Edgar Pomeroy, who for a quarter of a century has been engaged in the abstract business in San Jose and who for fourteen years has been connected with public service as a trusted and trustworthy official, was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, on the 21st of October, 1841, his parents being Charles W. and Permelia (Valentine) Pomeroy, both natives of New York. The father was a manufacturer and in 1850 came to California, arriving on the 21st of January of that year. He settled first in Lassen county, where he engaged in farming, but subsequently took up his bode in San Jose, where he became a factor in the active management of the Bank of San Jose, being connected with this institution from 1866 until 1892. He has a high place in the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens, won by him in the long and honorable business career through an upright and consistent course and by personal worth and loyalty in friendship. He has always been ready to liberally assist any worthy or creditable movement for San Jose's advancement, and for years has occupied a leading place in the confidence and regard of the people of the community. Following his retirement from business cares he has spent the winter seasons with his son, Abram E., in Los Angeles, California, and the summer months with his son Edgar in San Jose. He arrived the in latter city in 1854, casting in his lot with its early residents, and for many years his influence and co-operation formed a potent factor in the progress and prosperity of the community. he served as county treasurer for a number of years, was a member of the board of education and also a member of the town council. Through his efforts the city park was preserved, for he had the sagacity to look beyond the needs of the moment to the exigencies of the future and to provide for the city a pleasure ground the value of which all now acknowledge. His birth occurred on the 8th of April 1808, and he is, therefore, now over ninety-six years of age.
Edgar Pomeroy was one of a family of eight children, of whom three are living. He was a youth of twelve years when he came to California, arriving in San Jose in 1855. His early education was acquired in the public schools of San Jose and he continued his studies in the University of the Pacific until 1861. He was nineteen years of age when he put aside his text books in order to don the blue uniform of the nation and march to the front as a defender of the Union cause. Prompted by a spirit of patriotism he offered his services to the government and was assigned to duty with Company D, First Regiment of Infantry, California Volunteers, under the command of Captain H. A. Gorley. The regiment served under General Carlton and was known as "The column from California," having marched from San Pedro to what is now El Paso, Texas. Mr. Pomeroy served for three years, participating in many hotly contested engagements and winning promotion from the rank of a non-commissioned officer to that of first lieutenant. On the expiration of his term of service in October, 1864, he received an honorable discharge and returned to California.
Not long afterward Mr. Pomeroy was appointed to the position of deputy in the county clerk-s office, and under different administrations he has served in that capacity for fourteen years. At present he is one of the firm of San Jose Abstract Company, which business was established in 1887. He has, however, been connected with the abstract business for a quarter of a century, and in 1891 consolidated the Pomeroy & Howes Abstract Company with the Pittman & Edwards Company under the present style of the San Jose Abstract Company, with J. M. Pittman as president and Mr. Pomeroy as secretary. The business of the firm is extensive and the partners are well known in San Jose as most reliable and thorough-going business men.
In 1866 was celebrated the marriage of Edgar Pomeroy and Miss Lizzie O. Putney, daughter of Corydon M. and Carlotte A. Putney, who came to this state at an early day, casting in their lot with the pioneer settlers of Santa Clara county. To Mr. and Mrs. Pomeroy were born four children, but only one, Charles E., is now living. The wife and mother died in 1877, and in 1887 Mr. Pomeroy was again married, his second union being with Miss Peoria I. Cunningham, a native of California and a daughter of W. J. Cunningham. They have one son, Earl S. Pomeroy, who is attending the high school in San Jose.
In his social relations Mr. Pomeroy is an Odd Fellow and he also belongs to Phil Sheridan Post No. 7, G. A. R., thus maintaining pleasant relations with his old army comrades, as he also does through his connection with the Loyal Legion. His political support is given to the Republican party. He has ever discharges his public duties with marked ability and fairness, for he is a most loyal, public-spirited citizen. As a business man he has been conspicuous among his associates, not only for his success but for his probity, fairness and honorable methods. In everything he has been eminently practical, and this has been manifested not only in his business career but also in social and private life.
Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II
The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine
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