Native of GILROY
A native of California, Earl Reeve was born on the old
Martin ranch south of Gilroy, August 9, 1874, the son of Oscar A.
Reeve, born in Ohio in 1836, whose father, Henry Reeve, was a pioneer
of Santa Clara County. Henry Reeve was a native of Albany County, N.
Y., but his parents moved to Lake County, Ohio, and there his education
was completed. In the year of 1849 he farmed thirty miles west of
Chicago, Ill., remaining there until 1853, when he crossed the plains
to California, bringing with him his wife and seven children. On
September 15 of the same year he arrived in San Jose, and embarked in
farming and dairying until 1854, when he removed to Gilroy township,
and settled on his ranch one mile south of town, comprising three
hundred acres, and on this old home place the father of our subject was
reared. He married Mary Jane Fine, who came around Cape Horn in 1855
with her father, S. P. Fine; they had six children, one being deceased.
Earl Reeve was educated in the schools of Gilroy and spent his spare
time working for his father on his ranch west of Gilroy, known as the
Fine Estate, where they moved in 1896, and here he laid the foundation
for a thorough training in horticulture and agriculture. A number of
years ago Mr. Reeve entered the fruit raising industry and developed
sixty-six acres of the Fine Estate on the Bodfish Creek Road, bringing
them to a high state of productivity and there his mother resides with
him. He belongs to the Farmer's Union and is a charter member of the
California Prune & Apricot Growers, Inc. He is also a member of the
Live Oak school board of trustees, and politically he casts his vote
for the Democratic candidates.
Sawyer, Eugene T, History of Santa Clara County, California : Los Angeles, Calif.: Historic Record Co., 1922, 1776 pgs. page 1603
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