Cora Utter Woodbridge

Franklin, Sacramento County, California, USA
Death 14 Jun 1949 (aged 86)
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 131878243 View Source
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Cora Utter was born in Franklin, California, attended school there, and in 1886 married Dr. Bradford Woodbridge. They were the parents of one daughter, Anna Rebecca (later an opera singer of note in the Bay area under her married name Anna Young). In 1908, the Woodbridge family moved to Roseville, California. Her husband was a doctor and a public servant (city council and mayor) while Cora organized the Women's Improvement Club which through its many beautification projects such as planting beautiful shade trees helped "transform Roseville from a rather unsightly railroad town to a clean, pleasant appearing community." She also helped spearhead the establishment of the Roseville High School and Carnegie Municipal Library (both est. in 1912). She served three terms with the California State Assembly (1922, 1924, and 1926) back when few women were in politics. She outlived her husband by 16 years, passing away in a nursing home in Sacramento in 1949.

(Bio info from "Profiles: Out of the Past" (1982) by Roseville historian Leonard M. Davis)

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