California Genealogy and History Archives
Bellmer, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born near Bremen,
Germany, May 11, 1833, and was fifteen years old when he landed in New
York. When about twenty he started out on his travels again. He sailed
on the bark Catharine Augusta bound for Australia, but his vessel
calling at Rio Janeiro, sailed right into the yellow fever, and before
she could get out of the infested port half of her passengers died. Mr.
Bellmer, like the others, was glad to get anywhere, consequently when he
found himself in the clipper ship High Flyer sailing around Cape Horn
and bound for California instead of Australia, he was satisfied. He
landed in San Francisco in September, 1853, and made his way into the
mines, but four years later found him in Sacramento in the grocery
business, and he remained in that city till his death April 4, 1899.
the fall of 1871 Mr. Bellmer was elected county treasurer, and was again
elected to that office in the fall of 1873. He was long an active member
of the Sacramento Turn-Verein and held the offices of president and
secretary for many terms. He was also prominent in the Odd Fellow
fraternity, having been a past grand master of that order. Mr. Bellmer
was married January 18, 1860, in Sacramento, to Miss Mary Grady, of New
London, Conn. They had twelve children, five of whom are living, namely
: Mrs. Carrie L. Miller of Sacramento ; Mrs. W. B. Morrill of San
Francisco ; W. F. Bellmer, in retail liquor trade, Sacramento ; F. R.
Bellmer, head-marker, Sacramento Laundry ; and Edgar H. Bellmer,
secretary of Sacramento Laundry.
Edgar H. Bellmer was born in Sacramento, June 25, 1883, and kept pretty close to the city schools till he was seventeen years old, when he clerked in his father's grocery store. Clerking and bookkeeping in the Southern Pacific Railroad store department and other offices occupied several more years, after which he bought an interest in the Sacramento Laundry and was elected the secretary of that institution, which position he has ably filled for the last five years. On December 11, 1907, Mr. Bellmer was married to Miss M. E. Sprague of Roseville, and they have two children, Alice L. and Edgar H., Jr. Fraternally he is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011