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Varien, William Henry, 1864-1931

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Mary S Taylor

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:14 am    Post subject: Varien, William Henry, 1864-1931 Reply with quote

The old Pacific Grove retreat: a business-biography history, 1875-1940 by Don Howard. Vol 1, 1999. Monterey Peninsula Historiography Press, s.n. Page 24
West side of Grand Avenue, the Varien losts
William Henry Varien was born 1 August 1864 in Ohio. By 1889 he was in Pacific Grove and opened a “Tonsorial Parlor” [Barber Shop] on Grand Avenue near the old Post Office. He apparently went to Amador County, California by 1890, and son, Charles Alonzo, was born there in 1890. On 19 June 1891 he again returned, and opened a Shaving Parlor described as being “opposite the post office.” On 10 December 1892 he moved his shop to the corner of Lighthouse & Grand, in the building formerly the “Hall & Wolfe Grocery,” and opened a Shell Curio Store in conjunction. This move was just previous to his establishment which is shown at No. 15 on the March 1892 Sanborn map of West Grand Avenue as “Barber.” By 1898 W.H. Varien had acquired all of the western half of the old Lot 8, which was surveyed for Joseph O. Johnson, and is shown on the February 1885 map of the Stable Block owned by Johnson. Later in the 1892 resubdivision of the stable block, the Varien lots were numbered 31-36. Lot 19 was acquired from Mrs. L.B. Langley in 1898. The old Lot 8 lots Varien acquired Henry E. Kent heirs, and that of Lot 19 was originally deeded to D.W. Lloyd. Lots 32-33 were the last on Grand Avenue to be acquired by Varien from H.E. Kent in 1922. Lot 34 was deeded to sons, Franklin & Paul S., in 1925. After the death of W.H. Varien on 25 December 1931, lots 19 & 21 were deeded to Paul S. Varien, lot 19 was the building erected by Charles Brown, a capitalist from England, many lots on both the east and west parcels of the stable block. The Varien residence was on lot 19 at approximately 218 Grand Avenue, and was razed by 1914.

William H. Varien, married MS, age 67, died in Monterey County on Dec. 25, 1931, #45847

Buried in El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, CA
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