James F. PHEGLEY
SURNAMES: YERGIN, HANCOCK
Supervisor of District No. 1, Santa Clara County, is a
native of New Madrid County, Missouri, born November 7, 1838, his parents being
David and Nancy Morgan (Yergin) Phegley. The former was a native of Indiana, and
the latter of Kentucky. Both went to Missouri when young, and were there
married. The subject of this sketch was educated at Arcadia Academy, in Iron
County, Missouri. After leaving school he engaged in the milling business in
Tennessee, and three years later returned to New Madrid County, where he farmed
until 1870. He then came to California, and located at San Jose. Three months
later he removed to Madrone, where he purchased a farm of 240 acres, which he
worked successfully for seven years. He went to Gilroy in 1877, where he lived
for six years, part of which time he was engaged in the grocery business, and
part in farming.
In 1883 he moved to Old Gilroy, where he now resides. He was
married in Missouri to Miss Mary Catherine Hancock, a native of New Madrid
County, Missouri, but of Kentucky ancestry. They have five children, as follows:
Stella, William, Annie, David, and Nora. Mr. Phegley is a Democrat, politically.
For several years he held the office of Constable, and at the election of
November, 1886, he was chosen Supervisor of the First District of Santa Clara
County. Mr. Phegley takes an active interest in public affairs, and is at
present a member of the Democratic County Central Committee. He is regularly
chosen as a delegate to the county conventions of his party. He is a member of
the I. O. O. F. at Gilroy, and of the American Legion of Honor. Mr. Phegley has,
besides his residence at Old Gilroy, two stock ranches in the Canada de los Osos,
and usually runs from 100 to 150 head of cattle. One of his ranches contains 900
acres, and the other 400. Both are watered by creeks and springs.
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.
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