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Letters: Peralta history and letters thanks

Dear Editor,
The area we now know as California was ceded to the United States from Mexico in 1848 by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The history of land ownership after that occurrence is complex.
In the interest of as much historical accuracy as possible, I would like to respond to the article “Founding Peralta Estate’s Home Site” in the May 18 Los Gatos Weekly Times, especially concerning the adobes on the Los Gatos land grant.
Rancho Rinconada de los Gatos was granted to Jose Maria Hernandez and Sebastian Fabian Peralta in 1840. There is evidence that Hernandez and Peralta constructed their small adobe home as early as 1837, and it was occupied by Hernandez, his wife and their many children, along with Peralta, by that time a widower. Hernandez and Peralta soon began to raise cattle on their land. The site of the original Los Gatos adobe was dedicated with a historical marker in 2014 by the Los Gatos Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The site is located in Vasona County Park, along Los Gatos Creek.
In 1846 Sebastian Peralta was remarried to Maria Paula Sepulveda Pacheco. She was the mother of three children, so the new Peralta family built the second adobe on the rancho in what is now John B. Morgan Park in Campbell. Sebastian Peralta (1794-1859) was 52 years of age when he constructed his adobe, and so it was not his birthplace or where he grew up.
Neither Hernandez nor Peralta were long-term residences of their land grant. Hernandez sold 2,000 acres to James Alexander Forbes as the site for his flour mill in 1852, not long after thieves came to the rancho and killed several of the residents. That same year his wife died in childbirth at the age of 42 years. Peralta sold the majority of his land to Frenchman Claude Simond in 1853. The remainder of Peralta’s estate, less than 300 acres, was sold at auction to Jonathan Parr in 1863.
Claude Simond built the third adobe on the Los Gatos rancho, a part of which is now incorporated into a 1920s residence on Quito Road. The Luis Maria Peralta adobe, which still stands in downtown San Jose, was built by Sebastian’s uncle in 1797, and is the last vestige of Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe.
Peggy Conaway Bergtold
Los Gatos

Dear Editor,
I want you to know that I am not alone in being happy to see “Letters” return to the Saratoga News.  Also, some articles specific to Saratoga.
Many Saratogans have been unhappy with the loss of local coverage including the Sheriff’s Blotter, Letters and news concerning Saratoga, City Council agendas and actions taken.
Thank you for beginning the process to return the Saratoga News to Saratogans.  We look forward to more Saratoga oriented articles and letters.
Marcia Fariss

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