Henry Melville Ayer, supervisor of the third district of Santa Clara county, was born in Milpitas on the 22d of November, 1866, his parents being Samuel Freeman and America (Evans) Ayer.

His father was a pioneer of 1860, and with the exception of two years served the county as supervisor from 1875 to the time of his death in 1899. His mother was a daughter of Josiah Evans, one of the early settlers of Milpitas, and still resides at the old home ranch. Henry M. Ayer is a graduate of the San Jose high school and University of the Pacific. Since his maturity he has been dealing in cattle. In the year 1898, however, he offered his services to the country as a soldier of the Spanish-American war, enlisting in Company M., of the Eighth California Volunteer Infantry, of which he was made sergeant.

In 1896 Mr. Ayer was united in marriage to Miss Louise Schemmel, a native of San Jose and a daughter of H. L. Schemmel, who is supervisor of music in the State Normal School of San Jose.

She is a granddaughter of the late Adolph Pfister and a niece of Henry A. and Herman C. Pfister, the former county clerk of Santa Clara county.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

Return to Biographies Index, Volume II

Return to California AHGP home page

Return to Sacramento County AHGP home page