From the Guidebook:
Markham was born at Oregon
City April 23, 1852 and later moved to a cattle ranch
near Suisun. Later he and his mother moved to San Jose,
and Markham entered the State Normal School, from which
he graduated in 1872. Markham lived and taught school
in many places but made this home his main residence,
and it was here that he wrote The Man with the Hoe.