In the death of Marion E. Ellis on May 8, 1904, Santa Clara County mourned the loss of one of her wealthiest and most honorable citizens and California one of her most prosperous dairy farmers and successful agriculturists. He was born on the Ellis home place at San Ysidro (Old Gilroy) on October 20, 1873, the son of James H. and Harriet (Zuck) Ellis, who are mentioned on another page in this history.

Marion was educated in a private school at Gilroy, and then attended Stanford University and later was graduated from Brewer's Military Academy at Palo Alto. After leaving school he engaged in business in Gilroy, and after his father's death assumed full charge of the dairy business near San Ysidro, and he served one term on the town council of Gilroy. Mr. Ellis was a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Eastern Star, the B. P. 0. Elks and the Odd Fellows.

The marriage of Mr. Ellis occurred in April, 1899, and united him with Miss Annabel Swan, born in the Salinas Valley, a daughter of Hugh Swan, an early settler of California, born in Scotland and a veteran of the Mexican war. Her mother was Miss Isabella Jackson, a native of Ireland. They were married in California, lived for a time in San Francisco and eventually located in Monterey County, where they died at Salinas. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis had one daughter, Marion I.

The Ellis ranch consists of 400 acres of fine rich land, on which has been conducted a dairy for fifty-six years, and is one of the profitable old-time dairies in the valley, the principal product of the dairy being fine California cheese, which is marketed in San Francisco. Mrs. Ellis has proven herself a capable and efficient manager of her husband's estate. The daughter, Marion, attended Mills College and also the Junior College at San Jose. She is an ardent lover of the great outdoors and with her mother enjoys the sports and games at their beautiful summer home a Monterey. At the death of her grandmother Ellis, she inherited some very desirable real estate in Gilroy, and some of the original capital stock of Salinas City Bank, and is taking an active interest in business affairs.

Transcribed  from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1257  cdf


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