Biography of John Woeswick
Kern County, CA Biographies





JOHN WOESWICK, a rancher and vineyardist of Grangeville, was born in Manchester, England, in 1847. His father was a dry goods merchant of that city. Our subject was educated in the common schools, after which he worked in his father's store until his seventeenth year, and then came to the United States with the intention of joining his brother, William H. Worwick. at Brantford, Canada; but on arrival in New York be was taken in hand by some of the sharpers, who secured all his money, and then shipped him to sea on board a whaler. After seven months, and while at Fayel, in the Azores Islands, our subject escaped and reshipped on board a schooner to work his passage back to England. Landing at Bristol, and having loaned his savings to a companion, he was without funds and had to walk to Manchester, a distance of 200 miles. Thus, returning to his home after an absence of over one year, he gathered experience which will never be forgotten! In 1866 he again set forth and joined his brother at Erie, Pennsylvania, where he began work as fireman on the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad, and later on the Erie and Pittsburg railroad. After five years of service he was promoted engineer, and for two years thereafter ran an engine. He then resigned that position and went to Panama, where for three years he was engineer on the Panama railroad. In 1876 Mr. Worawick came to California, and at Grangeville joined his mother, his father being deceased, who purchased a ranch of 80 acres, where he resided until his marriage, in September, 1881, to Miss Laura S. Callaway, a native of California. He then settled upon his ranch of 172 acres south of Armona, where he engaged in wheat raising and the stock business, continuing until 1885. In that year he set twenty acres in fruit and vines, being among the first to improve so large an acreage, which he subsequently increased to the amount of eighty six acres, selling the remainder of his ranch. His fruit trees and vines are now in full bearing, and represents one of the finest ranches in his locality; He has also improved and sold other ranches, and continued in the stock business, having an average band of thirty five head.

Mr. and Mrs. Worswick have two children: Miriam and Imogene. Mr. Worswick has been secretary and director of the Last Chance Ditch since 1883. He is a member of Lamoore Lodge, F. & A. M., and in his political views is a Republican.

From:
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


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