SURNAMES: KELLY, ROGERS,
who owns property in the Pioneer District, three miles north of the business center of San Jose, has been identified with Santa Clara County since 1854. He was born in County Kildare, Ireland, in September, 1830. In his youth he was trained to the work of a farmer, and that work has been the vocation of his life.
When seventeen years of age he decided to seek his fortunes in the unknown New World. Consequently he crossed the ocean and landed at Quebec. The five years previous to his coming to this State were spent in that city. He chose the Isthmus route, and, upon his arrival in this State, came at once to Santa Clara County. He never engaged in mining, but the first seven years were spent in the employ of others, engaged in farming and stock-raising. He worked faithfully for Samuel J. Hensley for four years, and three years for Captain Aram.
With the fruits of the industry and economy of years, he purchased, in 1862, twenty acres, which now forms the larger part of his estate, he having added fifteen acres to it. He is engaged in fruit culture, having seven acres in orchard and six acres in small fruit. Several acres are devoted to the raising of hay, while some of the land is in vegetables and some in pasture.
In 1862 Mr. Hannon married Miss Letitia Kelly. He was bereaved by her death, which occurred in 1872. She was a native of Ireland, as is Mr. Hannon's second wife, formerly Miss Delia Rogers. By his last marriage Mr. Hannon has one child, Annie L. The subject of this sketch came to this State a poor man, and, while he does not now call himself a rich man, still he owns a good, comfortable home, for which he owes not one dollar. Although circumstances deprived him of early educational advantages, yet an active, retentive mind, constantly learning through contact with the world, has amply compensated him for the disadvantages of his youth. In politics he is a Democrat, but liberal in his views on all questions, and a believer in the policy of protection of American products.
Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
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