ECV1850 Plaque:
San Ysidro Rancho


[ 1876 map of San Ysidro Rancho. ]

1876 map of San Ysidro Rancho.


[ Ancient tree at San Ysidro Rancho. ]

Ancient Sycamore tree at San Ysidro Rancho.


[ San Ysidro Rancho. ]


[ San Ysidro Rancho. ]


Rancho San Ysidro
In the early 1800's Rancho San Ysidro was granted to Ygnacio Ortega. After his
death the lands were divided among his three children, Quintin, Maria Isabel
and Maria Clara, who married John Gilroy at Mission San Juan Bautista in 1821.
A short distance west of the ancient sycamore, at the intersection of Pacheco
Pass and Frazier Lake Road, stood the adobes of the Ortega and Gilroy families.
Ortega's seaman son-in-law was born in Scotland about 1794 as John Cameron,
arrived in Monterey in 1814, borrowed his mother's maiden name, and was later
baptized as "Juan Bautista Gilroy."He is considered the first English-speaking
resident of California.

With brothers-in-law Quintin Ortega and Julian Cantua, Gilroy made soap near
San Felipe Lake, which he traded along with onions and flour from his gristmill to
Thomas Larkin of Monterey. Settlers were drawn to Rancho San Ysidro because
of the hospitality of the Ortega and Gilroy families. Captain John C. Fremont and
his troops passed by here on their way south in November 1846. They
appropriated most of Gilroy's horses and mules to support the American
acquisition of California. San Ysidro grew into a small community with a school
(later located on this site), store, butcher and blacksmith shops, and a post
office.

John Gilroy lived here under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States.
He served as an auxiliary alcalde and later as justice of the peace. When the
town was incorporated in 1868, citizens honored Gilroy by naming their town
after him. The growth of the community of San Ysidro shifted two miles west.
the following year with the completion of the railroad amd the demise of John
Gilroy. Today, descendents of John Gilroy continue his legacy by residing in "Old
Gilroy," also known as San Ysidro.
Dedicated October 23, 2004 by the The Gilroy Historical Society &
Anchorpoint Christian School

Erected by Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850 E Clampus Vitus &
Observatory Parlor 177 Native Sons of The Golden West


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(Reverse side of monument.)

[ Reverse side of monument. ]


SAN YSIDRO SCHOOL
SAN YSIDRO SCHOOL IS THE OLDEST SCHOOL IN CONTINUOUS OPERATION ON THE SAME SITE IN
SOUTHERN SANTA CLARA COUNTY. TITLED AFTER A SPANISH LAND GRANT ACQUIRED BY YGNACIO
ORTEGA FROM MEXICO IN 1803, RANCHO SAN YSIDRO WAS NAMED AFTER SAINT ISADORE, "THE
PLOWMAN". LOCAL FAMILIES WERE THE FIRST TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR EDUCATING THEIR
CHILDREN. ESTABLISHED IN 1859, A REDWOOD STRUCTURE WAS BUILT HERE TO ACCOMODATE
STUDENTS FROM THE GROWING COMMUNITY OF GILROY.

THE SAN YSIDRO SCHOOL REMAINED AS AN INDEPENDANT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR OVER 100 YEARS,
AND WAS COMBINED WITH THE GILROY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IN JULY OF 1966.
SAN YSIDRO SCHOOL, TOGETHER WITH THE GIANT SYCAMORE TREE THAT SHADES THE FRONT
PLAYGROUND, HAS SURVIVED AS A CORNERSTONE OF EDUCATION FOR THE CHILDREN OF GILROY'S
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE.
DEDICATED JUNE 11, 1994
GILROY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
MOUNTAIN CHARLIE CHAPTER No. 1850
E CLAMPUS VITUS

"RIGHT WRONGS NOBODY"

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This double-sided monument is located at
The Anchorpoint Christian School
(Old San Ysidro School site.)
2220 Pacheco Pass Highway (Hwy 152).
(1.8 miles east of Hwy 101,
just east of the Frazier Lake Road curve.)
Gilroy.
Santa Clara County, CA. 95020-8036

GPS
  San Ysidro  
WGS84 Datum
N 37.00053°
W 121.52257°

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Plaque Dedication.

[ Plaque dedication. ]

NGH Matt Keahey christening the new monument.
SATISFACTORY!

... and so recorded.


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In Tribute:

These monuments were erected as a tribute to today's community of Gilroy
and to the earlier Rancho San Ysidro and today's decendants of the
Ortega family, to the later community of San Ysidro and today's
descendants of the John Gilroy family, to the Clan Cameron, and
lastly to all the early seaman who left their ships to settle and
raise families in Alta California.


Special thanks to all those whose support, hard work, and dedication
helped make this plaque possible, including:

Bill Clark, Historian, ECV1850.

Noble Grand Humbug Matt Keahey and all the Graybeards of ECV1850.

Connie Rogers, Pres. Gilroy Historical Society.

James Rogers, Board Member, Gilroy Unified School District.

Doug Rose, Pres. NSGW, Observatory Parlor No.177.

Rev. Steven White, Trustee, Anchorpoint Christian School.




[ Hand pointing left. ] Gilroy Dispatch article about Anchorpoint Christian School and its historic site. By Lori Stuenkel.

[ red ball ] Native Sons Of The Golden West.

[ red ball ] San Ysidro School.

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