JOHN T. STANTON
John T. Stanton has long been a prominent figure in ranching and business circles of the Castro valley and is now
holding the office of deputy county assessor of Eden township. He is a man of sound judgment in practical affairs
and has shown himself well worthy of the confidence of his fellowmen.
Mr. Stanton was born in San Jose, California, on the 21st of May, 1871, and is a son of Michael and Mary (O'Donnell)
Stanton, both of whom were natives of Ireland. His father came to the United States in young manhood and became
a member of the firm of Strowbridge, Stanton & Harris, railroad contractors. He was successful in his business
affairs and bought five hundred acres of land, located on the Castro Valley highway, at Castro Valley, and lived
there during the remainder of his life. He made many substantial improvements on the place. He died in 1881 at
the age of fifty two years. His wife came to this country in young womanhood, and their marriage took place at
San Jose. Mr. Stanton was a democrat in his political views and served as a member of the board of school trustees.
John T. Stanton spent his boyhood on his father's ranch and secured his educational training in the public schools
and Hayward Academy. Thereafter he gave his attention to the management of the ranch, which was later subdivided
and the greater part of it sold. In 1904 he embarked in the real estate business in Hayward, in which he was successful,
handling a large amount of town and country property. He has also given some attention to chicken raising on his
home place, which business he has found to be a profitable enterprise, and in all of his affairs has exercised
In 1905 Mr. Stanton was united in marriage to Miss Anita L. Gowen, who was born and reared in San Jose, California,
a daughter of N. H. and Dora (Campbell) Gowen, who were numbered among the first settlers in that locality. To
Mr. and Mrs. Stanton has been born a daughter, Anita M.
Mr. Stanton gives his support to the republican party and has always evinced a deep interest in local public affairs.
About ten years ago he was appointed and rendered effective service as inspector of highways and on November 25,
1926, was appointed deputy assessor of Eden township, in which position he is still serving. He is clerk of the
school board and is active in Boy Scout work and is a commissioner of the newly formed Castro Valley fire protection
district and was one of the organizers of the Castro Valley Improvement Club. He is a member of the Native Sons
of the Golden West and the Woodmen of the World. His career has been characterized by a strict observance of the
highest business ethics, and in all of his relations with his fellowmen he has been honorable and square, for which
reason he today commands the unqualified respect of all who know him and is regarded as one of his community's
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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