The Valley of Heart's Delight

Tobacco Grower- San Felipe, Santa Clara Valley

Born in Monroe county, New York, November 17, 1839, and received his education in Rochester.  In the year 1856 he located in Floyd county, Iowa, and there raised a crop of tobacco, but it being of sickly growth, he decided to make a like attempt in California. In 1858 he crossed the plains to this State and after proscecuting a rigourous search for  suitable soil in 1859 fixed upon Gilroy as the place wherein to essay the trial.  After experimenting for sometime, in 1862 he erected a factory two miles west  from Gilroy, but in 1865 it was unfortunately destoryed by fire.  Mr. Culp next, in in 1869, built another factory in the city of Gilroy on the corner of Church and Rosanna streets; this he sold in 1871, and moved to its present location, a portion of his grounds being situated in Santa Clara county, the buildings, however, being in San Benito county, near San Felipe.  Too much credit cannot be accorded to the subject of our sketch for the persistency with which he was grappled with the many obstructions allied to the business of tobacco culture in detail; his fields are laid out with every regard to the protection of plants; and his surroundings are a credit alike to his enterprise and acument.  To him is the honor of establishing this one more proof of  the marvelous adapability of California soil for almost any kind of class or cultivation.  Mr. Culp married in 1865, Jennie E. Duncan, a native of Iowa, by whom he has had  five sons; James J, born March 15, 1867; George E., born December 2, 1869; Cornelius A., born November 5, 1871; Charles H., born April 15, 1874; Richard D. born August 22, 1879.

History of Santa Clara County, California San Francisco: Alley, Bowen & Co., 1881
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SANTA CLARA COUNTY HISTORY- The Valley of Heart's Delight

July 20, 2005