CURTIS ELDEN HANGAR

Horticulturist

Surnames: Ellis, Stooner, Kimber, Perrin

Coming to California and the Santa Clara Valley in 1883, Curtis E Hanger is counted aong the successful horticulturists of the county.  He was born near Lafayette, Ind., on October 5 ,1855, a son of M. M. and Anna (Ellis) Hanger.  The father was born in Augusta County, Va., and came with his parent to Tippecanoe County, Ind., where he was reared on a farm.  In 1850 he came via Panama to San Francisco and followed mining for a couple of years then returned East again by way of the Isthmus.  He was married in Indaina to Miss Ann Ellis, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Stooner) Ellis, of English and German descent, respectively.  The Hanger, Ellis and Stone families were all pioneers of Indiana when there were Indians all around that part of the country.  M. M. Hanger and his family came to California in 1881 and in 1883 they settled in Santa Clara County, where they bought and improved an orchard at the corner of the Union and Los Gatos roads.  Here the mother died in Otober, 1900, Mr. Hanger passing away in September, 1902.  They were the parents of four children; Curtis E., of this sketch; Edward E. lives in Indiana; Elizabeth died at the age of seven; Fred G. of this place.

Curtis E. received his preliminary education in the schools of Indiana; later attended the Wabash College and the Purdue University and Northern Indiana State Normal. Before coming to California, he had worked on a ranch, and after arriving here was with his faater on the ranch in the mountains near Wright's Stateion. He then removed to his present location on Union and Los Gatos roads, where he has since engaged in horticulture.  He has also done his part in developing orchards here, for he bought thirty-five acres of stubble which he planted to prunes and brought to a high state of cultivation before he disposed of it.

The marriage of Mr. Hanger occured at Campbell, in March, 1902, and united him with Miss Rose E. Kimber, born in Brighton, England.  Mrs Hanger was the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Perrin) Kimber, born at Brighton and Cambridge, England, respectively.  The father was a machinist until he retired and they still make their home at Brighton.  They are the parent of seven children, five of whom are living, Mrs. Hanger was the eldest of the family and the only one in California.  In September, 1896, she came to California to visit friends who were living in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and it was while here that she met Mr. Hanger.  Mr and Mrs. Hager have no children of thier own but have adopted an orphan niece of Mr. Hanger, named Olive Hanger, now attending Campbell high school. 

 In national politics, they are Republicans, and Mr. Hanger has been trustee of Cambria school disstrict.  The family are active members of  the Methodist Episcopal Church at Campbell, while Mrs. Hanger is a member of the Ladies' Aid and the Country Woman's Club and Pundita Club.  In 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Hanger made a trip abroad, visiting Mrs. Hanger's old home, Brighton, England, and also traveling  to different parts of England as well as on the the continent, and on their return home they visited the large cities of the East and Canada.-


Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1083

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