Hecker Pass Trees Simply Spoil a Beautiful View

Dear Editor,
I was a member of the senior class of 1930 at Gilroy High School
that planted the first trees along Bodfish Mill Road that have now
become so beautiful along Hecker Pass Road today.
My father, W.J. Hanna Sr., claimed the trees were a mistake. He
believed that the area from Morey Avenue (now Santa Teresa
Boulevard) to the Ousley’s home was the finest view of South Valley
and trees would blank it off.
Dear Editor,

I was a member of the senior class of 1930 at Gilroy High School that planted the first trees along Bodfish Mill Road that have now become so beautiful along Hecker Pass Road today.

My father, W.J. Hanna Sr., claimed the trees were a mistake. He believed that the area from Morey Avenue (now Santa Teresa Boulevard) to the Ousley’s home was the finest view of South Valley and trees would blank it off.

He was right. The view was firmly impressed on my mind by innumerable trips between ranches by wagons, Model T trucks, and other (forms of transportation). You could see the gravel beds in Uvas Creek for miles to the south and the east.

Dad was right! There is a beautiful row of trees today but the view is no more.

Sandoe Hanna, Gilroy

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