John W. Montgomery, son of Spencer and Martha Ann (Keathley) Montgomery, was born in Lawrence County, Indiana, September 17, 1835. His father’s parents were Virginians and his mother’s were Pennsylvania Germans. The parents of John Montgomery removed to Missouri in 1837, where they resided till their death, when he was a small boy. John remained in Missouri until seventeen years of age, when, in 1852, he came to California and went to the mines in El Dorado County, where he remained a few months, and then went to Grass Valley, where he lived about twenty years, first engaging in mining for nearly two years, then for two years he worked at his trade, that of saddle and harness making. After this he farmed four years, and then engaged in mining till the spring of 1863, when he went to Virginia City, Nevada, where he followed mining, farming, and his trade. Losing his health there, he returned to California in February, 1865, and again located in Grass Valley, where he remained till 1873, engaged in different occupations, when he came to Santa Clara Valley and farmed for a year, and in 1874 opened the first harness shop in Los Gatos. About six months afterward he removed to Santa Barbara County, where he lived three years, when he returned to Santa Clara County and followed farming for four years, and then engaged in the saddle and harness business again in Los Gatos, which he still follows.
He was married December 18, 1881, to Sophia Jones, a native of West Virginia. They have no children of their own, but have an adopted child, Earl.
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.
Transcribed by Kathy Sedler
Proofread by Betty Vickroy