VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT
MARION E ELLIS
SURNAMES: ZUCK, SWAN, JACKSON,
In the death of Marion E. Ellis on May 8, 1904, Santa Clara County
mourned the loss of one of her wealthiest and most honorable citizens
and California one of her most prosperous dairy farmers and successful
agriculturists. He was born on the Ellis home place at San Ysidro (Old Gilroy) on October 20,
1873, the son of James
H. and Harriet (Zuck) Ellis, who are mentioned on another page in
Marion was educated in a private school at Gilroy, and then attended
Stanford University and later was graduated from Brewer's Military
Academy at Palo Alto. After leaving school he engaged in business in
Gilroy, and after his father's death assumed full charge of the dairy
business near San Ysidro, and he served one term on the town council of
Gilroy. Mr. Ellis was a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Eastern Star,
the B. P. 0. Elks and the Odd Fellows.
The marriage of Mr. Ellis occurred in April, 1899, and united him with
Miss Annabel Swan, born in the Salinas Valley, a daughter of Hugh Swan,
an early settler of California, born in Scotland and a veteran of the
Mexican war. Her mother was Miss Isabella Jackson, a native of Ireland.
They were married in California, lived for a time in San Francisco and
eventually located in Monterey County, where they died at Salinas. Mr.
and Mrs. Ellis had one daughter, Marion I.
The Ellis ranch consists of 400 acres of fine rich land, on which has
been conducted a dairy for fifty-six years, and is one of the
profitable old-time dairies in the valley, the principal product of the
dairy being fine California cheese, which is marketed in San Francisco.
Mrs. Ellis has proven herself a capable and efficient manager of her
husband's estate. The daughter, Marion, attended Mills College and also
the Junior College at San Jose. She is an ardent lover of the great
outdoors and with her mother enjoys the sports and games at their
beautiful summer home a Monterey. At the death of her grandmother
Ellis, she inherited some very desirable real estate in Gilroy, and
some of the original capital stock of Salinas City Bank, and is taking
an active interest in business affairs.
Transcribed from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1257 cdf
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