JOHN HENRY GANSBERGER
John Henry Gansberger, of Mt. Eden, is numbered among the successful farmers and orchardists of Alameda county,
and is also regarded as one of its progressive and enterprising citizens, commanding the respect of the entire
community in which he lives. Born in Hanover, Germany, on the 2d of November, 1856, he is a son of John Henry and
Sophia Gansberger, also natives of that country. The father engaged in farming there until August, 1866, when he
emigrated to this country, coming direct to Alameda county. He settled at San Lorenzo, where he rented a tract
of land, on which he farmed until his death, which occurred in 1872, at the age of forty eight years. He was survived
a number of years by his widow, who passed away in 1891, at the age of fifty six years.
John H. Gansberger, Jr., was about ten years of age when the family came to Alameda county and here he secured
his education in the public schools. He followed the occupation of farming until 1883, when he moved to Mt. Eden
and leased the Armstrong ranch of forty acres, operating that place until 1890, when he bought his present ranch
of thirty acres, one half of which was planted to apricots, the remainder to pears. He erected a new set of buildings
and made other substantial improvements on the place, making of it a very comfortable and attractive country home.
In 1913 he bought two hundred and twenty acres of land in Palamore's canyon, formerly known as the Quigley ranch,
having been owned by Mr. Gansberger's father in law, James Quigley. He is also a director of the Bank of Hayward.
In 1887 Mr. Gansberger was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Quigley, who was born in San Leandro, Alameda county,
and is a daughter of James and Bridget (Gibney) Quigley. Her father was born in county Donegal, Ireland, May 11,
1823. In May, 1848, when twenty five years old, he emigrated to America, locating at St. Johns, New Brunswick.
Almost immediately afterward he went to Boston, Massachusetts, where he was employed at various occupations for
seven years. Starting for the Pacific coast in 1854, he sailed by way of the isthmus of Panama, arriving in San
Francisco in December of that year. Going to Sierra county, he worked there as a miner from January, 1856, until
the following May, when he came to Alameda county and in the fall of 1857 rented land in San Leandro and began
farming. At the end of two years he sold out and bought a ranch of one hundred and five acres at San Lorenzo, where
he made his home for many years, his death occurring February 7, 1914, at the age of ninety years. In 1860 Mr.
Quigley was married to Miss Bridget Gibney, who was born in Ireland and came to this country in 1850. She died
at the home place in San Lorenzo in February, 1894. To them were born six children, namely: Mrs. Margaret Gansberger;
Mrs. Frank Nugent, of Oakland; James; Henry; and Edward and John, both of whom are deceased.
Mr. Gansberger gives his support to the republican party, has long served as road supervisor and was also a member
of the board of school trustees. He is a member of the Woodmen of the World, while Mrs. Gansberger is a member
of the Women of Woodcraft. Mr. Gansberger owes his success not to any particularly fortuitous circumstances, but
solely to his determined and tireless efforts, backed by sound judgment, and throughout the community where he
lives he is regarded as a dependable and public spirited citizen, worthy of the confidence which is reposed in
him by his fellowmen.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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