A native son, Jules Emile Rispaud, was born at Long Bridge, two miles above Saratoga. May 25, 1884. His father, Joseph Rispaud, was born in Hautes-Alps, France, and came to San Francisco, Cal., in 1866 and soon afterwards located in Santa Clara County and in time he bought 320 acres on Campbell Creek in partnership with Maurice Garcin, another old pioneer. Later they divided this ranch, each retaining 160 acres. Mr. Rispaud improved the place and built his residence and set out orchards when he had cleared the land. Here he reared his family and resided until his death, in 1910, aged sixty-three years. He was clerk of the school board in Booker district for over twenty-five years and was then succeeded by his son Jules-. Mrs. Rispaud was Elizabeth Calpin, a native of Belgium, and their marriage occurred in California. She passed away over twenty-five years ago. Of the seven children, five are living: George, of San Jose; Jules, the subject of this review; Mary is Mrs. Albert Athenour of this county; Henry is deceased; Louise is Mrs. Leon Athenour, also of this county; Joseph lives in San Jose; Louis is deceased.

Jules Rispaud attended the public school in the Booker district meanwhile from a lad made himself generally useful on the ranch helping to improve it and set out the orchard and vineyard. After his father's death he purchased the home ranch and has since engaged in fruit raising and general farming. He was married in San Jose, January 1, 1914, to Miss Rose Corbella, who was born in San Jose a daughter of Louis and Margaret (Serra) Corbella, natives of Tornio, Piedmonte, Italy, who were married in San Jose, and were farmers on the Quito Road until they sold the place in 1921 and now are living retired. Mrs. Rispaud, their only child, received her education in the Boulder Creek school. Mr. and Mrs. Rispaud have one child, a daughter Julia. When Mr. Rispaud's father retired from the school board, he was elected trustee of Booker district to succeed him, and he has held the position ever since, covering a period of fifteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Rispaud are liberal and hospitable and are much esteemed and highly respected.

from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1088


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