Pearl Avenue Resident since 1866
Trustee of the Valley View School District


It is given to few re-sidents of California to have had a record of living for more than fifty-six years on the same piece of land and to have actively engaged in its cultivation. To George S. Rawlings belongs this honor, as since 1866 he has been on his present place on Pearl Avenue, south of San Jose.

He is a native of Claysville, Harrison County, Ky., and was born there April 21, 1843, the son of Ashel and Jane (Snodgrass) Rawlings, both natives of the Blue Grass state and pioneers there. The father was a machinist and engineer, and in 1853 the family removed to Quincy, Ill., where both of the parents passed away. A stanch defender of his country, Grandfather Rawlings lost his life in the Indian War in 1812.

His parents having both died by the time George Rawlings had reached his eleventh year, most of his education was gained in the school of experience, and at the age of twelve he was plowing and working in the corn fields. In 1863 he came across the plains to Nevada with mule teams, and during 1863-64 he mined at Austin. He made a short visit to California about this time and in the spring of 1866 he came by stage to San Jose. On May 10, that year, he went to work on the 190-acre ranch where he has since lived, being employed by its owner, John G. Roberts, for five years. He was afterwards married to Mr. Roberts' daughter, Florence Minerva Roberts, a native daughter and at the death of her father she inherited one-third of the homestead.

Mr. and Mrs. Rawlings became the parents of five children: John A., William E., Georgia E., Norma E., deceased, and Adele F. Two grandchildren, Jean and Muriel Rawlings, have brought joy to their grandparents. For more than half a century a resident of this neighborhood, Mr. Rawlings has contributed much to its development by his industry and public-spiritedness and has seen the transformation of the large fields of grain to very productive orchards, and himself has aided in this work. He helped organize Valley View School district and served three terms as a trustee. He also aided in getting the paved highway on Almaden Road, and for twenty years he has given his services as deputy assessor. Politically he has always been an adherent of the Democratic party.

Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 526