Guide to the Ingham Family Collection (1870s-1990s) – History

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James Ingham (b.1828) and Inez Snow Ingham (b.1852-d.1933)

Englishman James Ingham (ca. 1828-1895) became a prosperous Watsonville business man in the areas of blacksmithing and agricultural implements. He married Inez V. Snow (1852-1933), the second daughter of Cyrus Snow (1810-1884) and Victoria Mariah Scott (1830-1912). Inez was the granddaughter of Daniel Scott, and niece of Hiram Scott, for whom Scotts Valley was named. Inez’s eldest sister, Alice R. Snow (1850-1886) was an early Watsonville teacher and wed George T. Pardee (1829-1913). George owned 1,000 acres of the Rodriquez tract and raised grain, potatoes, and general produce. Nettie B. Snow (1865-1937), Inez’s younger sister, married Charles Cleveland (1870-1934). George Pardee and Nettie’s brother in-law, George Cleveland both served in the California State Assembly and the Senate. After James Ingham died, Inez lived in San Jose for many years with their only child, Elsie (1877-1968). Elsie married first Howard Smith and, after his death, married osteopathic physician Dr. Fred Edwards. The Ingham home on Main Street was remodeled by architect William Weeks in 1896. In 1925 it was moved to 22 East High Street and in 1995 it was awarded a MAH Landmark Plaque.

Adelbert Henry Snow (a.k.a. Henry A. Snow 1869-1927)

Inez Snow Ingham’s brother, Adelbert Henry Snow (born in Santa Cruz) also known as Henry A. Snow and Henry “Del” Snow (1869-1927), was a naturalist and big-game hunter. He and his son Sidney (1898-1959) filmed his expeditions and exhibited them at venues including the Unique Theater on Pacific Avenue. Adelbert helped establish the Oakland Zoo in 1922, at 19th and Harrison Streets in downtown Oakland. In 1919 Henry Snow set off on an expedition during which he collected 169 mammals, over a thousand birds, forty-thousand insects and five thousand bird eggs for the Oakland Museum collections. In the 1920s (c.1923-4) Henry Snow’s name was bestowed onto the Snow Museum of Natural History. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery. [Sources: “Henry A. Snow” article on Oakland Wiki contributed by users excellentbird, Gene, and JL;]
Note—no actual photographs of Henry Snow are in the Museum Of Art and history, Santa Cruz Collectiion however More information can be found in: Hearts Replaced By Sawdust, by Erika Mailman, Montclarion December 7, 1999 . Also see: Henry Snow (1869-1927) – Big Game Hunter; Oakland’s Snow Park M. Colbruno, Lives of the Dead and Oakland Museum of California Collections for more information