the ocean on June 29, 1942, was caught in an undertow, and lost his life by drowning. He was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose. Honored by his city, he is still loved and appreciated by his family.
There is also a Mattos Avenue in San Jose, about a mile and a half south of Milpitas off Piedmont Road. But this street was named for John Mattos, who had a large apricot ranch in that area and whose sons invented a widely-used apricot cutter. This San Jose Mattos family is not directly related to the Milpitas Mattos family, but was also descended from people who emigrated in the 19th century from the Azores Islands.
April 2, 2013 by mhs