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its name indicates this village is the depot of the Southern Pacific
Railroad, and is entirely the result of that line of
communication. It was laid out by Hon. S. O. Houghton, of San
Jose, in lots of one hundred and fifty feet square, while about the
same time another town named Bayview was planned by Castro. So
far as can be gleaned from the plat of the village, recorded in March,
1865, twelve blocks of six lots each were projected, bounded by
thoroughfares which received high-sounding names, that to the north
being Front street; to the south, Dana and California streets; to the
east, View street, and to the west Oak street, the site being
intersected from north to south by Franklin, Bryant, Castro and Hope
streets, and east to west by Villa and Dana streets.
Prior to the commencement of any town the railroad had a small ticket
office , situated in a corner of one of Mr. Dale's fields,
superintended by a man named Shirley who was the first station
agent. In 1864, on the abandonment of the temporary building,
which served as a depot, and the construction of the saloon of Shirley
& Haines, which was purchased by the railroad for a station, the
town may be said to have taken its start. This was the first
house in Mountain View Station. The next was the hotel, built in
1865 by Daniel Frink and Shirley. It was originally used as a
saloon, but afterwards added to until it assumed the proportions which
it shows to-day. the third house erected was that of Amos Neff,
in the same year, on the site directly opposite the hotel, but the
railroad afterwards acquiring the ground it was removed to its present
location in 1865.
In the year 1872 the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, organized a
congregation and built a neat church building, under charge of Rev.
Isaac L. Hopkins, this, with splendid brick warehouses of Smith &
Bubb, erected in 1878, being the only buildings of any prominence in
the village. The secret societies are all well represented, the
stores appear to drive a thriving trade, while the post-office, removed
from the old town, and agency of Wells, Fargo & Co., all appear to
have their share of business.
Methodist Episcopal Church, South.-- This Church was
organized in October, 1872 and the circuit set off under charge of Rev.
Isaac L. HOPKINS, since when the following Reverend gentlemen have
occupied the pulpit; 1873-4, Richard PRATT; 1875, L. C. RENFRO; 1876,
C. P. JONES; 1877, Isaac L. HOPKINS; 1878, Isaac L. HOPKINS; 1879,
George SIM; 1880, F. M. FEATHERSON. The church, which has a
seating capacity of about two hundred and fifty, was built in 1872, and
is in the Mountain View circuit,which also includes Bayview, the
congregation in the former place numbering about one hundred and
twenty-five, and eighty or ninety in the latter. The neat little
edifice is situated on the confines of Mountain View Station.
Mountain View Lodge, No. 194. F. & A. M.- At a preliminary
meeting held October 8, 1868, the following breathren being
present: W. GALLIMORE, H. N. BISHOP, S. WWILHEIMER, W. G.
JONES, A. J HOYT, William EPPEHEIMER, G. W. SMITH, William
BULLARD, Chris. MAYERS, A. F. BEARDSLEY, G. W. DAVIS, it was determined
to petition the Grand Lodge for the establishment of a lodge at
Mountain Veiw Station. In due time Dispensation was granted, and
the following officers chosen under it: G. W. SMITH, W. M.; G. W.
DAVIS, S.W., Wiliam EPPENHEIMER, Treas.; A. J. HOYT, Sec.; William
BULLARD, S. D.; Chris MAYERS, J. D.; W. G. JONES, Tyler. The
Charter was conceded December 26, 1869, with the following officers
named :L G. W. SMITH, W. M.; W EPPEHEIMER, S. W; C. MAYERS,
, J. W. The present membership of the lodge numbers seventeen,
while they meet in the Masonic Hall at Mountain View Station, on the
first Tuesday of each month preceding the full moon. Officers for
the current term are : H. McCLERY, W. M.; W. WHITMORE, S. W.; S.
WEILHEIMER, J. W.; G. E. SHORE, Treas.; W. FOSS, Sec.; John GRAHAM, S.
D.;E. YOUNG, J. D.; C. MAYERS, Tyler.
Mountain View Lodge, No 59, A. O. U. W. - The Ancient Order
of United Workmen organized thier lodge No. 59, October 16, 1878, with
the following Charter Members: William F. FOSS, S. G. ISAMAN, W.
BABCOCK, G. E. SHORE, George T. WAGSTAFF, Walter HENDERSON, J. M. PAUL,
A. ALEXANDER, J. P. PONCE, J. W. COULTER, M. Le DEIT, N. A. GILMAN,
Peter TOWNE, J. L. McKIBBEN, E. A. MINSCH, L. COBLENTZ, H. D.
ROBERTSON, the original officers being: William F. FOSS, P.M.W.; G. E.
SHORE, M. W.; Walter HENDERSON, G. F.; W. BABCOCK, O.; S. G. ISAMAN,
Recorder; L. COBLENTZ G.; N. A GILMAN, Financier; G. T. WAGSTAFF,
Receiver; John PAUL, I. W.; A. ALEXANDER, O. W.; Trustees, H.. D.
ROBERTSON, Peter TOWNE, G.E. SHORE. The present membership
is thirty-two, who hold their meetings in the Masonic Hall every
Staurday evening. The officers of the current term
are. N. A. GILMAN, M. W.; J. L. ROSS, M. D., G. F.; J. C. SMITH, O.; G.
T. WAGSTAFF, Recorder; J. R. STEWARTt, G; W. F. FROST,Financier; J.
A.. HORNBERGER, Receiver; M. WALTERS, I. W.; R. HODGES, O. W.
Golden Wreath Lodge, NO. 327, I.O.G.T.- The Good Templars
instituted their lodge May 14, 1880, the Charter Members being: C. T
SPRINGER , N.A. GILMAN, J. J. MOCKBEE, Miss L. B. GILMAN, Miss M. E.
SMITH, Miss M. E. SMITH, John S. BAILEY, Joseph E. GRAHAM, A.
CRITTENDEN, Miss Annie COLEMAN, Alick A. COOK, W. T. TRIPLETT, W.
BRACHER, George GUTH, Henry HUFF, W. SMITH, A. W. MUNCY, E. J.
GILLESPIE, David JENKINS, Frank KING, Jerome BAILEY, Miss Maggie KING,
George R. SMITH, Frank GARDNER, Frank MORTON, Miss Grace SHORE, Miss
Lizzie SPRINGER, John QUIRK, D. MURPHY, George SIM, T. S. STEALY the
original holders of office being as follows ; N. A. GILMAN, W. C. T.;
Miss Grace SHORE, W. R. H. S.' Miss Lizzie SPRINGER, W.L.H.S.; Miss
Mary SMITH, W. V. T.; Charles SPRINGER, P.W.C. T.; J. S. BAILEY, W.
Sec.; Miss Martha SMITH, Asst. Sec.; A. CRITTENDEN, W. F. Sec.; J. S.
MOCKBEE, W. Tres.; Alick A COOK, W. I. G.; W. T. TRIPLETT, W. O. G.;
Miss Lizzie GILMAN, W. Marshall; Miss Maggie KING, Asst, Marshal;
Chaplain, Rev. Geo SIM; E. J. GILLESPIE, D. D. G. W. C. T.
The present memership is thirty-one, and meets every Friday at Congress
Hall. The officers for the current term are: W. T.
TRIPLETT, W. C. T.; A. MUNCY, W. R. H.S.; H HUFF, W. L. H. S.; Miss
Lillie GILMAN, W. V. T.; N. A. GILMAN, P. W. C. T.; D. JENKINS, W.
Alick A. COOK, W. F. Sec.; J. MOCKBEE, W. Treas.; W. SMITH, W.
Marshall; F. KING, Asst. Mar.; Miss Cynthia MOCKBEE, W. I. G.; T.
STEALY, W. O. G.; John BAILIEY, W. Chaplain; E. J. GILLESPIE, D.
Mountain View Hotel------The hostelery was
originally built in
the year 1865 by Daniel Frink and_______Shirley, and was by them
conducted for two years, when it was purchased by S. Weilheimer, and
rented by him for several years, though he now has it under his own
management. It is situated on the corner of Castro and
streets in close proximity to the rail road depot, contains thirteen
rooms, and will be found worthy the attention of transient guests.
Warehouses.--The two substantial brick warehouses
situated here were construced and completed in May, 1878, by J. A.
Wright, of Mountain View, for Messrs. Smith and Bubb. The one
built for the storage of hay is one hundred and sixty by fifty-six
feet, twenty feet in the clear, and has a capacity of about one
thousand five hundred tons That used for grain is one
hundred-and sixty-three, by forty-eight feet, is fourteen feet in the
clear with a capacity of about twenty thousand sacks. Up to the
presnt these buildings have been found of paramount advantage to
shippers during the last season both of them having been filled to
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History of Santa Clara County, California
San Francisco: Alley, Bowen & Co., 1881, pages 264-266
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