One of the most iconic historic structures on the West side of Santa Clara Valley remains at the corner of Homestead and Wolfe Roads in Cupertino, although not it its original location.
Robert Glendinning was a Scotsman who sailed to the United States in 1850, via Australia, where he met and married Margaret Howie. They sailed for San Francisco with hopes to make their fortune in the Gold Rush. They settled in a tent on the West side of the Valley, planted crops and built a home on what they would later learn was still owned by the heirs of the original owners of Rancho Quito. The Glendenning's owed $30 per acre to the owners of Rancho Quito for their 200 acre parcel.
Mary Lou Lyon, in her Arcadia book on the history of Cupertino, mentions that Burrell Leonard, the son-in-law of Margaret Glendenning Burrell, built a barn on the original Robert Glendenning property around 1916. At that time, Homestead Road was called Younger Road.
In 1911, five years before the barn was built, Burrell Leonard and his wife Grace had one son who they named Burrell Leonard Jr. Our story begins with the second Burrell Leonard, who had such an impact on the history of the Hewlett Packard, Varian Associates, Vallco Park and now Apple Park.
Those who farmed in the area knew Burrell Leonard Jr. through the West Side Fruit Growers' Association and the large dry yard for prunes and apricots which existed along the East side of Wolfe Road between Stevens Creek and Homestead roads. Later, Leonard organized a collective of growers and investors and incorporated as the Varian Group, then with a later group known as Vallco.
On July 14, 2017, The San Jose Mercury News featured the barn in a story about the region's farming history and the fate of the barn on the Apple Park property: