A native son of California, Louis Joseph Bonnet was born near Saratoga, February 9, 1885, the son of Adrien Bonnet,(see Bio below) a pioneer of Santa Clara, whose interesting life history is on another page in this work. Louis J. was only five years of age when his mother died, and he then went to live with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Corpstein, so grew up on their ranch while he attended the Lincoln School, which was supplemented with a course at the Pacific Coast Business College, San Jose.

 He then leased the Corpstein ranch for one year. In 1911 he leased Mrs. Elizabeth A. Doidge's orchard on Pierce Road for two years, and in 1913 he purchased his present orchard of seventeen and a tenth acres on Mt. Eden Road, about four miles northwest of Saratoga, which he has given much care and is now a full-bearing orchard of prunes and apricots. He also leases the Campbell orchard of twenty acres and the Kennedy orchard of like amount, where he also grows prunes and apricots. All this keeps Mr. Bonnet very busy, for he gives them the best cultivation and care.

Mr. Bonnet was married in San Jose, August 8, 1913, to Miss Carrie Thompson of Saratoga, a daughter of William J. Thompson, an old settler of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet have three children, Frank, Caroline and Marie. Mr. Bonnet is liberal and enterprising, aiding and giving his influence to all movements that have for their aim the building up of the community. He is a firm believer in cooperative marketing, so he is a member of the California Prune and Apricot Association. In political preference he is a Democrat.
Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1550

A pioneer who has lived in Santa Clara County for fifty-five years, Adrien Bonnet was born near Gap, Hautes-Alps, France, December 22, 1840, where his father, Pierre Bonnet, was a large farmer. His mother was named Frances Tex, and both died in their native place. Adrien was the third youngest of their twelve children and the only one now living, being educated in private schools until eighteen years of age, when he went to Algeria, Africa, and spent eighteen months, when he returned. His father had died during his absence and he leased the home place and operated it until 1867, when he decided to come to San Francisco, Cal. After three months he located at Alviso, then a flourishing town, being an important shipping point. He worked on farms and in vineyards for three years, and then spent a year in San Jose, after which he came to Saratoga and leased Wildwood Park from Mrs. Springer, which he farmed for four years.

 When he first came to Saratoga it was a lively town and then named McCartysville, with a paper mill owned by King Bros. & Pfister, and a flour mill run by Senator McClay, and with the mills in the mountains there was much teaming and travel. The name was later changed to Saratoga. At the termination of his lease on Wildwood Park, Mr. Bonnet purchased land in the mountains above Saratoga, which he cleared and planted to orchard and vineyard, and in time came to own 600 acres three miles above Saratoga on the Summit or Turn- pike road. In clearing the land he cut wood, which was sold in the valley, and he got out over 7000 cords of wood. After selling this ranch he purchased a small place of twenty-three acres on the Saratoga road, which he also cleared and set to vineyard and orchard. This, too, he in time sold, and he now makes his home in Saratoga.

Mr. Bonnet was twice married, first to Mary Corpstein, a native daughter, who died many years ago, leaving four, children, two of whom are living, Louis J., on an orchard at Azule Springs, and John, of Coalinga. Mr. Bonnet's second marriage occurred in Saratoga August 1, 1901, when he was united with Caroline Nusebaum, who was born in Neufchatel, Switzerland, a daughter of August and Emile (Hutter) Nusebaum and the third oldest of their six children. Coming to California twenty-three years ago on a visit, she met Mr. Bonnet and the acquaintance resulted in their marriage. Mrs. Bonnet is interested in Red Cross work and is a member of the Ladies' Aid of the Methodist Church. Mr. Bonnet naturally takes great pride in the growth of the Santa Clara Valley, having seen it improved from wild range land to a garden spot of orchards and vineyards, in the transformation of which he has well performed his part.
Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1188


SANTA CLARA COUNTY The Valley of Heart's Delight