The Valley of Heart's Delight

Harry Barnes

New Orchardist in Santa Clara Valley- 1921

Surnames: Stroud, Brundrett

Although of English birth, Harry Barnes has spent practically his entire life in the Untied States and has thoroughly identified his interest with those of his adopted country, being now numbered among the leading orchardists of the Santa Clara Valley. He was born in London, England, Mary 13 1882, a son of William and Alice (Stroud) Barnes, who came to the United States in 1887, settling in southwest texas. At the time of the Galveston flood in 1900, Mr. and Mrs. Barnes and their six children were residing in that city.   Harry was the oldest and had left Galveston for dallas, the night before the storm.  The rest of the family perished excepting the father, who escaped miraculously and now lives in Ft. Worth.  In the schools of the Lone Star state Harry Barnes acquired his education and on starting out in life for himself entered the employ of the firm of Stone & Webster, Engineering Corporation of Boston, Mass., becoming superintendent of power house construction, which postion he continued to fill for ten years, his work in that connection taking him all over the southern portion of the United States.  He was likewise identified with the agricultural industry, being engaged in raising stock, grain and fruit, having a thirty acre orchard of peaches pears, and plums.  He continued in Texas for nine years and then decided to locate in California, having been very favorably impressed with this region during previous visits to the state, having first visited the Santa Clara Valley twenty years ago.  Dispoing of all of his interst in Texas, he came to the Santa Clara valley in Februaryl, 1921, and purchased a tract of eleven acres on the corner of Casey Road and Union Avenue , near Campbell. He specializes in the raising of purnes, in which he has been very succesful, for he believes in advanced methods and keeps abreast of the times in every way.

Mr. Barnes was married in Dallas, Texas July  31, 1905, to Miss Marie Brundrett, a native ot Texas, and they now have a daughter, Harriet Brundrett Barnes.  Mr. Barness is a member of Orchard City Grange and the Californai Prune and Apricot Growers, Inc.   He finds recreatiion in hunting and fishing and is nonpartisan in his political views, placing the qualifications of a candidate above all other considerations. In the mangaement of his business affairs he has been progressive , energetic and capable and in the discharge of his duties as a citizen has at all times been actuated by patriotic principles.

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


The Valley of Heart's Delight