the proprietor of Rengstorff's Landing, and a prominent agriculturist of Fremont Township, ranks among the early settlers of Santa Clara County. He dates his birth in Hanover (then an independent province, but now a part of the great German Empire), September 29, 1829. He is the son of Fred. and Amelia (Hambruch) Rengstorff.. He was reared and educated in his native province, and when twenty‑one years of age (1850) he embarked on a sail vessel bound for San Francisco. The long journey around Cape Horn was attended by no unusual event. Embarking in May, the port of San Francisco was reached in November. Our subject found employment on the steamer Jack Robinson, plying between the city and Alviso. After spending three months in that work, he engaged in farm labor near San Jose. Years were spent in working for others, he carefully saving his earnings meanwhile, in order that he might purchase land, and thus give employment to others, rather than depend on others for employment. This worthy object was accomplished in 1857, when Mr. Rengstorff purchased land in Fremont Township, within one mile of the landing now bearing his name, and near where he now lives. In 1859 he commenced business at the Landing, where he erected large and substantial buildings, and was soon ranked among the leading business men of that part of Santa Clara County. The shipments of grain from his landing in the early years were enormous. All kinds of produce raised in the valley in those years found its way to market by water, and a large district on the west side of the valley made its shipping-point at Rengstorff's Landing. The principal articles of shipment are now hay and lumber, though grain is still handled to some extent. Storage for 3,000 tons of hay and large quantities of grain and lumber is among the facilities found at the Landing. Mr. Rengstorff is largely interested in agriculture, owning six large farms, and furnishing employment for many men, although much of his land is rented. On one of his ranches located in the mountains in San Mateo County, there are indications of the existence of silver ore and other valuable minerals. His San Mateo property contains about 1,200 acres, and is chiefly valuable for its redwood and other lumber. His fine home farm, with several farms near by, and a half interest in 500 acres near San Jose, make him one of the county's wealthy men. All his prosperity is the result of an active, energetic life of industry, combined with fine business qualifications. He came to this county ignorant not only of its manners and customs, but also of its language. He possessed a cash capital of $4.00—hardly sufficient for more than one day's subsistence—but rich in the possession of strong hands, a courage that nothing could daunt, a will and a purpose to dare and to do,—a working capital that may well be envied.
November, 1857, Mr. Rengstorff was united in marriage with Miss Christiana
Hassler, who was born in Wurtemburg, Germany. Their six children bear the
following names: John, who is engaged in business at Seattle, Washington
Territory; Marie, Elise, Helena, Christine, Nanna, and Henry. The family home on
the Bay road, one and a half miles north of New Mountain View, is a commodious,
substantial residence, furnished throughout with all that marks the fine home of
this progressive age. Nothing necessary to comfort, that money can procure, is
found lacking. Politically, Mr. Rengstorff is identified with the Republican
party. Alive to the importance of efficiency in our public schools, he is a
Trustee of the Whistman District. A firm believer in the Christian religion, he
is also a Trustee of the Presbyterian Church of Mountain View.
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 Joseph Kral, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 383
**Transcribers note: Marriage License on File at the San Jose Historical Museum
Subject: RENGSTORFF, MARY
Title: Marriage License File
Location: San Jose Historical Museum
Source: Source Date: 11/12/1891
Note: Groom: MARTELLE, A. C.
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