California Genealogy and History Archives
Contra Costa County
|WILLIAM C. WILLIAMSON.
Prominent among the more active, enterprising, and influential citizens
of eastern Contra Costa County may be mentioned William C. Williamson,
who has been identified with the agricultural pursuits of this county
for many years. He was born in Taney County, Missouri, October 27, 1858,
the son of Jesse and Ann (Stallcup) Williamson, who were the parents of
seven children. At the age of twenty, Mr. Williamson went to Mendocino
County and found employment with the Caspar Lumber Company for nearly
two years. Returning to Missouri, he spent over six years farming, and
in 1888 he returned to California and rented the Shannon ranch in
eastern Contra Costa County. Mr. Williamson was united in marriage to
Miss Elizabeth Shannon, who died in 1907. To this union were born seven
children—Nellie (wife of Joseph Lynch, of San Francisco), William,
John C., Aubry, Mabel, Frances, and Leslie. Aubry has the distinction of
being one of twenty-four boys in California to receive a prize from the
State Agricultural College at Davis for the best acre of corn grown.
Aubry raised on one acre of his father's ranch ninety-eight and a half
bushels of corn, winning a trip throughout the United States, with all
expenses paid by the Davis Agricultural School. Mr. Williamson has five
hundred and forty acres in one ranch, and twenty-four in another. After
an arduous effort, he has brought his ranch land into condition for
profitable crops. He carries on general farming. Politically, Mr.
Willamson is a Democrat. He has served on the local school board for
twenty-six years. He is also a director of the First National Bank of
Antioch. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic lodge of Brentwood,
the I. 0. 0. F. of Antioch for the past twenty-five years, and the
Maccabees lodge. He is always ready and can be relied upon to promote
public-spirited plans and projects, and it has been his aim to promote
the good-roads movement in the county.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011
WILLIAM C. WILLIAMSON. In the eastern part of Contra Costa county, just south of Antioch, is located the well-improved and highly cultivated ranch of William C. Williamson, which evidences the ability, energy and industry of its prosperous owner. He came to the state empty-handed less than thirty years ago, a young man of twenty years, his only capital a strong constitution and unlimited ambition, and from the foot of the ladder has climbed steadily upward until he holds rank to-day with the most successful ranchers of the county.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper