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John Widney
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Birth: 1837
Ohio, USA
Death: 1925
Santa Clara
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Born in Ohio, he came to California at age 20. He told the Pioneer Society that when he arrived the Valley "was just one large mustard field as far as you could see." He operated several businesses including a grocery store, a plumbing business and Santa Clara's first telegraph office, the Postal Telegraph. He served as a trustee and president of Santa Clara Town Board before the City was incorporated.
John Widney operated a store at Franklin and Main (near the Cameron House Hotel) from 1857 to 1887. A theater also bore the Widney name. He was the first town treasurer of Santa Clara in 1852. In his later years he was a real estate dealer.(from MathTeacherGuy) 
 
Burial:
Mission City Memorial Park
Santa Clara
Santa Clara County
California, USA
 
Created by: classic
Record added: Apr 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18959275
John Widney
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John Widney was the brother of Dr. Joseph Widney and Judge Robert Widney.All three plus several other children were born of Wilson Widney and Arabella McClay. The birthdate I have for John is:March 14, 1837-Piqua, Miami Co., OH. I have just 1949 for his...(Read more)
- CatLady
 Added: May. 31, 2008
 
 
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