A man of varied interests, William Morrison Curtner, son of Henry Curtner and his wife Lydia (Kendall) Curtner, was born near Centerville, Alameda County, California, February 28, 1864.  When he was four years old his father moved to the Curtner Ranch at Warm Springs, where he was reared. He attended the public school and Washington College. His beloved mother passed away when he was thirteen years old. After finishing his college work he went to a cattle ranch in Nevada, which was owned by his father and William Downing. He remained there only a short time. The ranch was sold, and William Downing having purchased a part of the Curtner Ranch, he entered into partnership with him in the cattle business. He remained in the cattle business three years, then sold his interest in cattle and removed to Irvington where he was engaged in farming for several years, then sold his land at Irvington and came to the ranch on which -he now lives. This ranch is located on the southern end of the Curtner Ranch and is in the northern part of Santa Clara County. This ranch he has developed by conserving its water supply and planting orchards. The hill part of the ranch is devoted to raising early vegetables and is tenanted. After coming to this ranch he had charge of his father's land interests for ten years, and a part of it until his father's death. He also owned stock in the Abel Curtner Land & Livestock Company of Nevada of which he was secretary. He has varied interests outside of his ranch, but the home place is where he has spent the most profitable and pleasurable part of his time. The home is located on an interesting spot, chosen three times as a place of abode. The veil of  adventurer and the prospector came. The old adobe still echoes the clanging of spurs and merry clatter of horses feet as their riders gather under the trees—the days of boundless hospitality that fled when the "etranjero" came. By the side of the old, old trees the olive, orange and lemon, the chestnut, walnut, almond and fruits of all kinds thrive, making a present-history as interesting as the past.

Mr. Curtner is a director of the Security State Bank in San Jose. In politics he is a Republican. He belongs to the Sierra Club, the San Jose Country Club and the Commercial Club, and he is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He married May L. Weller, daughter of Joseph Rush Weller and his wife Marion (Hart) Weller. He has two children, William Weller and Marion Lucy, now Mrs. Theodore Warford Weller of Boston, Mass. His son received his college education at Harvard University and Leland Stanford, Jr., University, receiving his A. B. and M. A. degrees at Leland Stanford, Jr., University. His daughter attended Wellesley and Leland Stanford, Jr., University, receiving her A. B. at Leland Stanford, Jr., University.

 Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1120


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