San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Home of the Rotary Club of San Jose
Hanford Lennox Gordon was born in 1846 and over his lifetime held a variety of positions as attorney, and officer for the Union Army during the Civil War, a farmer, and a rancher.
Hanford and his wife, Mary, moved to San José from Minnesota in 1887. Upon arrival, the Gordons moved into this house, originally located at 5303 McKee Road. Hanford owned four ranches, including over 100 acres of olive grove on McKee Road, also known as Pala del Rancho.
Shortly after the move West, the Gordons divorced. Hanford remained embroiled in legal issues including a paternity suit involving a home domestic and at least one dispute which resulted in gunfire. In the late 1890s Hanford moved to Los Angeles, eventually re-married and later died in 1920. Mary Gordon remained in the home until her death in 1929.
The house was built in the 1870s. Thanks to the Rotary Club of San Jose, the house moved to History Park in the late 1980s and was restored. Care was taken to restore the veranda in the same manner as the original and the fireplace is made from the original brick. The windows are also original to the house. The Gordon House was dedicated June 6, 1990.
During the past 100 years, Members of
In addition to sending hundreds of wheelchairs, ambulances, mammogram machines, and medical equipment around the world for international projects, San Jose Rotary has provided over 40 Gifts of Life heart operations here in San Jose for adults from developing countries. Partnering with surgeons who repair cleft palates, Rotary has also sponsored several international Rotaplast missions.
Since 1985, members have generously supported Rotary International’s commitment to eradicate polio around the world. Working with the United Nations, Rotary has helped prevent over 30 million cases of polio worldwide.
In San Jose Rotary has built or made major contributions to
San Jose’s First Street Signs (1915) • Downtown Drinking Fountains (1922) • Ryland Pool (1925) • Rose Garden Reflecting Pool (1929) • Alum Rock Park (1936) • USO Building (1940) • Camp Costanoan for the Disabled (1954) • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo (1958) • Peralta Adobe Restoration (1960s) • O’Brien’s Candy Store (1975) • Center for Performing Arts’ Bear (1978) • Children’s Discovery Museum (1986) • Gordon House Restoration (1990) • Morone Senior Center (1992) • The Tech Museum (1996) • Rotary
Erected by Rotary Club of San Jose.
Location. 37° 19.262′ N, 121° 51.532′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Senter Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located in History Park, a portion of San Jose’s Kelley Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coyote Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chiechi House (within shouting distance of this marker); Empire Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Zanker House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Umbarger House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Jose Electric Tower (about 400 feet away); O’Brien’s (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
1. Incorrect Year of Birth on Marker
Hanford Lennox Gordon was my great-great grandfather. Thanks for the wonderful marker. His house looks beautifl and
Just wanted to let you know he was born in 1836, not 1846. I'm also unaware of a third wife after he moved to Los Angeles, but you never know! I'll see if I can find out more about that.
Mary Louise (Carpenter) Gordon was his second wife. His first wife passed away at a young age, something he never got over. Thanks for all your hard work.
— Submitted August 21, 2012, by Elyse Lucile Pintar of La Crescenta, California.
Categories. • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 2, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.