| B. W. HOLLENBECK was born in Eaton, Madison County,
New York, December 15, 1814. His parents, Abraham and Betsy (White)
Hollenbeck, were natives of Connecticut. They were married in that
State, and at a very early date removed to Madison County, New York, and
were among the early pioneers there. In 1836 they removed to Cass
County, Michigan, where their son, Albert G. Hollenbeck, was living.
Abraham died there in December, 1836, and his widow returned to Madison
County, New York, and died there in 1859. They had five sons and three
daughters, of whom two are now living. Benjamin W., the subject of this
notice, was raised on the old home place, and lived there and in
adjoining counties at times until he came to California, in 1859. He
came by way of Panama, and landed in San Francisco June 25 of that year.
He first went to San Jose, where he remained a few weeks looking around,
and then went to work for a man named "Jake" Hansen, in Little
Calaveras Valley. After a while he took a trip up North, but, finding
nothing to suit him, returned to this valley and bought a place near
Saratoga, and went to work getting out redwood timber from the
mountains. He lived there five or six years, and then bought his present
place in the Lincoln School District, where he has lived ever since. It
was rough, stumpy lumber; the tops of the trees were taken off, leaving
the stumps standing ten or fifteen feet high, and it cost a great deal
of labor to get them out. The place originally contained 160 acres, but
he has sold off portions of it, so that he now has but sixty acres
remaining. He has a vineyard of forty acres of wine grapes five years
old, and besides has an acre or two of fruit-trees of different
varieties. The rest of the land is used for hay and grain. In 1887 he
made 10,000 gallons of wine. The same year he built a winery at a cost
of $1,500 for machinery and cooperage. The building was erected some
time before this.
Mr. Hollenbeck was married in Madison County, New York, to Susan M. Hart, in 1857. She was a native of that county. They have two children, viz.: George E. Hollenbeck, and Addie, wife of H. M. Leonard, of Santa Clara. They also buried a daughter,--Minnie,--wife of Olof Hanks, who died January 7, 1887.
Source: Anonymous. Pen pictures from the garden of the world, or, Santa Clara County, California: containing a history of the county of Santa Clara from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its prospective future, with profuse illustrations of its beautiful scenery, full-page portraits of some of its most eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also of prominent citizens of today. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1888, p. 616.
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