Family Chronicles and Biographies of Milpitas Pioneer Families
- Abel, George E.
- Born in Milpitas January 3, 1882. Butcher, farmer.
- Ashley, Aldace N.
- Born in Placer County May 13, 1864. Ashley & Co. General merchandise store in Milpitas.
- Ashley, John T.
- Born in Vermont June 4, 1830. Father of Aldace and others. Dixon & Ashley merchandise store in Milpitas.
- Bellew, Michael
- Born in Meath County, Ireland, in 1830. Took up farming in Milpitas in 1861.
- Boyce, David S
- Born in Quebec, Canada, August 18, 1838. Settled in Milpitas in 1863. Blacksmith and carriage maker. Firm name Boyce & Topham.
- Brandt, Charles
- Born November 22, 1867. School board member for the Laguna School District in the Milpitas hills.
- Darling, E. W.
- Born in Quebec, Canada, December 28, 1834. In 1875 Mr. Darling erected the Milpitas grain warehouses.
- Giacomazzi, Edward P.
- Born in San Jose on March 22, 1879. In 1905, he was appointed the postmaster of Milpitas. Founder of the Bank of Milpitas.
- Gibson, Edward O.
- Pioneer farmer and stockman.
- Pashote Family
- Opereated a store, auto truck business, restaurant, ice-cream parlor and meat market.
- Trimble, John
- Born in Missouri Feb. 17, 1828. He raised fruit,berries and grain.
- Winsor Family
- Pioneer Blacksmiths of Milpitas.
Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum
Mining operations in New Almaden first began in 1845 under the
claim of Mexican Cavalry Officer Captain Andres Castillero. Castillero
discovered that the red rock used by the local Ohlone Indians
to paint them and the walls of the Santa Clara Mission was cinnabar,
an ore containing mercury. The valuable mercury was needed to
process silver in Mexican silver mines.
Rock Park History
California's first and oldest park. The park which was founded
in 1872, was simply referred to as the "reservation."
The name Alum Rock was derived from a huge rock that was believed
to contain a high percentage of alum.
In 1849 George Washington Patterson joined the stream of young
men leaving the Midwest for California's gold fields. His dreams
left little room for failure, but after a year and a half of
mining he was ill and broke. And so he turned to work he knew
well -- farming.
With Fremont's "army" nearby, and belief in the rumor
that Castro was gathering forces to expel the Americans, the
local settlers became emboldened enough to steal some horses
meant for Castro's army, then to storm Vallejo's "fort"
at Sonoma June 14, 1846.
As We Saw It
Exploring the California Gold Rush. By Gary F. Kurutz, Curator
of Special Collections, California State Library.
in the Civil War
Most people forget that California was a part of the Union during
the Civil War. This page is meant to help broaden people's awareness
of the role that California played in preserving the union.
of Gold in California
It was in the first part of January, 1848, when the gold was
discovered at Coloma, where John Sutter was then building a saw-mill.
A first-hand account.
Restored to how homes looked during the Civil War era in California,
you can easily see this home and the Peralta Adobe next door
in one trip.
in the Conquest of California
In the autumn of 1845 Frémont came on his second exploring
expedition to California.
- American Experience on PBS
See if you have what it takes to strike it rich in the gold rush!
Choose a character and try to strike it rich in our online role-playing
Here before you, in a leather-bound book on an old wooden table,
is a history of the great California Gold Rush. Discover the
colorful stories that lie unfurled on these pages and unlock
a taste of that famous era. Learn how the Gold Rush affected
the world not so long ago.
Gold Rush Sesquicentennial
"Boys," Marshall told the group of laborers who were
helping him build the sawmill, "By God, I believe I have
found a gold mine." Sacramento Bee 4-part story of the Gold
Local historians have always been aware that a settlement known
as the Woolen Mills Chinatown was located near Taylor Street
between 1887 and 1902.
of the Donner Party - C. F. McGlashan
The far-famed Donner Party were, in a peculiar sense, pioneer
martyrs of California. Before the discovery of gold, before the
highway across the continent was fairly marked out, while untold
dangers lurked by the wayside, and unnumbered foes awaited the
emigrants, the Donner Party started for California.
Historic Felton, California
Felton had its start in 1843 when Isaac Graham transferred his
limber mill from the Zayante land grant to the San Lorenzo River
at Fall Creek.
The community of Niles is rich in history and has gained recognition
as a truly unique spot in the San Francisco Bay Area.
History of the University of California
The University of California became a "public trust" in 1879 as part of a larger revision of California's Constitution approved by California voters. Download full text.
History in the Vines: Fremont's Wine Legacy
From the Spanish-Mission era up to Prohibition, south Fremont (then called the Washington Township), had once been one of the first and most productive wine regions in California.
The Houghton Donner House
156 E. St. John Street, San Jose, and right in the way of the
Civic Center expansion, is a late -Victorian Italianate style
and was home to two historically important San Joseans, early
mayor Sherman Houghton and his wife, Donner Party survivor Eliza Donner Houghton. "Suspicious" fire burns historic Donner Houghton house to the ground in July 2007. More on the Donner Blog./P>
California Came to be Admitted
The first Legislature assembled on December 15th for temporary
organization in San Jose, the new seat of government. Of more
significance, doubtless, was the fact that on the following Thursday,
December 20, 1849, the State government of California was formally
established. By Rockwell D. Hunt, Ph. D
Joseph D. Grant County Park
In 1839, a 15,000-acre Mexican Land Grant was awarded to Jose
de Jesus Bernal and was named Rancho Canada de Pala. Jose de
Jesus and his two brothers built adobes around a spring-fed pond
on a ridge overlooking the Santa Clara Valley.
A long-living ranchera acquired a large spread in Santa Clara
Valley and shared it with others.
In 1853, the firm of Francis A. Gibbons and Francis Kelly was
awarded the contract to build the states first seven light houses.
By October of 1853, the lighthouse on Alcatraz Island was built.
Eventually, over 40 lighthouses would be built.
Under Mexican rule governors were encouraged to make more grants
for individual ranchos, and these grants were to be outright.
Years: 1822 to 1846
The early 19th century saw growing discontent in New Spain's
society. Revolts started in 1810 and extended through 1821, when
a revolution led to formation of the Mexican Republic.
Mt. View History
In 1851, the Castro family built their first home and, later, donated land to the railroad, creating Mountain View's first flag stop.
Family and the Rancho San Antonio
The Peralta Family had a huge rancho that encompassed most of
the East Bay from present day El Cerrito down to San Leandro.
Clara Valley Mill & Lumber Company - 1870's
The demand for firewood and building lumber by the citizens and
towns of the Santa Clara Valley produced a road over the summit
from Saratoga to the San Lorenzo Valley in 1870.
The first parcel, bought in 1876, was 650 acres along San Francisquito
Creek. Purchase of adjoining parcels ran the total to 8,180 acres,
the whole of which was given to the University in the 1885 Grant
of Endowment with the stipulation that it never be sold.
T. Sherman and Early California History
Sherman arrives in California and describes the Monterey area
in 1847. Additional links tell of his experiences during the
Winchester Mystery House Story
In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction
project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of
carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later.
101: History of Wine
California's first documented imported European wine vines were
planted in Los Angeles in 1833 by Jean-Louis Vignes. In the 1850s
and '60s, the colorful Agoston Harazsthy, a Hungarian soldier,
merchant and promoter, made several trips to import cuttings
from 165 of the greatest European vineyards to California.