Bio-Pen Pictures

SURNAMES; McKee, Bostwick, Doan,

                                                                                             JOHN MURDOCK
                                                                                    CANADA DE LOS OSOS

 John Murdock was born in County Down, Ireland, October 23, 1832, his parents being James  and Ann (McKee) Murdock, both of Scotch blood.  At the age of seventeen he came to the United States with his brother, locating in Arkansas, where he remained until 1852, when he crossed the plains to Marysville, California, and found employment in a bakery for a while.  He next went to Sutter County, where he engaged in stock-raising, and in 1868 came to Santa Clara County, bringing eighty head of cattle with him.  In 1876 he engaged in the dairying business, in which he has been successful.  His present residence was erected in 1879.

            Mr. Murdock was married in Sutter County, January 10, 1867, to Miss Catherine L. Bostwick, a native of Ohio, and of Pennsylvania ancestry.  They have nine children:  William Henry, residing in Fresno; Mary Ann, wife of C. Doan, residing in San Benito County; David M., a resident of San Jose; Noble D., a resident of San Felipe; Sarah Jane, John C., Charles N., Robert Frederick, and Catherine L.  Mrs. Murdock died in August, 1879.

            In politics Mr. Murdock is a Republican.  He is now, and has been for fifteen years, a School Trustee in Rhodes School District.  He has a fine garden, and raises nearly all kinds of vegetables.  Wild clover and oats were found growing on the place when he settled on it.  The bur clover is the best feed he has, and the alfalfa also does well.  He usually rents about 100 acres in the valley for feed for his stock, and runs his stock on that when he can.  Mr. Murdock has a ranch of 879 acres, nearly eight miles due east from Gilroy, in the Canada De Los Osos.  He has from 100 to 150 head of stock cattle, and usually milks about forty cows, and makes 100 pounds of cheese per day, for which he finds a market in San Francisco.  He has obtained as high as eighteen cents per pound for cheese this season.  He manufactures the Young America cheese, which averages eight pounds each.  He raises the Durham breed of cattle, preferring them to any other for dairy purposes.

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.
Pg. 309-310
Transcribed by Kathy Sedler
Proofread by Betty Vickroy