The Valley of Heart's Delight




A worthy pioneer whose hallowed memory all who knew him delight to honor was the late Bruno Bernal, who was born on the Santa Teresa rancho, south of San Jose, on February 14, 1857, the youngest son of Bruno Bernal, Sr., the pioneer and wealthy ranchman, and owner of the Santa Teresa grant. He came to Santa Clara in the early days, and became one of her foremost citizens. He was married a second time to Miss Blanda Castro, and from this union sprang the subject of this story and three daughters. His brother-in-law was General Castro.

Bruno Bernal, Jr., grew to manhood on the home ranch, and he lived at home until he was twenty-one years of age. Then he came to San Jose, and for many years thereafter he conducted a cigar store here, and after that, removing to San Luis Obispo, he likewise was a merchant for fifteen years. He was married to Miss Josephine Comelio, the daughter of Antonio and Luella (Duarte) Comelio, a gifted lady born on April 26, 1862, the eighth child in a family of twelve, three of whom survive the father and mother. She attended Notre Dame convent, and was a most popular young woman among her musical associates.

Mr. Bernal died on May 5, 1920, an honored member of the Pioneer Society of Santa Clara County, and also of the Foresters.
Eight children were granted Mr. and Mrs. Bernal. Bruno Arthur resides at Oakland, is married and has one child; Rebecca died at the age of fourteen; Edward R. resides at home; William, the fourth in the order of birth, died in infancy, while William, the next-
born, also lives at home; Salvadore is single and a lieutenant in the San Jose Fire Department; Adele remains with her mother and is an accomplished young woman in music and the drama, having attended Notre Dame Convent and the School of Expression of the College of the Pacific. Jose, the youngest, also enjoys the shelter of the paternal roof.

Edward R. Bernal served in the One Hundred Fifteenth Ambulence Truck supply, and was overseas for eight months; he received his honorable discharge from Camp Kearney on May 4, 1919. William Bernal served as a bandmaster on the U. S. S. Huntington, which made nine trips overseas in the transport service. Salvadore served for three years as a sergeant under General Funston in Mexico, and he also enlisted for service in the recent war as a membre of the One Hundred Nintey-Fifth Infantry. The oldest son, Bruno, worked in the shipyards, and Miss Adele gave entertainments to the boys in the camps, and did all she could to sustain the morale of the brave boys in khaki.

Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 508


SANTA CLARA COUNTY-The Valley of Heart's Delight