The Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area is seeking your help in locating family members for the purpose of historical research.
John A. Valianos was on the first board of the Hellenic Mutual Benevolent Society, the first known Greek organization in this area founded July 5, 1888. Early Greek families prior to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire are rare and we research them. Our preliminary research indicates there may be relatives in our area. We would certainly like to talk to them and learn whatever we can about the history of the family.
John Valianos came here with two brothers, George & Nick about 1880.
All of the brothers are buried at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma. George’s son Robert and his daughters Sophie and Norma are also buried there.
To date we have only found a burial record. Date of death: Jan. 11, 1943.
George married a German immigrant, Frieda. Prior to the 1906 Earthquake & Fire, the owned a restaurant and oyster depot at 1007 Market Street. For several years they lived in Stockton before returning to the bay area.
George & Freda’s children:
- Sophie Valianos (Married Michael Condos, birthdate: 6/5/1882, date of death: 6/23/1941, buried at Cypress Lawn.)
- Michael Condos was born in San Francisco. He was a traveling salesman for the Kockos brothers. Parents : Achilles and Effie. Brother : George Condos. Michael Condos was buried at Cypress Lawn.
- Robert Valianos (lived in San Francisco and Vallejo)
- George Valianos
- Harold Valianos
- Walter Valianos
- Norma Valianos (Date of death : 12/5/1944 – never married. Lived in San Francisco. Buried at Cypress Lawn)
- Milton Valianos (Date of death : 2/8/1944, Spouse: Mildred, The couple settled in Stockton, CA).
- Raymond Valianos
Nick married a Greek immigrant, Vasiliki. Vasiliki used Wilhemina or Violet as the Americanized version of her name. Nick became a US citizen 2/8/1897. Prior to the 1906 Sane Francisco Earthquake & Fire he owned the Baltimore Exchange, 223 6th Street, SF. He owned a restaurant at 127 6th Street. In the 1910s he became an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
There were three children:
- Leonidas (Leon or Lee). Went to Lowell High School. Sang in the choir. Went to UC Berkeley. Played on the basketball team. Served in the Navy during World War II. Wife: Barbara Handley Valianos. Lee passed away in Nevada in 1998.
- John (Wife: Victoria, Date of death: 1/2/1992 in Fresno. Victoria passed 3/30/2003 – buried at Cypress Lawn).
If you have any information regarding the history of this family the historical society would like to talk to you. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area