Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A. WIDEMANN, of the firm of Sarles & Widemann, dealers in general merchandise, Gonzales, was born in France in 1838, and came to America with his parents in 1844. They located in the State of Illinois, where the subject of this sketch remained until 1864, when he came to California. He worked in the redwoods and harvest-fields of Santa Cruz County for two years, then came to Monterey County and took charge of the Cattle Ranch of Dunphy & Hildreth. In the spring of 1867 he was placed in charge of the Gonzales Ranches, owned by the same firm, and remained there ten years. Subsequently he went into the stock and farming business with J. D. Cochran, of Gonzales. They sowed the first grain that was threshed and hauled to Moss Landing from the Malarin Ranch. In the spring of 1874 he engaged in the mercantile business in Gonzales, and still occupies his time merchandising, farming, and stock-raising. He has been tendered the nomination for County Treasurer by the Democratic party, but has always declined all political honors.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.