THE VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT


CHRISTOPH SCHOFIELD

Born in Hanover, germany, December 13, 1831.  In 1854 he emigrated to the United States and first found a home near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He remained in that State about oneyear, then went South and variously employed in Louisiana until 1856.  In that year he made the journey to California by way of Panama, arriving in San Francisco in May.  Ashore in San Francisco without a cent in his pocket and in debt to a fellow-passenger for a part of his fare, he did what most new-comers in those days did, started for the mines in Nevada county, but unlike most others soon returned ot the valley and sought work among the farmers.  In October of that year he began work on the farm of Jerry Parsons, near the mouth of Bear river, and remained in his eploy almost uninterruptedly for about twelve years.,  Having suffered much from the malarious chills and fevers of that locality he went back to Germany in 1865 intending to remain there, but after an absence of ten months returned to Mr. Parson's ranch in improved health and fully determined to give up his allegiance to the German king and became an American citizen.  In 1868 he was married in San Franicsco to Miss M. Parsons and removed to the Santa Clara valley. During that year he purchased the farm in Almaden Township where he now resides, which has been the home of himself and wife since the time of their marriage.
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History of Santa Clara County, California
San Francisco: Alley, Bowen & Co., 1881
page 559

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