The Valley of Heart's Delight

Drug Business
Real Estate Business
Bio-Pen Pictures

of the real-estate firm of Morey & Rogers, came to Gilroy in August, 1867, for the purpose of pursuing the practice of his profession and securing a climate more favorable to health. Dr. Morey is a native of New York State, born in Oneida County, August 15, 1826, his parents being John and Fannie (Atkins) Morey. His father was a Methodist minister. When the doctor was four years of age, the family removed to Ohio, where the father was engaged in ministerial labors, and at the age of twelve years they removed to Illinois, locating in Fulton County. He received his education there and commenced the study of medicine under the guidance of Dr. Lance, of Marietta, Fulton County. He attended lectures at Rush Medical College, Chicago, graduating in 1854, after which he began practicing at Genesco, Illinois, and continued there until his failing health caused him to make a trip to California in 1858.

 From Sierra County, California, he went to Oregon and located at McMinnville, where he engaged in practicing till December, 1859, when he returned to Illinois and remained eighteen months. In 1861 he again came to California, locating at Knight's Landing, on the Sacramento River, where he remained until he came to Gilroy. He established the drug business here the next year after coming in which he continued until the fall of 1887. Since that time he has been engaged in real-estate business. He was married in Genesco, Illinois, to Melissa A. Hobbs, a native of Maine. Her father, a physician, died in Maine, and her mother resides in Gilroy. Dr. Morey's father resides in San Jose, where his mother died in 1887.

The doctor is a member of the Masonic Order and belongs to Chapter and Commandery at San Jose. Politically he is a Democrat. Dr. Morey has one of the curiosities of California in what is known as the "Cloth of Gold" rose tree. It was planted by him from a slip, in 1872, and now covers an area of thirty feet in diameter, and is fifteen feet high, and the body measures thirty-two inches around its base.

SOURCE:  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 384 Transcribed by Roena Wilson


-The Valley of Heart's Delight

July 17, 2005