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 Frank F. Britton

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SURNAMES: PIERCE, GATES

FRANK F. BRITTON, one of the representative horticulturists of the Willows, resides on Cherry Avenue. He dates his birth in Richland County, Wisconsin, February 5, 1855. He is the son of Martin and Jane M. (Pierce) Britton, and from his early remembrance has been a resident of California, and has thus witnessed its marvelous development. With his father he became early interested in fruit-growning, and has much to do with showing the wonderful capacity of the climate and soil of Santa Clara County, combined with intelligent and skillful management, for producing a variety of fruits for the markets of the world. He is an enthusiastic believer in prunes, as the fruit of all fruits for our horticulturists, although he raises other fruits. Of the 3,000 trees on the fifty acres bought in 1887, and owned by himself and his wife's father, 2,600 are purne trees. From three acres of cherry trees, he has sold the crop on the trees at an average of nearly $1,000 per year.

Mr. Britton went East for his bride, wedding Miss E. M. Gates, daugther of R. S. Gates, of Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, on the nineteenth of November, 1884. In all efforts to build up the material interest of Santa Clara County, Mr. Britton lends a helping hand. A member of the American Horticultural Society, he is interested in that particular industry, while politically he is for protection, and a firm Republican.


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. page 273

Transcribed by: Carol Lackey

Frank died  January 18, 1926 and is buried kin Oak Hill Cemetary , San Jose, Cailifornia.

His wife Ellen M. Gates Britton - born 1861, died September 28, 1958.  Buried along with Frank at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose, California.

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