EDWARD NOBLE WILLIAMS
.A resident of California since 1875, Edward Noble Williams was born in
Burlington, Iowa, July 28, 1858. His father, J. M. Williams, was born
in New Jersey and was a pioneer of Burlington, engaged in contracting
and building. The family moved to San Jose in 1875, when the mother
died. His father spent his last days on our subject's ranch, passing
away at the age of eighty-five. Edward N. was the youngest of four
children born of this, his father's second marriage, being educated in
the grammar and high school in Burlington until his junior year, when
he accompanied his parents to San Jose in 1875. His brother, B. F.
Williams, was a surveyor, and Edward worked under him as a surveyor
until Black's store was opened, when he became a clerk in this store.
Four years later he resigned, to begin ranching on the Summit, having
purchased sixty-five acres from the Burrell ranch about forty-one years
ago, which he immediately began clearing and setting to orchard and
vineyard, and now has one of the fine places in the Burrell district,
the orchard being in prunes and plums.
Mr. Williams was married in the Burrell district to Mary E. Pratt, born
in Marysville, Cal., where she was reared and educated. Four children
have blessed their union: Hattie B., E. J., A. B. and Marian E.; E. J.
served overseas for about two years during the World War. Mr. Williams
has served acceptably as trustee of Burrell school district for twelve
years. Fraternally he is a member of Soquel Lodge of Odd Fellows.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922.
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