ECV1850 Plaque:
Francis J. Smith House

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CITY OF
SAN JOSE
CAPITAL OF SILICON VALLEY
FRANCIS J. SMITH HOUSE
CITY OF SAN JOSE LANDMARK HLA 86-031-01
RESOLUTION NO. 79565

HOME OF FRANCIS J. SMITH
FIRST, LAST, AND ONLY POSTMASTER OF EVERGREEN

PIONEER EVERGREEN SETTLER, FRANCIS J. SMITH BUILT THIS HOME IN 1874 ON LAND
ORIGINALLY PART OF THE CHABOYA MEXICAN LAND GRANT, RANCHO YERBA BUENA. THE
VILLAGE OF EVERGREEN'S COMMERCIAL CENTER STOOD NEAR THIS SITE, WHERE IN 1868,
BROTHERS CHARLES C. AND FRANCIS J. SMITH OPENED A GENERAL STORE. IN 1870, THE
FARMERS OF EVERGREEN PETITTIONED FOR A POST OFFICE. FRANCIS J. SMITH BECAME
EVERGREEN'S FIRST POSTMASTER AND HELD THE POST UNTIL THE POST OFFICE WAS
DISCONTINUED IN 1914. FARMERS PICKED UP THEIR MAIL AT SMITH'S STORE AND
PATRONIZED NEARBY BUSINESSES, INCLUDING A BLACKSMITH SHOP AND WINERY. THE
HOUSE STOOD BEHIND THE GENERAL STORE AND IS PICTURED IN THOMPSON AND WEST'S
1876 HISTORICAL ATLAS MAP OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY. ALTHOUGH THE STORE BURNED IN
1929, THE HOUSE REMAINED A HOME FOR ONE OF SMITH'S CHILDREN, KATHERINE R. SMITH,
A SCHOOLTEACHER, LIVED HERE UNTIL HER DEATH IN 1873 AT THE AGE OF 103. AN
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE EVERGREEN SCHOOL DISTRICT BEARS HER NAME. IN 2019, THE
HOUSE WAS MOVED CLOSER TO THE ROAD TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT. SOME
OF THE EUCALYPTUS AND PEPPER TREES FRANCIS J. SMITH PLANTED STILL REMAIN.


DEDICATED 2021
BY
CALIFORNIA PIONEERS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY

MOUNTAIN CHARLIE CHAPTER NO. 1850
E CLAMPUS VITUS

"RIGHT WRONGS NOBODY"

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The Francis J. Smith House
3556 San Felipe Road
(at the intersection of Yerba Buena Avenue)
San Jose, CA 95135
Santa Clara County

GPS
  Francis J. Smith House  
WGS84 Datum
    37.31064° N.
-121.78573° W.



NGH Rufus unveils the new plaque
ECV1850 NGH Frank "Rufus" Deats unveils the new plaque.


Photo of new plaque and NGH Rufus - SATISFACTORY!
ECV1850 NGH Frank "Rufus" Deats - SATISFACTORY!

Jim Tanner XNGH No.5
ECV1850 XNGH No. 5, Jim Tanner - "... And So Recorded!"

SATISFACTORY!!!






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