The Valley of Heart's Delight


BIO- Pen Pictures
SURNAMES:  Wilkinson, Wild

WILLIAM AINSWORTH resides on the Hostetter road, in the Eagle School District, about five and one-half miles northeast of San Jose, at which point he owns twenty-five acres of land, which is devoted to orchard purposes, producing apricots, peaches, prunes, plums apples, pears, and cherries. This orchard is about ten years old, and is in full bearing. It is worthy of mention that in 1887 seventy-five tons of fruit were taken from one thousand trees. These trees occupied about ten acres. The soil is a light loam, and is so moist that all kinds of vegetables can be raised without any irrigation.

The subject of this sketch was born in Lancashire County, England, in 1862. His parents were William H. and Caroline (Wilkinson) Ainsworth. He was reared to mercantile pursuits, after sixteen years of age, and was engaged in the India and China trade, in Manchester, England, until 1884. In that year he came to the United States, landing in New York. After a short stay in that city he went to Nebraska, with the intention of engaging in the cattle business; but not being suited with that country he came to California, and after spending some time in traveling over the State, came to Santa Clara County and purchased his present residence. He then returned to England and married Miss A. C. Wild, of London, returning to California the same year with his bride, since which he has engaged in the cultivation of his orchard. Mr. Ainsworth has brought to his calling well-trained business habits which have insured his success. Mr. and Mrs. Ainsworth have two children: Trevlyn and Cyral.

SOURCE:  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.- page 530  transcribed by Roena Wilson


Santa Clara County- The Valley of Heart's Delight
 Aug 3, 2005