Blacksmith- Mayfield

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of Mayfield, is a native of France, born near Marseilles, on the thirty-first of December, 1848, his parents being Joseph and Marguerite (Blanchon) Ponce. He came, with his sisters, to America, in 1857, starting from Havre, and landing at San Francisco. After attending school in that city for two years he came to Santa Clara County. He learned the trade of blacksmith, with John Duchesneau, commencing in 1869. In 1873 he started in business for himself, opening a shop in Mayfield, which he conducted until 1882, then rented it out and gave his entire attention to farming, until July 5, 1887, since which time he has been again conducting the shop at Mayfield.

        Mr. Ponce has two farms. His home ranch, of fifty-four acres, is about midway between Mayfield and Mountain View, on the wagon road. He purchased this place in 1882, and commenced improving it then, and has put up all the present buildings. Their land was covered with brush when he went upon it. The greater portion of the place is devoted to hay-raising, good crops being produced. He has about an acre and a half in choice table and wine grapes, and a family orchard of about 100 trees of selected fruits. His other place is across the railroad, and consists of fifty-one acres. This is mainly used for pasture.

        Mr. Ponce was married, in San Francisco, to Miss Julia Quere, a native of New York. They have three children: Ettiene, Juliette, and Adelina.

        Mr. Ponce is a member of the I. O. O. F., and has been for many years a trustee of the local lodge. He has also passed through all the chairs, and been elected representative to Grand Lodge. In politics he is a Republican.

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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