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  Watkins, Louise Ward
NameLouise Ward Watkins
Pasadena, California , United States
Born March 18, 1890
Died 00, 1975 (84 years)
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Nov 08, 2012 10:06am
InfoMy beloved grandmother was born on March 18, 1890 in Booneville, New York. She was the only child of George C. Ward and his wife, the former Katherine Louise Schweinsberg. Louise was a very bright young lady who was spoiled by her adoring parents. Private tutors at first had charge of her education. She did attend a conventional high school when her father was working at Washington Courthouse, Ohio. In 1905, Ward’s collaboration with Henry E. Huntington brought his family to Southern California. LWW then attended Huntington Hall in Los Angeles. In 1911, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Louise then went to the law school at U.S.C. in 1913, but dropped out after her first year to marry Frank Watkins on October 14, 1915. My Aunt Katherine, the first of their seven children was born in Alhambra in 1917. She was followed in, roughly, two-year intervals, by Rose Mary, George, Arabella, John, James and Charlotte.

An otherwise brilliant and accomplished woman, Grandma’s judgment and timing when it came to financial matters was abysmal her entire life. Where she excelled was in community and political affairs. She was president of the Friday Morning Club of Los Angeles. She served as a member of the State Planning Commission until 1941. She was chairperson of the Commission of Parole Reform. She was President-General of the National Society of the Daughters of the Union. She headed up the Japan-America Society. In 1938 she ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination for the U. S. Senate. She was a brilliant public speaker, much in demand throughout the 30’s and 40’s, both in person and on the radio.

At the head of the Friday Morning Club of Los Angeles is Mrs. Louise Ward Watkins, whose civic activities and literary talents have gained for her more than local prominence. She is a native of Boonville, New York, born March 18, 1890, and a daughter of George Clinton and Katherine Louise (Schweinsburg) Ward. A review of the career of George Clinton Ward, president of the Southern California Edison Company, may be found on another page of this work.

Louise Whipple Ward, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Ward, was twelve years of age when in 1902 she removed with her parents to Washington Court House, Ohio, where she obtained her high school education. She next took a course in the Huntington Hall for girls at Los Angeles, graduating in 1907. Afterward she studied for the stage, and during 1913-14 attended the law school of the University of Southern California. Gifted along varied lines, she has won prestige as a dramatic reader, as a lecturer and as the author of four widely read books. Appreciative of the best in literature, she derives much enjoyment from her valuable collection of books, which includes first editions and other rare volumes. She is a member of the Ebell Club and formerly served as its curator of poetry. In 1931 she was called to the presidency of the Friday Morning Club of Los Angeles and was reelected in 1933, her second term expiring in 1935. She also belongs to the Los Angeles Browning Society. She has manifested a deep and helpful interest in civic and patriotic projects, and her name is on the membership rolls of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, the Daughters of American Colonists, the Daughters of Colonial Wars, Los Angeles Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the War of 1812 and Daughters of the Union, 1861 – 1865.

On the 14th of October, 1915, Miss Louise Whipple Ward became the wife of Edward Francis Watkins, who was born in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, California, March 25, 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins have three sons and four daughters: Katherine S., Rose Mary, George Clinton, Arabella H., John Francis, James David and Charlotte E. The family home is at 1105 Park View Avenue in Pasadena.

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