Contra Costa County











MILO JARVIS HOUGH.To Mr. Hough belongs the credit of having started the town of Walnut Creek, in Contra costa county, Cal., where he located as early as 1855.At that time he opened a hotel there known as the Walnut Creek house and about the same time started a coal mine, operating the latter for nearly twenty years, and during a part of this time conducting two hotels.Mr. Hough is a pioneer settler in California, having made his first trip here in 1850, but returned to the east several times before locating here permanently.He took up his residence in Santa Clara county in 1883 and has been identified with the progress of this section ever since.Purchasing that year a four acre tract of land on Senter road, about two and a half miles south of San Jose, he set it out in fruit, mostly prunes, and upon this small fruit ranch he is spending the declining years of his life in the peaceful enjoyment of attractive home surroundings.Although rapidly nearing his eighty-fourth birthday, he is hale and hearty, and bids fair to live many years longer.


A native of Genesee county, N.Y., and born July 27, 1820, Mr. Hough is the eldest of eight children born to Milo B. and Ann (Lockwood) Hough, also natives of the empire state.In 1832, the parents removed to the vicinity of Cleveland, Ohio, in which state the mother died.The father, who by trade was a woolen manufacturer, subsequently removed to Indiana, settling on a farm not far distant from Chicago, Ill., and there he followed farm pursuits for the balance of his life.By his second marriage he reared eight children.


The recipient of but a limited education, Milo J. Hough, at eighteen, left his home in Ohio to learn the cabinet-makerís trade in Cazenovia, N.Y., afterwards working as a journeyman at that place and in other towns in the state.Later he followed his chosen occupation in Ohio, and in Waukegan and Chicago, Ill., until 1850, when he made his first trip to California.The journey was made overland and at Hangtown he followed mining pursuits for two years.In 1852 he returned to Waukegan by the Nicaragua route, disposed of his property there and returned to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama.He once more returned to Ohio in 1854 and in the spring of 1855 again came to the Pacific slope, this time accompanied by many of his friends and acquaintances.


During the same year (1855) Mr. Hough located in Contra Costa county, as previously mentioned, and this continued to be his home until 1883, the date of his locating permanently in Santa Clara county.Mr. Hough has been thrice married.His first union took place in New York and Miss Harriette Coats was the lady of his choice; she was a native of England and died at Walnut Creek, Cal.Some time later at Walnut Creek Mr. Hough married Mrs. Nancy Taft, who was born in New York, and she died near San Jose.In 1899 Mr. Hough wedded his present wife, formerly Miss Emma Delamater, also a native of New York.The family are devout members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in San Jose.In his political views Mr. Hough is a Republican.He has served as a member of the vigilance committee, and socially he affiliates with the Pioneer Society of Santa Clara county.




Transcribed by Donna Toole.

≠≠≠≠Source: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 920-921. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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Contra Costa County Biographies

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