The Works Progress Administration

Biography of Annie Frances Vise of El Monte California

Annie Frances Vise, born in 1850, in Houston County, Texas, made the voyage to California by was of Cape Horn, in 1859, with her adopted parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hopper. Landing in San Pedro in the fall of ’59, Mrs. Vise was brought to Los Angeles, where she lived until in 1865 when the family moved to El Monte.

Mrs. Vise was first married in 1867, to John Broaded, who at the time, was employed on the “Lucky” Baldwin ranch as a blacksmith. Mr. Broaded was later elected Los Angeles County Treasurer, in which office he served from 1883 to 1888. Mr. and Mrs. Broaded became the parents of eight children of whom the following five named are living at this time (1937): Hugh A., of Mojave; Montgomery, of Oasis; Neal, residence unknown; Mrs. Walter Blackley, of El Monte; and George, of Los Angeles. Mr. Broaded died in 1889.

The second marriage of Mrs. Vise (then Mrs. Broaded) was to Henry W. Vise, son of Nathaniel Vise, El Monte pioneer. Henry Vise died in 1900.

Mrs. Vise was in ill health for many months prior to her death which occurred at her old home at 116 Lexington Avenue.

Source: C. D. Mayon, F. Brow, L. Stoddard, and C. Mudd; El Monte from the Pioneer Days. WPA Project No. N-5740, 1936. In record 19-187072. (California Historical Landmark No. 765: El Monte). On file at the SCCIC, CSU Fullerton.

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