An active and successful merchant, who long stood for progressive methods and movements, and is now able to retire while he may yet enjoy some of the fruits of his industry and his judicious investments, is William W. Ward, who was born at Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Mass., on December 15, 1845, the son of Arvin and Caroline C. (Hall) Ward, both natives of Massachusetts, and both now deceased.  The father, mother and son–the only child in the family–came out to California together, by way of the Isthmus, and landed at San Francisco on January 1, 1856; and once here, the elder Ward mined in Nevada County until the fall of 1862.  Then he came to Marysville, and tried farming for a couple of years in District No. 10, to the north of Marysville; but in 1864 he bought a farm near the Marysville city limits.  He was a popular Odd Fellow, and made an honorable record in Oriental Lodge at Marysville.

William Ward attended the old brick schoolhouse on B Street, Marysville, and in 1868 opened a restaurant and liquor store in the Southern Pacific depot, at Marysville, which he managed until 1885, when he bought the old Grotto salon at 222 D Street.  This became a famous resort for those wishing a service rendered in accordance with law and order.  In 1915, however, Mr. Ward retired.

Mr. Ward was married at Marysville, in 1885, to Miss Amanda M. Ryan, a popular native daughter, born at Marysville; and their union was blessed with two children, Arvin M. and Cecile, the latter of whom is now Mrs. George Houck.  Mr. Ward belongs to Marysville Lodge No. 783, B.P.O.Elks.


History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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