WILLARD WESLEY GLIDDEN
A representative citizen of San Francisco was the late Willard Wesley Glidden, who was associated as a salesman
with the Marine Electric Company at the time of his death, and who was most favorably known in business and social
circles of his home city. Mr. Glidden was born in Sausalito, California, May 22, 1880, and was a son of Albert
Putnam and Laura (O'Connor) Glidden. Albert Putnam Glidden was a New England Yankee by birth, and died in Saixtelle,
California, when he was eighty five years of age. During his active career, he was a contractor and builder by
Willard W. Glidden attended the grammar school in Madera, California, and also studied in San Francisco and Alameda.
His first work of consequence was in the capacity of salesman for a coal company in Oakland and in Alameda, while
later he became an employe of the Marine Electric Company as an outside salesman, which position he held with success
and credit to his ability until his death, which occurred January 22, 1926.
Mr. Glidden was married April 22, 1921, to Lillian B. Kearney, a native of San Francisco, and daughter of Thomas
H. and Mary Catherine (O'Brien) Kearney. Her father came to the coast with General Hancock, and was in the real
estate business. He was among the oldest exempt firemen in San Francisco, and was the one who organized pensions
for widows of firemen. He was a stanch democrat in politics. Mr. Glidden had three children by a former marriage
: Ardath, Donna, and Willard Wesley, Jr.
Mr. Glidden served his country in the Spanish-American war, and during the World war period he acted as an inspector
on boats until the vessels were purchased by the United States Shipping Board. In political affairs, he gave his
support to the republican party, and he was a member of the blue lodge in Masonry. Mr. Glidden was in every sense
of the term an exemplary citizen, and was respected and liked wherever he was known. His widow survives him, and
resides at 3979 Clay street in San Francisco.
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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