Los Gatos Fruit Packing Company
Samuel Templeton, son of Archibald and Olivia Templeton, was born in County Antrim, twenty miles from Belfast, Ireland, October 11, 1832. His father was a farmer, and he remained with him till twenty-three years of age, when he came to New York, where he was located for three years. In March, 1858, he started for California, and arrived in Los Gatos in April of that year, in search of work. He soon found employment with the Santa Cruz Gap Turnpike and Tunnel Company, who owned a toll-road running from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz County, which was the first toll-road in this section of the county. After remaining with this company a short time, he went into the lumber and stock business, during which time he purchased 500 acres of land in Santa Cruz County. In 1875 he removed to Los Gatos and built himself a home, and shortly after sold his 500-acre tract.
In 1876 he attended the Centennial in Philadelphia, and the same year visited his old him in Ireland. His parents had both died a few years before this. Upon his return he engaged in no particular business until the Los Gatos Fruit Packing Company was organized, in 1882, in which business he is a large stockholder and President. Mr. Templeton was married, June 30, 1867, to Mrs. Jane (Duncan) Healy, who is also a native of Ireland.
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