VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT
Mrs. BETTY GWARTNEY
SURNAMES: APPLING, GIBBONS
A highly esteemed resident of the Mountain View district who is showing
great capability in the management of her ranch is Mrs. Bettie
Gwartney, whose home is a center of community progress and hospitality.
She was born in Mississippi and when only three years old, came with
her parents, Seth Gibbons, a native of North Carolina, and Martha
(Appling) Gibbons, a native of Virginia. Her father was a farmer by
occupation, and left Mississippi directly after the Civil War and
coming to California settled in Merced County, where he engaged in
farming. Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons are the parents of six children, all of
whom are living, but both parents are deceased.
Mrs. Gwartney began her education in the public schools; later she was
graduated from the State Normal School at San Jose and became a
teacher, first at Sutter Creek and later at Mayfield, Cal. At her
childhood home in Merced County, she was married to Prof. J. G.
Gwartney; he was a native of Indiana and was educated in the grammar
and high schools of his native state; then he entered the State
University at Lincoln, Nebr., and after removing to California entered
the State Normal School at San Jose, from which he graduated in 1891.
He later graduated from Stanford University with the class of 1898,
receiving the degree of A. B. Professor and Mrs. Gwartney were sent by
the U. S. Government to teach in the Philippine Islands, Professor
Gwartney preceding his wife by two years, teaching there for six years,
while Mrs. Gwartney taught there for four years.
Through the influence and efforts of Mrs. Gwartney a sanitary
restaurant was established in the Philippine Islands as a branch of her
teaching of domestic, science, and this restaurant has been kept up and
is still running. In 1907 they returned to their ranch in Mountain
View, and Prof. Gwartney passed away October 1, 1916, at the age of
fifty-six. While Mrs. Gwartney gives most of her time and attention to
the management of her fifteen-acre ranch, she still is deeply
interested in educational matters, and is held in high esteem by the
residents of the community.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1481
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