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E. Waldo Ward
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generations of Wards have brought you the finest in gourmet jams, jellies,
marmalades and so much more. And now we'd like to share our tradition with
your family. We make all of our products in our own kitchens to assure you
the finest quality possible. So enjoy your shopping experience and let us
know your thoughts.
Carrying on the E. Waldo Ward tradition today are Richard Ward, the third generation, and Jeff Ward, the fourth.
In 1995, www.WaldoWard.com opened its virtual doors offering the finest jams, jellies, and other products all made by E. Waldo Ward & Son. But, our history goes back to 1891, when Edwin Waldo Ward, Sr. came to Sierra Madre, California to pursue his dream. Today, you can shop 24 hours a day and learn about new and exciting products, find recipes and exchange information.
We are actively involved in our community and take pride in our participation in the annual Sierra Madre Pioneer Days. Here are links to photos and videos from some of the Pioneer Days events that have taken place at the Ward's Ranch over the last few years.
Back in 1891, a man named Edwin Waldo Ward Sr. moved to Sierra Madre, California with a dream. He first purchased 10 acres of land from the town's founder, Nathaniel Carter, and planted the land with Navel oranges. He acquired 20 more acres a few years later totaling 30 acres of land. At the time, he was a salesman for James P. Smith & Co., a New York importer of luxury foods. Ward became the company's western representative. He married in 1900 and built the beautiful home and the red barn on Highland Avenue in 1902. Both buildings are still used today.
certainly knew the fine-food business and made important contacts over the
years. And these were all advantages in later years when he started his
business. His dream was to make English style marmalade. An English friend
was traveling to Spain and Ward gave him money to purchase two trees of
the special variety of the orange tree that was needed. These trees
arrived in America and became the grafting stock for a grove that numbered
over 600 trees. Those two trees thrive today, however, they are no longer
on Ward land. The Ward ranch is around 2.5 acres today.
Ward's big dream was to produce his own marmalade here on the ranch. In 1915 he retired as a salesman and for three years experimented with marmalade making. By 1918, satisfied he had the recipe he was seeking, he began his preserving business.
The business thrived, and for years, when dining was a fine experience on trains crossing America, Ward's marmalade was the only one served on several trains. WWI also cut off food imports from overseas and Ward was ready to supply the market here. Other products have been added since then and today, marmalade is only 10% of the fine foods we produce.
Behind the home, barely visible from the
street, is the Ward canning factory building. Today, about 10 to 15 people
are employed. Many are long-time employees. But the company will always
remain small in order to preserve the high quality which is the Ward