CHARLES WILSON LOVE
SURNAMES: LE GRAND, PRIDE, BERNAL, ORTEGA, MARTIN,
resides on the Santa Clara Alviso road, in the Alviso District, about
five miles north of Santa Clara, and one mile south of Alviso.
His farm contains fifty-five acres of productive land, eight acres of
which is in orchard, producing pears, apples, and prunes. About
twenty-acres are devoted to berry culture, strawberries of the
Longworth variety, principally, but also raspberries and
blackberries. The remainder of the land is used for the
production of hay and grain, and for stock pasturage, Mr. Love owning
some fine cattle of thoroughbred Jersey stock. There are two
artesian wells upon the place, one of which is worthy of special
mention. It has a depth of 742 feet, having a seven-inch pipe
throughout its whole depth. It flows three inches over the pipe,
and the temperature of the water is over 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mr. Love dates his birth in Jersey City, New Jersey, November 3,
1832. He is the son of Alexander and Lily (Le Grande Pride)
Love. His father was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and was a
veteran of the English naval service in the War of 1812. His
mother was also born in Glasgow, and was of French descent, her father
having met with his death in the famous Battle of Waterloo. When
ten years old he was taken from school to assist his father in his
work, that of gardening. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed
to the ships carpenter's trade, and after spending three years in
becoming proficient in it, he went to the Isthmus of Panama. He
there engaged for a year in the railroad survey and construction.
He then returned to New York and remained a few weeks before leaving ,
via steamer route, for California. He reached San Francisco in
April, 1850, and for the next six years was engaged in the coasting
trade from that city. In 1856 he came to Santa Clara County, and
settled at Alviso, where he spent the four years following as engineer
in the flouring mills, and as an employee in the warehouses. In
1870 he took possession of his present home, and since then has made
orchard culture there his occupation.
Mr. Love married, in 1865, Miss Soladad Martin, the youngest daughter
of John and Basclicia Bernal(Ortega) Martin. Her father was
born in Scotland, and came to this State in 1826, in the capacity of
ship's carpenter in the English naval service. Mr. Love has four
children, viz; M. Lily, Ida L., H., James A. and Charles A.
Mr. Love is a member of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen. In politics he is a strong Republican, and has several
times been delegated by his associates to represent them in the State
and County Conventions. He is one of those whose many genial
traits of character make them ever welcome and pleasant companions, and
his friends are many.
Pen Pictures From The
Garden of the World or Santa Clara County,
Illustrated. - Edited by H. S.
Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888. p. 280
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