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John 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.

In 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. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011