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Emily Gard Huff, her husband James and their two children started overland to California on April 6, 1863. The children, Clarence aged five, and Laura age four, died en route. The Huffs made their way to the Santa Clara Valley by September 1863 and began farming in the Palo Alto area. By the fall of 1864 they had purchased 97 acres of land at what is now Stierling Road in Mountain View. The family prospered and Emily and James extended their holdings to 460 acres. By 1878 they had built a new home on the corner of what is now Plymouth and Huff Avenue. The Huffs had seven children born in California. Emily, a well-educated woman, used her knowledge to guide the educational instruction of her children. She was also a noted needlewoman and her work was often displayed in her home. Huff is gowned in a day dress of the late 1850s. It is simple in design and reflects an everyday style of the period. The bodice has a front fastening with a lace collar and what appears to be full sleeves and a drooping shoulder line. She is wearing a small gold and pearl brooch and drop earrings. Her hair is parted in the middle and pulled to the back with some fullness on the sides. (Description taken from "Pioneer Women of Santa Clara County: Selections From the Permanent Collection," by Helen Kuesel and Milita Rios-Samaniego, San Jose Historical Museum, 1991)
Women Pioneers--California (LCSH) Portrait photographs Nineteenth century (LCSH) Mountain View (Calif.) Huff, Emily E. Gard