The Valley of Heart's Delight

Family from Ledyard , New London County , Conn.


WILLIAM I. LESTER, residing in the Willow District, on Malone Avenue, near its junction with the Almaden road, is the owner of a splendid orchard of twelve acres. The land he purchased in May, 1877, paying $150 per acre. It was then covered with willows, but it is now one of the finest of orchards. It contains 1,200 trees, part of which are prunes, and part apricots. As the result of good management, it is both productive and profitable.

Mr. Lester was born at Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, February 7, 1848. (For more extended notice of his father's family, please refer to the sketch of the life of Nathan L. Lester.) In his eighteenth year he landed at San Francisco, on New Year's day of 1866. During the three following years he worked rented grain lands in Contra Costa County. He returned to his native State late in the year 1868, but in April of the following year he again came to California, and lived in Contra Costa County until 1873, when he again returned to the East. There he remained until January, 1877, when he again came West, and soon afterward purchased the property which he now owns and occupies. He is fortunate in owning a home in the lovely, fertile valley of Santa Clara.

On the 16th of April, 1885, Mr. Lester married Miss Sarah E. Simonds, daughter of Levi Simonds deceased, formerly of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in which city Mrs. Lester was born.

Mr. Lester is a member of the Republican party.

Pen Pictures  From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - 
Edited by H.S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888. transcribed
by Roena Wilson, page 450

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