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Lafayette (Lafe) Ward

Lafayette (Lafe) Ward was born to Abraham and Lucinda Woolwine Ward on Dec. 9, 1867, in Randolph, West Virginia. When he was 7 years old, he came to California with his parents, first settling in Collegeville, then Elliott. Abraham Ward worked on area farms before purchasing his acreage around 1885. Lafe worked on the family farm until his father died in 1903. Through shrewd business dealings, Lafe Ward expanded the family farm into one of the most extensive land holdings in the area. Ward was married twice, first to Daisy Hatton Ward, then to Justice of the Peace Lida Sparks Bowman Ward. Lafe Ward retired from farming in 1940 and passed away in 1958.