SURNAMES: ATKINSON, NICHOLS, DENT,
residing on Curtner Avenue, between Lincoln and Plummer Avenues, owns ten acres of land, all of which is devoted to fruit culture, all but two acres being in full bearing. The orchard furnishes cherries, peaches, prunes, and plums. Mr. Dennis bought the property in 1879, and commenced its improvement from a state of nature the following year. He gathered the first fruits of his labors in 1884. In August of that year he erected the residence which he has since made his home.
Mr. Dennis was born in Knox County, Ohio, January 10, 1845, the son of Allen and Catharine Dennis. His father was a native of New York, and his mother of Pennsylvania. Allen Dennis was an old Jackson Democrat, and a man whose sterling worth was his chief characteristic. Both father and mother died at a ripe old age, on the farm in Knox County where Aaron spent his boyhood years. He is the eldest of four children now living. His sisters are both residents of Illinois, Mrs. Abbie Atkinson making her home in the southern part of the State, while Mrs. Annie Nichols lives in Kankakee. Mr. Dennis' brother William is engaged in railroad business in Idaho.
But to return to Mr. Dennis' early life. Although but a youth, he served four months in the War of the Rebellion, in Company H, 142d Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He first visited California in November, 1872. He remained but a few months, and, after spending a short time in Nevada, returned to Illinois, where he had been engaged for several years on the Illinois Central Railroad, but having seen California he was conquered, and, with a view of making it his future home, he returned in the autumn of 1874. He spent some months in Southern California, on a ranch which was located between Los Angeles and Santa Monica, twelve miles from the former city. He came to San Jose in July, 1875, and during that season he held the responsible position of station agent and operator at Black's Station, in Yolo County. As stated at the beginning of the sketch, he bought property in Santa Clara County, in 1879, and has since made the Willows his home.
While on his first visit to California he married, February 25, 1873, Frances E. Dent, daughter of R. E. Dent, whose history appears elsewhere in this volume. Mrs. Dennis is a native of Marshall County, Illinois, where she was born March 18, 1847. She came to this county with her parents two years previous to her marriage.
reputation for honesty and fair dealing is well deserved, as is his success in
horticulture, which is insured by his careful, painstaking cultivation of his
land. As in other work in which he has engaged, he has won success by attention
to detail. True to the teachings of his father, Mr. Dennis adheres to the
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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