Letters of John M. Battee, California pioneer, written to his family between 1853 and 1866, documenting his life in San Jose.
John M. Battee was born in Maryland on November 3, 1827. He came to California via Panama in the early 1850s, and married
Clarissa McKean of Ohio. Battee took office as a Santa Clara County supervisor on March 7, 1870, and continued as a member
and chairman of the board until March 4, 1878. During this time he championed the road to Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton.
Battee was a grain farmer who owned large ranches in Santa Clara County as well as the Salinas Valley, and was one of the
founders of the Farmers' Union in San Jose. In his later years he developed a prune orchard in Los Gatos. He died in San Jose
on October 30, 1921.
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