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Rancho San Ysidro / San Ysidro School

 
 
Rancho San Ysidro Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
1. Rancho San Ysidro Marker
Side 1 of the monument base.
Inscription. [This base is a two-sided monument commemorating both Rancho San Ysidro (side 1) and San Ysidro School (side 2)]

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
Rancho San Ysidro Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
2. Rancho 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

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 there to accommodate students from the growing
San Ysidro School Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
3. San Ysidro School Marker
Side 2 of the monument base.
The giant sycamore tree mentioned in marker text can be seen in Photo #2 in background. (Center of Photo)
community of Gilroy.
The San Ysidro School remained as an independent 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 Gilroyís past, present, and future.
Dedicated June 11, 1994
Gilroy Unified School District
Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850
E Clampus Vitus
"Right Wrongs Nobody"

 
Erected 2004 by Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850 E Clampus Vitus, Observatory Parlor 177 Native Sons of The Golden West & Gilroy Unified School District.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 0.032′ N, 121° 31.354′ W. Marker is in Gilroy, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Pacheco Pass Highway (State Highway 152) 1.8 miles east of State Highway 101, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2220 Pacheco Pass Highway, Gilroy CA 95020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gilroy (approx. 2.4 miles away); Butterfield Overland Stage
San Ysidro School Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
4. San Ysidro School Marker
(approx. 2.5 miles away); Old City Hall (approx. 2.6 miles away); “Alcalde” (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gilroy Carnegie Library (approx. 2.8 miles away); Franklin Family Ranch (approx. 5 miles away); Rucker School Historical Site 1894 (approx. 5.1 miles away); Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch County Park (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gilroy.
 
Also see . . .
1. Clampers In the News. A reprint of an article written by Lori Stuenkel, Gilroy Dispatch:
The school property sold and the new owners worked very closely with the Mountain Charlie Chapter of the EVC and several other organizations to install these markers on the school site. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. “Plat of Rancho San Ysidro Confirmed to John Gilroy". University of California documents detailing information of the confirmation of the land grant to John Gilroy. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. “Plat of Rancho San Ysidro Confirmed to Quintin Ortega"
Community Donors Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
5. Community Donors
Donor Plaque mounted on north side of monument base:
California Pioneers of Santa Clara County
Daughters of the American Revolution
Gablin Chapter DAR, Gilroy
Keith Lodge No.187 E. & A. M., Gilroy
. University of California documents detailing information of the confirmation of the land grant to Quintin Ortega. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850 thank the people who made this possible:
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.
Source: http://www.mountaincharlie1850.org/pl_san_ysidro_rancho.html
    — Submitted April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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