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 William G. Wehner  (1848 - 1928)

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Lived/Active: Wisconsin/California / Germany      Known for: panorama painter, staging manager

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Following is the obituary of the artist, courtesy of Gene Meier

SAN JOSE MERCURY HERALD,Wednesday, February 22, 1928

William Wehner Funeral is Held
Pioneer Farmer of This District Taken at Age of 80 Years

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon a 2:30 o'clock for William Wehner, aged 80, of 349 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto. Following the services at Roller & Hapgood's funeral parlors burial rites were held at Alta Mesa cemetery.

Wehner, a native of Germany, was well known in San Jose,where he resided until a few years ago.  Coming to the United States in 1865, Wehner, shortly afterwards, came to California. Finding in Evergreen, soil and climate suitable for his proposed ranching activities, he purchased extensive acreage in that district, where as the years passed he prospered. There he owned one of the largest vineyards in the country.

A little more than three years ago he left his Evergreen home and came to San Jose. Here he resided for a year before moving to Palo Alto, where he acquired property on the Stanford campus.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Wehner, and one daughter, Miss Ida Wehner, the latter a graduate of Stanford's class of '99. A sister, Mrs.Paul Staphanus of San Francisco, also survives.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William G. Wehner was born in Germany in 1848.  Wehner established the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee in 1883.  He was the creator of the world’s largest painting, a cyclorama on display in Atlanta, Georgia.  The 400 foot long painting displays the battle of Atlanta in 1864.

He settled on a 718-acre spread near San Jose, California in 1887 and established a vineyard.  He died there on February 19, 1928. 
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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