Legendary Locals of Los Gatos

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In 1878, Charles Erskine Scott Wood, builder of the Cats Estate, wrote "Good citizens are the riches of a city." From its beginning, Los Gatos has suffered no shortage of hardworking, inventive, entrepreneurial, and gifted people. Early orchardists found the land unbelievably productive, but their crops were threatened with disease and pesky infestations of gophers. John Bean and Zephyr Macabee provided solutions. Louise Van Meter was an unconventional teacher who championed the new concept of kindergarten. Neta Snook Southern defied traditional female roles to become a pilot. She taught Amelia Earhart to fly before retiring to Los Gatos, where she raised prunes, apricots, and miniature horses. John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during one long, hot summer in town. Steve Wozniak settled in Los Gatos and donated computers to schools. The lives presented here have contributed to the sparkling legacy of the "Gem City of the Foothills."
ISBN: 9781467101356
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 181
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Peggy Conaway Bergtold is the retired director of Los Gatos Public Library and a local historian. She has written for professional journals and for eight years authored a local history column for the Los Gatos Weekly Times. This is her fourth book for Arcadia Publishing. While living in Los Gatos, Stephanie Ross Mathews wrote a previous Arcadia book and enjoyed participating in a number of organizations and projects relating to the town's history.
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