RALPH ALLEN HUSTED

FOUNDER OF THE SARATOGA MUTUAL TELEPHONE COMPANY


SURNAMES: BROWN, GOODRICH,

A prominent orchardist of Santa Clara County and one who is keenly interested in the prosperity of the community especially along educational lines is Ralph Allen Husted.  An native of Illinois, he was born at Galva, a son of L. B. and Frances (Brown) Husted , born in Virginian and Illinois, respectively.  His father was a veteran.  Ralph A. came to California in 1888 and was educated in the public schools, the College of the Pacific and stanford University.  After leaving school he engaged in farming on a part of the old homestead established by Grandfather Husted, who was an early pioneer of Santa Clara County.  This ranch he afterwards purchased of the estate and it  consists of forty-eight acres, well improved to orchard, and besides providing a home of comfort, is providing a most profitable source of income.

The marriage of Mr. Husted in Santa Clara County united him with Miss Ada Goodrich; she was born in La Grosse, Wis., a daughter of B. S. Goodrich, a grain merchant.  Mr. Husted was one of the organizers of the Saratoga Mutual Telephone Company and served as it president from its organization for ten years, and as manager saw it its construction.  The company later sold out to the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company.  Politically he is a Republican and has served the community as a member of the school board of the distinct.  He is a Knights Templar Mason and a Shriner and with his wife is member of the Eastern Star.  He is deeply interested in the growth of the county and gives his aid to progressive measures and takes pride in advancing the affairs of county and state.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1213

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