Bio-Pen Pictures

            C. Castro, of Fremont Township, is a native of Santa Clara County, born in San Jose, August 15, 1828, his parents being Mariano and M. T. (Peralta) Castro.  His father was reared in California, having been a native of San Francisco, born in 1784.  When California was under the Spanish domination, he was a soldier in the army of Spain.  He removed to San Jose in the early years of the present century, and in that pueblo held the office of Alcalde.  He died in San Jose in 1857, and some years afterward his wife followed him to the grave.  C. Castro, the subject of this sketch, was reared in San Jose, the residence of his parents having stood on the corner of San Pedro and Santa Clara Streets, on the ground now covered by the massive building of the Farmers’ Union.  Since 1841 he has lived on the farm where he now resides, and all the improvements visible there to-day are the results of his labors.

            Mr. Castro’s farm consists of 250 acres, located some three miles, in a southerly direction, from Mayfield, on the line of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and the company has located a station on his land.  He formerly shipped about 400 tons of hay per year to market at San Francisco, but now rents out a portion of his land.  It seems almost like a romance to chronicle the life of a man yet living in the county who has been a resident here for sixty years; yet such is true of Mr. Castro.  He has been an eye-witness to all the changes from the old civilization to the new, and has lived here under the flags of Spain, of Mexico, and of the United States.

            He was married, in 1857, to Miss Francisca Armijo, also a native of San Jose.  They are the parents of nine children, viz.:  Mariano, Merced, Susie, Andrew, Joseph, Willie, Frank, Roque, and Chrisanto.

NOTE- Marriage record found in early Alameda County Marriage Index

Marriage Index, Apr. 1854-Aug. 1866

09 Sep 1857 | Armejo, Francisca | Castro, Cresante | A-36

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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Transcribed by Kathy Sedler
Proofread by Betty Vickroy



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