From the Richard Schellen Collection
Eli D. Moore, California pioneer and the oldest member of the Native Sons’ order in San Mateo County, passed away at home in Pescadero Monday. His last illness was the first serious one he had ever experienced. He was bedridden for two weeks in his vine-covered cottage that he had made his home in the picturesque Coastside for so man years.
Moore was born under the Mexican flag at Santa Cruz, December 12, 1847. on the land purchased by his grandfather, Eli Moore, from Jose Balcoff. This is believed to have been the first instance of transfer of land in that section to an American. Moore was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Moore, immigrants to California from Missouri in 1847. The family lived first at Mission San Jose and then at Santa Cruz, moving to Pescadero in 1850, where they later secured large land holdings.
In 1876 Moore married Miss Ellen McCormick, member of another well-known pioneer family of the Coastside. Of several children born to the couple, only one is living, Edmund Moore. There are two surviving brothers, William A. and J. L. Moore, both of Pescadero, and a sister, Mrs. Charles Steele. Dave Moore, a third brother, passed away in this city last year. ….Internment was in the family plot in Pescadero.