Louis Chynoweth, one of the public-spirited citizens of San Jose Township, became identified with Santa Clara County in 1887. He is a native of Wisconsin, and was born in Dane County on the nineteenth of August, 1856. His father, Thomas Chynoweth, was a native of England, but his mother, whose maiden name was Emily Bradford, was American born, and a native of New Hampshire. The subject of this mention was reared in Madison, the capital of the Badger State, and received his education at the State University, an institution of learning of very high rank. He was among the graduates of the class of 1881. Having completed his scholastic education, he adopted the law as his profession, reading the course in the office of E. A. & J. O. Hayes. He afterward practiced with the firm of Knight & Hayes, at Ashland, Wisconsin, whither he removed in August, 1884.
In April, 1887, he
purchased 210 acres of land in Santa Clara County, while on a visit to
California, and in September he came out here to make his future home in this
valley. He has sold off 110 acres, including the foot-hill land, and now has
100 acres of level land, which has no superior in this county. Of this splendid
tract it is probable Mr. Chynoweth will devote sixty acres to fruit culture. He
has already made a start in this direction, having planted in 1888 seven acres
in prunes, peaches, apricots, pears, plums, apples, cherries, nectarines,
quinces, figs, etc. These have all shown such progress that forty acres will be
added to the orchard in the coming winter. Most of the planting will be French
prunes, with a small proportion of apricots, peaches, pears, and cherries. The
place adjoins the main thoroughfare between San Jose and Monterey, from which a
beautiful view of it is obtained, with the hills as a background. Mr.
Chynoweth, who resided at Hurley, Wisconsin, during the year immediately
preceding his coming here, is interested in the great Germania iron mine at that
point. He formerly had holdings in the Ashland mine, but disposed of these.
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.
ranscribed by Kathy Sedler
Proofread by Betty Vickroy
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